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By Terry Pratchett

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The Last Continent
A Discworld Novel
By Terry Pratchett
Charnwood Large Print, (2005)
ISBN: 1-84395-642-X
Genre: Fantasy

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - May 27, 2005

Terry Pratchett provides yet another invigorating and entertaining foray into the fantastical land known as Discworld. In this adventure, aptly entitled, The Last Continent Pratchett takes us to Fourecks, a pseudo Australia which is, more or less, destined to be the last continent on Discworld - once it is finished being built. In this zany addition to Pratchett's beloved series, he resurrects the bumbling wizard Rincewind, whose arrival in Fourecks has unintended consequences. Not the least of which is a disruption to the space-time continuum and you know how unsettling that can be! This disruption, if allowed to unfold, will have a deadly impact on the Discworld Universe and Rincewind tries, in his inept way, to set things right.

To correct the problems he has caused, and to bring him back where he belongs, the esteemed faculty members of the Unseen University set out to rescue Rincewind. Try as they might, they can't seem to find their targeted destination, and end up a mere 3,000 years or so in the past. Things go from bad to worse for both Rincewind and his would be rescuers - and if they can't get their act together, things will go very badly for the residents of Ankh-Morpork.

In The Last Continent Pratchett takes a tongue-in-cheek look at Australia and uses many of those features unique to Australia, such as Kangaroos, as fodder for a string of almost non-ending puns. All in all, a wonderful addition to the Discworld series, and Pratchett is a full-fledge master in the art of placing his characters in hilarious and untenable situations from which they must extract themselves. He also peoples this, and all his stories, with an eccentric mix of Gods, supernatural beings, hard working misfits, and whimsical creatures. If you've never read any of the Discworld books featuring Rincewind you might find the book a bit confusing, but even if you have - you might still be a bit confused - so don't let that stand in your way - just read The Last Continent for what it is, an zany adventure story, and don't worry if all the pieces fit together at the end as that is not the point of the story! In short, this is a must read for all present and future Discworld fans.

The Last Continent can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft, the parent company of Charnwood Large Print.

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