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
"Pratchett is the funniest parodist working in the field today, period." (The New York Review of Science Fiction)
"Terry Pratchett is simply the best humorous writer of the 20th century. Wodehouse, Waugh, Sharpe, etc. all have their merits, sometimes considerable, but Pratchett really is a cut above the rest." (Oxford Times)
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.
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.
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.
Funny moments but story was all over the place, not cohesive. Very confusing. Prefer Briggs.
Rincewind and the Wizards of Unseen University have a big adventure. The story moves along from one thing to the next quite fun the whole thing.
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.
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.
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