The Last Continent

The Last Continent

A Discworld Novel

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
When a professor at Unseen University disappears and the school's librarian turns into an ape, a search party travels to the far reaches of Discworld to uncover the mystery

Blackwell North Amer
Something is seriously amiss at Unseen University, Ankh-Morpork's most prestigious (i.e., only) institution of higher learning.
A professor is missing - and not just any professor. The Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography. Also the University Librarian, who transmuted (you know how things change!) into an ape (a handy configuration for a librarian, don't you think?) so long ago that no one exactly remembers his name, least of all himself.
But fear not, the search is on! The Lecturer in Recent Runes and the Chair of Indefinite Studies, as well as the Dean and the Archchancellor, will follow the trail wherever it leads - even to the other side of Discworld, where the Last Continent, Fourecks, is under construction.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperPrism, 1999
ISBN: 9780061050480
Branch Call Number: SF PRATCHETT
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 22, 2016

The plot is a bit confusing. Rincewind is in a land like Early Australia and he is pushed to be a hero even if he would rather run away. The Luggage has its own adventure while trying to find him. The wizards at the Unseen University are out looking for a missing magician and they manage to get lost, along with their female housekeeper. In spite of many surprises and high-jinks, everyone manages to find their way back to Ankh-Morpork's.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc May 18, 2015

Pratchett's motley crew of wizards here takes on a place suspiciously like Australia, along with hot topics such as evolution, sheep stealing, beer consumption, and aboriginal paintings. All is accomplished with Pratchett's reliable dose of British hilarity. He will be missed.

Aug 17, 2014

This was a thoroughly entertaining story. Rincewind wasn't quite as annoying as usual, the wizards were even more hilarious than usual and lampooning Australia was highly amusing.

rseeton Jun 13, 2012

A good read - very sly funny humour. But also pretty surreal in parts and hard to follow.

Feb 05, 2012

As with much of Discworld, The Last Continent reflects our own world. In this case the 'Last Continent' satirizes Australia and many of the jokes may require some knowledge of Aussie in-jokes. As an Australian I found it very funny, but I'm not sure how well this would work for non-Aussies.

May 18, 2011

Love Discworld. Love Terry Pratchett. BUT be careful if you go on a Discworld bender and read too many in a row. Jokes get a little repetitive and thin. Probably would have liked this more if I had spent more time away from DW before reading it.


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