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The Last Continent: Discworld #22 | [Terry Pratchett]

The Last Continent: Discworld #22

It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, alright?
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Publisher's Summary

This is the Discworld's last continent, a completely separate creation.

It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, all right?

And it'll die in a few days, except...Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, beer drinker, bush ranger and someone who'll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when he's sober? A man in a hat whose luggage follows him on little legs, who's about to change history by preventing a swagman stealing a jumbuck by a billabong?

Yes...all this place has between itself and wind-blown doom is Rincewind the inept wizard who can't even spell wizard.

Still...no worries, eh?

Also, Terry Pratchett would like it to be known that The Last Continent is not a book about Australia. It's just vaguely Australian.

©1998 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1999 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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    Douglas hendersonville, NC, USA 02-17-04
    Douglas hendersonville, NC, USA 02-17-04
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    "No worries, mate"

    Either you get it, or you don't. For those who "get" Terry Pratchett and his madcap enchantment of Discworld, this book is another delight.
    Rincewind, the hapless galactic runaway, finds himself unintentionally stranded in the weird land of XXXX (pseudo-Australia).
    He also runs through a string of acccidental heroics wherever his sandals set down in this sun-scorched continent. Pratchett goes to great lengths to poke fun at everything Australian (especially the names) and wonderfully entertains us in the process. Meanwhile, the
    "real" wizards back at home are desperately seeking Rincewind to help them cure the Librarian. Good story, good laughs, time well wasted.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Cary, NC USA 04-09-10
    Robert Cary, NC USA 04-09-10 Member Since 2007
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    "4X - Australian for beer."

    I was delighted that Rincewind was finally rewarded with a return to UU and boredom. The sound quality was good and I enjoyed the gently probing into the cause and effect of creation. I shall forever be alert to the dangers of pineapples, prawns and letting wizards draw animals into being. The laying down of all the 'ground work' can be a little tedious but is essential for understanding when the pace starts galloping.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Bolesky Portland, OR 01-04-13
    Jeremy Bolesky Portland, OR 01-04-13 Member Since 2002

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    "[not] Australia"

    Witty and amusing, as always from Terry Pratchett. These audio books make my commute seem too short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn La Mesa, CA, United States 10-18-11
    Kathryn La Mesa, CA, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Loved This One"

    Mr. Planer NAILED the Australian accents. Yes, this novel is a long poke at Australia, but so what? I laugh and laugh everytime I listen to the novel. (I seldom read the books because the narrators are so talented.) And the story has more going on than gently teasing Australia. I have seldom had more fun in the company of Ridcully and his senior wizards.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra Gainesville, VA, United States 06-28-14
    Alexandra Gainesville, VA, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A Solid Entry in the Discworld Canon"

    Although I didn't care as much for the Outback venue, I can't deny there are some wonderful set pieces. The climax is a bit weird, but the faculty's adventure, the sheep-shearing contest, and the escape from prison sequence are all pretty fantastic. The argument over Australian figurative language is a personal favorite. Highly recommended.

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    Anne Billings, MT, United States 02-03-14
    Anne Billings, MT, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Another Discworld"

    Nice to have RinseWind involved. OK story. Sound was off. I felt like I was listening in a bucket.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Exton, PA, United States 07-19-13
    Edward Exton, PA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pratchett Goes Down Under"

    Classic Pratchett with all the wit, charm & inventiveness we've come to expect. And Nigel Planer is, as always, in top form. It certainly helps to have read the first few Diiscworld books to get the most out of this one (#22 in the series) but if you have, you'll find this one a pure joy. I've read over 20 Discworld books thus far and this is undoubtedly one of my favorites, along with Small Gods and Making Money. Buy, listen, enjoy and appreciate the verbal & creative genius that is Terry Pratchett.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sabrina Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-23-13
    Sabrina Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The Last Continent in three words, what would they be?

    I love Terry Pratchett and this is a great book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The luggage is my favorite because it's hilarious.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the luggage attacks the guards in high heels.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    All of his books are that way for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Wolf Colorado 03-12-13
    P. Wolf Colorado 03-12-13 Member Since 2012

    The Video Guy

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    "Last Continent and The Last Rinsewind"
    What did you love best about The Last Continent?

    The story brings to an end the saga of Rinsewind. Taking twists and turns across multiple timelines. The story carries the reader/listener through an amusing jag. Rinsewind's wonderful talent for running reaches its perfected art-form and his wonderful sense of reality shows that the guys who think they know everything don't always know anything.


    What other book might you compare The Last Continent to and why?

    There are elements from this book that are not unlike The Gates, and perhaps earlier works in the disc-world saga.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This one is not quite as interesting as The Color Of Magic and The Light Fantastic but it has the same timing, pace and excitement of Eric also from the disc world series. I enjoy listening to Nigel Planer's interpretation of Rinsewind. He has a great talent for bringing the voices alive. Knowing that he was in front of the camera in two of the disc world movies for me gives me a feeling familiarity that the voice just helps.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and enjoyed so very much of this book. I felt a deep satisfaction at the conclusion of Rinsewind's story. It was liking watching a long journey and seeing the end of the road.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so much an important part of the disc world saga and is a must read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyssa LAS CRUCES, NM, United States 11-12-12
    Lyssa LAS CRUCES, NM, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "No Worries"

    The Last Continent is a fun read and a good listen. This time Pratchett takes us to the country of XXX where Rincewind, the expert coward, must save the country and bring the Wet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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