Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

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… — Goodreads

‘What shall we do?’ said Twoflower. ‘Panic?’ said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival. 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… — House of Oojah

  • Review: The Light Fantastic
  • Series: Discworld #2, Rincewind #2
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • No of Pages: 272
  • Release Date: February 2nd 2000

What’s happening:

Rincewind and Twoflower are back after their journey over the edge of the Discworld in The color of Magic. They are saved and no one knows how but it is expected that the spell that has lodged itself into Rincewind’s mind is not going to allow itself to die, and therefore will not allow Rincewind, through all of his travels with the tourist, Twoflower, to die. Once again they are on a journey to save the world, is there anything else Rincewind can do? He again wants to cower under his covers instead of facing the horrors of the Discworld but he, Twoflower and the Luggage are the only things that can stop the world from ending. This time for good!

My thoughts:

Being a Terry Pratchett fanatic I try to do these reviews without bias. But it’s difficult. As you read his books you see little things that just make you LAUGH OUT LOUD, quite literally. A few times I have even, or dreadfully my husband has caught me, snorting at the deeds these three go through to save the world.

Funniest of all, Rincewind puts himself in these predicaments as he’s trying to run away. And in the second Discworld novel what’s even better than the first is we get to meet more of the Discworld characters and get a real feel for those that we met already. Absolutely fantastic job as usual. Easy to read, funny as hell. My one and only criticism, I wish there were more Rincewind novels. But then again, I say that about every character!


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