This thread is for discussing The Light Fantastic
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 Light Fantastic by Terry PratchettOriginally published 1986
Saved from death after falling off the Disc, Rincewind the failed wizard and Twoflower, the Disc’s first tourist, find themselves facing the threat of the Red Star.
With the help of trolls, clouds with rocks in and the Disc’s oldest hero, our heroes must get back to Ankh Morpork before Hogswatch Day to save the world.
Colour of Magic part 2, or an adventure in its own right?
Personally, I like this book much more than Colour of magic, even though it is a very different style of Pratchett to the later books. At times I can almost hear Peter Jones reading from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy when I read the Light Fantastic. There is a lot more of the Fantasy parody in this book that was in Colour of Magic – but more of the Sword and Sorcery type I think.
Still – there are some great bits in there. I’m very fond of Cohen and some of the jokes are groan-out-loud funny.
But what did you think?
---------------------------------- Want to write the introduction for the next discussion (Reaper Man)? PM me and let me know if you’d like to – first come first served.
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