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-- San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to the paperback 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 the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B000W914OU
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
- Publication date : October 13, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 2489 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,220 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One of the things that I appreciate most about Pratchett’s writing is that it’s rigorously streamlined. Like Chekhov, he avoids excessive detail, giving us just the important bits. So, if he shows you a gun (or a book or a piece of luggage) in the first act, you can bet that it’s going to play an important role before the story is through. The book is like a series of satisfying payoffs.
And despite Pratchett’s passion for puns and dad jokes, The Light Fantastic shows that he’s not afraid to set aside the yuks now and then to speak more directly—and pithily—to the reader. His satire offers plenty of commentary on contemporary civilization, but his straightforward critiques are just as on-point.
That said, the plot of The Light Fantastic—particularly in the first half of the book—felt a little random to me. That might be my fault, since I had to put this book aside a couple of times to focus on other things, but generally, I think that the jumps from one episode to the next were explained better in The Color of Magic.
Then again, it’s fantasy, and ridiculous fantasy at that. Maybe Pratchett doesn’t have to provide the characters with powerful motivations at every turn.
Whatever the case, the bottom line is: I loved reading the book, and I look forward to picking up the next 38 (!!!) in the series.
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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.
re-reading this, yet again, just reminds me of how good his writing is. Reading on a kindle is a bit disjointed as you can lose the bottom of the page comments, but after a while you get into the hang of how best to read it.