The Lost Continent Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Large Print
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'Pratchett's humour takes logic past the point of absurdity and round again, but it is his unexpected insights into the human morality that make the Discworld series stand out' - Times Literary Supplement. 'Pratchett is a comic genius' - Daily Express" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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IT'S THE DISCWORLD'S LAST CONTINENT AND IT'S GOING TO DIE IN A FEW DAYS, EXCEPT...
Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Sheep shearer, beer drinker, bush ranger, and someone who'll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when he's sober.
A man in a hat whose luggage follows him on little legs. Yes, it's Rincewind, the inept wizard who can't even spell wizard. He's the only hero left.
Still...no worries, eh? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Rincewind is stranded in a dry, desolate place called XXXX (that's "ecks-ecks-ecks-ecks" to the locals). There is no rain. Instead, there is some water that you have to dig for. Unfortunately, that's starting to dry up too. Magic is going crazy on this continent, and Rincewind has been chosen to sort things out. Of course, as the kangaroo who gives him the job states, Rincewind already has sorted things out, so the kangaroo has no doubt that Rincewind will come around and accept the responsibility of sorting things out. Make sense? It doesn't to Rincewind either. He is forced to go on a journey around the continent (very obviously, it's supposed to be Australia, though supposedly Pratchett denies this) and falls into adventure after adventure. He's attacked by a drunken wombat, he discovers "Ecksians" can come up with new phrases (this actually seems to make Australian euphemisms make sense). He discovers an alternate group of wizards from another Unseen University, and accepts there help in his mission.
Speaking of the Unseen University, a number of faculty wizards end up on a desert island after stepping through a window in the study of one of another faculty member. Unfortunately, that window gets closed, leaving them trapped on this island, ages in the past, with no way to get back home. What would a normal wizard do in this situation? Of course! They panic.Read more ›
At the beginning of the book, the wizard faculty of the Unseen University is looking for Rincewind, a lunatic wizard left stranded on the Terry Pratchett equivalent to Australia. The reason the faculty is looking for Rincewind is because he's the only one in the known world who knows the real name of the Unseen University Librarian and by knowing his name, the wizards are able to cast a spell to cure him of his odd sickness. So now the faculty is looking for him .... uh-oh .... they got lost in a strange dimention. (This constitutes approximately 50 pages of this 400 page book). The rest of the book hardly even mentions this doomed librarian and the faculty seems to forget what their initial plan was to begin with! The book also has Rincewind running around the Pratchett equivalent to Australia with nothing in particular to do or with any particular meaning.
Now, of course, the reason I decided to give this book three stars is because it has wonderfully constructed one-liners --I practically laughed my gut out! The wizards talk with gods quite a bit and they just loooove arguing with each other, resulting in hilarious consequences. The dialouge is pretty good as well.
I must say that this book is enough to make me want to read another Pratchett book (in fact I went out and bought The Color of Magic when I was done reading) knowing that this isn't Pratchett's best work.
Last Continent is an interesting mix of Pratchett's usual style, with slightly more characters and slightly fewer clear plot points than normal. As a result, there is less of a "story" to follow but more fun people and more scope for one-liners. I found it slightly less enjoyable than, say, "Hogfather" (roughly of the order of "Jingo", which had more of a moral and political tinge to it) but still a very fun read.
Readers new to Pratchett should probably read the other Rincewind books (particularly "Colour of Magic" and "Light Fantastic") to get a feel for the main characters, as knowledge of their personalities adds a great deal to the enjoyment of this book. Reading it cold would probably give a bit of a distorted feel for the series. And remember, if RIncewind is not your bag (baby), there's always the Guards series (my favourite -- try "Small Gods") or the witches (try "Equal Rites").
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Seems vaguely like Australia. Only funnier. Best Rincewind novel of all.Published 13 months ago by CLEMOWBOOKS
Possibly the best of the entire Discworld series. Hilarious!Published 18 months ago by michael kozlowski
Loved this book it's the continued adventure of Rincewind.Published 23 months ago by Sarah Groothedde
I just finished reading all of the Rinsewind novels and this was the only one that I didn't like. It was full of obscure Australian jokes that only an Australian would understand. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2009 by Garius Lupus
Although lost in a foreign and different country, Rincewind still manages to get into the most trouble possible. Read morePublished on May 18 2002 by M. Pak
The last continent was one of the best books I have ever seen. Rincewinds charicter has never been so fun as when he dug waterholes for the sheep of the last continant, or when he... Read morePublished on April 23 2002 by Marilyn A Bevan
This is the best of the last three books, I think (the other two being Carpe Jugulum and The Fifth Elephant). Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2002 by Kevin W. Parker
This great book unjustly got three stars! Okay, I will say that the parts with Rincewind are sometimes REALY boring. Still the parts with the faculty are side splitting! Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2001
Well, I don't know why everyone's going on about this book not being so good--unless they simply prefer the more "serious" or not so pop-culture-reference-laden books of... Read morePublished on June 10 2001
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