Funnily, this is the book I started the Discworld journey with.It was the first fantasy comedy that I came across. When I first picked it up, I was picking up a fantasy on wizards, not a spoof on fantasy
. When I finished reading, I realized that non-stop nonsense spoof of fantasy IS fun
; bought and read all the DW novels that I could lay my hands on. Too bad that I moved country and had to leave them behind. Can't reread anymore.
The blurb did not tell me that it is a sequel, so I bought it in ignorance. But I enjoyed it a lot. I did pick up the first one later, but didnot enjoy that one as much as this, and I maynot have stuck with the series if I had started at book1. Perhaps because of this, I have a soft spot for Rincewind books. I enjoy them; i enjoy Rincewind's running from everything, everyone. I loved Twoflower, though I hated the change in character in the next book that Twoflower appears again. The Druids, the various faculty rivaly, the cottage, the interactions between various UU commando teams; I liked all of them. I am just glad that it didnot have the dimensional relocation as in the Colour of magic. I hate books with parallel universes crossover.
In a way, I have realized after finding this forum, that Rincewind books have made me miss some of the deeper aspects of Terry's writings. I pick them up for comedy (satires, puns and outright jokes) not for the deeper social comdies. I get the latter but I enjoy the former much more.