The Last Continent: A Discworld Novel
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Terry Pratchett's 22nd Discworld novel, The Last Continent, is a lighthearted tour of the fantasy land of Fourecks, a very Australian sort of place, with brief courses in theoretical physics and evolution thrown in for good measure. Pratchett returns to his first Discworld protagonist, the inept and cowardly wizard Rincewind, who habitually runs into trouble as fast as he flees. Rincewind's arrival in Fourecks has distorted the space-time continuum, and he has to sort it out before the whole place dries up and blows away. The situation is complicated because the actual problem is located 30,000 years in the past--just where the Faculty of the Unseen University currently are. Pretty frightening, given "the true wizard's instinct to amble aimlessly into dangerous places," and then "stop and argue ... about exactly what kind of danger it [is]."
If you're baffled by all this, no worries, mate. You needn't have read Pratchett before--not even the five previous Discworld novels starring Rincewind (The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Sourcery, Eric, and Interesting Times)--to enjoy this latest romp. Nor to have visited Australia. When you finish, however, you'll likely want to rush out and do both.
"I shall endeavor to make study of any primitive grass-skirted peoples hereabouts," added the Dean, with a lawnmower look in his eyes.And I've decided that Rincewind, the missing wizard, is another favorite character. He reminds me so much of Bill Bryson, author of In a Sunburned Country and many other wonderful books.
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"You might...tread on an ant now and it might entirely prevent someone from being born in the future!" "Really?" said Ridcully. "Yes, sir!" Ridcully brightened up. "That's not a bad wheeze. There's one or two people history could do without. Any idea how we can find the right ants?" "No, sir!" Ponder struggled to find a crack in his Archchancellor's brain into which he could insert the crowbar of understanding, and for a few vain seconds thought he'd found one."Because...the ant you step on might be your own, sir!" "You mean...I might tread on an ant and this'd affect history and I wouldn't be born?" "Yes! Yes!" That's it! That's right, sir!" "How?" Ridcully looked puzzled. "I'm not descended from ants."And the passage goes on to all sorts of tangents which so remind me of life in academia. And how much I miss it.
I also found another euphemism for someone not quite with it;
The bursar was, as he would probably be the first to admit, not the most mentally stable of people. He would probably be the first to admit that he was a tea-strainer.More quotes for my collection;
Regarding a book from Ponder's childhood, one that is separated into three sections so you could make many, many creatures by changing the head, torso and leg pages. "The cover promised 'hours of fun' although, after the first three minutes you couldn't help wondering what kind of person could make that kind of fun last hours, and whether suffocating him as kindly as possible now would save the Serial Crimes Squad a lot of trouble in years to come. Ponder, however, had hours of fun."
A footnote toward the end of the book about meat pie floaters, one of the "indigenous delights" on the Last Continent, goes on and on about how perfectly good food gets mangled by insistence on favoring food that is awful for unknown perverse reasons and Prachett notes "It's as if Machiavelli had written a cookery book." I love that analogy.The Last Continent ranks right up at the top of my favorite Discworld books, though it might be a bit too "inside" in parts so that someone who had limited knowledge of Australian culture would miss the joke. The kangaroo that appears out of nowhere confused the hell out of me and I still don't get its meaning. Could have done with a few less "no worries," too.
Off to Australia tomorrow. Enjoy!
Very accurate description of Australian mentality, and I should know, I've spent the last ten years amongst them. I'll try to release this in Australia as I expect the Ozzies wil have a good laught at themselves as well.
The kangaroo, I am sure, is a reference to Skippy. although I must confess I have never seen the TV series.
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A very funny read - but a bit too close to the bone in some parts. *grin*
Off to the west now.
I have read one Terry pratchett book before and was unimpressed, I find his humor too obvious, this book didn't improve my opinion but it must be my sense of humor as I know they are extremely popular
Now off to twinmaker.
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I am no longer actively bookcrossing, so I have released this to Servalan as part of 6 bags full of books (after lightening my bookshelves significantly)
I really had to push myself. I kept constantly putting it down and sighing - why was I reading this?
The only character I was vaguely interested in was the librarian, and libraries aren't my favourite places at present (I'm a librarian in the process of stock taking).
But, then last night I said 'Enough', and I made myself sit down and read it. I was able to knock over 200+ pages, and I really did enjoy it. Light on, and humourous, not my usual read, but I am glad that I perservered.
I am just the tinsiest bit interested in Rincewind now, and we do have a copy of 'The colour of magic' at home. I may flick through this over the summer break.
I do feel a little guilt however over not reading Pixette's copy of 'Mort' when I had it in my pocession. I'll see how I go with 'The colour of magic' first...
I've also contacted Crystalclear to see if she is still interested in this bookring. If she's not, then I will find someone else to take this little book of my hands.
So, I've posted this off to her.
I've also tacked a little note on that she may want to contact Crystalclear after she's read it too.
Thank you for sharing.
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