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The Colour of Magic: The First Discworld Novel [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
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18 Jan 1985
On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious buy inept wizard, a naïve tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist ifyou believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet...

Note:This title was originally published in 1985 but the current edition was printed in 2008.

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  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (18 Jan 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552124753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552124751
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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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,


"One of the best, and one of the funniest English authors alive: -"Independent"

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic 17 May 2008
I came across this omnibus version of the two first Discworld novels while searching for The Colour of Magic at my local bookstore. I am very glad I got this particular version, because you really need to read both novels to conclude the story about Rincewind and Twoflower. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did I really enjoyed it. It is very funny, but at times also a bit dramatic. Now I cannot wait for The Colour of Magic to be released on DVD!
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely readable fun! 10 Nov 2002
By Johnson
I started this book having only read one other book by Terry Pratchett - I was kind of working my way up to reading the massive Discworld Series, so I started with The Carpet People (also a great book) in the summer, which I loved. So, out of curiosity at all the Discworld hype, I got hold of a copy of The Colour of Magic and started reading (despite various people advising me that reading them in order was not necessary).
I'm glad I did - I can't say I was an avid reader of the book straight from the start, but it soon became that way. I loved the characters in this book - Twoflower, Rincewind and Death in particular had me in stitches - and the setting, a flat, disc-shaped world carried on the backs of four giant elephants etc etc, and the amount of creativity with which Pratchett crafted his world, had me captivated.
I have now finished The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, the sequel, having read them one after another. Although standing alone they are fantastic books, treating them as one book is probably a good idea, going by the cliffhanger ending of The Colour of Magic.
I would recommend this book to any fans of The Carpet People and other books by Terry Pratchett. It's a great book, so anybody else: read it!
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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first Discworld novel! 29 Jun 2003
By Cammy
The Colour of Magic (this book) is the first in the phenonemonly successful "Discworld" series by humour and fantasy British author Terry Pratchett. Well, this was not the first discworld book I read. The first one I read was "Sourcery". I thought it was far too weird, so I left it for a while, but then tried "Witches Abroad" and loved that. I read some more after that and was hooked on the discworld collection. It's strange, they say "Never Judge A Book By It's Cover", but it was the covers of the books that drew me in on that rainy afternoon in the school library. Sorry, I forgot to mention, I'm only 13. But don't go away! Stay and read this!(and remember to say that this review was helpful!!)
But back to the book. The Colour of Magic begins by explaining what the Discworld actually is. For those of you who don't know, it's actually a huge plate that is supported by 5 elephants that are supported by a huge turtle, known as the Great A'tuin. Yep. That fact that the world (in the book) is a disc is obviously like how our ancestors thought the world was flat.
We are introduced to our main characters, who are Rincewind the inept and cowardly wizard, Twoflower, a short tourist with (judging by the front cover) four eyes, and a chest that has hundreds of little legs and a mind of it's own, known as "the Luggage". There are of course more characters, like Hrun the (don't say this to him) barbarian and the wonderful talking corpse. At first the characters spend time in a bar in the twin city of Ankh Morpork, where Twoflower's money seems to be worth more than he thinks in Ankh.
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you forgotten how good it is? 12 Aug 2004
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Having read the entire series of 30-odd Discworld novel's in publication order over the past 16-odd years, I decided it was time to revisit the first novel in the series. Would it really be as good as I remembered, or would it seem inferior compared to those later Discworld novels?
The Discworld of The Colour of Magic certainly feels like a different place to Pratchett's more recent offerings, but it's certainly not inferior. Nowadays Pratchett seems to use the Discworld as a distorted mirror of our own world, with allusions to real world politics and problems - in comparison the Discworld of The Colour of Magic is a simple (but effective) satire on the typical post-Tolkien Fantasy genre. This first novel introduces the long-running characters of the inept wizard Rincewind and the oddly anthropomorphic Death (what no Librarian? - my memory must have cheated), and uses the device of Rincewind having to protect gullible tourist Twoflower as a means of providing a brief tour of the Discworld. The novel is set out as four linked short story's: in The Colour of Magic Twoflower manages to burn the city of Ankh-Morpork to the ground by the introduction of insurance; The Sending of Eight adds Conan rip-off Hrun the Barbarian in a typical Dungeons & Dragons quest to destroy a Lovecraftian monster and capture some treasure; The Lure of the Wrym introduces an upside down mountain and dragons who only exist if you believe in them; while Close to the Edge finds Rincewind and Twoflower getting caught up in a mission to voyage over the edge of the Discworld itself (a theme Pratchett would return to years later in The Last Hero). Yes, it's a lot shallower than later Discworld outings, but it's also a lot funnier, and the Discworld is a much more fantastic place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Colour of Magic
This book is really funny and a good laugh but can sometimes be a little confusing if you try it
Published 18 hours ago by J. Porter
2.0 out of 5 stars Whats the fuss about
I read it all because he is a prolific writer and I wanted to know what he was about. It just didn't grab me at all. I shall not be reading any more Pratchett. Read more
Published 1 day ago by PC
1.0 out of 5 stars Way to random
I was talked into reading Pratchett by a friend. Although I like fantasy books this was way to off the wall and random for me.
Published 11 days ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ . . . . . .
Our son was first introduced to Terry Pratchett having listened to Guard Guard as a radio serial and thoroughly enjoyed it, which is why I thought maybe he'd like to read some of... Read more
Published 13 days ago by BOOK WORM (aka Luv Creating Cards 'n' Keepsakes)
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Revisiting my past favourites in my library.
This book reflects the amazing mind that the words were borne from.
Well written with so much thought. Witty and clever. Read more
Published 14 days ago by ElleEmm
5.0 out of 5 stars what a start
Being new to Terry Pratchett, I did not know what to expect,what a start to the Disc World series. Excellent.
Published 15 days ago by A Cawthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love this book but for some rather odd reason one I have read it it keeps on going missing, where it has gone to this time is anybodies guess.
Published 22 days ago by Snowy6
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but disappointing condition
Thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, but by the looks of the book so did many other people. A bit tatty
Published 1 month ago by J winkles
3.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible, but not good either.
I guess it's to be expected from the first novel in a series - that it's not as good as the subsequent instalments. That said, it's really not terrible either.
Published 1 month ago by Ricardo dos Anjos
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett, Colour of Magic Book
Briliant book and was great to be able to read on Kindle. Was delivered to my Kindle within an hor of purchasing it
10 out of 10 for this one
Published 1 month ago by Minnie Mouse
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