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Sourcery
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on November 15, 2017
Arguably Terry's best and the Discworld novel that got me hooked on Pratchett. A terrific read, nicely bound and a welcome addition to the bookcase. Would have liked the original dust cover artwork but you can't have everything.
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on September 22, 2016
Excellent in every aspect! The end left me scrabbling for another! Having the Kindle's built in dictionary helped too, because Mr. Pratchett's vocabulary sometimes left even me gobsmacked!

Funny, creative, clever, and satirical, this book had everything I was looking for in a light read with startlingly heavy aspects!

- Mr. Spudsworth
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on December 30, 2017
DiscWorld #1 Always wonderful fantasy! Once you adjust to Pratchett’s style of writing, british humor / subtle comedy, you just can’t read one.
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on September 19, 2017
Livre arrivé dans les temps estimé, il n'était pas abîmer, couleur vive de la page couverture. bon produit
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on June 7, 2017
Greta series.
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on April 4, 2015
Another brilliant addition to the fanciful tales of the Disc World. This is a novel full of comedy, thoughtful characters, an always active imagination, and a generous side of bananas. Loved it!
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on December 31, 2002
As a big Rincewind fan, I count Sourcery as one of my favorite Pratchett novels. This fifth novel of Discworld is the first to have a real epic quality to it. Seeing as how the plot is hinged around the "Apocralypse" (even though an inebriated Pestilence, War, and Famine cannot remember the proper term for it), it pretty much has to be an epic. Ipslore was a natural-born wizard, the eight son of an eighth son, who did the unthinkable (not to mention unwizardly) act of marrying and having an eighth son of his own--a sourcerer. By tricking Death, he enters his own wizard staff and later guides the ten-year-old boy Coin in assuming the Archchancellorship of Unseen University and trying to take over the world. A sourcerer has free rein over the use of magic, unlike modern-day wizards who talk about magic but rarely perform it. Sourcerers almost destroyed the Discworld in ancient times in the Mage Wars, and young Coin sets in motion a modern-day Mage War that can only end in disaster. Only one man can stop the sourcerer and save the world--most unfortunately, that one man is the inept wizard Rincewind. His only allies are the wise and good Librarian (who happens to be an orangutan), the beautiful yet deadly thief Conina (daughter of Cohen the Barbarian), and Nigel, the skinniest hero on the Discworld whose only heroic wisdom comes from a ghost-written book by Cohen the aforementioned Barbarian. The Luggage also plays a part, but he/she/it is not there at Rincewind's side.

I love how the character of Rincewind is strengthened and expanded in this novel; he's still the funny little man in a pointy hat that we met in earlier Discworld novels, but instead of running around all over the world trying to avoid dying, Rincewind is transformed in these pages into a hero--not a very good one, of course, but a hero nonetheless. His commitment to wizardry is steadfast and firm, while the vast majority of successful wizards go along with Coin, delight in the new magical powers they gain through sourcery, and eventually wage a magical war among themselves in the pursuit of raw power. Rincewind redeems himself admirably here by actually performing some acts of bravery, risking his life--albeit reluctantly--for the sake of the Discworld.
The book starts out like gangbusters, and although it loses a little steam and wanders a little bit in the later stages, the conclusion brings everything together rather nicely. It does, however, leave a few questions unanswered for the time being. The character of Coin, the ten-year-old sourcerer, could have used more thrashing out, I felt, but Conina and Nigel are very interesting new characters in Pratchett's universe. Sourcery is overflowing with typical Pratchett humor, but it also features an exciting, narrowly-focused storyline that provides a wealth of new information about the wizards of Unseen University, the brave and wise banana-craving Librarian, and the crucial role and importance of magic in the Discworld. Whereas earlier novels sometimes seemed to have stories built around the jokes, this novel is built upon a solid foundation of an epic fantasy plot--the comedy is just icing on the cake. Of the first five Discworld novels, this is by far the most exciting and entertaining.
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on May 21, 2001
Quite a few of Terry Pratchett's magnificent series of Discworld books revolve around some kind of looming apocalypse or other.
This is one of the best.
In 'Sourcery,' we have the Four Horseman of the Apocralypse (not a misspelling), Rincewind the incompetent "wizzard" but experienced coward, Nijel the Barbarian, Coin the seemingly omnipotent title character, and oh so many more characters.
The esteemed Mr. Pratchett is obviously having fun in this book. In most of the Discworld series, actual magic is kept mostly low-key, and when it is performed, it is usually something on a small scale, say, fireballs.
Here, however, uncountable numbers of wizards cast an uncountable number of spells, all of them powerful and most definitely lethal (and many with humorous side effects).
This is given the highest possible recommendation!
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on December 24, 2001
Another book that is just as incredible as all other Rincewind books... i am slowly finding that he is my favorite character. It has tons and tons of fun and the story is very enganging and interesting. And there is something happening all the time (unlike wyrd systers which i didn't like very much.) Anyway, the only thing I really didn't like is the harsh way some characters were acting agains Rincewind... I mean, we all know how everybody is making fun of him and all but in this book there are a few occasions that it was too harsh. But overall a stellar read.
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on August 27, 2001
Rincewind always seems to get drafted against his will, and this time is no exception. The catch with this recruition is that he's drafted to do something he's good at, run away! However, Rincewind overcomes everyone's expectations and truly comes into his own here. The characters in this book have more depth than the original Rincewind books (see colour of magic and the light fantastic). I really ended up liking Rincewind at the end.
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