Great A'Tuin, the star turtle, who supports the weight of the Discworld, labors through the galactic night, the only creature in the entire universe that knows exactly where it is going. Philosophers have debated where this is - they are due to find out in about two months. And then they are really going to worry. As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld has only one possible savior. Unfortunately, this happens to be the singularly inept and cowardly wizard called Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world...
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Well. Down the rabbit hole and into a maze of twisty little passages. Book 1 (The Colour of Magic) (spoiler alert) ended with Rincewind and Twoflower tumbling off the edge of the disk into space, toward the shell of the Great A'Tuin. In book 2, (The Light Fantastic), Rincewind and Twoflower eventually land...back on the disk. This is never explained in more than a "wibbly wobbly timey wimey" way. But there's a new and sinister-looking red star in the sky. The wizards at Unseen University fear this new portent, especially as it seems to upset the Octavo. They believe they need to get Rincewind back as soon as possible to reunite all eight of the original Creator's spells--one of which is lodged in Rincewind's head due to a prank he pulled in his student days at the university. Rincewind would like nothing more than to oblige, but between being lost and waylaid, it looks like the red star, which keeps getting closer and closer, will arrive before Rincewind does. The ending is,...
I feel like that description really negates any review… but here it goes anyway… While the first book was really amazing due to the introduction of this crazy world that has a bit of everything it seems… and while you still get to see some new cool things… I really liked that this delved more into the characters and their growth in this insane adventure… Rincewind, who is scared of everything and constantly sure of their doom, actually becomes rather amusing in his almost hopelessness of ever being safe again… and Twoflower actually becomes more than just that stereotype of a tourist, and you begin to understand more of how he sees the world… but also the introduction of Bethan and Cohen really made the story so much fun… and even the Luggage gets a personality… it all helped to round the story out… my one complaint that knocked this book back a star was that the story bounced mostly between the happenings of Rincewind and...
This book lives up to the fantastic part of its title. Terry Pratchett managed to write a satisfying sequel to The Color of Magic, retaining all of the wacky characters, colorful locations, and general silliness of the first installment of the Discworld. I would say that the most exceptional thing about this book is the large cast of fleshed out characters. Despite the fact that the book itself isn't very long, it introduced many new characters, each interesting in his or her own right, and gave each enough background and screen time that by the end of the volume, the reader feels that they know (and hopefully love) each well. The Discworld has grown with the cast, and the new history and set of locations will not disappoint. The addition of a stronger central plot has also done nothing to diminish the book's considerable charm. The red star (which gamers may find remarkably similar to the ominous moon of Majora's Mask) only acts as a catalyst for more craziness. Truly, fans of the...
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