FREE READ é The Colour of Magic

REVIEW The Colour of Magic

FREE READ é The Colour of Magic Æ 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 HiaasenThe Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett's maiden voyage through the now legendary land of Discworld This is where it all begTt'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 On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle sex unknown a gleeful explosiv. I will officially be reading the entire Discworld series

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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 HiaasenThe Color of Magic is Terry Pratche. I haven't reviewed this because I read it so long ago that all I can remember is I loved itI'll take our very old and battered copy bought in 1987 to the hospice this weekend when I go with Celyn and see if I can't refresh my memoryRIP Sir Terry'DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING' said Death 'JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH'So to the reviewI've just read this in slightly over 24 hours which is extraordinary for me I normally take a month to read a book It is to be fair both a very readable and a very short book 65000 words a short fantasy these days is 100000 wordsI was surprised to find how much of this I remembered especially as I last read it 28 years agoIt's a very funny book with some GREAT one liners I particularly liked one that said about men falling foul of the thieves' guild I paraphrase ' men who wouldn't be going home again unless they happened to live near the river and their corpses floated by on the way to the seaAnd this from the character Twoflower was poignantWhen I think that I might die without seeing a hundredth of all there is to see it makes me feel he paused then added well humble I suppose And very angry of course Anyway incompetent and cowardly failed wizard Rincewind falls in with Twoflower the naive tourist with an impossibly optimistic attitude oodles of gold and an indestructible vicious and implacable treasure chest on legs to defend himHilarity ensues as Twoflower tries to see everything Rincewind tries not to die and the gods play games with them We get a great tour of the Discworld its geography magics and inhabitants all of which are so fantastically imaginative and amusing that even geography becomes a joyThis isn't Terry Pratchett's best book but it's full of all the great stuff that gathers together into its peak a few books into the series It's certainly an excellent book though Pratchett has an incredibly rare talent for compressing humour into one liners that are witty incisive and yet never feel mean it's not jokes that you feel are directed at anyone just mined from the stuff of lifeI had a great time revisiting this book and if you've not tried it now's the time Join my 3 emails a year newsletter #prizes

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The Colour of MagicE wickedly eccentric expedition sets out There's an avaricious but inept wizard a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs dragons who only exist if you believe in them and of course THE EDGE of the planet. This must be the exception that proves the rule For years I’ve been adamantly advocating reading series in publication order whether a coherent story or a set of standalones In Discworld that simply doesn’t seem to be the best solution Everyone seems to suggest that a new reader should not start with the first book so this must be partially my fault for doing it anyway The Colour of Magic is at best a mediocre introduction to what is supposedly the best humourous fantasy series ever written by the legendary Terry Pratchett Granted the wild descriptions of the cosmology and topography of the Disc are indeed interesting the writing is good and there are a few funny lines However I expected a lot going on While the total lack of a coherent plot is understandable in a series based on humour the lack of humour is really notThat does not mean I didn’t enjoy the book This rating may be a bit harsh but it does seem to mean that I found the book to be “okay” I am not discouraged from reading books in the series and I both hope and choose to believe that they are of a much higher uality than this first one For the style is there It’s only the substance that’s missingThat said the race between two and three stars was pretty much a tie Being a generally evil person I opted for the lower optionI often see Pratchett compared to Douglas Adams and just as often hailed as “the Douglas Adams of fantasy” And so far he unfortunately does not come close You may be a legend Sir Terry but it takes a lot to be a Douglas Adams