This thread is for discussing Sourcery
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!
*Sourcery by Terry PratchettOriginally published 1988Introduction
Ipslore the Red is the eighth son of an eighth son and that makes him a wizard and that should be the end of it. But he falls in love and is cast out from the Unseen University. There’s a very good reason that wizards are normally celibate, but they don’t like to talk about it. Seven sons down the line and Ipslore fathers Coin, an eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son – a source of magic – A Sourcerer!
The rise of the Sourcerer heralds the end of the Discworld unless Rincewind the Disc’s most inept wizard can stop him. It’s a million to one chance, but they happen nine times out of ten.
This has always been one my least favourite of the series. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to work out why. It’s got lots in it – excitement, adventure, humour and even a warning about how power corrupts. But to me it just doesn’t quite gel together.
We see Vetinari for the first time in that the Patrician gets a name and an identity and even a dog! We also see Rincewind in possibly his most heroic role. In some ways this book set the scene for the wizard books to come with the Faculty that we all love so much. It did this by basically wiping out the earlier ideas that Terry had about wizardry and giving him a fresh start. So I guess we’ve got this one to thank for that.
I think my biggest problem with this book is that none of the characters are likeable enough to make me care about their fates.
But what did you think?
---------------------------------- Want to write the introduction for the next discussion (Moving Pictures)? PM me and let me know if you’d like to – first come first served.
“Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.” – Blaise Pascal