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The Last Hero
The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable | Terry Pratchett, Paul Kidby
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A short but perfectly formed complete Discworld novel, fully illustrated in lavish colour throughout, THE LAST HERO is an essential part of any Discworld collection. It stars the legendary Cohen the Barbarian, a legend in his own lifetime. Cohen can remember when a hero didn't have to worry about fences and lawyers and civilisation, and when people didn't tell you off for killing dragons. But he can't always remember, these days, where he put his teeth . . . So now, with his ancient sword and his new walking stick and his old friends -- and they're very old friends -- Cohen the Barbarian is going on one final quest. He's going to climb the highest mountain in the Discworld and meet his gods. The last hero in the world is going to return what the first hero stole. With a vengeance. That'll mean the end of the world, if no one stops him in time.
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You don't get much more #macho than Cohen the Barbarian.
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Eggs What a great illustration!! 13mo
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Ah, Sir Terry, Lord of the Pithy Statement 🤣🤣🤣

Wee bit behind on the reading for the #ookbookclub, but am very much enjoying this one!

julesG 😁 1y
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Welcome to the #OokBOokClub open discussion for #TheLastHero! Feel free to discuss anything! Don't forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I enjoyed this one, and usually Rincewind isn‘t my favorite, but the aging Barbarians who wanted to go out with a bang, were great. 1y
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khooliha I like how much this was a throwback to early Discworld stuff, how it gave those early books a proper, thoughtful goodbye. I do find myself wishing it were longer, just because there were some character crossovers I really enjoyed the bits we got and wanted more of (specifically Ponder & Vetinari and Rincewind & Carrot). 1y
GingerAntics I liked the ambiguous ending, where the old barbarians are dead, but they‘re not letting that stop them from riding on. As a Da Vinci groupie, I loved the Discworld version of him. Of course Ook stole the show a bit there, and I love him all the more for it. 1y
DrexEdit I really enjoyed the illustrations in this. I didn't think I would, but I found them to be close enough to my mental pictures that they didn't detract. And some were absolutely marvelous! I want a poster of that swamp dragon spread! I also enjoyed the character cross-overs in this and I love any book with Carrot or the Librarian. 💜 1y
DrexEdit @khooliha you've got me a bit worried. This is my first time through the discworld books. Do they change in tone going forward? Your comment about a proper, thoughtful goodbye feels like foreshadowing to me. 😊 1y
khooliha @DrexEdit Oh, no! The tone has been changing, organically I think, all along. It's just shifted away from the direct fantasy parody that produced Cohen and the gods basically playing D&D. I think Pratchett knows full well that the first couple books were a wild, wooly land, but I think a book like The Last Hero respects that and has affection for it. 1y
khooliha @DrexEdit At least, that's how it feels to me. A number of our more recent reads (like Last Continent and Carpe Jugulum) feel a bit like endings. A focus shifting, maybe. There's still tons of great stuff coming though! 1y
DrexEdit @khooliha Excellent! I do agree that the tone has been shifting all along from mostly silly to sharper satire. I see what you are saying though about recent books feeling like endings! 1y
khooliha @DrexEdit I do like that they're sort of... open endings. I feel like I remember Pratchett mentioning life going on when people aren't looking at the Disc, so these characters just get to keep on going, we're just not looking at them as much anymore. 1y
Gezemice @DrexEdit I loved the illustrations, too, and that‘s what made it a five star for me. I agree, illustrator Paul Kidby totally nailed the characters, and the illistrations were an integral part of the story. I spent quite a bit of time looking at the tiny pictures in the frames in the beginning and the end... they are hilarious! And the Leonard illustrations are brilliant. The gnarly heroes are brilliant. Some of those spreads are gorgeous. 1y
Gezemice @GingerAntics @kooliha @DrexEdit I agree about the endings! Love that they just go on, heroes are not bothered by being dead. Also agree on that the tone is becoming more refined and thoughtful, a trend through Discworld... and some of the best are still to come, like Thud! and Nightwatch. 1y
DrexEdit @Gezemice Paul Kirby was definitely a good choice for Terry Pratchett. So much care and thought went into the pictures! Makes me wish more of the books had illustrated editions. 1y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Rincewind was understated in this one, not the main character. As part of a cast he works well. He was a good comic sidekick to the idealistic Leonard and the chivalrous Carrot. And we know that he always stumbles onto something when the chances are a million to one (i.e. nine out of ten). 1y
Gezemice @DrexEdit Yes! This is one of the few I do not own yet (it was from the library) but I think I will have to get it just to look through those gorgeous spreads. And I loved that it was so big that the impact of the illustrations really came through. Much bigger than you average graphic novel. (edited) 1y
GingerAntics @Gezemice I can‘t wait for Nightwatch! I adored the illustrations as well. (edited) 1y
gossamerchild I'm a bit late to this discussion, but I loved this one! I missed this book on my initial foray into Discworld, and I'm glad to have the chance to find out again. The illustrations are FANTASTIC! I loved everything about this one 🤩 1y
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"The place where the story happened was a world on the back of four elephants perched on the shell of a giant turtle. That's the advantage of space. It's big enough to hold practically anything, and so, eventually, it does."

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Holy Heck! I really enjoyed this book! :-) The illustrator matched the pictures in my head! And the illustrations were as irreverent as the author & matched his tone. Lots of love & care went into this book--a massive trim size, printed 4 color on heavy paper, & a paper cover with flaps. I 💜 when publishers take care with the details to produce such quality! Who doesn't love a massive spread illustration of swamp dragons! 😄👍🐉 #OokBOokClub

DrexEdit The only character I didn't agree with the drawing of was Lord Vetinari. I picture him more as a cold Lucius Malfoy type. 1y
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I think this might actually be my favourite Pratchett book. I‘m a huge Da Vinci groupie, so Leonard, his drawings and his backward writing were awesome. The illustrations were perfect. Ook was fun to have along for the ride.
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As a Leonardo da Vinci groupie, I LOOOOOOVED this little tid bit.
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GingerAntics YAAAAAAAY!!! 🎉🎊👏🏻🎉🎊👏🏻🎉🎊👏🏻 1y
Soubhiville Sweet! 1y
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khooliha
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I wish it were a full novel! This want is almost wholly from the character hangouts that we see some of (Ponder learning from Vetinari! Rincewind and Carrot coming to understand one another!) but I'm glad for what we got. Classic Pratchett, in that it's Apollo 13 and a throwback to the first couple Discworld books and dragons are from the moon and I also cried at “No one remembers the singer. The song remains.“
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khooliha “You gave me wings when you showed me birds.“
LEONARD!!!
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I‘m loving the Da Vinci Notebook style sketches.
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BookishMarginalia That‘s so cool! 1y
GingerAntics @BookishMarginalia it really is. The book is full of them. I definitely recommend the illustrated version of this one. 1y
BookishMarginalia 👍🏼👏🏼 1y
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I have only just noticed Ponder's ghost of a beard.
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GingerAntics I didn‘t notice it until you pointed it out. 1y
khooliha @GingerAntics He's trying! He's just... not succeeding... 1y
GingerAntics So true...good thing he succeeded elsewhere in this story. 1y
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“I have devised this device of three rings that rotate continuously in three planes, giving the voyager the feeling of being rotated continuously in three planes.” ... “I deduce that being tumbled in three directions at once has a deleterious effect and I will arrange for this not to happen on the voyage. The musculature of the wizard Rincewind would make an interesting study if, in deed, he had any.”
Leonard of Quirm

julesG I think I need a physical copy of this book. 1y
GingerAntics @julesG I‘m trying to see how many of the others I can get in illustrated versions. I love the pictures. 1y
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julesG I don't think there are a lot of illustrated editions. 😔 1y
julesG Ordered it. Hopefully it'll arrive by the end of the week. 1y
GingerAntics @julesG I am finding there are very few illustrated Pratchetts. Far more illustrated Gaimans. 🤞🏻 Fingers crossed your book comes soon. 1y
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Nothing like exploring Schrödinger‘s cat explored by Death himself.
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And of course you can‘t have Death without the Death of Rats. 💀💀💀🐀🐀🐀
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Chrissyreadit I clearly should be reading pratchett one day. 1y
GingerAntics @Chrissyreadit he‘s a hoot! 1y
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I LOVE this portrait of Death! 💀💀💀 He‘s everything I imagined him being.
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julesG One of my favourite pictures of Death 1y
GingerAntics @julesG it‘s the first one I‘ve seen, but the kitten really makes the portrait. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love it! He also looks like he's about to tell a funny dad joke. 1y
GingerAntics @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick lol a little bit, yeah. 1y
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Love these notebook details about dragons.
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A shoe full of wee. I‘m trying to figure out how the wee got in the shoe, bypassing everything else and completely missing the other shoe.
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julesG Ran down one leg? 1y
GingerAntics @julesG perhaps. Does this happen more with boys than girls? That seems logical. 1y
julesG I'm glad I don't know the answer to this question, but it might be more often with boys. Depending on whether they carry their junk left or right. 😁 1y
GingerAntics @julesG lmao that‘s what I was thinking... that‘s shoe has to be rather squishy, though, either way. 1y
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But if someone got there before you, it‘s not very lost, is it?
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🤣🤣🤣 That got a legit laugh ot of me! 1y
GingerAntics @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick right? That was a good one. 1y
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When Conan the Barbarian decides it‘s time to go out with a bang, he doesn‘t go for half measures. What follows is a delightful mashup of mythology, Leonard‘s inventions, Carrot, Rincewind, the Librarian, epic saga‘s, and even some dragons all mixed up as only Pratchett could deliver.

JazzFeathers It sounds behind intriguing! 😆 1y
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The First Hero stole fire from the gods. Now the Last Hero and his Silver Horde want to undo that theft, even if it means the end of the world.

As enjoyable as ever. Not perhaps as satyrical of our world as some but plenty of parodies and references to enjoy. The illustrations really fit and add to the text.

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You don‘t want EVERYone to know the world is ending. That would cause panic. Just tell the important people.
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Reading is a survival trait

Deifio 🤣 1y
GingerAntics LOVE that part!!! 🤣😂🤣 1y
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I love this wonderful portrait of the librarian.
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ElleSkel This is amazing! 1y
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Thus my tornado shelter meets library meets reading room.
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CaffeineAndCandy 💜💜💜 1y
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I can‘t wait to hear more about this cucumber.
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julesG You're posting all the great quotes. 1y
GingerAntics @julesG 🤣😂🤣 sorry! I am quite enjoying holding this and getting to read it properly and see all of the wonderful art. 1y
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I am SO excited to get to start this. I couldn‘t wait to start it as soon as it arrived and I realised that it was illustrated. It‘s taken all of my will power not to start it since I finished Thief of Time. IT‘S FINALLY THE 8TH!!! HAPPY 8 FEBRUARY EVERYONE!!!
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#OokBOokClub-ers, our Discworld adventure continues TODAY with #TheLastHero!

Looking forward to our discussion next month!

Happy reading!

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I absolutely love the illustrations in this book.
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Just got this in plenty of time for February. I had no idea it was illustrated. It‘s gorgeous on the inside. I can‘t wait to read this in just a few weeks.
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#OokBOokClub

Just a friendly reminder that next month we'll be reading #TheLastHero! Dig out your books, put in your library holds, or place your orders! The next Discworld adventure continues on February 8th! Woohoo!

If anyone wants to be tagged/untagged for future posts please let me know! Happy to oblige!

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With this, I‘ve finished all the books in the main Discworld series. I found it had a lot more to say about stories, how they continue & the heroes in them then I thought it would. I loved seeing the characters one more time, and the illustrations were fantastic.

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This was apparently first published as an illustrated book and it has to be said that on its own this is a fairly mediocre book by STP's own high standards. We're back with Rincewind and Cohen the Barbarian on some sort of quest to return fire to the gods and while it's redeemed somewhat by the presence of Vetinari and Carrot it failed to raise more than the occasional smile.

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TK-421 😂 4y
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