Sourcery, a hilarious mix of magic, mayhem, and Luggage, is the fifth book in Terry Pratchett's classic fantasy Discworld series.
Rincewind, the legendarily inept wizard, has returned after falling off the edge of the world. And this time, he’s brought the Luggage. But that’s not all… Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son — a wizard squared (that’s all the math, really). Who of course, was a source of magic — a sourcerer.
Will the sourcerer lead the wizards to dominate all of Discworld? Or can Rincewind’s tiny band stave off the Apocalypse?
This fifth Discworld tale ( Mort ), about a barely averted apocalypse there, reasserts Pratchett's adroitness as a storyteller. Inventive, satirical of the contemporary scene, Pratchett does not merely play with words, he juggles shrewd observations with aplomb. His creations are gently allegorical: for instance, the Unseen University Library is the repository of magic, its librarian an orangutan and its archchancellorship reserved for the most powerful magician, a ``sourcerer'' named Coin. But the author never takes himself or his message too seriously, and maintains a feather-light touch throughout. Even Death, an important minor character here, receives a distinctive voice.
All of Sir PTerry's work is worthy of five plus stars. My only reason for downgrading is that the footnotes and links become skewed somewhere almost halfway through the story. And, at least, one misspelling. I love Terry Pratchett and Discworld forever! My paperbacks are worn out I love (and miss) him so much. If you haven't tried the Discworld series yet, get to it. You won't be disappointed.
Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the page to which they apply. Bundling them all together at the end of the book detracts from the Pratchett experience.
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I'm not a fan of Rincewind, first of all. So you may love this book. I bought it because the sample was fabulous. But for me, it quickly dissoved into a series of one-liners that weren't that funny.