In The Light Fantastic only one individual can save the world from a disastrous collision. Unfortunately, the hero who happens to be the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, was last seen falling off the edge of the world.
– Description from the back
The Other Half of the Story
Honestly, take all of the praise that I gave the first book and apply it to this one. Because the book picks up a few seconds after its predecessor, they feel like two halves to a much larger story. Sure, each is able to stand on its own and someone who has read only one won’t be alienated. However, I am having trouble distinguishing the events in one from the events in another simply because they feel so similar.
One thing that The Light Fantastic expands upon is the relationship between Rincewind and Twoflower. In the prior novel, Rincewind had to essentially be blackmailed into helping Twoflower. I got the contrasting feeling in this novel where Rincewind has begun to see Twoflower as a friend and is continually rescuing his life out of genuine emotional concern. On the other side of the relationship, Twoflower considers everyone his friend as soon as he meets them. The man doesn’t have a hateful or distrusting bone in his body.
Rumor says that the first two Discworld books are Terry Pratchett at his weakest. I say that if these books are the man at his weakest, then I’ll be plunging into the rest of his books with no hesitation.