The Light Fantastic by

11 February 2017

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Discworld #2

As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld has only one possible saviour. Unfortunately, this happens to be the singularly inept and cowardly wizard called Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world …. (blurb from LSpace- the Pratchett wiki)

The second in my Oook reading – rereading all Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books in publication order.

The Light Fantastic begins exactly where The Colour of Magic left off, so we’re back with Rincewind and pals, and dealing with The Spell.

Unfortunately just like the first book this is very much a straightforward comic fantasy story. It is a send-up of fantasy tropes but purely for the laughs, there is very little of the social commentary and smarts of the later Discworld books.

It is still amusing and very readable however. I enjoyed it more than I thought I was going to. I had memories of not really liking this one, but I guess maybe my expectations were low so I ended up pleasantly surprised. If you haven’t read any of the Discworld books then you’ll have nothing to compare it to, and it won’t fall short. And a Terry Pratchett book is always fun and worth a try.

Next up, Equal Rites.

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