The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

In the beginning of 2017 I decided to try and read as much Discworld novels as possible. (Besides the 25 book challenge that I set for myself) My guess is that I will be able to read 10! As a motivation for myself, I decided to post the highlights I make while reading online.

The first book I have in paperback, so I can’t give you my favorite quotes for that one, but for all the others I will post them here. So, yesterday I did Equal Rites and today I give you the highlights of the second book, The Light Fantastic. (I know, wrong direction)

‘Have you ever heard of culture shock?’ he hissed. ‘What’s that?’ ‘It’s what happens when people spend five hundred years trying to get a stone circle to work properly and then someone comes up with a little book with a page for every day and little chatty bits saying things like “Now is a good time to plant broad beans” (p. 70)

‘Oh, yes,’ said Twoflower, to whom sarcasm was merely a seven letter word beginning with S. (p. 72)

Cohen had heard of fighting fair, and had long ago decided he wanted no part of it. (p. 196)

‘Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out,’ … No one goes mad quicker than a totally sane person.’ (p. 221)

The wizards were learning that while it was all very fine and impressive to have a set of gates that were locked by magic, it ought to have occurred to the builders to include some sort of emergency back-up device such as, for example, a pair of ordinary, unimpressive stout iron bolts. (p. 229)

Sometimes things can fail to happen in quite impressive ways, but as far as non-events went this one just couldn’t compete. (pp. 263-264)

Version of the book

Pratchett, Terry. The Light Fantastic: (Discworld Novel 2) (Discworld series) Transworld. Kindle Edition.