As a city dweller ex-pat, now living in a remote coastal town, I spend a lot of time utilising automotive transportation to travel to the big city. Being as I am, I tend to fill every square inch of my life with activities. What was needed was a way to make these high speed, yet relatively idle hours, more productive. Enter podcasts. More specifically, sci-fi podcasts. Even more specifically, one sci-fi podcast – Escape Pod.
This tale of a failed and yet powerful magician who gets cornered into going on an unintended journey with a naive tourist is a classic by Terry Pratchett. It’s a comedy of errors in which Rincewind (the magician, or is he?) and Twoflower (the tourist) stumble from one dangerous episode to the next. What sets this book apart from so many in the genre is Pratchett’s ability to tell a lighthearted, humorous fantasy story without reducing it to a spoof. Pratchett’s wry sense of humour is delivered with a deft touch so as not to diminish the drama of Rincewind and Twoflower’s adventures. In fact, when he makes a joke in the book, it’s as if he’s sitting with his arm around your shoulder while the two of you laugh at it together.