“All this books and stuff, that isn’t what it should all be about. What we need is real wizardry. All is not well within the Unseen University. The endemic politics of. Sourcery was the fifth Discworld novel and the third appearance of Rincewind ( fourth if Mort counts). It was first published in by Victor Gollancz and later. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Sourcery, a hilarious mix of magic, mayhem , and Luggage, is the fifth book in Terry Pratchett’s classic fantasy Discworld.

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Elsewhere, Rincewind, Conina and the Luggage end up in the company of Creosote, the seriph of Al Khali, and Abrim, his treacherous vizier. Review Text “‘May well be considered his masterpiece I may be tiring of this series. Kind of an affront to my delicate sensibilities. I think I will read them all.

Why did I give this two stars the first time I read it? He is still the coward and inveterate schlimazel of the earlier books, but he now carries the plot rather than simply floating along with it like a jellyfish.

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. There were some really funny parts and snippets of awesome. US Cover Could anything actually get that desperate? As an afterthought, I was thinking about Rincewind in relations to Pratchett, himself.

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Sourcery Discworld 5by Terry Pratchett 1 10 Sep 29, It was just that as far as he was concerned you could stuff it. Because there weren’t really any. This one might be a tie with The Color of Magic as my least favorite of Discworld thus far. Step forward Rincewind, prize coward and once more the Disc’s unlikely saviour, with the help of the hairdressing daughter of Cohen the Barbarian, The Luggage and Nigel, first son of a Greengrocer but barbarian in training.


Previous book The Light Fantastic. 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. Please feel free to draw your own. However, the Archchancellor’s hat, the symbol of supreme magical power at the University, has some ideas of its own. I love Mort, but I can just about recite it at this point; I didn’t need to reread it.

Bitter over this fate, Ipslore vows to take revenge upon the wizards through his eighth son, Coin. Having the experience of many previous Archchancellors, the hat proves an even match for Sourcery empowered wizards, fighting off a group of them and enlisting others to its cause. As the eighth son of a wizard, Coin is born a sourcerer, a wizard who generates new magic rather than drawing it from the world, effectively making him the most powerful wizard on the Disc.

With a new source of sourcery the very Disc itself is in danger of being ripped apart. Personal tools Create account Log in. A non-Discworld book, Good Omenshis collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early it is also available as a mass market paperback – Harper Torch, – and trade paperback – Harper Paperbacks, Sourcery was the A few weeks ago, I seriously injured myself.

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But some other elements of the tale are purely the product of Pratchett’s ineffable imagination Victor Gollancz in association with Colin Smythe. Yes discworld not Disneyworld. Book cover art by Ben Perrini left. As I slowly make my way discworlf this series mostly in order it is nice to pick up a book, and be “oh, this is a Rincewind story”.

Who of course, was a source of magic — a sourcerer. This one was a struggle. The adventure seemed good, but it was really focused on the zingers just a tad too much and I got tired of them. Laugh this one off. Pratchett populates this entry with many familiar characters disccworld as The Soufcery, Nijel the Destroyer and Conina the Hairdresser, daughter of Cohen the Barbarian, the luggage and, of course, Death. When Death comes to collect Ipslore’s soul, he escapes by placing his spirit into his staff as he hands it over.


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The story is similar in many ways to both The Light Fantastic and Equal Ritesbut un Sourcery, the fifth book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, marks his first real triumph. As such, I enjoyed this one and particularly like the character of Rincewind who is discwor,d central figure of this story. Once I realized this is what was bothering me, I seemed to start enjoying the book more.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. As I said, it could just be me.

While not quite as good as Mort discwoorld, it’s still obvious that the writing is getting better, the characters more creative, the world more lively. Next book Wyrd Sisters. I spent more time counting off pages to completion than I did on reading it. He died in March 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 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 ].