This thread is for discussing The Last Continent
in some depth. If you haven’t read the book then read on at your own risk – or, better still, go and read the book and join in the fun.
For those of us that are going to join in the discussion, here are a few guidelines:
Please feel free to make comparisons to other Discworld books, making sure you identify the book and the passage you are referring to. Others may not be as familiar with the book you are referencing, so think before you post.
Sometimes we’ll need to agree to disagree – only Terry knows for sure what he was thinking when he wrote the books and individuals members may have widely different interpretations – so try to keep the discussion friendly.
We may be discussing a book that you don’t much care for – don’t be put off joining in the discussion. If you didn’t care for the book, then that in itself is a good topic for discussion.
Please note: there is no time limit to this discussion. Please feel free to add to it at any time - especially if you've just read the book.
Please endeavour to keep the discussion on topic. If necessary I will step in and steer it back to the original topic – so no digressions please!
The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
Originally published 1998
When the Unseen University Librarian gets sick and the Faculty try to ‘help’ him, they discover a portal to a tropical and very strange island with a singular secret. Meanwhile, after his adventures in the Agatean Empire, Rincewind the Wizzard finds himself struggling to survive in XXXX, the Last Continent.
Still – no worries! She’ll be right.
For a long time I really didn’t like this book. On the surface it seems to be a collection of references to Australia, even though Terry categorically states that: “This is not a book about Australia. No, it’s about somewhere entirely different which happens to be, here and there, a bit . . . australian.”
It actually seems to be two books. There’s the Rincewind story and then there’s the Faculty story and the two come together – sort of – at the end. To me it seemed like an excuse to make references in much the way Moving Pictures and Soul Music made references to cinema and popular music respectively. I’ve always glossed over the Faculty story somewhat. It seemed to be a bit of a distraction from an uninteresting main story. But on this read through, I’m seeing the Faculty story as the really interesting bit. And I believe this might be the genesis of the Science of Discworld books, especially Darwin’s Watch.
There are themes of Creationism versus Evolution in this storyline, which I’ve never really grasped before.
I enjoyed this much more than I ever had.
But what do you think?
Want to write the introduction for the next discussion (The Truth)? PM me and let me know if you’d like to – first come first served.