The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

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Dátum: 10.07.2008
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Terry Pratchett is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. He has sold more than 40 million books around the world. He is also one of the finest satirists currently writing in the English language, and he has been compared to Douglas Adams. His fantasy series the Discworld is a humorous, and often satirical fantasy work that parodies everything under the sun. The Discworld is a fictional world placed on the backs of four giant elephants supported by the giant turtle Great A'Tuin. Pratchett parodies everything in his books, culture, movies, other books, politics and many historical events.

The main character is the very bad wizard Rincewind, he is assigned as a guide to the naive tourist Twoflower. This a second book of a Discworld series. During the events of previous book, called The Colour of Magic, these two so-called heroes went together through a lot of amazing adventures and they ended up falling over the edge of Discworld (the circular flat world placed on the backs of four elephants …).

After the wizard Rincewind has fallen from the edge of the Discworld, his life is mysteriously saved and he lands back on it. Meanwhile, the wizards of Ankh-Morpork discover that the Discworld will soon be destroyed unless the eight spells of the Octavo are read: the most powerful spells in existence, one of which hides in Rincewind's head. Several other wizards try to find Rincewind and kill him, they are led by Trymon, a former classmate of Rincewind's, who wishes to get the power of the spells for himself.
After Rincewind, who has met again with Twoflower, escapes them, it becomes clear that Great A'Tuin, the giant turtle that carries the Discworld, is going directly into a red star with eight moons. Rincewind and Twoflower are traveling together with Cohen the Barbarian, an aging hero, and Bethan, a sacrificial virgin saved by Cohen, with assistance from Rincewind and Twoflower.

Rincewind
becomes one of the very few people who were able to enter Death's Domain and get out alive. He is nearly killed when he meets Death's adopted daughter Ysabell, but is saved by the Luggage (magical chest running around on a hundreds of small human feet). Death looks like a big skeleton with scythe.

As the star comes nearer and the magic on the Discworld is failing, Trymon tries to put the seven spells from the Octavo into his mind, in an attempt to save the world and gain power. However, the spells are too strong for him and his mind becomes a door into the "Dungeon Dimensions", from where strange, horrible creatures try to enter this reality. After winning a fight against them, Rincewind is able to read all eight spells aloud. After that the eight moons of the red star crack and reveal eight tiny world-turtles that follow their parent A'Tuin on a course away from the star. The Octavo is then eaten by Twoflower's Luggage.

The book ends with Twoflower and Rincewind parting company, as Twoflower decides to return home, leaving The Luggage with Rincewind as a parting gift.
I received this book from my girlfriend on my 18th birthday. I’m not a big reader but I tried to read it to make her happy. When I finished it few weeks later I was really happy that I tried. This book is hilarious.
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