Review: The Last Continent (Discworld Book 25 of 53ish)

The Last Continent - Terry Pratchett

The Last Continent is the sixth book in the Rincewind subseries of Discworld.  For me, this was one of the more average Discworld books.  I don’t normally fall asleep while reading, but the cat and I took a few short naps while reading this book. :)


Rincewind has accidentally become stranded in a remote area of Austral… I mean, in Ecksecksecksecks.  While Rincewind is innocently going about his business of trying not to die of starvation or get poisoned by giant spiders, a talking kangaroo tries to enlist his help to fix a problem.  You see, something has happened to stop the rain and apparently Rincewind is the only one who can set things right.  No worries.


I liked the story, but it wasn’t a page-turner for me.  There was plenty of humor as usual, but not as much that really made me laugh out loud.  Rincewind is always a fun character though, so it was nice to see him again.  Some of the humor went over my head because there were clearly Australian cultural references that were unfamiliar to me.  Actually, until reading this book, I didn’t even know that “no worries” originated in Australia.  I hear it quite a bit here in the U.S. now, but the first time I started noticing the phrase was during discussions with my European colleagues.  I had thought maybe it was a UK thing.  My Kindle educated me with a relevant Wikipedia entry when I highlighted one of the many, many occurrences of “no worries” in the book.  So at least I learned something new!