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The Colour Of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Colour Of Magic (original 1983; edition 1983)

by Terry Pratchett

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On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle, a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, and of course 'the edge' of the planet.
Title:The Colour Of Magic
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:London Corgi 1994
Collections:Your library
Tags:Discworld, Original Collection 01

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The Colour of Magic by Terry PRATCHETT (1983)

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  SueJBeard | Jan 8, 2023 |
I gotta get the whole series ( )
  bspar | Jan 1, 2023 |
3.5 stars

Not my favorite Pratchett but still good for some laughs. This one has been on my TBR pile for a while, and reading it was part of a book challenge I’m trying to complete by the end of the year. It was fun to read Pratchett again, and to finally know what the Luggage is, which I managed to hear about long before I got around to reading this. I was confused by the ending, but I imagine Pratchett was chuckling to himself as he wrote it. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
Having read and enjoyed some of the other Discworld books I was a bit hesitant in reading the first one. Sure, I think Pratchett is a brilliant writer with a good sense of humor. But reading his first attempt at writting a book I was anxious to see if I would enjoy his early style, having been used to the high quality of his more recent work.
Turns out my fears were only half right.

The book has it's funny moments and interesting characters but in no way can compare to other discworld novels, such as "Witches Abroad" or "Carpe Jugulum".
It's a lukewarm introduction to the incredible discworld. So if you like this book, you're sure to adore the rest.

The second book of the series "The Light Fantastic" that is a direct continuation of the story in "The colour of Magic" is even better, and is closer to the Terry Pratchett I know and love. ( )
  Silenostar | Dec 7, 2022 |
The first of the Discworld books is far from the best. Terry Pratchett's world is sublime fantasy humor. Start with one of the later books first. ( )
  catseyegreen | Dec 5, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
PRATCHETT, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brandhorst, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Callori, NataliaTranslatorsecondary 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
Sahlin, OlleTranslatorsecondary 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...
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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On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle, a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, and of course 'the edge' of the planet.

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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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