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The Colour of Magic (1983)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld: Rincewind (1), Discworld (1)

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Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen. The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett's maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins -- with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind.… (more)
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Dieser erste Band hat mir leider nicht so gut gefallen wie die meisten anderen Pratchett-Romane. Es war ein rasanter Ritt über die Scheibenwelt, mir fehlte aber so ein bisschen der rote Faden. Weniger wäre in diesem Fall vielleicht mehr gewesen. Das wird mich aber nicht daran hindern, auch die anderen Scheibenweltromane (teilweise noch einmal) zu lesen! ( )
  Katzenkindliest | Apr 23, 2024 |
In retrospect, it's quite an uneven book with a muddled back half. But what a great start with the bones for marvellous works to come. ( )
  Kavinay | Apr 17, 2024 |
I've heard so much about Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, that I thought I should try it. I had also heard that the first one wasn't that great. But since I am a completist, and couldn't imagine skipping the first book in a series, here we are.

I enjoyed the parodies of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, what I think were some Lovecraftian references, and also the Dragonriders of Pern. And some of the turns of phrase were really clever. But overall it didn't really hold my interest. I will, however, try another one in the hopes that I like it better. ( )
  TheGalaxyGirl | Apr 8, 2024 |
This is the first Discworld novel I read, despite many people recommending starting with a later book. I enjoyed it, but recognized that it wasn't really up to snuff with many later Discworld books. The humour is present and funny but the story feels relatively basic and, in a way, disjointed as a sword-and-sorcery parody. I'd still recommend it, but not as a first Discworld read. ( )
  VerixSilvercrow | Mar 27, 2024 |
És un bon llibre, però palideix davant l’inmensitat del Discmòn. Es nota que és el primer de tots.

Segurix sent un Prattchet molt entretingut, pero l’he notat un poc dispers, cosa que no ha ajudat a capficar-me del tot. L’estructura és interesant i acaba sent més un recull de relata casi que una novela com a tal. Pero pot ser aixó és el que m’ha fallat un poc. Pero en aixó entraven les expectatives personals.

Tot i així, he rigut com pocs llibres i tinc ganes de veure com Gratavent segueix esquivant la Mort. ( )
  Cabask | Mar 27, 2024 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brandhorst, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Callori, NataliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hartman, DagmarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hildebrandt, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kantůrek, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macía, CristinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLaren, JoeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Player, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, TonyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rockwell, Scottsecondary 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'.
Rincewind sighed again. It was all very well going on about pure logic and how the universe was ruled by logic and the harmony of numbers, but the plain fact of the matter was that the Disc was manifestly traversing space on the back of a giant turtle and the gods had a habit of going around to atheists' houses and smashing their windows.
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Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen. The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett's maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins -- with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind.

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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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