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And it'll die in a few days, except... Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, beer drinker, bush ranger and someone who'll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when he's sober? A man in a hat whose luggage follows him on little legs, who's about to change history by preventing a swagman stealing a jumbuck by a billabong?
Yes...all this place has between itself and wind-blown doom is Rincewind the inept wizard who can't even spell wizard.
Still...no worries, eh?
Also, Terry Pratchett would like it to be known that The Last Continent is not a book about Australia. It's just vaguely Australian.
"Terry Pratchett is simply the best humorous writer of the 20th century. Wodehouse, Waugh, Sharpe, etc. all have their merits, sometimes considerable, but Pratchett really is a cut above the rest." (Oxford Times)
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By Douglas on 02-17-04
No worries, mate
Either you get it, or you don't. For those who "get" Terry Pratchett and his madcap enchantment of Discworld, this book is another delight.
Rincewind, the hapless galactic runaway, finds himself unintentionally stranded in the weird land of XXXX (pseudo-Australia).
He also runs through a string of acccidental heroics wherever his sandals set down in this sun-scorched continent. Pratchett goes to great lengths to poke fun at everything Australian (especially the names) and wonderfully entertains us in the process. Meanwhile, the
"real" wizards back at home are desperately seeking Rincewind to help them cure the Librarian. Good story, good laughs, time well wasted.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 05-30-12
I don't think 'No Worries' means what you think.
A very entertaining read, especially after seeing the video of Rincewind getting zapped to Sydney. (youtube Run Rincewind Run!)
The story is very parochial, the plot is a very regularly defined problem; lack of The Wet. At the same time many parts of the novel are extremely original laterally creative spin-offs on modern logical theory, like the Island.
Even for Terry Pratchett, there are some wonderful 'Easter Eggs' in this book which make it a humorous gem of a read on cultural development and evolutionary theory, even if every few paragraphs someone says 'no worries,' which is not a phrase I would use in a country where sea cockroaches grow to the size of a toddler, and the snakes and giant spiders are vying for future species supremacy. I do not think it means, what you think it means Australia. Unless it's a 'Dancing in the light of your burning bridges (--with snakes on)' affectation.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful