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The Last Hero: A Discworld Fableby Terry Pratchett
Synopses & Reviews
Cohen the Barbarian.
He's been a legend in his own lifetime.
He can remember the good old days of high adventure, when being a Hero meant one didn't have to worry about aching backs and lawyers and civilization.
But these days, he can't always remember just where he put his teeth...
So now, with his ancient (yet still trusty) sword and new walking stick in hand, Cohen gathers a group of his old — very old — friends to embark on one final quest. He's going to climb the highest mountain of Discworld and meet the gods.
It's time the Last Hero in the world returns what the first hero stole. Trouble is, that'll mean the end of the world, if no one stops him in time.
"Pratchett lets fly sly volleys at today's civilization and skewers nearly every barbarian-fantasy cliche? rampant in too many books and films. This far-out farce rollicks along hilariously enough to make the inevitable aging process, if not palatable, at least worth a few good belly laughs." Publishers Weekly
"Pratchett cuts back and forth from Cohen's expedition to the rescue mission to command central in Ankh-Morpork in his customary manner, producing another Discworld delight that the 90 color illustrations...only bolster." Booklist
"A new, albeit rather short, Discworld yarn, profusely illustrated by popular Discworld artist Kidby in an oversized format....Moderately funny, aimed primarily at Discworld addicts and holiday-season gift-givers." Kirkus Reviews
"Lavishly illustrated by Discworld regular Kidby, Pratchett's latest brings together some of the series' most beloved and unforgettable characters in a tribute to one of comic fantasy's most celebrated worlds. Though slim in pages, this oversized illustrated novel showcases Pratchett's comic genius..." Library Journal
"[A] mad quest that combines the best features of Lord of the Rings and Apollo 13. Pratchett has a sure hand at this sort of thing by now, and he knows when to go for the belly laugh and when the subtle chuckle....The Last Hero is an entertaining tale, and Kidby's illustrations delightful. A must for all true fans, and sure to entice some new ones." Gary Whitehouse, Green Man Review
"An awesome, yet comic, mission to save all Discworld." Daily Telegraph (London)
"The Last Hero lambastes fantasy cliches...sly wit holds its own amidst the slapstick and the Uncertainty Principle gets a new spin." Locus
"A fable? Perhaps. Fabulous? Certainly." The Times (London)
About the Author
Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular living authors in the world. His first story was published when he was thirteen, and his first full-length book when he was twenty. He worked as a journalist to support the writing habit, but gave up the day job when the success of his books meant that it was costing him money to go to work. Prachett's acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom and have sold more than twenty-one million copies worldwide. He lives in England, where he writes all the time. (It's his hobby as well.)
Paul Kidby became a freelance illustrator in 1986, since when he has worked on projects ranging from computer game packaging to magazine covers. He began reading the Discworld novels in 1993 and was immediately inspired. He has produced, with Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs, five Discworld Diaries, as well as The Discword Portfolio, cards, book covers, and calendars. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife Sandra and their three children.
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