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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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Title: [The Colour of Magic]
Author: Terry Pratchett
Genre: Satiric Fantasy
Medium: Kindle
Acquisition: Purchased
Date Completed: November 7, 2016
Rating: ***

The Colour of Magic, first in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, introduces readers to A'tuin, AnkhMorpork, and a genre for which Pratchett will come to be known, mixing fantastic elements with wit, charm, and cultural awareness to create a space that is both humorously foreign and delightfully familiar. In this the first, AnkhMorpork is introduced to something entirely new - a tourist, who has purposefully left his prosperous continent in order to experience "everything" the twin cities have to offer, and beyond. Having the fortunate misfortune of giving this poor sap a linguistic hand at a tavern, Rincewind is consequently charged with protecting the tourist by the Patrician himself, and what follows is a series of struggles from cultural and personality clashes. The joyful absurdity that is the Luggage makes its first appearance, and Twoflower and Rincewind are engaging protagonists different enough to inspire the narrative, but not so dissimilar that it's unclear how they could come to be companions. Ultimately, though, this is not the Discworld I know and love - having read The Truth first, many many years ago, and enjoying all of the later novels, returning to the first (for the first time) was a bit jarring, as the book lacks the polish and charm of the later productions. Little is seen of AnkMorpork proper, there's too much going on in the plot with too great reliance on magic to move from space to space and, most tragically, Death is not the character he comes to be.

If this had been the first Pratchett I had read I don't know that I would have continued; it's very much a first-novel, and as a reader who doesn't actually favor fantasy I don't know that it holds much for me. However, as an actual fan it's interesting to go back to a beginning of which I was unaware. ( )
  Luxx | Nov 8, 2016 |
A Discworld book I didn't love. That's a first. It was fine. It had humor, adventure, characters who don't really fit into the world. I just didn't love the characters. Rincewind and Twoflower were both annoying on opposite sides of the spectrum. One too callous, one too earnest. This is the first Discworld book, and it does a good job of setting up the world. It explains the geography of Discworld but also throughout the story we get gimpses of all the ways the series can continue. There are just so many scenes that have enough in them to merit a whole book. The Dragon Imaginers. The Heroes. The University. I know lots of things get their own book, and if this book is good for anything its good at introducing the possibilities of Discworld. It made me excited to move on and explore the corners of the Disc. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
This was my long-overdue excursion into Discworld, and I loved it! The plot would be impossible to describe, but Terry Pratchett's world is well-developed and fabulous. I can't wait to read the rest! ( )
  irregularreader | Oct 31, 2016 |
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 |
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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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