|Plot Summary of The Light Fantastic|
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.
This synopsis report 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
This synopsis report prepared by Beth Winter
|Chapter Analysis of The Light Fantastic|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- rescue mission/escape from confinement
- magical artifact
Mental/magical powers focus
- magical powers (general)
War or Invasion
Major kinds of combat:
- hand to hand
- sword fights
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
If magical mental powers:
- is very quick
- 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?
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?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
Use our site!
Search for the best places to live
Our Chief Librarian