The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic

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In the beginning there was.a turtle. Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. Particularly as it's carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules. But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc's very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world's first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard.
Publisher: 2008.
ISBN: 9781407034379
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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IndyPL_SteveB Aug 15, 2019

The first of Pratchett's Discworld series and probably the weakest. Lots of funny stuff, but the book is basically a couple of characters exploring Discworld while the author looks for wordplay that will fit each location. The book isn't actually *about* anything. Rincewind, the grumpy and mostly ineffective wizard, is not much of a character but he does allow us to meet many locations and concepts that will be useful in future books. There might have been a plot but I didn't notice. The second book, *The Light Fantastic*, improves on that part.

There is no requirement to begin the series here or with the second book. The quality really picks up with Book 3, *Equal Rites*; but there are many other Pratchett books you could start with.

IndyPL_JosephL Apr 17, 2019

While understandably his weakest entry into the extensive Discworld series, considering it's the first, Terry Pratchett's "Colour of Magic" offers a crazed slapstick parody of many classic cliches and tropes of fantasy that comedically bashes heads with some of the setting's more modern sensibilities. While most consider it the worst place to start with the series, starting from the very beginning shows just how much Pratchett developed as an author.

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gregdryke
Jan 23, 2019

ribbonfarm. Terry Pratcheet discworld first book

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Esther_Maaravi
Oct 25, 2018

Seems to be a book with a postmodernist philosophy.

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Xoxolatl
Aug 20, 2018

Terry Pratchett's first practice novel. His wonderful writing style is already evident, but characters and story-telling ability are still works in progress in this novel.

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Dragonrat703
Dec 03, 2017

An excellent story. Set in the fantasy land of Discworld (a disc on the back of four elephants riding on the back of a giant turtle), this story parodies and turns on their heads many fantasy cliches. It follows a failed wizard named Rincewind, who knows only one spell (one of the great Eight spells, the most powerful spells in the universe), and Discworld's first tourist, Twoflower, who owns a magical trunk made of sapient pearwood, determined to follow its master to, quite literally, the ends of the earth. Hilarious and creative, this book makes for an excellent slapstick adventure.

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xiaojunbpl12
Apr 26, 2017

A rogue wizard grew out of cowardice. A luggage made of sapient pearwood cast the most magic spells, while his master/owner Twoflower, a seeker of wonder, appeared the most distant to me.

JCLAndrewP Aug 31, 2016

I read this book when I was a teenager and I have loved Pratchett's stories since. It is funny, silly, and lighthearted. Also, luggage.

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Perenelle
Jul 14, 2016

I loved this book. I loved, loved, loved this book. I don't know how many other books have made me happy the way this one has. FIVE STARS FOR YOU.
I picked up this first Discworld book because I'd heard it was a flat world that was somehow on the back of a turtle floating through space.
And to me this is amazing, so I read it, and it was not a disappointment (although I was expecting the whole perched on a giant turtle moving through space thing would be something that would be brought up, but everyone just kind of went with it, which I suppose is because they've always lived on a turtle floating through space).
This book is so fantastically random that I'm surprised I liked it - I don't, usually, like books that seem to be moving nonsensically (I in fact am very vocal about having proper rules controlling your magic in your universe, usually). But something here made this book fantastic. There's something about Pratchett's writing that is fun, but not simple, quirky but not annoying, and also very refreshing. This whole book was very refreshing to me. It's probably because it seemed like it was written that way on purpose to poke fun at fantasy stereotypes (or ones that were present when he wrote it, anyway).
Besides, it was hilarious. I know not everyone likes puns, but whatever, they are my favourite thing. I don't usually laugh out loud when I read books, but one particular pun had me laughing into my pillow for a good half-hour before falling asleep. (Sadly it did not cause the same response when I repeated it to my friends, who are now demoted.) Terry Pratchett's writing is true a gold mine of quotable material. The character of Death was amazing as well.
I read somewhere that The Colour of Magic is not the best book in the Discworld series, that Mort and Guards! Guards! were better places to jump into it, but I don't regret starting here at all. This book also contains one of my favourite jokes of all time, read it. I for one am off and reading The Light Fantastic.

cmlibrary_ecrites Jun 11, 2016

The Color of Magic serves as our introduction to Discworld. A world a lot like our own, but different. Our view of Discworld is through the eyes of Rincewind, a wizard (sort of), Twoflower, a tourist, as well as the various gods and goddesses whose games and wagers decide the fates of Discworld’s inhabitants. Pratchett’s prose is imbued with wit and satire and this is not your typical fantasy novel. It is the first of a very long running series. Each book in the Discworld series can be read as a standalone novel but there are elements that run throughout the series and groups of books that follow certain characters (a kind of series within a series) that will be enjoyed more if read chronologically. If you enjoyed the Color of Magic buckle up for a long, fantastical ride and see what else Discworld has to offer!

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Jeta Kola Aug 19, 2012

This is book starts off with the introduction of Twoflower; a tourist who is often ignornant and naive to his surrondings and his unlucky guide; a failed wizard named Rincewind who is in short; a coward. By traveling along with this comical duo you will have lots of face to face meetings with death (literally) and lots of angry gods and godesses, one in paticular named 'Fate'. Overall this book will get you laughing hard, as you experience this chaotic adventure through Discworld.

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