Review: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett (1988)

sourcery-cover Sourcery by Terry Pratchett, read by Nigel Planer
Publication: ISIS Audio Books (Jul 2003) / ISBN 0753118335
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5
Find @ Amazon.co.uk, ISIS Publishing

Quick summary from Amazon.co.uk:

There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we’d better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son…a wizard squared…a source of magic…a Sourcerer.

Sourcery sees the return of Rincewind and the luggage as the Discworld faces its greatest – and funniest – challenge yet.

I’ve read and own around seven Discworld books (from what I can count without actually getting up off my bed and walking the five feet to the bookcase, an impossible amount at 1 in the morning an on my vacation no less) and while I’d like to own all of them, it’s just not possible if I plan on buying anything else ever again. Even the used bookstores/trading websites seem to be slim on the Pratchett, and I’ve never found any at a library book sale.

Luckily I managed to get my hands on quite a few of the audiobooks, and for free no less! So I can satisfy my Pterry cravings that way. And what a way to do it: Nigel Planer is, quite frankly, one of the best readers I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Reading the books on my own is one thing, but having Mr. Planer read them to me is another thing entirely– in fact, I think I nearly prefer it. Pterry + Pnigel = AWESOME.

At a mere 7-ish hours long, the Discworld audiobooks aren’t an impossible thing to devour in a day or so (maybe two days if you actually have things to do that require concentration). Plus, Sourcery is one of the better Discworld books, and though the ending wasn’t quite what I expected, it was satisfying. I’m looking forward to listening to all the other Nigel Planer-read books I have, and rereading all the physical books I own as well.

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