The Light Fantastic

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Book Number: 2

Series: Wizzards/Rincewind #2

Synopsis from Goodreads:

‘What shall we do?’ said Twoflower.
‘Panic?’ said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival.

As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld could do with a hero. What it doesn’t need is a singularly inept and cowardly wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world, or a well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind (and legs) of its own. Which is a shame because that’s all there is…

My Thoughts: 

The Colour of Magic was a rough start to the Discworld series. It felt jumbled at points and it was more like a series of short stories than one single, continuous novel. Which was fine, because I loved the book, but The Light Fantastic continues from where The Colour of Magic left off but also seems a lot neater overall. There are no chapters, just asterisks to separate the sections. However this book introduces several new characters to the Discworld. We meet Cohen the Barbarian who happens to be one of my favorite characters due to this book. He, if you’ve read the first one, is similar to that of Hrun, but he unlike Hrun gets brought back throughout the future books (and I have a crocheted doll of him! See?).  He’s an absolutely hysterical character and I adore him and Bethan together.

Basically, the end of the world is coming, and Rincewind has to save it. He comes across Cohen the Barbarian and he, Twoflower, and Cohen rescue Bethan who is about to get sacrificed to the Moon. Rincewind is an inapt wizard due to the fact that one of the eight sacred spells is stuck in his head. He can’t do magic because of it. There is a prophecy that unless all eight spells are said they are going to be killed by this red star that is getting bigger and bigger.

This book shows more the wizards of the University, whom are back-stabbing (literally) to climb in the ranks. It shows just how cruel the world is for these wizards, I suppose. It’s the first book where you’re introduced to another wizard besides Rincewind and the wizards are generally hysterically funny. Trymon is just… hysterically brutal.

It’s not A Song of Ice and Fire when I say that the wizards kill each other to get in the ranks. It’s not that intense, and it definitely doesn’t take itself very seriously. However it’s definitely dark humor at some points, those points mainly involving Trymon. And the luggage. Who can forget the Luggage?

Rating: 5/5 Much more organized, in a way, than the first book. And it introduces some important characters such as Ysabell and Cohen, who we will see in future books.

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The Colour of Magic

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Book Number: 1

Series: Wizards / Rincewind #1

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the beginning there was…a turtle.

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. Particularly as it’s carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules.

But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world’s first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard…

My thoughts:

I was hooked to this book before the end of the Prologue. I remember reading this book and laughing almost instantly when I finished the second page, but at the same time my brain went what the actual fufu. Then I had to message Chloe and ask her What did you buy me??? I believe her response was something along the lines of, “Just keep reading.” So I did.

Most fans will tell you not to start with this book to get you into Discworld because of the nonsensicalness of the entire novel. However if you’re going to get into Discworld, I don’t see a better place to start. But I’m likely very biased because this is how I got into it. I may come back around and say there are better places to start when I’m done with all of them, but right now I really enjoy the beginning air that I’m supplied with The Colour of Magic.

So what is it about? The book involves little stories about Rincewind, a failure of a wizard, and a tourist named Twoflower (and his luggage) as they travel around the Discworld and get into too much trouble. That’s about as much as I can get into it but I will tell you that the book ends with a literal cliffhanger and that this and The Light Fantastic can be seen as essentially one novel. You don’t have to treat them like that, but it’s how it feels at the end of it all.

A warning, I suppose, to those that want to start the adventure of the Discworld chronologically: The first two to three books feel very rough compared to the others. They are not bad but it’s very clear that Terry Pratchett was shifting from parody to satire to fantasy with a humor kick to it. However this is the book that started it all, so it’s a nice place to start.

Overall: 5/5. I loved it. It got me to buy the next one, and the next one, and we started building the Luggage early into the second book.

Reaper Man Thoughts 

I definitely liked this book, don’t get me wrong, but there was a lot of fluff n stuff that I can’t really apply to my paper. There was also a lot I CAN apply to my paper. However there was definitely more fluff n stuff than actual stuff I can use in my paper. 

I’ll do a proper review in a while. I’ve queued some reviews already for everyone to read, I just wanted to update on my thoughts. 

* I still love Death, even as Bill Door 

* Death of Rats is great. 

*Miss Flitworth was adorable and I kind of ship her and Death together. The relationship they have together is definitely one that I can pick apart for the sake of the paper. 

* There is an explicit quote about belief and how personalities develop from belief.

*Death of Rats tho. 

Title: Updates! (Aka why I’m not on track with everything)

So I passed comps. That’s all I can really say about that, and therefore since that giant stress is off of my shoulders I can go about my business with my thesis plans. While studying for comps I clamped down on the three areas that I want to focus on my paper. My professor told me to shoot for around 25 pages, which is no longer than I expected to be honest, and seeing as I want to turn this into a long-term project of mine it’ll be a good start to play around with.

So, just so you lovely people know, here are the deadlines involved with the thesis.

Reading deadline: February 29th

First Draft / Rough Draft Due: March 31st

Final, Final Draft Due: April 18th

I have fifty pages left of Reaper Man, I’m hoping that I can finish that tonight and have some thoughts up about it tomorrow. But because I’m not posting nearly as much as I originally wanted to I’m also going to scheduling reviews of up to book 6, Wyrd Sisters, to post throughout the week when I’m not available to.

So about that paper of mine. Here are the details. I have three areas of focus and they are the following:

  1. How Death has changed since The Colour of Magic and how that has changed the Discworld. There is a lot to work with in both Mort and Reaper Man with this and how the Discworld’s Death is a lot different than he could be. I’m sure that’s only going to expand with each book that I read.
  1. The difference between an Anthropomorphic personification and a god/goddess. Some additional reading may be needed here. I’m under the understanding that the Hogfather has a lot to do with the power of belief and how it affects both types of beings. However there’s an important passage in Reaper Man that explains belief and how Death has been there a much longer time than any god or goddess. I may still take a peak into Small Gods if I think I need more after I finish Hogfather.
  1. Attributes of Death in humans and human attributes in Death. I haven’t met Susan yet but I can’t wait to. I’ve read a lot about Susan and her ‘genetic similarities’ with Death. There’s no doubt that Susan has some sort of attribute of Death’s however we see in Reaper Man that Death can very much sort of blend in with humans, even though he isn’t… exactly human as we see him in Reaper Man. This will mostly be character analysis, I think, of Death and perhaps Susan.

Comps… Comps… Comps…

Sorry that I’ve disappeared everyone! Today is my comprehensive exam at school, which is a oral exam over all my literature classes in the last 2.5 years or so. I’ve been really stressed about everything involving that and I’m just hoping I can survive through the rest of the day!

However everything should be back on schedule by the end of the day. Reaper Man’s thoughts and such will be uploaded when I finish it. I may schedule some posts about the past books.

I just wanted to update everyone to keep you up to date on what’s going on and why I haven’t been posting like planned. 

Thoughts For the Day

Randomly written during break between classes today. 

I was just thinking about the books so far, as I’ve had a hard time finding time to read Reaper Man (though what I have read I’m enjoying a lot). Death has appeared in all the novels that I’ve read so far (and actually appears in 39 of 41), but he’s changed so much from the first novel. Perhaps that is due to Terry Pratchett’s changes in his writing style. Discworld as changes a lot within the four novels.

The Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic can easily be called the ‘rough draft’ of Discworld. Though some characters, such as Rincewind, don’t change much between his appearances in the Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic compared to Sourcery. Death, however, changes quite a bit in how he interacts with others who are supposed to die. Death, as we see him after Rincewind, is very strange compared to Death in Mort.

Death appears often when Rincewind is close to death, but he simply appears and tells Rincewind that he should die now. He insists that it won’t hurt and that it’d be quick. This is very unlike the Death that is sympathetic and willing to listen to those that are about to die. However, if we were to go by the logic that we see in Mort, if Rincewind truly was supposed to die (which is the case with Keli) the entire universe would be messed up and no one (or very few) would be able to see Rincewind and he would have eventually died to reset the universe (or Death would’ve changed the universe for the sake of Rincewind’s stubbornness… Maybe that’s the case????). Still we see a change in Death’s personality, he isn’t the vengeful  (nearly blood-thirsty) Death that we see in the Colour of Magic. Rincewind isn’t old but he isn’t young either, but Death constantly tries to collect Rincewind’s soul when he’s in a near-death situation. This is very different than what we see when Death looks at Keli’s hourglass.

YES. IT IS A PITY.
“Master?”
Death stood with the third glass in his hand, staring thoughtfully at the play of light across its surface. He sigh.
ONE SO YOUNG.
-page 78, Mort

Albert seems dismayed about his ‘master’s’ behavior. However Death, even in the Light Fantastic, has a bit of a sympathetic personality. We see this with the appearance of Ysabell in The Light Fantastic shows that there is, somewhat, some sort of sympathy aspect to Death. However he plays a much smaller role in the second half of the ‘rough draft’ Discworld, but we do see a bit of his home life with Ysabell.

Those were just some thoughts that I had and wanted to document.

How Things Are Gonna Work Around Here 

Second post! It’s a snowy, cold day and I got out of work even earlier than we were supposed to. I slept terribly due to work stress but that’s not relevant for you lovely people.

So, I’ve been lying in my room not doing anything particularly productive trying to figure out what the order of things are going to be around here. Well this is what I’ve come up with, at least for the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday’s will be when Mid-Week thoughts will be posted. This could be anything from a mini-review on the book I’m currently reading, to thoughts about the articles I’m reading for my thesis, to research I’m doing on anthropomorphizations of Death in other media. (Feel free to suggest stuff for me to research!!) This will start on 1/27. Depending on what day my comprehensive exams are will depend on if the second issue is delayed or not.

Sunday’s (excluding this Sunday 1/24) will be when book reviews will be posted. Next Sunday (1/31) will be when the review and thoughts of Reaper man will be posted. However this Sunday may contain a book review of a past book that I’ve read.

Right now with my school schedule, work, and homework this is all I can do at the moment! But I may occasionally update some non-book related Discworld stuff… like when the crocheted babies get in the mail and such!

Also I now have an affiliates page, so if you are a blog (book related or not) and would like to be an affiliate feel free to check out the contact info on that page.

I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend and stays warm!

xx Alli

Ps: if you could let me know if the email follow works that’d be great!

P.P.S: Would anyone be interested in a read along? It’d be fast paced but… I’m just curious! It’d be easier to create a discussion that way.