The Colour of Magic: The First Discworld Novel: 1 Paperback – 18 Jan 1985
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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, Amazon.com
"One of the best, and one of the funniest English authors" (Independent)
"...an ideal introduction to the worlds of science fiction, fantasy and humourous writing for reluctant and avid readers alike." (Booktrusted News)
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The majority of his characters were named after fans that he knew in RL. Each character with their individuality draws you in, makes you want to get to know them better and then makes it impossible for you to choose a favorite as you will love them all!
All I can say is "Welcome to Discworld!" An imaginary disc, propped up by large elephants swimming through space on the back of a giant turtle. Once you read a couple of pages you are hooked. You are compelled to read the vast amount of Discworld books and then read them again, and again, and again!
STP was taken by a form of dementia and passed away far too early and in his prime. It is certainly our loss but he lives through his wonderful Discworld characters - too many to mention and through his clever ingenious plots who I guarantee you will howl with laughter at.
God bless you STP ! You certainly brightened up my life through Discworld. I just wish I could have met you !
Enjoy reader! Enjoy!
and rightly so. Well worth the investment.
For the first 40 pages I had no idea who was who or what was what. And by the end, Im still not entirely sure.
One minute we're in a city, then inside a tree... a temple. Now we're flying on Dragons! No sorry, we're on an Airplane.
Conversations with DEATH? "Your not DEATH. Piss Off"
"... And Now For Something, COMPLETELY DIFFERENT"
~ John Cleese
This book really is a hoot. There is a major lack of solid story, which is why I compare it to Monty Python.
Throughout the entire book, I saw in my mind RINCEWIND, the Wizard as John Cleese.
Its not about reaching a goal, "We start an adventure ... Action ... we reach the end. THE END"
Its more about the adventure and the laughs and the total, mind boggling crazy crap that goes on throughout every single page of this absolutely bonkers novel.
Do I recommend this book?
Im not sure, it depends on what kind of person you are.
Though if you are a fan of that British charm that comes with TV Classics like, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, Dads Army, Red Dwarf, Black Adder and such, then this is definitely a book worth a read.
It reads differently from 1993 and certainly from what it it would have in 1983. Things Have Moved On in the world of fantasy writing.
But it's still funny and even if the episodic nature makes it feel disjointed, good.
As with almost all of the Discworld novels, a fantastic read. It's definitely recommended that you read this, and 'The Colour of Magic' first if you're reading the Discworld novels for the first time. The first two books are actually quite different from ones further down the line, but it's interesting to see where they started out, and how much they, and the Discoworld itself, evolved over time.
When I heard of Terry Pratchett's death, I decided that the time has come to re-read the Discworld series and this time, in the correct order.
The Colour of Magic is the very first of the series, the only one (as far as I am aware, I still have a few of the most recent ones that I have not read) that is not a standalone but a two parts story, along with The Light Fantastic, introducing us to the Discwold Universe and to many of the characters that we will be seeing in the following books. Rincewind is the very first protagonist and will star in a number of Discworld
The style and expression are different from the following books but the humour (laughing out loud when reading in the bus to work!) and the philosophy (sometimes, it feels as if I can find the answers to all of life's big questions in here!) are present.
It is very upsetting to think that there are no more Discworld novels, so I plan to take my time and enjoy re-reading them!
Even though i have enjoyed other titles more, for me this book rates 5 stars because it is the one that got me hooked to this wonderfully crazy, magical, flat, literally flat, so different and yet, surprisingly similar to our own, universe!