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The Light Fantastic [Audio CD]

Terry Pratchett , Nigel Planer
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Nov. 1 2008 Discworld Novels
The second Discworld novel.
 
When the very fabric of time and space are about to be put through the wringer -- in this instance by the imminent arrival of a very large and determinedly oncoming meteorite -- circumstances require a very particular type of hero. Sadly what the situation does not need is a singularly inept wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world. Equally it does not need one well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind of its own. Which is a shame because that's all there is.
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"He is a satirist of enormous talent... Incredibly funny, compulsively readable."
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"A true original among contemporary writers."
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The Funniest And Most Unorthodox Fantasy In This Or Any Other Galaxy

A sequel to The Colour of Magic

"Unalloyed delight" - Guardian

"Marvellous sequel to The Colour of Magic pure fantastic delight" - Time Out

"Dropping off the edge of their world does not seem to have done Rincewind, Twoflower or Luggage any harm ... Excellent" - SFF Books

"Good fun is had by all in one of the most hilarious romps in ages" - Erg --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece by Terry Pratchett! Nov. 19 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Light Fantastic is the second Discworld book, and fits quite well with the first one, The Colour of Magic. It almost seems like Terry Pratchett was just planning on writing a two part series, but if you look at the many Discworld books out there, that surely isn't true.
In The Light Fantastic, we once again team up with our old buddies Rincewind (or is it Dr. Rjinswand?!) and Twoflower, who were last thought to have fallen off of the edge of the world, but are now running from a high council of wizards, who want all eight spells from the Octavo to be recited to save the world, but alas, one of the spells left the book and jumped into Rincewind's head, kicking out any other spells Rincewind tries or tried to learn. We have here the first appearance of Cohen the Barbarian, one of the greatest thought out characters of all time, who, in my favorite part, teaches a deadly soldier how to hold a sword by telling him to, "Put your one hand here... yes, thats it, then put your other hand here, yes... and now gently thrust the sword into your leg!" Utterly hilarous. I laughed harder at this Discworld book than any other, and you will too.
If you loved the Colour of Magic and want to keep reading Discworld, this should be the next one. However, it may be a bit confusing reading this one without having read The Colour of Magic. In that case, read that one first. Either way, though, Pratchett does a good job at helping new readers understand the Discworld, no matter what book you read, he always starts out explaining everything you need to know so you don't get too confused.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Discworld book! March 27 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book in Terry Pratchett's series on the Discworld--a flat world, supported on the back of four massive elephants riding on the back of a planet-sized turtle; anything hilarious can happen here, and eventually does. Rincewind, failed wizard and reluctant bearer of one of the eight great spells of the Octavo, finds himself the center of attention at the end of the world. With a party of misfits converging on him, he must keep himself and Twoflower (the Disc's first tourist) alive--and save the world, if he finds the time.
It was on great books like this that Mr. Pratchett built his reputation! Terry's strength is the ability to run several stories simultaneously without losing the reader. Couple that with a hilarious storyline, and you've got a winner. This is a great book, one that I recommend to everyone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A spell lodged in your brain...! Oct. 26 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book before I read The Color of Magic, which actually came before this one and serves as an introduction to some of the main characters in this book. However, that doesn't take anything away from The Light Fantastic.
Pratchett's made his Discworld books in a way that they're somehow related either by sharing the same protagonists or by happening in the same locations.
The Light Fantastic deals with the adventures of Rincewind the Wizard and Twoflower the tourist, who are being chased by the high counsil of wizards (from the Unseen University) so that the eight original spells can be said and the world can be saved. However, one of the spells is lodged in Rincewind's brain -- it got there itself, and has been trying to get said against Rincewind's wishes ever since.
Throughout the book, Rincewind and Twoflower cross their path with a large array of weird and utterly funny characters, that either help them escape or try to harm or catch them. You'll laugh your heart out with the comments of Cohen the Barbarian, or with DEATH (WHO ALWAYS SPEAKS IN UPPER CASE)...and of course, with the luggage, who still follows them everywhere they go.
I found The Light Fantastic to be a better story that The Color of Magic, but nonetheless recommend that you read both of them back-to-back.
Pratchett is the real thing...the Discworld books rock!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book Jan. 9 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Light Fantastic is the sequel to Pratchett's first Discworld book (The Color of Magic), and I definitely think it's better. The plot is (unlike in The Color of Magic) concentrated on one thing, and the thing is a bright red star that's approaching the disc. The two main characters are Rincewind and Twoflower, the two fellas that fell off the Disc in the previous book, and Twoflower's luggage, a box with weird temper. They experience many things that can only happen on the Disc, and some regular things, like meeting the Disc's greatest hero, the 70 year-old, Cohen the Barbarian, but the main idea of the book is them saving the Discworld from the red star.
Rincewind, an UU (Unseen University) dropout, has one of the 8 great spells the Creator left. The only problem with the spell is, it seems to have a mind of its own, and it tries to talk to him. And whenever Rincewind is in trouble, or a near-death situation (believe me, there's lots of them) the spell tries to say itself. He spends most of his time to save Twoflower from himself and the other part of the time running from people who want to get their hands on the eighth spell.
Twoflower is the Disc's first, and probably last tourist. He used to be an insurance (in-sewer-ants) agent back in his continent. He has quite a lot of money with him, and he keeps them in a box called the luggage. The one thing Rincewind hates about him the most is the fact that Twoflower believes that he can buy anything from anybody, even Death's living room clock.
Another thing pretty much everybody asks is "Should I read The Color of Magic first?" Well, I myself read The Light Fantastic first and still understood everything and got all the jokes. Pratchett does a great job explaining what happened in CoM. But no matter whether you read it first or even last, you're gonna have a great time reading THE LIGHT FANTASTIC, by Terry Pratchett.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely mad from start to finish
This is my second Pratchett novel. I'm reading them from start to finish, ignoring opinions on good and bad ones, I want to read them all and make my own judgement. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Koopa90
5.0 out of 5 stars Discworld Decoded
Having introduced the Discworld to Roundworld readers with "The Colour of Magic", Terry Pratchett enhances our knowledge of it through this volume. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2007 by Stephen A. Haines
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Star at Night....
"The Light Fantastic" is the second book in Terry Pratchett's hugely popular Discworld Series. He has gone on to win the Carnegie Medal for "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2007 by Craobh Rua
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his best
This second novel in the Discworld saga is a continuation of the story begun in the first book, The Colour of Magic. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Michael K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings the Discworld into sharp focus
The Light Fantastic is the second book in Terry Pratchett's brilliantly funny Discworld series, continuing the tale related in the first book The Colour of Magic. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002 by Daniel Jolley
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This is yet another funny, literate entry in his discworld series. they are highly reccomended. I laughed out loud several times! Read more
Published on March 2 2002 by RachelWalker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Light Fantastic really is fantastic!
Even better than the Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic takes the reader from the edge of the world to the unimaginable Wyrmberg, from a gingerbreadhouse to the deepest cellars... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2002 by David Pontoppidan
4.0 out of 5 stars STARTASTIC
The light fantastic is the second book in the Discworld series. It follows Twoflower and Rincewind after The Colour of Magic. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2002 by A 12-year old reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than "The Color of Magic"
After reading "The Color of Magic", I couldn't wait to get my hands on "The Light Fantastic". It picks up where COM left off. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2001 by boston403
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than "The Color of Magic"
After reading "The Color of Magic", I couldn't wait to get my hands on "The Light Fantastic". It picks up where COM left off. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2001 by boston403
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