SOURCERY by Terry Pratchett

sourceryWe are still following the fraught life of Rincewind, inept wizard and coward.  In this volume, we have a go at Arabian Nights kind of mthyolody when he  ends up with Che seems to get caught up unwilling with a young lady who is quite handy with knives, and good to know, that is if she is on your side.  but she really wants to be a cosmetologist .

Wizardry is for men, and sourcery is for the gods and so sourcery has long been banned since it will destroy the world if used.  Ipslore the Red was the eighth son of a wizard. He became a wizard and had an eighth son as well. The eighth son, a wizard squared and so a sourcerer, was only a baby when Death came for Ipslore. Ipslore jumps into his staff to cheat Death and leaves the staff for his son, Coin.

Many years later the Archchancellor of the Unseen University is due to be selected, and receive the Archchancellor’s hat.  The Archchancellor’s hat, being powerful in itself, calls for a thief to come and steal him away so that he won’t be put on the head of the sourcerer that the hat knows is coming.

In a bar in Ankh-Morpork, Rincewind’s home city, he is having a drink when a young woman, Conina, a thief, approaches Rincewind and produces the Archchancellor’s hat. The hat is able to communicate  telepathically and orders Rincewind to help them, and although the hat knows what an incapable wizard Rincewind is, has to use him because, wizard-wise, Rincewind is all the hat has.   they decide to go to the Arabian-like city of Al Khali,  but while on the boat they are attacked and the hat is captured. When they get to Al Khali , Conina and Rincewind are captured, luckily, by the same men that have the hat. The leader of these men is Creosote.

Then we have a whole fun thing about the harem and Creosote, who is a frustrated poet trying to do less with more, feeling that the extravagance of his livestyle is unworthy.

While on the way back to save a destroyed Ankh-Morpork from the ravages of the marauding wizards under the leadership of Coin the Sourcerer, they meet an incompetent genie which they discover in a lamp.  This leads to several strange destinations as they try to force the gormless genie to transport them to Ankh-Morpork.

Back in Ankh-Morpork, the young sourcerer, Coin, has done away with the gods of Discworld not realizing that this will start the apocalypse, being the end of the world.  We then come across the four horsemen of the apocalypse drinking in a bar until they forget what their mission is.

Rincewind gets caught up in another dimension, the battle for the world is won, Death gets his target out of the staff, and the young sourcerer creates a world of his own so he doesn’t have to deal with the unpleasantness of this world.  And the Luggage follows Rincewind into that other dimension.

About that Luggage:

The Luggage didn’t have any features at all, apart from a lock and a couple of hinges, but it could stare better than a rockful of iguanas.  It could outstare  a glass-eyed statue.  When it come to a look of betrayed pathos, the Luggage could leave the average kicked spaniel moping back in its kennel.

And as for Ankh-Morpork

The people of Ankh are of a practical persuasion, and felt that the patrician’s edict forbidding all street theater and mine artists made up for a lot of things.  He didn’t administer a reign of terror, just the occasional light shower.

Ankh-Morpork, a city once described as resembling an overterned termite heap without the charm.

A little philosophy

The astro-philosophers of Krull once succeeded in proving conclusively that all places are one place that that the distance between them is an illusion and this news was an embarrassment to all thinking philosophers because it did not explain, among other things, signposts.  After years of wrangling the whole thing was then turned over to Ly Tin Wheedle, arguably the Disc’s greatest philosopher – who after some thought proclaimed that although it was indeed true that all placed were one place, that place was very large.

There is so much more but it would take me the same number of pages of the book to tell you all about it.  I am loving this series.

 

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