The Color of Magic

The Color of Magic

A Discworld Novel

Book - 2000
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The wizard Rincewind plays guide to the tourist Twoflower in this, the maiden voyage through Discworld.
Publisher: New York : HarperPaperbacks, 2000
Copyright Date: ©1983
ISBN: 9780061020711
Characteristics: 210 pages ; 18 cm
Alternative Title: Colour of magic


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Now for a different kind of Fantasy book. For more of a humorous take on Fantasy, try this classic first book in the Discworld series.

The Discworld: a racy, inventive, and insightful parody of our own globe. In the city of Ank Morpork is Unseen University, school of Wizardry. Rincewind is an incompetent wizard, but he accidentally read a Spell from the Octavo book of magic, and now that it's in head, it interferes with his lif... Read More »

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Mar 11, 2020

What an amazing world to discover. I am excited to check out the next book in the series. Parts of this book made me laugh right out loud.

Jan 17, 2020

Interesting start, but ultimately I never connected with the plot, which unintentionally brought to life a video game-esque understanding of "go here and see this person and do this thing" quests, but without the juicy main storyline to fall back on. While I did enjoy the thematically rich yet vile city of Ankh-Morpork, I really can't remember any characters other than Rincewind, Twoflower, and the Luggage. Trickily, the novel ends in a cliffhanger, so I am compelled to read the sequel. A mediocre start to my Discworld education.

Oct 09, 2019

This would be a good one for Clark to start with. I researched it a lot.

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.

Jan 23, 2019

ribbonfarm. Terry Pratcheet discworld first book

Oct 25, 2018

Seems to be a book with a postmodernist philosophy.

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.

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.

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.

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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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