Sourcery When last seen the singularly inept wizard Rincewind had fallen off the edge of the world Now magically he s turned up again and this time he s brought the Luggage But that s not all Once upon a ti

  • Title: Sourcery
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780552131070
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • When last seen, the singularly inept wizard Rincewind had fallen off the edge of the world Now magically, he s turned up again, 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 eighthWhen last seen, the singularly inept wizard Rincewind had fallen off the edge of the world Now magically, he s turned up again, 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.

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    1. This is going to sound rather critical despite my rating, but I feel like I ought to be rather honest. The basic over-story is pretty good, as is the action and most of the humor, but there was still swaths of text that felt like it was trying too hard.More funny, more witty, more like Color of Magic than Color of Magic. It wasn't just Rincewind, who I always loved. Rincewind reminds me of Schmendrick from LeGuin's Last Unicorn, only he really doesn't have any magic at all. Ever. And yet, his wh [...]

    2. Sourcery is Sir Terry Pratchett’s fifth installment of his brilliantly funny and inventive Discworld series.First published in 1988, this is another Rincewind novel and centers around the Discworld phenomena of the eighth son of an eighth son – of an eighth son!! is a Sourceror, meaning a source of magic and therefore much more powerful.Pratchett populates this entry with many familiar characters such as The Librarian, Nijel the Destroyer and Conina the Hairdresser, daughter of Cohen the Bar [...]

    3. Maybe I am tiring of this series. Maybe this book really was slow. Whatever the case is, I had a difficult time getting into it. The humour was sometimes engaging and sometimes forced. It almost felt like the author was following the formula that had worked in previous books and reproducing it mechanically rather than spontaneously. It reminded me of a musical band that has had a couple of hit songs and decided that since they want to make money, they better reproduce the next song with the exac [...]

    4. Back to the Pratchett reread after skipping Mort. (I love Mort, but I can just about recite it at this point; I didn't need to reread it).On the Discworld the eighth son of an eighth son is a wizard and that would normally be the end of that. But if that wizard also has sons then his eighth son is a sourcerer, a source of magic of Disc-shattering power. Our hero from the first two books in the Discworld series, Rincewind, returns with a young sourcerer arriving at Unseen University. Events after [...]

    5. 2.5 stars.I hate rating this low, but I have to be honest. I spent more time counting off pages to completion than I did on reading it.There were some really funny parts and snippets of awesome. But in the end, it just wasn't connecting with me. It took me a month to finish. UghStill, I certainly didn't dislike it. I'm just hoping to get more hooked on the series before too much longer.

    6. “Not much call for a barbarian hairdresser, I expect,' said Rincewind. 'I mean, no-one wants a shampoo-and-beheading.” For some reason this, the fifth instalment of the Discworld series, feels the most derivitive and the most puerile in terms of humour.The premise, as much as you can call it that, is the story of an eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. A wizard squareda source of magica Sourcerer. Sourcery died out on the Disc thousands of years ag [...]

    7. This is the 5th Discworld book and the 3rd with Rincewind. He's not exactly a main character though, or at least not the only one.You see, we already know from the 3rd novel that the eighth son of an eighth son is predestined to become a wizard, but here we discover what happens if that eighth son of an eighth son then goes on and has an eighth son as well - the boy becomes a wizard squared, a sourcerer.There is a reason why wizards aren't allowed to have families/children. However, as you will [...]

    8. This is another entertaining instalment, not one of my most favourites, but these books cannot be less than great! I love the characters yet again, especially Conina, and it’s a great take on the wizard aspect of fantasy novels with a much broader view of the Discworld which was very interesting to learn more about! He is a genius, and Rincewind is a great hero!

    9. 3.5 Me reí bastante con esta historia del Mundodisco, es hasta ahora la que mejor describe a Rincewind este "hechicero" que no hace magia, y que intenta huir de todos los peligros que se le presenten, que son insistentes en su vida, pero que en el fondo tiene un gran corazón, cada vez siento mas cariño por este personaje, me hace reír, con su manera, por ejemplo, de querer salvar al mundo del peligroso Rechicero (que posee mas poderes que los dioses) agitando una media con un ladrillo adentr [...]

    10. An entertaining story and the typical, occasional very clever and funny observation about the world and things.^^

    11. Why did I give this two stars the first time I read it? I have no idea. The whole thing with the library made me cry. I need a banana. Rincewind faces his most horrible situation yet.A pretty woman and a magic hat.

    12. Sourcery, the fifth book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, marks his first real triumph. Like the previous book in the series, Mort, Sourcery builds on the humor of the first several books in the series and adds to it a depth of empathy and narrative prowess. The humor in particular is no longer derivative of Douglas Adams but has morphed into a style that is much more incisive and distinctive to Pratchett.The story is similar in many ways to both The Light Fantastic and Equal Rites, but un [...]

    13. It is common knowledge on Discworld that wizards aren’t to have sex, in fact it is part of the Lore, but until now it wasn’t explained why. In the 5th edition to this wonderful series, Pratchett tells the story of a wizard who went against the Lore and had seven sons, all wizards, and then an eighth son who was a sourcerer- being a source of magic. The Disc, however, is not a good place for all this magic, and so things start to fall apart–literally! We welcome back Rincewind to save the d [...]

    14. 3,5/5Me ha gustado un montón, pese a que mucha gente dice que es de los malillos de Mundodisco. Todas las referencias al Apocalipsis y cómo Pratchett ha mezclado mitos de diferentes religiones, me han encantado. Otra de las cosas que me gustan de la saga de los magos, es Rincewind, porque es un protagonista genial en su torpeza, junto con el Equipaje y sus aventuras, que nos suelen sacar de Ankh-Morpork para recorrer zonas del Disco. En esta ocasión hemos conocido Klatch, concretamente la ciu [...]

    15. "Despite rumor, Death isn't cruel- merely terribly, terribly good at his job." p.2"It wasn't that he was unaware of the despair and nobility of the human condition. It was just that as far as he was concerned you could stuff it." p.10"Psst," it said."Not very," said Rincewind, who was in a state of mind where he couldn't resist it, "but I'm working on it." p.37"He examined his conscience. It said: I'm out of options. Please yourself." p.204PERISTALSIS: successive waves of involuntary contraction [...]

    16. 3.5 stars. Pratchett's Discworld books are always entertaining and cleverly written. As such, I enjoyed this one and particularly like the character of Rincewind who is the central figure of this story. That siad, I thought the first two books of this series were so good that I have been a little disappointed that the next 3 books have not, for me at least, been quite as good. I will continue to read them as they are still worth reading, I just hope that I can come across another installment of [...]

    17. This was a good fun read (as all the Discworld books are) but it wasn't my favourite in the series. I feel like Rincewind isn't my favourite character (although I love the Luggage) and so I knew this would only be around a 3*s, but I cannot fault Pratchett for humour and I will always enjoy reading these. This story focuses on what happens when a Sourcerer is brought into the world to challenge the magicians at the University and all the inevitable chaos that ensues on the Discworld. It's a romp [...]

    18. Another delightful Discworld/Rincewind book. A great mixture of fantasy, comedy, adventure and wit, all put together. I think I will read them all."Silence filled the University in the same way that air fills a hole. Night spread across the Disk like plum jam, or possibly blackberry preserve.But there would be a morning. There would always be another morning."

    19. In common with Equal Rites the resolution in this book focuses on the need for self-restraint, the best use of power is not to use it at all (view spoiler)[ curious this for somebody who once worked as a press officer for a nuclear power station (hide spoiler)]. This principle allows for the presence of the wizards as a whole in the Pratchett universe to be non-disruptive, but more broadly is a common theme in the Discworld novels and is true also of the Witches stories in which magical interven [...]

    20. Executive Summary: This one might be a tie with The Color of Magic as my least favorite of Discworld thus far.Full ReviewAfter how much I enjoyed The Light Fantastic I was looking forward to another Rincewind book. I just never got into this one as much. There are once again some great jokes, but many of them felt in one or two parts of the book and then longer stretches where I didn't even chuckle.The plot wasn't terribly engaging. It had potential. The Eighth son of the Eighth son is destined [...]

    21. I've loved almost all the Pratchett books I've read in the past, but coming back to this one was unsatisfying. Partly because I started to notice the repetition in descriptions (yes the air feels 'greasy' when magic's being used, and yes a surprising number of things feel like a sock or a glove full of something else); but even more so by some of the characters and the ending itself which just seemed to fizzle out.Conina - introduced as thief among thieves, most deadly fighter, most beautiful wo [...]

    22. I really enjoyed this book, and the humor was once again outstanding (I love Terry Pratchett's writing!), but something about this one is keeping me from giving it a full five stars. One of the main reasons for my only enjoying it, instead of absolutely loving it, has to do with the Luggage. I LOVED the Luggage when it was introduced, but ever since it left Twoflower to belong to Rincewind it just hasn't felt the same to me. (It also hasn't eaten anyone lately, which could also be a reason for m [...]

    23. No, that title isn’t a misspelling. It’s one of Pratchett’s plays on words that he’s so fond of. Because in this book – which was the fifth Discworld novel- sourcery is when magic goes beyond wizardry and taps into the very source of magic- raw power that ordinary wizards can’t touch. ‘Sourcery’ takes on sword and sorcery fantasies, taking satirical swipes at pretty much all the big ones- Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Fantasia, The Tempest, Conan the Barbarian, 1001 Nights, Fafhrd a [...]

    24. I was hooked on these books in the late 1990's and I had to have every book that came out without fail. Unfortunately during the mists of time all the books have merged into one, but I still remember Death and Rincewind to this day and the over top adventures they had. But I have to admit my favourite novels were the ones that contain the city watch and the adventures of Sam Vimes, these novels still to this day stick out as the best of the series, but I never really got on with the books that f [...]

    25. Why wizard's don't have children16 September 2012 While the forth book in Pratchett's Discworld series is still amusing, and very colourful, I found it to be a little duller than the others that I have so far read. Some have suggested that it is because we have Rincewind and the Luggage but no Twoflower, however I didn't really miss Twoflower so I would have to disagree with that assessment. I don't actually want to say that it is boring, and I don't think dry is an appropriate word since it is [...]

    26. It's kinda fun seeing the real reason behind the wizards' enforced celibacy, of which most of them have forgotten the true origin of the prohibition on sex & marrying -- because if a wizard has eight sons, the eighth will be born a sourcerer, and crack the very foundations of the world. It's an interesting plot with very high stakes, and more detailed appearances by the Librarian and the Patrician (which are two of my favourite characters!).But also, eurgh. These early Rincewind books are se [...]

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