The Last Continent
First Published in 1998 • #22 in the series • #6 in the Wizards story arc
Picking up where Interesting Times left off, Rincewind has been traveling through the mysterious of continent of XXXX, which, in contrast to the real-world continent it is based on, seems to want to keep him alive. Meanwhile, but also somehow millions of years previously, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves on their own mysterious island where plants are noticeably more…adaptable. Rincewind will have to scale cliffs, shear sheep, and dodge drop bears to bring the rain back to a land that is the Disc’s equivalent of “down under.”
Ryan: After Interesting Times, I can’t help approaching The Last Continent with a little trepidation: we’re off to a new country, again, and that could be fun or uncomfortable. I’m hoping for fun! And I want to know how a Rincewind book changes as we move into what’s often considered Pratchett’s golden era. It has kangaroos in it. It can’t be all bad, can it?
Anne: I remember purposely avoiding The Last Continent on my first big go-around of the Discworld books when I was in high school. 1) It was about Rincewind, whose books I was not as fond of, and 2) it was about Australia, which I didn’t know much about. Like Ryan, Interesting Times didn’t leave the best impression of Pratchett lampooning other cultures, but Australia is just England plus spiders, right?**
**THIS STATEMENT WAS MADE FOR THE PURPOSES OF LEVITY. HUBWARD HO! ACKNOWLEDGES AND RESPECTS THE UNIQUE QUALITIES AND DIVERSITY OF AUSTRALIA AND HER PEOPLE.
“And the Unseen University Library was a magical library, built on a very thin patch of space-time. There were books on distant shelves that hadn’t been written yet, books that never would be written. At least, not here. It had a circumference of a few hundred yards, but there was no known limit to its radius”
“Creators aren’t gods. They make places, which is quite hard. It’s men that make gods. This explains a lot.”
Ryan: Compared to These Wizards, Darwin was Just a Total Amateur
Anne: The Strongest Argument for Comprehensive Sex Ed. in Fiction
PRETENTIOUS ACADEMIC SUBTITLES:
Ryan: The Last Continent: New Rhetorical Strategies for Communicating with Middle-League Gods
Anne: The Last Continent: A Field Guide to Representational Artwork
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