Hello again book lovers and welcome to my second Around the Discworld post! Today I am going to be sharing my thoughts on the second novel in the series, The Light Fantastic which I have been buddy reading with Lynn over at Lynn’s Books. Don’t forget to check out her blog to see what she thinks too!
|| Book Review || The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett ||
Genre: Fantasy, Humour
Age category: Young Adult/ Adult
Release Date: June 2nd 1986
In The Light Fantastic only one individual can save the world from a disastrous collision. Unfortunately, the hero happens to be the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world…
Okay, I know there are a lot of Discworld fans out there and so I know there has to be something good about this series somewhere. I know it.
After reading The Colour of Magic and then this one so far I am not really seeing it but I am still willing to give it the benefit of the doubt with it being such an early instalment.
So The Light Fantastic picks up where the first book left off with Rincewind as usual in rather precarious situation (dangling from a tree on the edge of the disc if I recall correctly?) my issue with this book is that I really struggled to fully engage with it, I found myself having to read and then reread pages and sometimes whole chapters before the words would sink into my brain.
Maybe that isn’t even how the book started… I honestly don’t remember and I only recently read it!
I liked it a little bit more than the first book simply because it was one story rather than a few little ones and for that reason it made a bit more sense to me but only a little bit.
As with the first book there were a few lines that did make me laugh and many that made me smile but the plot is just too thin to really be enjoyable to me. If we can even call it a plot? After talking with Lynn about it we decided that you could actually sum up the plot of this book in about 5 lines and the rest of it is just absolute nonsense.
It was just very difficult to engage with and by the end I was just reading hoping for more glimpses of the luggage which was by far by favourite character.
I’ve heard really good things about this series and although the first two books have not been what I had hoped I am still going to continue the journey and keep my fingers and toes crossed that they will become more enjoyable as we go on!
This one though gets a 2.5 stars from me.