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.
I love Terry Pratchett and this is a great book.
The luggage is my favorite because it's hilarious.
When the luggage attacks the guards in high heels.
All of his books are that way for me.
The Video Guy
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.
There are elements from this book that are not unlike The Gates, and perhaps earlier works in the disc-world saga.
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.
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.
This book is so much an important part of the disc world saga and is a must read/listen.
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.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
A very entertaining read, especially after seeing the video of Rincewind getting zapped to Sydney. (youtube Run Rincewind Run!)
The story is very parochial, the plot is a very regularly defined problem; lack of The Wet. At the same time many parts of the novel are extremely original laterally creative spin-offs on modern logical theory, like the Island.
Even for Terry Pratchett, there are some wonderful 'Easter Eggs' in this book which make it a humorous gem of a read on cultural development and evolutionary theory, even if every few paragraphs someone says 'no worries,' which is not a phrase I would use in a country where sea cockroaches grow to the size of a toddler, and the snakes and giant spiders are vying for future species supremacy. I do not think it means, what you think it means Australia. Unless it's a 'Dancing in the light of your burning bridges (--with snakes on)' affectation.
I am a big fan of the Discworld series, but I was disappointed with this book. I think Terry Pratchett might have been off the boil on this one. I thought the humor was rather repeditive and predictable...making fun of Aussie beer and vegemite over and over again, etc. Thankfully I also downloaded "Jingo" at the same time...a much better book from Pratchett on form.
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