Steve and Colm turn their attentions to the illustrated homage to the last days of sword and sorcery and the first days of spacefaring that is The Last Hero. They discuss the nature of heroism, legacy, magic, science-v-religion, mortality and Diego Maradona.
Steve and Colm take a trip down under (not exactly possible on the Disc unless you want to end up on an elephant’s back, but bear with us) and discuss the last hurrah of the Discworld’s first protagonist. They wonder why Rincewind is so dense here, whether the Faculty could be the book’s protagonists, and how they can bend their minds around the distorted geography and history of XXXX.
Colm & Steve travel to the Aurient to tackle Rincewind’s return in Interesting Times. They ramble on about legacy, colonialism, revolution and an absolutely epic finale. They’ve reached the stage in the series where there’s a lot of comparing Discworld books with Discworld books (and also the point where they fawn over the UU Faculty and Twoflower a lot).
Radio Morpork returns! Rose has sadly had to bow out, but Colm is joined by Steve (of our Mort episode fame) to discuss this Discworld oddity. They talk about the limitations of Rincewind as a protagonist, the machinations of Satanic bureaucracy and the continuing taming of Unseen University.
Colm and Rose tackle the fifth book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Their rambling discussion takes in their reluctance about Rincewind’s reluctant hero act, a mixed bag of side characters and the top five Discworld apocalypses. Is Sourcery a step back for the Discworld, or a side track down the scenic route?
Colm and Rose discuss The Light Fantastic, a further step towards the Discworld most readers are familiar with. They talk about all manner of things that didn’t feature in The Colour of Magic; a plot, a finale, an apocalyptic event and an octogenarian barbarian hero. In honour of Twoflower, they also detail the best tourist destinations on the Disc – in the unlikely event you are sucked through the pages and into the book a la The Pagemaster.
Colm and Rose talk about the very first Discworld book, The Colour of Magic. They discuss its status as an incongruity in the Discworld series; how much more magic there was, why Death was so much more sadistic and whether that was really Vetinari eating the crystallised jellyfish. They also describe how they first discovered Pratchett’s pizza-shaped planet.