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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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I think the my reaction to this book is necessarily coloured by the books that come after. In itself it's not a bad book. It's a send-up of fantasy with some quite charming characters and some funny parts. It suffers a little from the sense that the protagonists are propelled from random tragedy to random tragedy as a way of showing us the world that Pratchett was clearly developing. This is alright but it means the books lacks a kind of centralised plot and instead takes the form of a string of almost unrelated incidents. And, as I said first, it's impossible to read this book without considering where it's going to end up. It isn't a bad book in itself but it is a first book and it gets so much better. But I suppose that's a comfort to all potential writers, just look how much better Pratchett gets. ( )
  TPauSilver | Mar 14, 2015 |
The Color of Magic was the first book published in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, but I do not recommend starting with it. If you’re interested in reading the Discworld books, I would suggest picking up one of the later novels – Guards! Guards!, Going Postal, or maybe Small Gods.

The Color of Magic has always been my least favorite book in the series. It is clearly an early book – Pratchett is just getting his feet as a writer and there are many inconsistencies with later books. There is very little plot or drive, and it consists mainly of the main characters careening from one situation to the next.

The Color of Magic is primarily a parody of other fantasy novels. For instance, there’s an entire section parodying the Pern books. While Pratchett retains an element of parody throughout the series, the latter books add to it with better plot and characters and most of all, an intrinsic sense of meaning.

When rereading The Color of Magic, I don’t see much that makes it stand out from other humorous 1980s fantasy novels. Now that I’ve started playing, it actually reminds me a bit of Dungeons and Dragons. However, it is funny and has some good lines, such as:

“I assure you the thought never even crossed my mind, lord.”
“Indeed? Then if I were you I’d sue my face for slander.”

Besides Rincewind, the protagonist and a failed wizard, and Twoflower, a friendly and idealistic tourist, the other characters come off as forgettable and flat. Even these two don’t have the depth they gain in latter books.

I do wonder how I would judge this book if I hadn’t read the others in the series. Would I like it more, not comparing it to the others? Or would I dislike it more, not knowing that this is the seed a great series grows from? Either way, I would not recommend The Color of Magic to anyone looking to start the series. Fans of the series, however, will find it interesting to see how this parody novel grows into the series we all love.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
2 vote pwaites | Mar 13, 2015 |
A rollicking grand ride. Delightfully witty, enchantingly imaginative and utterly addictive. ( )
  swati.ravi | Feb 9, 2015 |
This the first book in the Discworld series. It just was not my cup of tea. It seemed disjointed and things seem to arbitrarily happen. I perhaps would have enjoyed this book as a teenager but nowadays I need a bit more structure. I was not enamored with any of the characters and I think in the future I will leave the Discworld to others. ( )
  nebula21 | Jan 27, 2015 |
Description: The beginning of the hilarious and irreverent series that has more than 80 million copies worldwide, The Color of Magic is where we meet tourist Twoflower and wizard guide Rincewind, and follow them on their always-bizarre journeys.

A writer who has been compared to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams, Sir Terry Pratchett has created a complex, yet zany world filled with a host of unforgettable characters who navigate around a profound fantasy universe, complete with its own set of cultures and rules.

Thoughts: I have been wanting to read Discworld for several years and just never could manage to take the plunge. I was sure I would love it but it's SO MANY books. I'm not disappointed now that I've finally started and look forward to many hours of happy exploring.

I was warned (here and on many blogs across the net) that The Colour of Magic was not a very strong example of the Discworld books. It is stressed in many many places that reading the books in chronological order, starting with this one, isn't really recommended. So I was nervous.

Now I'm just thrilled that the books in my future must be really stupendous because I really quite enjoyed this weird story of Rincewind and Twoflower. It wasn't perfect, for sure. It started a little too abruptly and jumped forward a bit too much going into the last section. There were episodes that I would have liked to play out a little more in depth. But it's just so cool. Weird and funny and creative. This probably won't prove to be my favorite installment if everyone is to be believed but I am really happy that this is where I started. Can't wait to read more.

Rating: 3.67

Liked: 4
Plot: 3.5
Characterization: 4
Writing: 3.5
Auden scale: 3

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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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