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The Colour of Magic: The First Discworld Novel (original 1983; edition 1985)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:The Colour of Magic: The First Discworld Novel
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi (1985), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 283 pages
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The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (1983)

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I have a resolution now to read the whole Discworld series in the next three years (well, to be precise, 1001 days). I'm actually doing it in publication order, because that's just the way I roll and always have. So here I am back with The Colour of Magic. It's still fun, still silly, still creative and weird and occasionally eye-roll inducing.

My favourite character is still the Luggage. Rincewind is okay, and Twoflower is ridiculous, but the Luggage is the character I'm really interested in. There's limited character development available there, of course, but it's quirky and fun. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2014 |
3.5 Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

The Color of Magic, published in 1983, is the first book in Sir Terry Pratchett’s enormously popular DISCWORLD series. The Disworld is a flat world which rides on the back of four elephants which ride on the back of a giant turtle named Great A’Tuin. The DISCWORLD novels are humorous, satirical and spoofy, often making fun of their own genre and various real-world cultural and political issues and institutions. Before HARRY POTTER, Terry Pratchett was the UK’s top selling author.

The Color of Magic introduces Rincewind who is technically a wizard because one dangerous spell attached itself to his brain when Rincewind opened a forbidden book. Rincewind doesn’t know what the spell does or how to cast it, and he doesn’t remember any of the other things he was supposed to learn at the Unseen University but, nonetheless, he’s a wizard. He’s also a coward — a really lucky coward because, though he’s unaware of it, Lady Luck is his patron.

One day Twoflower, a rich insurance salesman from a far-off land, comes to Ankh-Morpor to vacation and asks Rincewind to show him around because Rincewind is the only person who can speak his language. Twoflower is curious, fearless, and completely ignorant of the dangers in Ankh-Morpor. Rincewind tries to safely show him the sights, but the two of them end up needing to escape from one disaster after another. During their adventures we meet a barbarian hero who loves to pose for pictures, fratricidal dragonlords with unpronounceable names (K!sdra and Lio!rt), dryads, a troll from another world, a tentacled monster who lives in a temple in which everything is octagonal but you may not say the word “eight,” a terrorist on an airplane, a drowning frog, and a group of scientifically-minded wizards who want to push somebody off the edge of the world.

The Color of Magic is non-stop quirky adventure with lots of laughs. Pratchett’s British humor is silly, clever and witty and it’s fun to see him salute, and sometimes mock, well-known fantasy works, characters, or clichés. I think I recognized Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Conan the Barbarian, and Red Sonja. In this first DISCWORD novel, transitions between scenes are a bit rough and sometimes the humor tries too hard, but Terry Pratchett’s genius is clearly visible. The DISCWORD books are fun stand-alone reads that make a great break from heavier works.

I listened to the 1995 audio production by ISIS Audio Books. This is not the clearest of productions — there is a noticeable background hum (you can hear it on the sample at Amazon or Audible). However, Nigel Planer’s narration was so brilliant that I will be listening to the rest of the DISCWORD audiobooks that he narrates. I loved his interpretation of all of Pratchett’s characters. You should hear him pronounce K!sdra and Lio!rt. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Pratchett reminds me in many ways of Douglas Adams: a humorist of the British variety: a lot of discontinuity, juxtaposing very different things; a cynical approach to life. I loved it! The Discworld universe needs no comment from me. It's vastly popular and has now 39 (fairly short) novels. Be prepared for the narrative to jump viewpoints without warning and at first, apparently without relevance. Pratchett uses his Discworld to satirize and poke fun at sacred cows, taboos and pushes his (apparently, fairly liberal) political values. Nevertheless, in this book he avoids preaching and propaganda. We'll see how well he does in the following books. Oh, and if you're looking for plausibility and internal consistency from Pratchett, forget it.
  KirkLowery | Mar 4, 2014 |
I can see why everyone in my book club is a fan of Discworld. This book was very funny and entertaining with very imaginative world-building. I am definitely going to read more. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Feb 12, 2014 |
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Callori, NataliaTranslatorsecondary 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...
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Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant "idiot".
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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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