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The Color of Magic book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels h. The Colour of Magic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, and is the first book of the Discworld series. The first printing of the British edition consisted . The Colour of Magic. In Terry Pratchett's first ever Discworld novel, Rincewind decides that 'tourist' means idiot. download Now. site (US). Synopsis. “Twoflower.
Rincewind series. The Colour of Magic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett , and is the first book of the Discworld series. 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 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…. The main character is an incompetent and cynical Wizard named Rincewind. He involuntarily becomes a guide to the naive tourist , Twoflower. Forced to flee the city of Ankh-Morpork to escape a terrible fire, they begin on a journey across the Disc.
Characters hurtle on and off the stage and none of them is really developed. Even Rincewind and Twoflower stay the same. Twoflower enables Pratchett to make some interesting points about the nature of tourism and power, and there are some fine jokes about his attempts to impose rational ideas such as insurance on a magical world.
Rincewind is also always enjoyably bemused and grumpy. But essentially the two remain as flat as the Discworld itself. The jokes are already good. The world is already fascinating. Indeed, The Colour of Magic is the perfect introduction because it leaves me hungry for more. On which note, following the vote on which other Pratchett novel we should read this month, Night Watch has won by an overwhelming majority. No fewer than 19 novels were nominated — which shows the breadth and depth of the appreciation Pratchett inspires.
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Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Some achieved immortality by amassing great wealth. But the captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying. Rincewind tried to force the memory out of his mind, but it was rather enjoying itself there, terrorising the other occupants and kicking over the furniture.
There are also plenty of jokes that are even funnier within the context of the book. The Colour of Magic is also effective as a satire of pres fantasy conventions.
Yet while they may work, these digs also open up the biggest objection to reading The Colour of Magic. Whereas later Pratchett satirised the real world, here his target is both softer and more obscure.
Jokes about characters with exclamation marks in their names and gags about specific fantasy books do require a certain amount of knowledge to work.
The really outstanding thing is how easily it overcomes the restrictions of genre and builds its own rules.
And how fascinating those rules are. One of the most notable things about coming back to The Colour of Magic after all these years is how it reads like a greatest hits collection. And yes, there is a pleasingly Discworldlian paradox in the metaphor.
Dozens of what were to become favourite Pratchett inventions whizz by in the narrative. I ako bi neko od starosedelaca mogao da mi kaze kako da nabavim Prtljag od kruskovog drveta mudrosti, cini mi se da je pametno imati jedan ;. View all 6 comments. Precisely why all the above below, in this review, I guess should be so is not clear, but goes some way to explain why, on the disc, the Gods are not so much worshipped as blamed.
Have you ever wondered about what would happen if you were merely a pawn in a game played by gods? Have you ever wondered about how living in a Flat-Earth would be? Would you like to learn about what failed wizards do in their free time? Are you curious about how dragons are born and how they rest?
Do you want to un Precisely why all the above below, in this review, I guess should be so is not clear, but goes some way to explain why, on the disc, the Gods are not so much worshipped as blamed. Do you want to understand what insurance actually means? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then The Colour of Magic is the book for you.
However, if you're a pragmatist, and lack imagination, I would suggest you steer clear of the book. Welcome to Discworld; the land of the strange and scary, of the weird and wonderful. It's important to know, before you enter this magical and frankly absurd land, that you are a pawn in a life-sized game of Dungeons and Dragons. There is no escaping that. Do not make deals with Fate, do not sing prayers for The Lady; perhaps, just perhaps, you might just survive. Though, well, you do start to question whether surviving is actually worth it.
Journey along with sarcastic and cynical Rincewind, a failed wizard, and Twoflower, a tourist under his care. Rincewind is an extremely likable character, a rationalist, and quick-witted to the core. Rincewind often suspected that there was something, somewhere, that was better than magic.
He was usually disappointed. Twoflower, who sells inn-sewer-ants polly-see, on the other hand, is a typical tourist - he gets excited at every instance, and would rather photograph a fascinating sight than run for his life.
Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. There are books that employ elements of satire to prove a point; this book, and I believe the series by extension, are wholly satire, and I found myself literally laughing out loud at more than one point. The story starts at Ankh-Morpork, a city so rife with accidents, nothing quite astounds their citizens anymore.
A city of thieves, fraudsters and scoundrels. A city through which flows the filthy River Ankh. In a city where public executions, duels, fights, magical feuds and strange events regularly punctuated the daily round the inhabitants had brought the profession of interested bystander to a peak of perfection.
The city of Ankh-Morpork perhaps best explains human beings as a species.
Their casual nature, their inclination to defraud, rather than help people in trouble, and their undying love for gold. The journey from there is a meandering one, onto the Temple of Bel-Shamharoth, the temple of the Soul-Eater. There is an escape into the world of Dragons, through an actual aeroplane like the ones we have on Earth , and onto the Circumfence, yes, Circumfence, not circumference, because you do need a fence at the rim of the Discworld.
Our two friends here, they meet heroes and villains, and creatures we mustn't speak of. In his dry and totally British way, Pratchett mocks religion, and the religious.
The simple, laughing islanders subsequently worshipped it as a god, much to the amusement of their more sophisticated neighbors. Strangely enough the rainfall and harvests in the next few years were almost supernaturally abundant, and this led to a research team being dispatched to the islands by the Minor Religions faculty of Unseen University.
Their verdict was that it only went to show.
He laughs at humans and their follies, at our propensity to regale ourselves with tales of heroes of yore. As says the resident Hero of the book: Learn about Dragons you can summon with your imagination, and the significance of the number 8.
Experience the colour Octarine, and the 8-banded Rimbow. Communicate with different languages whose words make no sense at all. Understand how magic is actually, really, quite difficult. Have hair-raising adventures with Rincewind, Twoflower, and his sentient luggage, Luggage. Curse the gods, the ghosts and the monsters.
Read Discworld. The very first Discworld novel. The one it all began with. I've been a fan of Sir Terry's for a long time. I've even read a few other of his books some standalone, some of the Fairy Tales or later volumes of this series and loved them all. Fans have given me two pieces of advice ever since I first heard of Discworld: What are you, a savage?! Thus, I did what every self-respected The very first Discworld novel. Thus, I did what every self-respected bookworm with no idea what to do would do - I let the matter rest and, in time, watched a few of the movies first.
The movies weren't bad at all despite apparently never having had the appropriate budget and I found myself wishing for more. And then Sir Terry died. Even while writing this my eyes water. It was, if you believe it or not, another reason to put off reading the books. This volume introduces readers to the Discworld that stands on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the shell of the great turtle Great A'Tuin that floats through space. Science as we know it doesn't apply here as gods are real, so is magic, and many things exist solely because people believe in them.
It is about a wiz z ard named Rincewind and his adventure or at least the first half of it with Twoflower, a visitor from the counterweight continent. Twoflower being the very first tourist means a lot of miscommunication people in Ankh-Morpork, where he lands first, don't know what glasses are for example.
This gives the author the great opportunity to mock tourism in general with people experiencing foreign places through the lenses of their "picture boxes", speaking in not really helpful sentences out of dictionaries.
Interpsersed we get funny takes on insurance utterly unheard of in Ankh-Morpork and the whole "hero" business then and later in the book. Rincewind, one must admit, isn't exactly the greatest of wizards, but his quirky way is endearing. He and Twoflower travel from Ankh-Morpork to Quirm or at least towards it , Wyrmberg, and even the Edge where they meet the people of Krull.
They stumble from one catastrophe into the next, all the while being unaware that their encounters are actually caused by gods they are pieces on one of their board games. This means that the reader gets to see a number of corners of this unique world that so perfectly mirrors the craziness of our own. We even get an overlapping when Rincewind calls a plane from our world to save himself and Twoflower.
Not sure what Sir Terry intended he had a cameo in the movie so he must have known about the interpretation of Rincewind for the screen but he seems to be younger in the books than in the movie. Book Rincewind on covers: Movie Rincewind right: And yes, the actor reminds me a bit of a male Maggie Smith with his gestures and facial expressions he is as cynical and grumpy as the Dowager Countess Grantham after all.
The story then concludes with a quite literal cliffhanger bad play of word, I know and picks up immediately at the start of the next book so technically they belong together. Now, for the actual impression.
I can see why many have told me not to start the series with the first book. So doing this was the right choice. That being said, I have to admit that some spins on ideas the author played with in this were Sure, I enjoyed the "Big Bang" joke right at the beginning and loved the cynical view on many things, but overall it really could have been sharper. Moreover, and this is my fault alone, many stabs at classic fantasy bits were if not completely then at least to some degree lost on me.
Sure, I got the parody of heroes and stuff, but none of that was laughing-out-loud material. Yes, it almost sounds like blasphemy, but it is obvious how old the book is, in what early stages Sir Terry still was and yet - and YET - you can already see and feel the greatness poking through with a dagger Assassin's Guild style!
For anyone wondering, luggage really was a fantastic character and I expect it to be at least this good in the next too. View all 19 comments. Apr 07, Phrynne rated it it was amazing. I first read this book many years ago and I remember I fell in love with the Disc World as soon as I read the first few pages.
I loved the idea of the turtle swimming through space and the elephants and the rim fall and the eighth colour in the spectrum called octarine. Twoflower and Rincewind were the first of many of Pratchett's characters I would meet who are so helpless and yet who blunder successfully through mishap after mishap.
And as for the Luggage! That has to be one of the best invent I first read this book many years ago and I remember I fell in love with the Disc World as soon as I read the first few pages. That has to be one of the best inventions ever.
I have just reread this book in honour of Terry Pratchett after his recent death. However I find - just like last time - I am not going to be able to stop at one. I am back in the Disc World and loving it: Feb 06, Becky rated it it was ok Shelves: I dunno if this is going to be a proper 'review' heh, as though any of the things that I write in this space are So, like my usual offerings. I read Amanda's review This'un. It's unfair. To me, I mean. I don't care if it's fair to the book if others have set my expectations too high and then it didn't live up to them.
It's a book. It doesn't have feelings or a brain and thus cannot understand why it should feel sorry for me. But, to be fair to the expectation raisers, I'd also read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and I really enjoyed it, so that also tended to set the bar higher and make my fall just that much further. So, in a discussion with a friend, she mentioned that "The Colour of Magic is basically a collection of in-jokes about other books.
Zelazny did the same thing with A Night In The Lonesome October, and even though I had read much more of the referenced and hinted at works he incorporated into his story, and so should have been more "in the know" and thus able to enjoy it more, I didn't. I don't read that way. I am not analyzing every line looking for something else - I'm looking for the author to tell me a story. And this kind of storytelling is both lazy and too much work at the same time, if you ask me. Don't get me wrong, I like easter eggs in books.
I like little references that people in the know will get and have a little something added I like it. But, in my opinion, it should just be that - a little something nice added.
People who don't get the reference should not even notice it, because the story is standing on its own legs and is complete without it. I don't read to interpret A to be a reference to X from book Q and need to know X from Q's history to understand what A is doing in your book. I just want a good fucking story.
Tell me one, and get on with it. But about the book itself, I dunno what to say. It didn't feel like a novel, which was how I approached it, it felt like a set of stories just sharing some characters and a general world setting.
I think trying to read it as a novel, looking for the overarching story from page 1 to page whatever, set me up for failure as well. If I had read this as each chapter being a vignette story, that would probably have been better. Likewise, it just seemed to forget some of the conflicts that were raised.
In the beginning of the book, the Patriarch or whatever he's called threatens Rincewind with death if anything untoward should happen to Twoflower the tourist In fact, every danger is just gone as soon as its gone. There's no follow-up, there's no consequences And that is one of my least favorite things.
I hate when there are no rules and anything and everything and the kitchen sink are just possible because why not? So annoying. It was like pages of deus ex machina. I didn't care about any of the characters I think I was meant to care about. I liked Death, and the Luggage. I was rooting for them both to take their due from Rincewind.
Maybe next book. By all accounts, the Discworld books get better, and I'll probably go along and hope for that, but my patience has thinned quite a lot. I'll give this series another chance, but if it continues on this way - with the references and the deus ex machina in place of proper storytelling, and the unfunny because man, I didn't even crack a smile!
Life is too short. View all 21 comments. Y lo hizo. Feb 06, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: Back to where it all began. I think this is my third time reading this, but that does show how long ago my introduction to this series was. I have a huge affection for this entire series and the author as a human being, but I'm actually quite glad that I wasn't a more sophisticated reader when I was first exposed to this. If this had been my first exposure to his work today, I'm not sure I would have continued with them.
In summary, the Discworld experiences its first tourist, Twoflower, from the Back to where it all began. In summary, the Discworld experiences its first tourist, Twoflower, from the incredibly rich Counterweight Continent.
Along with his Luggage and magic picture-taking box Twoflower encounters the wizard Rincewind who gets recruited as his guide to the wonders of the Discworld.
From there, adventures ensue in the city of Ankh-Morpork, the Temple of the Sender of Eight, a hive of Dragonriders and eventually the edge of the Discworld itself. The first of the series is very much a satire of the whole fantasy field. Ankh-Morpork is a very thinly veiled Lankhmar complete with Bravd and the Weasel. The barbarians that Rincewind and Twoflower meet are lifted straight from Robert E.
The Dragonriders are a homage to Pern and Boris Vallejo. And Tolkien and RPG references abound as well. The book even has the classic "fix-up" novel structure where a novel is made up of linked stories that were published in pulp magazines separately. The book does what it intends to do: Pratchett's innate creativity shines through though and there are plenty of original creations that are the seeds of the brilliance of later Discworld novels, but this is clearly very early.
The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork is introduced here, but he is just Generic Shrewd Ruler, rather than the razor-sharp mastercrafter of civilization that he is in later books. That's not in evidence here, and I felt it was a bit of a slog to get through.
This was quite the interesting and funny little book. So much is happening in these odd pages. So many characters. My mind has been entertained as well as confused.
I enjoyed Rincwind and Twoflower. Death is also great. Discworld, is going to be a fun journey. View all 3 comments. Dec 01, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, look no further - The Color of Magic is your ticket! Of all the Discworld books, of all the craziness, the thousands of jokes, the laser-guided satire of fantasy novels so good that it became almost its own genre, for me the Color of Magic is the one book to rule them all.
So many memorable characters are introduced who will become players in the later novels: And of course there is Rincewind, the central character of this book and one of the great comic characters - a drop-out from magical school The Unseen University, a born loser with a sentient spell from the most dangerous book on the Discworld lodged inside his head. The Color of Magic is hilarious, packed with great ideas, sharp observations and some damned funny satire of both the fantasy genre and modern life - Twoflower's attempts to get one of the rough cutthroats of Ankh-Morpork to understand inn-sewer-ants Insurance being one particular standout.
Beyond its own brilliance, this novel is the foundation of an enduring and often very entertaining series of forty-one books, of which Small Gods , The Light Fantastic , Sourcery and Guards!
Terry Pratchett had a talent that few authors possess- both a sense of humor and the skill to put that humor on the page. Few books make me laugh like this one did, and even fewer make me smile just at the memory of reading them. People looking for a bag full of laughs with a cynical view, and tons of fun, fun, fun adventure.
Recommended to Evelyn devours and digests words by: Fabian, Ryan. Magic never dies. It merely fades away.