Name: The Light Fantastic (Discworld #2)
Author: Terry Pratchett
Number of Pages: 293 (Kindle)
Published: November 24th 2009 by Transworld Digital (first published June 2nd 1986)
‘What shall we do?’ said Twoflower.
‘Panic?’ said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival.
As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld could do with a hero.
What it doesn’t need is a singularly inept and cowardly wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world, or a well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind (and legs) of its own.
Which is a shame, because that’s all there is…
The Light Fantastic is the second book in the Discworld series and features the further adventures of Rincewind the wizard and Twoflower, the first tourist to Discworld. The duo were last seen falling off the edge of the world, yet it transpires that something has other plans for the pair, and so by way of magic their adventure continues.
The end of the Discworld may be nigh if the ominous red star that appears in the sky is anything to go by. The wizards are concerned, the locals are afraid, and guess who’ll be called upon to save the day?
There are trolls, wizards, druids and all manner of people either searching for or accompanying Rincewind, who has one of eight Spells, which may possibly save the world, lodged in his head. Oh, and of course the ever-persistent Luggage charges around desperately seeking Twoflower, devouring would-be thieves and generally providing moments of humour throughout.
As with the previous story there’s a lot going on, but this time the plot has a central focus – the imminent end of the world and the unlikely heroes who can hopefully save the day.
It’s comic, charmingly written and I still find the Luggage scampering around funny. Discworld is an enjoyable, colourful, sometimes bizarre world that I look forward to returning to.