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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-12-09 11:16
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

The Light Fantastic is a direct sequal to The Colour of Magic.  The Discworld needs saving and only Rincewind can do it - something to do with one of the 8 Great Spells slinking around in his head.  The adventures of Two Flower, Rincewind and The Luggage continues in this entertaining romp through the Discworld. DEATH is also just starting out as what will one day be a main character.  This is an early novel by Pratchett, and also an early Discworld novel.  It is quite evident that the author is still trying to find his voice and take his tour around the Disc.  The first two novels come across as something of a tour through the Discword, but I still found them enjoyable and the seeing how the Discworld novels develop as a concept is very interesting.

 

The art on my paperback copy is by Josh Kirby.  I love his wild illustrations of the Discworld!

 

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text 2018-12-07 23:57
Reading progress update: I've read 357 out of 357 pages.
Hogfather: (Discworld Novel 20) - Terry Pratchett

Once again the Auditor managed to retain a shape for a few seconds, and managed to say: you cannot do this, there are rules!

 

YES. THERE ARE RULES. BUT YOU BROKE THEM. HOW DARE YOU? HOW DARE YOU?

 

The scythe blade was a thin blue outline in the grey light. Death raised a thin finger to where his lips might have been, and suddenly looked thoughtful.

 

AND NOW THERE REMAINS ONLY ONE FINAL QUESTION, he said. He raised his hands, and seemed to grow. Light flared in his eye sockets. When he spoke next, avalanches fell in the mountains.

 

HAVE YOU BEEN NAUGHTY . . . OR NICE?

 

HO. HO. HO.

 

Yup, this is still one of my favourite books, and definitely a must-(re-)read for end of the year.

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text 2018-12-07 23:31
Reading progress update: I've read 324 out of 357 pages.
Hogfather: (Discworld Novel 20) - Terry Pratchett

Ridcully pulled him away.

‘What’s all this, Mr Stibbons?’

‘I really should talk to him, sir. He’s had a near-death experience!’

‘We all have. It’s called “living”,’ said the Archchancellor shortly.

 

:)

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text 2018-12-06 22:34
Reading progress update: I've read 156 out of 357 pages.
Hogfather: (Discworld Novel 20) - Terry Pratchett

It was a big drink. A very big and a very long drink. It was one of those special cocktails where each very sticky, very strong ingredient is poured in very slowly, so that they layer on top of one another. Drinks like this tend to get called Traffic Lights or Rainbow’s Revenge or, in places where truth is more highly valued, Hello and Goodbye, Mr Brain Cell. In addition, this drink had some lettuce floating in it. And a slice of lemon and a piece of pineapple hooked coquettishly on the side of the glass, which had sugar frosted round the rim. There were two paper umbrellas, one pink and one blue, and they each had a cherry on the end. And someone had taken the trouble to freeze ice cubes in the shape of little elephants.

After that, there’s no hope. You might as well be drinking in a place called the Cococobana.

The God of Wine picked it up lovingly. It was his kind of drink.

 

Hehe.

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text 2018-12-05 22:46
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 357 pages.
Hogfather: (Discworld Novel 20) - Terry Pratchett

‘You mean you have actually devoted time to considering how to inhume the Hogfather?’ he said weakly. ‘You’ve actually sat down and thought out how to do it? You’ve actually devoted your spare time to the problem?’

‘Oh, yes, sir. And the Soul Cake Duck. And the Sandman. And Death.’

Downey blinked again.

‘You’ve actually sat down and considered how to—’

‘Yes, sir. I’ve amassed quite an interesting file. In my own time, of course.’

‘I want to be quite certain about this, Mister Teatime. You . . . have . . . applied . . . yourself to a study of ways of killing Death?’

‘Only as a hobby, sir.’

Still one of the best conversations on a Pratchett novel. :)

 

And I apologise in advance: I love quoting from this book and there are just so many quotable paragraphs.

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