The Light Fantastic Book Summary and Study Guide

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Another early Discworld novel, which takes place right after _The Colour of Magic_, finds a giant red star flying closer and closer to the planet while Rincewind, the world's worst wizard, tries desperately to get the Octavo's eighth spell out of his head and back into the magic book. Still accompanied by the world's first tourist, Twoflower, and his many-legged, carnivorous Luggage, Rincewind meets the legendary, 80-year-old Cohen the Barbarian and his 17-year-old girlfriend Bethan, who help our heroes battle bounty hunters, trolls, and other threats. They also visit the druids and learn about their cosmology, Death's adopted daughter Ysabell, the Horse People, and your typical magical shop. Meanwhile, a young wizard at Unseen University named Trymon is scheming to take over the world. Great fun, as always.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

A continuation of "The Colour of Magic", this book sees Rincewind and Twoflower, last seen falling over the Rim, on a desperate quest to keep wizards, bounty hunters and more-or-less everyone from getting the Spell out of Rincewind's head. Even with the Luggage and the legendary barbarian hero Cohen (now 80) on their side, it's going to be tough -- especially with a red star getting closer and closer to the World Turtle and the Discworld on her/his back
The review of this Book prepared by Beth Winter

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 50% Tone of book    -   very upbeat    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   magical artifact Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand    -   sword fights Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   mage/magician Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's If magical mental powers:    -   is very quick


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests    -   Domed/Underground City A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   neutral aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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