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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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(reread) I haven't read this book for maybe 15+ years and have read a lot of other Discworld novels in the meantime. It is very different and clear that Pratchett was just starting to explore the genre. Some bits felt a bit clunky (the gods for example) but otherwise it had the depth and pace I would expect from Discworld. Much better than I recalled and I clearly missed a lot on the first read through! ( )
  rlangston | Jul 16, 2014 |
I've read about 10 Discworld books, but wanted to read the first one in the series, so I finally got it and I just finished it. And let me tell you, it was an enjoyable book to read. The book is broken up into four parts, so it can be a little disjointed in some places, but overall the writing was what we've come to expect from Pratchett. This book introduces a delightful character named Rincewind who is a wizard, albeit a very terrible one who wouldn't know how to DO magic if it bit him on the leg. He does know one spell that he remembered from his time at Unseen University before being kicked out for ineptitude. Rincewind is a coward, but bravely so. He also has Lady Luck on his side, so his cowardice is helped out considerably at times throughout the book. One day, a character named Twoflower shows up from another country far away lugging a piece of luggage (that walks on many small feet and has a life of its own) and is overflowing with gold. Twoflower is curious to see Ankh-Morpork, the big city at the center of Discworld, but his curiosity gets him into trouble and, besides, he's utterly clueless to the dangers posed by his obvious riches. Rincewind is goaded by Lord Vetenari to show Twoflower the sights -- safely -- and so an adventure begins. During their times together, we meet a barbarian hero who is a narcissist and loves to pose for pictures, dragons and their masters, a water troll, dryads, a frightening monster living in a temple out in the sticks, a frog, a terrorist on some airplane in another plane of existence, and so much more. Rincewind is always fleeing danger in terror, only to inexplicably save the day by tripping over his own feet and perhaps those of a guard somewhere, injuring them somehow and allowing them to escape. Twoflower, meanwhile, knows no fear and while they're flying on a dragon, he excitedly looks down at the ground far beneath them while Rincewind cowers in fright. My favorite Discworld character, Death, makes an appearance or two, but he's not as funny as he is in later Discworld novels. All that said, I really didn't care for the ending at all, so that's why I'm marking it down from five to four stars. Still, it's a good start to an excellent series and I certainly recommend it. ( )
  scottcholstad | Jul 6, 2014 |
Quite overwhelming with descriptions in the beginning because of such a unique setting. It can be too much info at times, but the fun adventures Rincewind and Twoflower end up on make up greatly for it.
Great characters and great fun to read overall. Funny too ;P ( )
  Me-chan | Jun 19, 2014 |
I started listening to Stephen Briggs reading, but I wanted to have some Nigel Planer as well, being familiar with him from The Young Ones and Blackadder. Really, the only way to get them stateside was to subscribe to audible.com - and, hoo-wee, did that ever work out! Planer is brilliant. The book itself is more just a series of adventures and Pratchett doesn't hit his stride until later, but it's still fun. I recommend all of Planer's readings.
  marfita | Jun 16, 2014 |
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Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Callori, NataliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Player, StephenCover 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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