(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1986; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
"Planner is confronted by a variety of eccentric characters and with brilliant flair he brings them off well. Great stuff." (AudioFile)
While the Light Fanastic isn't the best of the Discworld novels it's certainly more humorous than the previous title 'the Colour of Magic', you can see the start of the writing style that made Pratchett's series so well loved.
The storyline continues directly from the end of the Colour of Magic and serves as a much more epic storyline than the previous novels now Rincewind and Twoflower are established, as well as introducing future Discworld star Cohen as well as the Wizards. It involves the miraculous saving of Rincewind and Twoflower and the threat of a Red star heading towards the Discworld.
There are a few places where the narrative feels a bit long winded in the middle but overall it is a well paced book that in conjunction with the previous novel form an excellent story.
I'd recommend it, if best served back to back with 'The Colour of Magic'
Two stars because the audio quality of this, even on 4 and enhanced, dreadful. There's a background hiss and it sounds tinny. I wish I'd sampled it first. Get the abridged version -- it's shorter, obviously, but the sound quality is much better and it costs less.
The book is great! But sound quality is poor. Nigel Planner is really good and really adds to the book and story.
Dear Terry Pratchett. One of the sorrows of my life is that I wasted a lot of years, thinking I didn't need to read about Discworld. A mistake I have repeated, several times elsewhere. Still, looking on the bright side, they're all still there, waiting to be enjoyed.
I was a bit puzzled by this, because, my introduction to Discworld came via the film made of 'The Colour of Magic', which I enjoyed, enormously. When I got to The Light Fantastic, I suddenly realised that the film contained a lot of this book too, which, I have to say, was a bit of a disappointment. Add the alterations, and adjustments made with any film, and it all becomes a bit overdone. I loved it, and the characters, and have plotted out the rest of the list. Long Live Sir Terry.
If it had been recorded by professionals. Not amateurs using equipment they found in a bin.
Rincewind's realisation of a certain inevitability regarding the spell in his head.
It was fairly difficult to hear and understand most of the time due to the appalling audio quality.
I won't bother buying any more discworld. From the first two books it's obvious they're all going to be this shoddy. Going to move on to something else now.
Terry Prachetts style is so cleverly descriptive and greatly amusing and this book is no exception. Brilliantly read by Nigel Planer who has just the perfect voice for a Prachett novel. Well worth every penny, I highly recommend it and guarantee you will not be dissapointed.
Once I start a book I enjoy I won't stop till the story ends... Reading opens the door to secret worlds full of dreams.
I would, because it makes you laugh and you start seeing work in a whole new light.
It is hard to compete with Rincewind and Twoflower as these two are quite a pair, however the book introduces Cohen The Barbarian and I'm hoping to see him more in the series. I shall say no more to not give away the story.
I LOVE Nigel Planer's performances and he is my favourite narrator of the Terry Prachett books. It's a joy. Thank you Mr Planer!
I swallowed the humour of the book like a frog who caught a fly and didn't let go. If I had to pick a moving moment as my life depended on it..., it would be Rincewind and his inability to cast the spell...
A solid performance from Nigel Planer, although not as good as Stephen Briggs' narration on other books in the Discworld series.
Typical Pratchett: a knack for understanding human nature and a brilliant way with words. The Light Fantastic may not illicit the emotional responses of his later works, but it's an enjoyable and easy romp through the Disc in the company of everyone's favourite Wizzard.
What could have been a wonderful voyage into the early years of Pratchett's Discworld was sadly ruined by the poor quality of the recording. Very hard to lose yourself in Rincewind's adventures when it sounds like you're listening to a rather worn cassette.
"Rincewind is back with a vengeance"
The Story that began with the first Discworld novel, the Colour of Magic has its epilogue in the second one, the Light Fantastic. Download them both, listen to them one after the other. The cover image is mistaken again, like in the colour of magic, and low resolution too. this is why they get 4 stars and not 5. Reader, Nigel IS THE READER, the one and only, perfect! He embodies the spirit od the Disc characters that Pratchett created, never boring and always perfect being Death, Rincewind or even the Luggage or any othe character! Pratchett himself confirms yet again that you can have an Epic fantasy ...even with onions!
The story is good but the audio changes quality on different chapters. The audio doesn't make it too bad just distracting.
This narrator is really cool! Love the range of accents and vocal tones. Pratchett, of course, awesome.
"Good reading performance, good story"
The reading and story were very well done, though the sound quality and recording quality was... crusty and uneven.
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