, the hapless wizard
, and unwilling and often unwitting hero
of the Discworld
, is once again required to save the day. Terry Pratchett
uses the Discworld as a kind of mirror for our own world, although it's one of those fairground mirrors that distorts what you see, the continent of XXXX is simultaneously like Australia
while actually not being the same at all.
In this installment of the series Rincewind is required to bring rain to the continent while along the way inventing marmite, hat's with corks and a famous dessert named after an opera singer.
The book is witty and action packed, while still having a slightly subversive, satirical edge. By using the Discworld as a metaphor for our own cultures Terry Pratchett is able to deconstruct ideas like evolution, the nature of the eternal hero or champion and what drives people to eat offal disguised as food when drunk.
This book continues the high standards of Pratchett's work and contains some of my favourite Discworld characters in the form of the wizards of the Unseen University, Death and Rincewind himself.