The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett

Discworld is on a collision course with a red star, and can only be saved by the incantation of the eight sacred spells, one of which has escaped and lodged in the head of Rincewind the wizard, who's lost somewhere. Or something.

I read a Discworld book ages ago and remember it being sort of OK, so thought maybe I ought to try another one: after all, there are tons of them, and maybe they're good.

But I didn't get on with it at all. After a couple of days, I thought "I don't actually have to listen to it all the way through" and it was a real relief just to turn it off and put some music on instead.

I think it's quite impressive that he can sustain the style which has endless puns, weak irony and zeugma type things (I'm not really sure if there's a term for it, but a typical example would be "He let out his breath. It quickly ran away and hid") but they're just not very funny. Not even make-you-smile funny. Maybe the problem is that there seems to be no humour that is based on a joke that builds up through the book: it's all immediate punny-type stuff.

I think this is the first time I've given up on an audiobook.

Gave up : 07-Oct-2005 (audiobook)

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