Adventures in Reading

Fiction: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
September 16, 2008, 11:50 am
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“Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the discworld. Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant ‘idiot.'”

The first book to occur on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, The Colour of Magic describes the journey of Rincewind and Twoflower — the Disc’s first tourist and tour guide. The reader follows them on their journey starting in Ankh-Morpork and concluding at the end of the world. Pratchett’s wit and style keeps the reader entertained along with his “serious” take on fantasy as his protagonists make their way through various fantasy genres including dungeons and dragons and magic pony.

The Colour of Magic often comes with a warning: though it’s the first it’s not the best, and some Amazon reviews seem to uphold this opinion. Though it’s rather unlike Pratchett’s later works, it’s a humorus and endearing novel in its own right. As Pratchett has described it himself, it’s a novel of travel and exposes the reader to the Discworld at its roughest stage. This is the “primordial goo” that the rest of the Discworld bubbles forth from and definitely worth a read.

Conclusion: Keeper.

Other opinions: Trish’s Reading Nook.


Yay for the Luggage!!!

Comment by Lightheaded

Humorous and endearing – I like that description.

Comment by Nymeth

Thanks for the link love. :) I was also heavily warned (mostly by Nymeth) that this is not his best. But I really liked it–so I guess I can only expect outstanding things from now on of Mr. Pratchett. Glad you liked it!

Comment by Trish

Lightheaded: Sometimes I wish I had my own Luggage. I would never have to worry about burglars again!

Nymeth: I really do love CoM and all the early novels for that matter.

Trish: Always glad to link. I understand why people are hesitant to recommend it, but it’s still a charming and witty book.

Comment by bookchronicle

[…] Pratchett’s The Light Fantastic continues from the cliffhanging finish of The Colour of Magic. Our heroes, the wizard Rincewind and the tourist Twoflower, begin the story dangling off the edge […]

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