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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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  Lunapilot | Jul 19, 2016 |
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Este libro me pareció bastante infantil y nada gracioso. Hubo un par de cosas que me parecieron divertidas, pero nada más. Al principio me gustó, pero me cansé después de la primera historia, porque el libro no tenía realmente un argumento.

Este libro contiene cuatro historias. Cada una trata de una aventura de Ricewing y Dosflores, pero no son lo suficientemetne largas para que se desarrollen bien el argumento y los personajes. Los personajes permanecen planos, incluso pasadas las cuatro historias. Si se hubiera tratado de historias que acompañaran a otro libro, hubieran funcionado mucho mejor.

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This book was too childish and not funny at all. A few things were slightly amusing, but nothing more than that. I liked it at first, but then got tired of it after the first story, because the book didn't really have a plot.

This book contains four stories. Each tells an adventure of Ricewind and Twoflower, but they're not long enough for the plot or the characters to be developed well. The characters remain rather flat, even after all four stories. If they had been companion stories to another book, they would have worked much better. ( )
  Hellen0 | Jun 22, 2016 |
no review, because i haven't finished it and right now i just can't. my hubby of 42 years passed away on may 17, so this book is the farthest from my mind. reading some old friends, many times read, because i don't have to concentrate.

i never finished, and now i would have to go all the way back to the beginning. ( )
  winterslights | Jun 12, 2016 |
Whilst reading The Colour of Magic, the first of Terry Pratchett's celebrated Discworld novels, I couldn't help but think of it as the fantasy equivalent of Douglas Adams' sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It is a lazy comparison, I know, and one often invoked by those who have read both, but it is also an accurate one. Both are quick-witted and quaint, zany and eccentric. Both get their laughs by poking fun (affectionately) at the inherent absurdity of their respective genres. Both are fun to read and quite endearing.

However, the two books are also similar in that they are good books but not quite as good as often suggested. The Colour of Magic suffers from being over-hyped; the Discworld novels are lionized by fans and, to be honest, I expected more from my first foray into Pratchett's peculiar creation. I have heard that the Discworld books improve markedly but, having read The Colour of Magic, I feel it's fair to say that the series doesn't hit the ground running. It has no plot to speak of, really – it has nothing to anchor you in the story and by the end I was only vaguely aware of what had happened. I got a fair few laughs from it – Rincewind and Twoflower are a nice 'odd couple' and some of Pratchett's turns-of-phrase are clever. But, looking towards the second book – The Light Fantastic – I need to see more of that elusive brilliance which Pratchett fans extol, if I am to become one of them. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jun 3, 2016 |
Poor Rincewind the (failed) wizard is forced to play tour guide to a foreigner who is oblivious to the devastation his absurd wealth is liable to inflict upon the hapless inhabitants of the lands he visits. I've heard a couple of later Discworld novels on audio but this was my first hard copy read. Established fans will warn you this first book is weak. I thought it was fantastic, especially through its first half. It comes a bit off the rails later and turns episodic, but it's never actually bad. I expected the funny without anticipating that it is also very, very smart. The ending leaves you hanging and demands its immediate sequel.

While later books are clearly riffing on things metaphysical, economic, etc., by comparison it's true this one doesn't do much more than spoof some of the fantasy tropes (especially magic and Conan). The story never takes itself seriously but is still solid enough in its world-building, still creative enough in establishing its own sense of place, that I would happily return to it again. This first novel is hardly the only place to start with Discworld but I see nothing wrong with it as a choice, and nothing whatever to apologize for. ( )
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Rockwell, Scottmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Callori, NataliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary 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".
"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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