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The colour of magic by Terry Pratchett

The colour of magic (original 1983; edition 1985)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:The colour of magic
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:London : Corgi, 1985.
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The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (1983)

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Hilarious fun, as it reminded me of Adams' Hitchhiker's series (which I also loved). The mis-adventures of Rincewind and Twoflower had me laughing out loud in the wild Discworld. I am definitely looking forward to more Pratchett adventures in the future. ( )
  utbw42 | Dec 8, 2014 |
Wie konnte ich nur so lange warten, bis angefangen habe, Pratchett zu lesen? Kaum zu glauben...
Der nur mäßig begabte Zauberer Rincewind begegnet dem ersten (und vermutlich auch letzten) Touristen der Scheibenwelt Zweiblum, der von seiner intelligenten vielbeinigen, aber bissigen Truhe begleitet wird. Als Folge eines von Zweiblum überzeugend geführtem 'Fähr-sicherungs'-Verkaufsgespräch mit einem Kneipenwirt steht Rincewinds Heimatstadt Ankh-Morpork plötzlich in Flammen. Die Beiden müssen fliehen und landen unter anderem bei einem Seelenfresser und in einem Hort von Drachen. Doch dank der Hilfe des tapferen Helden Hrun, eines Eidechsenblitzlichts und diversen anderen Personen, Dingen und Geschehnissen gelingt es ihnen sich zu befreien, bis sie am Rande der Scheibenwelt ankommen...
Das Ganze ist ein herrlicher Spaß mit einer überbordenden Phantasie, die vor keiner Abstrusität zurückschreckt. Und obwohl die Geschichte auf den ersten Blick jegliche Ernsthaftigkeit vermissen lässt, kann man eine Menge an Sticheleien und kleinen Seitenhieben in Richtung unserer Gesellschaft entdecken. Genial gemacht! ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
Funny and satirical, but shallow. Rincewind the wizard and Twoflower the tourist survive more or less random challenges. The world is full of magic, but even for a wizard, using magic takes a lot of effort.

The author uses magic to conjure up absurd situations (pun indented). ( )
  hnau | Nov 29, 2014 |
Funny, nice read. Well written and good fun. ( )
  aarondesk | Nov 14, 2014 |
A childhood book, somehow I'd thought I hadn't read any Pratchett but I guess I had. Rincewind the wizard only knows one spell, since a huge one has become lodged in his brain and has edged out everything else. He's saddled with a naive tourist and hijinks ensue. It's a magical road trip, with Death checking in at key points, lots of cleverness in the word play. ( )
  silentq | Aug 20, 2014 |
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Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Callori, NataliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macía, CristinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling star-mists waver and part...
Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant "idiot".
"Let's just say that if complete and utter chaos was lightning, he'd be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting 'All gods are bastards'."
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Terry Pratchett has invented a phantasmagorical universe in which a blissfully naive interplanetary tourist called Two-flower joins up with a drop-out wizard whose spells only seem to work half of the time.

Together they undertake a chaotic voyage through a crazy world filled with monsters and dragons, heroes and knaves. Pratchett has taken the sword and sorcery fantasy tradition and turned it in its ear to create an entertaining and bizarre spoof.
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The Colour of Magic is Terry Pratchett's maiden voyage through the bizarre land of Discworld. His entertaining and witty series has grown to more than 20 books, and this is where it all starts--with the tourist Twoflower and his hapless wizard guide, Rincewind ("All wizards get like that ... it's the quicksilver fumes. Rots their brains. Mushrooms, too."). Pratchett spoofs fantasy clichés--and everything else he can think of--while marshalling a profusion of characters through a madcap adventure. The Colour of Magic is followed by The Light Fantastic. --Blaise Selby

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A slightly disorganized and somewhat naive interplanetary tourist named Twoflower joins up with a bumbling wizard and embarks on a chaotic voyage through a world filled with monsters and dragons, heroes and knaves.

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