Friendly neighborhood self-confessed laconophilia, whose armor suits him, but it can not hide that mark (Nothing ever will), who was prepared the very moment that he let his arrow fly, that’ll slay anything that's evil (that's his deal), who will never die (just go Missing In Action), who's desperate to regain his honor, who has the innate ability to be overlooked and ignored, who hides a bitter heart under a veneer of lovable idiot, and who knows deep down that Who I am is not who I want to be...
I've been used as the base model for 4 Marvel Sketch Cards, 1 Topps Star Wars Galaxies trading card, a Star Wars Insider cover image, and a T-Shirt at Hot Topic.
ACCIDENTALLY GROWS REALLY ATTACHED TO A STORY I’LL NEVER WRITE
The story that’s been rattling around in my head since, well, grade school, actually. The Dead Man’s Tale.
This is part 2 of my 40 part review of the entire Discworld series, in chronological order of release.
Today’s book is The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett.
Better than Color of Magic, but should be read after for full understanding of certain sections of the plot.
Introduces great characters and sets things up that later books will use to great effect.
Spoiler Free Review
The Light Fantastic picks up immediately after the last one, and reading them only a week apart really brings some things to light. One is how much a book benefits from a single coherent plot as opposed to four, another is how little the first book changed the characters.
This book has great characterization, each person feels distinct and has an arc that changes them as the book goes on. In The Color of Magic, even through all the fantastical things that happened, the characters came out acting the same as they did going in.
Once again, this book has some inconsistencies compared to the later books, which get much more consistant in world building and have a continuity of character development that is a joy to read. It’s just getting started in this book, and there are some teething issues, but the things I love about Discworld are almost fully formed and it really shows. I’d read this over the previous book nine times out of ten.
Below the cut is another spoiler filled dissection of the major plot points and world/character building.
Next week on #ReviewsdayTuesday is “Equal Rites”, about the Disc’s first female Wizard. That should be interesting (and slightly frustrating), given how prevalent some sexist attitudes turn out to be among the magical community.
In 1944 a children’s book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion.
She wrote, “This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.”
American diplomat Hugh Gibson called it the finest piece of literary criticism he had ever read.