Aug 3, 2016

Thoughts on The Light Fantastic

In regard to The Light Fantastic, the second book of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.

This was an interesting one. Definitely not what I was expecting. Discworld is a famous fantasy series written starting in the 80's. I've heard of it for years and decided to give it a try after seeing it on /r/fantasy's top series list. I was expecting something along the lines of Kingkiller or Mistborn. Not quite. I guess it would have helped if I had understood what comic fantasy was (basically like the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

Although I had a bit of a rocky start with The Light Fantastic, by the time I even stopped to consider it I was a quarter of the way through the book. By the time I was half way, I realized that I was kind of liking it. By the end I decided that it had finished way too quickly. In short, the book grew on me as I read it. It's very light-hearted, has a very different approach than almost any other fantasy book I've read, and causes you to think in ways you wouldn't expect.

That being said, the Discworld series includes some 40+ books. It was enjoyable read, but I don't think I'm going to commit to spending the rest of 2016 and most of 2017 on it. So, fun one to think back on, but not compelling enough to get me to read the rest.