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The Light Fantastic: Discworld 2 | [Terry Pratchett]

The Light Fantastic: Discworld 2

The Great A'Tuin, the heroic turtle who supports the weight of the entire Discworld, not to mention four giant elephants, swims through the galaxy day and night with the burden of being the only creature who knows exactly where the universe is going. Philosophers have long debated where this is, and are due to find out in about 2 months. Shall they worry?
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The Great A'Tuin, the heroic turtle who supports the weight of the entire Discworld, not to mention four giant elephants, swims through the galaxy day and night with the burden of being the only creature who knows exactly where the universe is going. Philosophers have long debated where this is, and are due to find out in about 2 months. Shall they worry? Well, they are on a collision course with a malevolent red star and only one person can save Discworld. Unfortunately, it's the cowardly wizard, Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the planet. This is the second book in the Discworld series.

(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1986; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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"Planner is confronted by a variety of eccentric characters and with brilliant flair he brings them off well. Great stuff." (AudioFile)

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    J Whitney Grimsby, UK 05/10/2007
    J Whitney Grimsby, UK 05/10/2007 Listener Since 2007
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    "The start of the legendary series..."

    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'

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nom GOOLE, United Kingdom 18/08/2011
    Nom GOOLE, United Kingdom 18/08/2011
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    "Save your ears"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julian Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom 25/05/2010
    Julian Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom 25/05/2010 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Fantasytic."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Loved it! Poor download quality though"

    The book is great! But sound quality is poor. Nigel Planner is really good and really adds to the book and story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 09/04/2015
    Rebecca 09/04/2015
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    "fantastic "

    love all thd disc world books shame the audio quality was poor kept fading in andout but was read well overall xxx

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Nicola A Munday 08/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "I entered the light fantastic backwards!!??.."

    As indicated in the title, I watched the film of the collaboration of both the light fantastic and the colour of magic, before reading ( or listening) to the audiobook, can't decide if that was the round way wrong!
    Therefor, I already had the characters pictured in my head! Subconsciously, this almost lead me to believe my eyes, instead of my ears, therefore I listened to both audiobooks twice to counteract that problem, which must have been a good idea as I now love both books! (the film is great too) in fact, I am about to listen to them for the third time! And looking forward to it!...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 08/03/2015
    Paul 08/03/2015 Member Since 2013

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    "Shockingly bad audio quality"
    What would have made The Light Fantastic better?

    If it had been recorded by professionals. Not amateurs using equipment they found in a bin.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Light Fantastic?

    Rincewind's realisation of a certain inevitability regarding the spell in his head.


    What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

    It was fairly difficult to hear and understand most of the time due to the appalling audio quality.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jimmmy 12/02/2015
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    "Same stuff love it"

    The voice of Neil makes it for me and the sheer variety of voices he can muster brings it to life

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Copthorne, West Sussex, United Kingdom 25/06/2010
    Gary Copthorne, West Sussex, United Kingdom 25/06/2010
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    "Loved every minute"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    V J Burnley, Lancs, United Kingdom 27/07/2015
    V J Burnley, Lancs, United Kingdom 27/07/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "The series picks up!"

    Much less episodic than The Colour of Magic, a proper novel with an intriguing plot. I like the way the solution ofcliffhanger from the previous book becomes the plot driver of this one!

    One quibble with the reading, the name of one of the characters is read wrong throughout, very annoying!

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    "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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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    The story is good but the audio changes quality on different chapters. The audio doesn't make it too bad just distracting.

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  • Joel Booker
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    "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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