Terry Pratchett: The Last Continent



Kangaroos lots of references to Australian movies and a few side stabs at s silly humans in general Good but not Pratchett s best Still I like the diversity within the series and that Sir Terry changed the scenery regularly throughout and it was a nice alternate look at evolution when compared to all the science books I ve read this month lol The Last Continent is the sixth book in the Rincewind subseries of Discworld For me this was one of the average Discworld books I don t normally fall asleep while reading but the cat and I took a few short naps while reading this book Rincewind has accidentally become stranded in a remote area of Austral I mean in Ecksecksecksecks While Rincewind is innoc Are we all here said Archancellor Ridcully as he surveyed the assembled wizards Good Now let s get our brainstorming session startedOok said the Librarian in an Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, uncertain tone The Archancellor glared at him Come on come on shouldn t be difficult We need to reset parameters Push the envelope Think out of the boxWhat box asked the Dean timidly The Archancellor gave him a withering lookFor those who somehow missed yesterday s briefing session he continued enunciating every syllable we have been given annusual opportunity Our Author he made a perfunctory sketch of the Holy Sign of Pratchett our Author has invited Just Once (The Runaways, us to help plan his next book I see it as a witty series of Australia related parodies This is our cue to think synergistically and proactively exploit our first mover advantage and As he never tired of explaining to the other members of Unseen University The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Wizards had turned Mustrum Ridcully into a new man Some people however still remembered the old one with a certain wistful nostalgia But now Ponder Stibbons the Assistant Under Nerdnexpectedly raised his handPlease sirRidcully stopped surprised YesWell sir I ve been thinking about it as well and I have a few ideas to er to toss into the mix He cleared his throat I ve been reading about you know evolution the Professor of Recent Runes looked pointedly at the ceiling it s ah very interesting and I thought the book could be you know a sort of satire on that On evolution DarwinThank you very much for your valuable contribution said Ridcully in a tone that clearly indicated the subject was now closed but as I was saying Australia A wealth of comic material for Contemporary Plays by African American Women us to exploit Kangaroos Mad Max Sheep shearing Beer Cork hats Amusing synonyms for throwingp No but really sir let me explain said Stibbons Evolution s funnier than you might think We can arrive at this island where it all happens much faster new species evolve in hours rather than millennia there s a god who s in charge of it all and wait sir here s the punchline it s a clever reference to JBS Haldane As I Was Saying interrupted Ridcully Australia Bush rangers Drop bears Vegemite And for those among s who believe our target demographic likes biology a seuence on how the platypus was created There No one can say I m not willing to compromiseStibbons sighed It was going to be another of those meetings You call that a knife The giant nsheathed one that would be called a sword if it had been held in a normal sized hand This is what I call a knifeMad looked at it Then he reached his hand around behind his back and it came back holding something Really No worries This he said is what I call a crossbowI cringed when I saw that this entry in the series was about the wizards Normally their haughty behavior which reminds me SO MUCH of my mother in law s most annoying trait makes my skin sizzle but in this go round they are marooned on a tropical isle Being tossed out of their natural habitat The Unseen University they are suddenly vulnerable and insecure I enjoyed this book Am I coming p the raw prawn Nah mate I enjoyed it Strewth Grab your woolly jumpers and a bowl of pie in pea soup and enjoy itLast Continent is a fun Australian reference fueled Pratchett classic Recommended for all fans of RincewindNo worries In which Rincewind gets sent to my adopted country and encounters every pop culture reference you could think of Is this how Egyptians react when they read about Djellibeybi in PyramidsI remember when I first moved here middle of Summer endless days of 40c heat not even remotely a hint of potential rainfall and then one morning it just hammered down with rain for a few minutes and the roads turned to rivers and everybody seemed to panic a bit Pratchett nailed itThe absurdly misplaced affection for the larrikin at best and the hardened criminal at worst is also put nder the spotlight that is the Discworld funhouse mirror thanks to Rinco s penchant for ending p in the worst situation possible at any given time Priscilla Abba Max Opera Ned Vegemite Gay Pride Aboriginal culture Skippy Crocodile Dundee it s all to be found in Fourecks Muddled around a bit with a storyline that turns Ponder Stibbons in to Darwin It s a lot of fun nowhere near as offensive as it might have been considering it is a Rincewind book about a different culture and happily now out of the way so I don t have to dread reading about Rincewind in Australia any longe. Uncover the mystery and to find Rincewind who is currently stranded on the nfinished down nder continent of Foureck.

Pratchett Goes to Australia28 October 2015 I have to say that when I have read books or seen TV episodes by people from foreign parts where they try to satirise Australia I have generally been either nimpressed or downright insulted as was the case with the Simpsons Episode where the Simpsons come to Australia act like a bunch of jerks proceed to insult everybody leave an infestation of cane toads and then go home As such I was approaching Pratchett s book with some trepidation due to this experience okay I m probably exaggerating a bit here because the only episode that actually comes to mind is the Simpsons episode but I have to say that that one episode was enough to leave a really bad taste in my mouth However to say that I was pleasantly surprised is an nderstatement In fact it was not what I anticipated at all It seems that Terry Pratchett knows about Australia than I do and I was born and bred here Mind you that is probably not surprising considering that when we are surrounded by our culture and our people we tend not to see what others consider to be somewhat strange Sure I nderstand that people wonder about this strange substance called vegemite and why it is that Australians not only eat it but actually like it but then again there are a lot of things about other countries that make me scratch my head such as octopus tentacles in Hong Kong Anyway Pratchett in this one book seems to cover almost everything about Australia and there are some things that he knew about that really surprised me Of course we have good old vegemitebut he also makes a number of mentions of the Pie Floater which is a pie covered in sauce floating in pea soup which you only really find in Adelaide though the famous Pie Cart that The Ascent of Man used to sit outside the railway station has long since gone due to the tram tracks being laid down However the one thing that really surprised me was when Rincewind was pickedp by a dwarf named Mad and next thing we know we are suddenly caught The Grand Sophy up on one of those awesome Mad Max car chases Honestly when I first pickedp this book I never expected Rincewind to get caught Winners Dream up in a Mad Max car or should I say cart chase Not only does he pay tribute to Mad Max but also to the Man from Snowy River and Priscillaeen of the Desert In fact in one section Rincewind discovers that he is standing on a float in the middle of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi gras The reason that I gave this book such a high rating was the very clever and really amusing way he painted a picture of Australian culture however the problem that I had with the book was that there really didn t seem to be a plot Okay there was a plot but it seemed to be some loose thread that tied Rincewind s antics together which involved him stumbling from one piece of Australiana to another which included meeting Crocobile Dongo aka Crocodile Dundee drinking copious amounts of really good beer and being mistaken for Waltzing Matilda the guy in that song that gets busted stealing a sheep and instead of going to gaol throws himself into a billabong and drowns He does have a side plot namely that the Librarian catches a cold however it is a magical cold which causes him to shapeshift whenever he sneezes To cure him of the cold the wizards need to find his true name but he has removed all record of it so they decide to go and find Rincewind which results in them landing O viziune a sentimentelor up on a deserted island ten thousand years in the past Here they meet the god of evolution that doesn t actually believe in himself and proceed teach him a much better way of causing change in nature than simply creating things from scratch namely sex Pratchett as can be expected very cleverly ties these two threads together however I ll let you read the book to find out how he does it I ll finish off with a little anecdote that just goes to show how much I don t actually pickp being an Australian though I have began to notice some aspects of this when I travel overseas particularly when I first arrived at Heathrow Airport to discover everybody speaking with an English accent which I just have to say was really weird Anyway Rincewind discovers that there are two words in Australia or Ecksecksecksecks Fourecks which happens to be a brand of beer that can solve any problem and placate any person no worries Anyway I just shrugged and continued about my day Harveys Revised English Grammar until as I was about to walk into the office the door suddenly flew open and almost hit me in the face Coming out from behind the door was one of my mates who proceeded to look and me and say no worries I almost burst out laughing All I can say is that having now read this book I simply cannot look at those two words the same again Despite the author s protestations that this isn t Australia in a thin disguise I am back to confirm that this Last Continent is indeed AustraliaEven the God of Evolution basically came right out and said it Rincewind on another adventure and this time it s in the outback putting all his mad survival skills to theltimate test mateOn a side note the head staff of Unseen University seems to have misplaced themselvesI can t ite tell whether I enjoyed Rincewind s ongoing adventures. Librarian's Note Alternate cover edition for ISBN 10 0061059072 ISBN 13 9780061059070When a professor at Unseen Univer.

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Than Ridcully s crew Both were fun But let s face it this book is nothing but a bunch of Australian cliche jokes Good enough for now and amusing for a moment but I can t put this book on any best of Pratchett lists I d call this a placeholder Pratchett Very good in general but nothing superior Discworld is a world and a mirror of worlds This is not a book about Australia No it s about somewhere entirely different which happens to be here and there a bitAustralian Stillno worries right Keeping the boss away from your workPonder knew he should never have let Ridcully look at the invisible writings Wasn t it a basic principle never to let your employer know what it is you actually do all day But no matter what precautions you took sooner or later the boss was bound to come in and poke around and say things like Is this where you work then and I thought I sent a memo out about people bringing in potted plants and What d you call that thing with the keyboard Unfortunately like many people who are instinctively bad at something the Archchancellor prided himself on how good at it he was Ridcully was to management what King Herod was to the Bethlehem Playgroup Association The clever traveler researches his destination before arrivingDeath picked p a book at random and read the coverDANGEROUS MAMMALS REPTILES AMPHIBIANS BIRDS FISH JELLYFISH INSECTS SPIDERS CRUSTACEANS GRASSES TREES MOSSES AND LICHENS OF TERROR INCOGNITA he read His gaze moved down the spine VOLUME 29c he added OH PART THREE I SEE Don t panicThe wizards were civilized men of considerable education and culture When faced with being inadvertently marooned on a desert island they nderstood immediately that the first thing to do was place the blame Spoofs Tropes parodies Although this story is not about Australia that is the Australia in our world it does describe all things Australian that we see in the popular media such as the Sydney Opera House Mad Max the man from Snowy River and Have fun spotting them all The winner gets a chocolate fishEnjoy Steve Irwin Crocodile Dundee Tasmanian Devil and Olivia Newton John sit enjoying Vegemite sandwiches and discussing Terry Pratchett s 22nd Discworld novel The Last ContinentSteve Crikey What a great book did you all enjoy it as much as I didDundee Indeed I did mate I spent the arvo tending the barbie and rollin on me backside laughing at good ole PratchettDevil RaararraghOlivia Right you are Taz who knew the Discworld was chockers of good few heh Get away from Anhk Morpork and irm and Klatch and far far away you ve got his Last Continent the one made last still being created Ecks Ecks Ecks Ecks or Down Undah on the DiscworldDevil RaarararrraaghDundee I nearly finished me slab while reading and I also thought that we got to learn about Rincewind and what an odd bugger he is but also a hero in a ripper sort of waySteve Pratchett has the wizards from ole UU go and fetch Rincewind from the far away Ecks Ecks Ecks Ecks and we get an Aussie adventureOlivia Fair Dinkum I thought Rincewind was similar sort of to Piers Anthony s Bink from A Spell for Chameleon he might not do proper magic but he s got sweet as magic to stay in one pieceDevil RarararrraaarrraghDundee Right you are Taz and of course as always the real hero here is Sir Terry hisself telling s a whopper of a taleDevil Raarararaagh This installment in the Discworld series focuses on Rincewind and the senior faculty of Unseen University As is known by now I m not the biggest Rincewind fan and I was very happy to see that he wasn t center stage here not alone at least The Senior Wrangler for example or Ponder Stibbons and the God of Evolution were a hilarious counter balance After his last adventure Rincewind is in a very dry and hot place stumbling from waterhole to waterhole A long distance away at Unseen University in Ankh Morpork the Librarian falls gravely ill That is to say he s got a cold The problem is that almost every time he sneezes he changes shape Moreover due to his illness he can t do his job and the magical books in the library grow restless So Arch chancellor Ridcully and his irky bunch need to come Multiple Mayhem (Gabby Duran up with a solution They remember that at one point Rincewind had been the librarian at the start of the series for a short amount of time so they start looking for him which gets them and Mrs Whitlow stranded somewhere and somewhen else Australian slangniue and rather deadly fauna and flora entirely helpful fauna and flora in the same place only a few thousand years earlier seven dwarves wizards and one lady some sexual innuendos the harmless almost pitiful variety as well as one hell of a dry continent with The Eagles Nest (The New Avengers, uiteniue animals The level of When the Sea Turned to Silver uality of these books isndeniable Moreover it was fitting to read this book this month since we are following evolution and I was reading a lot of science books Darwin s work amongst others as well However sadly as much as I chuckled a few times here and always relish the feeling of being back it s like putting on your favourite pullover it wasn t nearly as funny as some previous romps and also not as deep It was simply a nice little est with some crocodiles sheep shearing. Sity disappears and the school's librarian turns into an ape a search party travels to the far reaches of Discworld to.

Born Terence David John Pratchett Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels i