The Colour of Magic : (Discworld Novel 1), Paperback

The Colour of Magic : (Discworld Novel 1) Paperback

Part of the Discworld Novel series

3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld.

Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot. 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.

It plays by different rules. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers.

But just because the Disc is different doesn't mean that some things don't stay the same.

Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land.

But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea...




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I must admit I was disappointed. I expected more.I played the PC Discworld games years ago and they were great. Based on this one book I'm not sure I see why the series is so popular. The book was funny in parts, but it just jumped around so much you got frustrated. I might read the next one and see if it is better.

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To be honest I always refused to read a Pratchet novel becasue of those cartoony corgi covers they were in. Seeing these new covers I thought I would give it a try - I know I am shallow. It turned out to be a great idea as I had great fun gallavanting through this exciting book full of coloUrful characters. There is a lot of humoUr here and I was reminded a lot of Douglas Adams at times. The world Pratchett creates is vivid and addictive- I want to learn more and more about it so therefore I have just orderd some more discworld novels.

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well the good thing is that the Discworld series gets better after this one.

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've come to Terry Pratchett somewhat late, only to find I've overlooked a writer deft at the difficult art of farce. Imaginative, funny, zany and without any pretense, Pratchett's The Colour of Magic is an easy, entertaining read that demands nothing of you but your willingness to again become a child and explore a sense of wonder. The world Pratchett creates is a disc carried upon the the backs of four elephants, who in turn ride a great galactic turtle. On this disc-world magic abounds (and hence the interdit regarding the number eight), as do strange creatures (I particularly loved the luggage), strange adventures and even stranger outcomes. Just when you think you've figured out this world and this plot, Pratchett turns his story upside down to see what shakes out.For sheer escapism and entertainment, it doesn't get much better.

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