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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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Pratchett's Discworld series begins here. The Color of Magic is refreshing and different but the series gets even better later on. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
Terry Pratchett writes with a much more sophisticated and mature prose than Discworld probably deserves, but the result is a scintillating read. Imaginative, descriptive and very, very funny! It reminded me of the endless invention of the Harry Potter series at its best, but with better writing.

Not, however, with a better plot. That's the big weakness here, the subtitle might as well be 'Four Loosely Connected Situations In Which Our Heroes Barely Scrape By And Learn Nothing.' But the characters are all highly entertaining and written with that smug, wry and slightly juvenile humor for which we all love Douglas Adams and Monty Python. The follwing books in the extensive series of Discworld promise much more engaging stories and incredible variety thereof. If this is considered one of the worst Discworld books, I can't wait to read more. ( )
  ddueck88 | Oct 1, 2016 |
I loved the world. I liked the characters. The lore's also wonderful. But let's face it - this book is so badly written. It's awfully jumpy and most of the time you don't really know what's going on. Example: the characters are fidgeting with a lock. The next sentence talks about the inside. You're wondering if they already got in just like that but he didn't bother telling you about it..? okay, so they got in then, you decide.. the he pulls out two characters that have not been there before, shows a short scene, and when it ends it suddenly turns out the never got inside. They're still fidgeting with the lock! You're rolling your eyes by now. Then some random fight scene follows, and you have no clue by now if they got in or not, or where it even is happening! And it's like that throughout the whole book. Maybe I'm just spoiled by good writing, but this was really hard to follow. Especially cause 'Discworld is supposed to be so awesome!'..
Well, I've heard his writing gets better with the later books. Maybe Discworld IS that awesome. I sure hope so. But this one isn't. ( )
  avalinah | Sep 11, 2016 |
This is very much like the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy if it was much more careful, employed something slightly like broken magical realism, and took place in a fantasy setting. That's very high praise. It managed to pull those things off so well that I didn't really care about the relative dullness of plot and character. The characters are such lively and fun exaggerative stereotypes that I didn't even mind that they were flat. I didn't really even notice until I was analyzing the book consciously.

Highly recommended. ( )
  valzi | Sep 7, 2016 |
It took me a bit to get used to it, but it was a fun book. Thoroughly enjoyed myself by the end. Can't wait to read the next one! ( )
  jahva | Sep 1, 2016 |
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Rockwell, Scottmain authorall 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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