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The Light Fantastic: (Discworld Novel 2) (Discworld series) Kindle Edition
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'Darkness isn't the opposite of light, it is simply its absence . . . what was radiating from the book was the light that lies on the far side of darkness, the light fantastic.'
The Discworld is in danger, heading towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, its magic fading. It needs a hero, and fast.
What it doesn't need is Rincewind, an inept and cowardly wizard who is still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world. Or Twoflower, the well-meaning tourist whose luggage has a mind (and legs) of its own.
Which is a shame, because that's all there is . . .
'His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction'Mail on Sunday
'Incredibly funny, compulsively readable' The Times
The Light Fantastic is the second book in the Wizards series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.
From the Publisher
Welcome to the Discworld
Magic is as integral to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld as gravity is to our own. And although some of its inhabitants are witches, dwarfs, wizards and even policemen, their stories are fundamentally about people being people.
The Discworld books can be read in any order, but this is a particularly good place to start.
‘If you've never read a Discworld novel, what's the matter with you?’ Guardian
Discworld novels starring the Wizards:
- The Colour of Magic
- The Light Fantastic
- Interesting Times
- The Last Continent
- Unseen Academicals
Meet the Wizards
The wizards of Discworld’s Unseen University are famous for spending more time studying the common room biscuit tin than spell-books – although they occasionally stretch to some magic between elevenses and lunch.
Rincewind is the Disc’s most useless wizzard – he can’t even spell 'wizard', and his most notable talent is running away, very fast.
But somehow whenever anyone wants a wizard for a terrifying quest, it is Rincewind they call on...
|The Colour of Magic||The Light Fantastic||Sourcery||Interesting Times||The Last Continent||Unseen Academicals|
|Read more about The Wizards:||In the beginning there was... a turtle. This is where The Discworld begins...||The Discworld is about to collide with a malevolent red star and could really use a hero…||The death of wizardry is nigh. And the end of the world, depending on who you listen to.||There are too many heroes already in the world, but there is only one Rincewind.||The Discworld's most inept wizard has found himself on the Discworld’s last continent.||Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork, but this is not just football.|
"A true original among contemporary writers."
--"The Times" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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In The Light Fantastic only one individual can save the world from a disastrous collision. Unfortunately, the hero happens to be the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world....--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B003NX6XTS
- Publisher : Transworld Digital; 1st edition (24 Nov. 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 3766 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,871 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The majority of his characters were named after fans that he knew in RL. Each character with their individuality draws you in, makes you want to get to know them better and then makes it impossible for you to choose a favorite as you will love them all!
All I can say is "Welcome to Discworld!" An imaginary disc, propped up by large elephants swimming through space on the back of a giant turtle. Once you read a couple of pages you are hooked. You are compelled to read the vast amount of Discworld books and then read them again, and again, and again!
STP was taken by a form of dementia and passed away far too early and in his prime. It is certainly our loss but he lives through his wonderful Discworld characters - too many to mention and through his clever ingenious plots who I guarantee you will howl with laughter at.
God bless you STP ! You certainly brightened up my life through Discworld. I just wish I could have met you !
Enjoy reader! Enjoy!
It isn’t a criticism, just my feelings about his development.
The only annoying part is I've been told to read them in order, so its annoying to have to wait for the right book to be on sale.
Great imagination though and we'll written.
"The Light Fantastic" follows on directly from "The Color of Magic", and focuses on the same two characters : Rincewind and Twoflower. Twoflower, from the Counterweight Continent, is the Discworld's first tourist and had employed Rincewind (a single-spell wizard, a native of Ankh-Morpork and a coward of some renown) as his guide. As "The Color of Magic" closed, both characters were close to Krull - Twoflower was boldly going where no tourist had gone before, while Rincewind was in a rather precarious position. (You could say "The Color of Magic" finished with a cliff-hanger). A standard wizard may have been able to save himself, but the only spell Rincewind knows came from the Octavo - the Creator's spell book, which had been carelessly left behind after the universe's completion. He doesn't know what it does, but it's so powerful that no other spell is brave enough to stay in his head. Fortunately, as the book begins, the spell realises that any harm to Rincewind may be fatal to itself - so, it contributes to Rincewind and Twoflower finding a way out of their current situations.
While "The Color of Magic" saw the two characters generally running away in random directions, there seems to be more of a point to their actions in this book. Rincewind has started suffering from homesickness and wants to return to Ankh-Morpork. His spell is also rather keen on this idea. This, Rincewind suspects, is connected to the strange new red star that has appeared in the sky - he fears it may also involve saving the world. The pair's journey back to Ankh-Morpork involves sacrificial virgins gingerbread cottages, trolls, druids and the Discworld's greatest hero - Cohen the Barbarian.
While I enjoyed this instalment more than the previous one, I'd still recommend reading "The Color of Magic" before "The Light Fantastic". This book continues the story began there, while the pair form a prelude to the seventeenth Discworld book, "Interesting Times". Pratchett's books are always very funny, while Rincewind and the Luggage are strong selling points. Definitely recommended !
As with almost all of the Discworld novels, a fantastic read. It's definitely recommended that you read this, and 'The Colour of Magic' first if you're reading the Discworld novels for the first time. The first two books are actually quite different from ones further down the line, but it's interesting to see where they started out, and how much they, and the Discoworld itself, evolved over time.