This book didn't quite grab me as much as he first one did, but it had its moments. Picking up there the first book left off, I was eager to find out what happened to Rincewind and Twoflower. I was disappointed though in the way that the conflict/danger was resolved so easily in an obvious deus ex machina move. From there then story then followed an ambling path that seemed to me to be less organized and compelling, almost as if the author wanted to cram in certain elements and pieces of the story forcibly whether or not they fit. However, there were plenty of brilliantly humorous moments and I found myself laughing out loud a few times. I love the British humor in this series. The ending wrapped things up but didn't quite sate my appetite in revealing the spell stuck in Rincewind's head. Overall this was fun light reading, and I get the sense this series is something you come by to snack on occasionally in between bug meals of other epic fantasy series.
Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.
"Darkness isn’t the opposite of light, it is simply its absence, and what was radiating from the book was the light that lies on the far side of darkness, the light fantastic."
The Light Fantastic follows Rincewind and Twoflower after a strange, even stranger than normal, turn of events in The Color of Magic. Rincewind has gone from just being a bumbling tour guide for Twoflower to being the man that might actually have to save the world with Twoflower and Luggage as part of his heroic entourage, which Rincewind is very skeptical about and feels like hiding is probably the better solution to the problem.
The Light Fantastic found its footing immediately being both engaging and funny from its opening lines:
"The sun rose slowly, as if it wasn’t sure it was worth all the effort."
I’m not sure how much time passed between the publishing of these two books, but to me, this book was much better paced than the first book. It seemed to be a more confident endeavor as Pratchett’s writing pushed past being cautiously humorous to pretty laugh-out-loud funny. It’s the kind of book that made me smile throughout the day when I think about the antics and Pratchett’s clever use of word play. As I mentioned, I was a little worried that the rest of the books might continue to be like the first. Don’t get me wrong, though. The first book isn’t bad, but mind would often wander when the writing stopped engaging me with the first book. I didn’t have that problem with this book.
I liked Rincewind much better in this book, too. I felt the character really got a chance to flourish in this story. There were more facets of his personality presented here and it was interesting to watch him grow as a character during this adventure.
The narration was excellent, but the recording had a persistent static hiss. It wasn't terrible, but the rest of the audiobooks I've listened to have had excellent recording quality. I'm hoping later books don't exhibit this.
The story's great and the performance is OK. It would have helped if it sounded like the narrator got at least some the jokes. However the recording quality is terrible. I wasn't able to finish the book because the loud, metallic hiss in the background kept giving me a headache if I listened for more than a few minutes at a time.
The book is great of course. The audio quality was fine. Ish. Some static in the background, an annoying ding between chapters and the footnotes were handled inexpertly. However I didn't have issues with the volume changing like other people reported.
Well written and established characters really allow you to lose yourself within the story. I think everyone knows someone like Twoflower.
Playing 'bridge' with Death and the Four Horsemen. I really liked the camera demon too.
Timing. In order to get a good laugh a line needs good timing which you may not get by reading alone.
The transformation of Rincewind.
This is a great place to start with Discworld, but just a friendly bit of advice... skip book 3 until you finished the rest. No need to sour the milk so soon.