This review was originally posted at Goodreads and imported here later with next to no spell/grammar checking.
I have not read this book until now, because both Mum and Dad hated it. Neither finished it, which is kind of amazing because this is probably the shortest (proper) Discworld book. But I’m reading the whole of Discworld this time around so I braced myself for the worst.
And it wasn’t that bad? I really don’t get why it got such a bad rep in our family.
It’s a Rincewind book with a Faustian theme and a little bit of spacetime shenanigans. It’s really short so I fear I’ll spoil everything if I talk about the story. I will say this: the latter part felt strongly reminiscent of Douglas Adams. In a good way.
It is not the greatest Discworld novel of all time, but it’s pretty good, funny as usual and definitely nothing to sneeze at. Being a fourth in the Rincewind series, you’re probably better off starting at the beginning, though.