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The Light Fantastic

Ah yes, it’s time for another look at one of the classic novels written by Terry Pratchett, the father of Discworld and all around awesome sci-fi/fantasy legend. In case you missed the last one, we had a look through the first in the Discworld series, The Colour of Magic, go check it out! We’ll wait right here whilst you go look… Are they gone? Good, let’s get on with this look at The Light Fantastic!

So this is the second book in the Discworld series and is a continuation from The Colour of Magic. As you may recall, that book finished on a cliffhanger. The Light Fantastic is the continuation and conclusion of this adventure featuring Rincewind the Wizzard and Twoflower the Tourist, along with their faithful companion, Luggage… the Luggage. Written in 1986, this was the only Discworld book to be a continuation of another Discworld book. No, seriously – I want you to go and find any other Discworld book that ends on a cliffhanger and is continued in another book. You won’t find one.

The Light Fantastic

The plot of The Light Fantastic is about the journey of Rincewind and Twoflower coming to an end, but along the way, there’s still some unresolved business. Rincewind manages to fall over the edge of the Discworld and is brought back by the Octavo, thus saving him. Without their knowledge, Death goes and tells the leading wizards of the impending fate of the world… Unless all of the spells are read from the Octavo. Typical, isn’t it that it’d have to be with the inept wizard Rincewind?

Of course, this means that Rincewind is now a wanted man… So a damn lot of wizards go out to capture Rincewind and the Octavo. After a while, Rincewind meets back up with lovable tourist Twoflower, before they are accompanied by the aging Cohen the Barbarian.

Rincewind

Through the rest of this story, we see luggage become a hero that saves Rincewind (Which is amusing to think a little box with legs could be a hero)! We also see more of the Great A’Tuin, who has decided to change the path the Discworld is on. We also see Twoflower go toe to toe with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse… In a game of Contract Bridge. There are people who are heading to mountains after hearing about the impending apocalypse, because they want a better view.

The whole premise of The Light Fantastic is there to close off the events of The Colour of Magic and to bring resolution to this journey. It’s an amazing fantasy story filled with a lot of light hearted humour and wacky characters. Much like The Colour of Magic, there was a television show for this, which happened along side The Colour of Magic. Once more, David Jason retains his role as Rincewind.

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Overall, The Light Fantastic is definitely worth the read. It’s got great pacing and it’s really satisfying seeing the end of the journey that Twoflower and Rincewind set out on. I won’t spoil the ending for you all, as I reckon you’d enjoy experiencing the story for yourselves. But that’s all for now, so what do you think? Have you read The Light Fantastic? What Discworld book should we have a look at next? As always, comments below, over on Facebook or Twitter. Keep the fantasy spirit strong!

3 responses

  1. It is a really fantastic book. I recently finished reading it and I enjoyed the prose and characters. What I loved the most is that it felts like a proper ending, for the characters. I’ve always and will always love Twoflower’s innocence and sincere awe and wonder about the world around him. And Rincewind’s begrudging optimism wrapped in layers of cynicism and fatalism.

    What will throw some people off, even the people that read The Colour of Magic is the lack of chapter separations. Terry Pratchett famously hated having those as he said “Life doesn’t happen in chapters.” The Colour of Magic has chapters or separations between segments as it’s the first book and I think he had to have it, but with The Light Fantastic I think he could finally impose his will and have that ONE chapter from start to finish.

    Now don’t go spoiling the rest of the novels for me, will you?!

    Liked by 1 person

    May 22, 2015 at 11:16 am

    • Well this one wasn’t really spoiled per se, but no, we’ll be sticking to the overall plot for future ones.

      I always loved the dynamics of Twoflower and Rincewind. They’re almost opposites that are somehow very similar. Great point with the chapter separations – Yes, that was a thing he dropped for The Light Fantastic!

      Great pacing in a story by an all together amazing author.

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      May 22, 2015 at 4:24 pm

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