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Discworld #1

The Colour of Magic

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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 on the planet...

287 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published December 1, 1983

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Terry Pratchett

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Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987, he turned to writing full time.

There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal.

A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback - Harper Torch, 2006 - and trade paperback - Harper Paperbacks, 2006).

In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry published Snuff in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.

Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

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Author 72 books51.7k followers
July 8, 2023
I haven't reviewed this because I read it so long ago that all I can remember is I loved it.

I'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 memory.

RIP, Sir Terry.


So - to the review!

I'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 (65,000 words - a short fantasy these days is ~100,000 words).

I was surprised to find how much of this I remembered, especially as I last read it 28 years ago!

It'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 sea."

And this from the character Twoflower was poignant:

"When 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 him.

Hilarity 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 joy.

This 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 life.

I had a great time revisiting this book and if you've not tried it - now's the time!

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December 28, 2015
Reading The Color of Magic is akin to eating an entire bowl of ice cream just a little too fast...sure, it may cause your head to hurt at times, but the sweet rewards make it all worth it!

Filled with ambitious wizards and ruthless assassins, the city of Ankh-Morpork has survived many dangers in the past, but now it faces an even more destructive force...TOURISM!!! When a rich but bored outsider named Twoflower decides to explore the city in search for adventure, it soon becomes an adventure for everyone around him, too! Twoflower's well-meaning but careless ways earn him the attention of pirates, dragonriders, and various supernatural entities, all looking to rid Twoflower of his treasure...not to mention his life! Soon failed wizard Rincewind reluctantly becomes Twoflower's guide, and as Twoflower explores more and more of Discworld looking for the adventure of a lifetime, Rincewind tries desperately to make sure his lifetime lasts for more than five minutes!

This was me for about 80% of this book...

Annnnnd here I am for the other 20%....

What I loved most about this book was definitely the humor. Some authors can only come up with a great laugh-out-loud moment once or twice in a book, but Pratchett is able to pull one off in just about every page! There are oodles of witty dialogue all throughout the novel, as well as some great slapstick moments. In addition, Pratchett gives us some excellent satire, too. I got a big kick out of how familiar some of Twoflower's ideas were, like when he convinces a bar owner to "place a bet" on whether or not the bar will be damaged...Twoflower calls this process "inn-sewer-ants"! By having the other characters mock the "outrageous" concepts Twoflower introduces them to, it did a magnificent job painting an amusing picture of some of the absurdities of everyday life. "The Color of Magic" isn't just a humorous book, it actually manages to pull off several different kinds of humor!

Also, I was amazed with the extent of Pratchett's imagination! While some elements of this book are your standard fantasy archetypes, Pratchett really ups the ante by giving us some brilliantly creative concepts as well. With translucent dragons, trolls made out of water, a sentient piece of luggage that manages to display so much personality without ever saying a word, and an upside-down swordfight that has to be seen, errr, read to be believed, Pratchett never runs out of new ideas to entertain his audience with.

Alas, while I enjoyed this book very much, I did have a couple of issues with it. For one thing, I felt like Pratchett tried to cram way too much into a book that's barely over 200 pages. So many characters and creatures come and go, it quickly becomes difficult to keep track of what's going on! I have some friends who didn't enjoy the "Game of Thrones" book as they found it confusing, but at least George R.R. Martin takes a good amount of time to establish all the characters, whereas this book can sometimes feel like trying to watch a NASCAR race where all the cars are speeding in a different direction! Also, some of Pratchett's ideas were a little too "out-there" for me...I knew this was going to be a problem right away, when Pratchett begins the book by revealing that Discworld is a planet that is carried on the backs of four elephants who are all standing on the shell of a giant turtle that is floating through space...
"This is an awful lot to throw at me on page one, Mr. Pratchett!"

Also, while "The Color of Magic" works beautifully as a comedy, I'm afraid the actual story doesn't quite hit the mark. The book is divided into four parts, and each part feels like a separate book. Almost anyone introduced in one section is absent in the other three, so we're left wondering what happened to many different characters. While the events of Rincewind's and Twoflower's journey are fun to watch, there's very little true progression or closure. This storytelling technique was especially baffling in the fourth segment, where Pratchett keeps referring to an adventure that we never got to see, as it occurred inbetween the third and fourth sections. This disjointed method of storytelling prevented the book from becoming anything more than just a comedy of errors, as amusing as those errors may have been.

So, while I felt this book would have been better if it were a bit longer and some of the concepts had been more fleshed out, I still had a lot of fun reading this hysterically funny adventure. I've been told that the first couple of books in the Discworld series pale in comparison to the later ones. Considering how entertaining "The Color of Magic" was, if this truly is one of the weaker entries, I can't wait to read more of the Discworld series!

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3,535 reviews9,951 followers
December 3, 2020
Gah! I have a secret Santa that sent me about 21 books yesterday and I can get missing ones from my used bookstore. Ok, it’s no secret but I’m not calling them out 😉💕

4.5 stars ⭐️

I FINALLY started Discworld!!!! I buddy read with my wonderful friend CHOKO We had fun text message reading it. I loved this book and so did Choko! I have heard some don’t like this book that much but it was awesome for me. Looking forward to continuing!

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805 reviews3,853 followers
May 10, 2020
The Rincewind starts blowing up his ego in the first installment of the epic Discworld.

The establishment of one of the sub series of the Discworld, around Rincewind, sorcerers, and the Unseen University, deals with insurances, Hrun the barbarian, role playing games, living furniture, different fantasy stereotypes and their exaggerations, a tourist and the industry around sightseeing, space travel, and introduces some elemental parts of the Discworld.

How the strange humanities, fringe sciences, real magic, and all the increments in university life should be interpreted is a subjective question of taste. The academics can be seen as unworldly, snobby weirdos, absent minded geniuses, or, instead of plot elements, as profound criticism of too much general research in fields without any real benefit in stark contrast to the useful natural sciences. Although magicians combine both.

Rincewind is a special person, one can see him as a tragic hero, manipulative and coward wannabe cynic, or someone with hidden potential, and he is used by Pratchett to contrast and reinforce the competence of other characters, especially the witches, who have everything he is unable or unwilling to achieve, competence, empathy, very strong powers, etc.

Hrun the barbarian, I laughed tears each time I encountered him in a novel, as he is the ultimate persiflage and exaggeration of any masculine warrior traits macho myth.

The elements dealing with insurances and how quickly creative ideas can turn a useful scheme in a destructive self-enforcing circle are more serious, something Pratchett did with many economic, political, and ideological topics. In this case, it are just the end consumers who misunderstand a key element, but in other installments, Pratchett owns the whole production chain of bad ideas from mastermind to smallest consumer.

The tourism industry and how it changes both the minds of the visitors and the people living in a country, all the co- dependences, and how culture, tradition, and art is instrumentalized to get more fancy bling bling is in the mix too.

Pratchett has the unique ability to multiply and combine everything others use a few times in an average comedic novel to a density that makes each page a treasure chest of witty dialogue, innuendos, slapstick, criticism, exaggerations,… leading to close to permanent giggling and laughing. I´ve read nothing that comes close to him and I´ve read many humoristic novels. Seriously, don´t read these novels when you should be silent when hiding from trolls and blood elves, it will be your final chuckling, but a great one at least.

I could endlessly drivel about the ingenuity of this unique series that makes humans better beings (just joking, all readers are great), but seriously, this kind of philosophizing and dripping deeper thoughts, objectivity, and awareness- building in allegedly trivial fantasy novels with funny covers is something doing more for enlightenment and progressivism than political education and history lessons combined together.

It´s just the first half of the „one novel in two books first installment“ and continues with The Light Fantastic.

Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique:

This one is added to all Pratchettian reviews:
The idea of the dissected motifs rocks, highlighting the main real world inspirational elements of fiction and satire is something usually done with so called higher literature, but a much more interesting field in readable literature, as it offers the joy of reading, subtle criticism, and feeling smart all together.
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Author 2 books1,712 followers
July 29, 2009
Before picking it up, I'd heard that The Colour of Magic was funny. Now that can mean just about anything because, let's face it, comedy is the most subjective of arts.

Funny is a deeply personal thing. The "funny peculiar" and the "funny ha-ha" might not be the same from person to person or even to the same person depending on their mood or their place in life. So knowing something is funny ahead of reading it really doesn't tell me much.

I'd read Terry Pratchett's & Neil Gaiman's Good Omens quite a while ago, so I expected at least a hint of satire and politically conscious wit, but I had no idea which of the authors to blame for the smart laughs in Good Omens, and my recollections really shed no illumination on what was to come. So I read The Colour of Magic with as open a mind as I could and hoped for some laughs.

I didn't laugh much and that surprised me. I smiled an awful lot, though. But I didn't laugh. No out loud snickers; no full-out belly laughs; no snorts; no giggles.

But I did smile.

Pratchett's kooky tale (really four tales to make one) of Rincewind, the one-great-spell, wizarding failure, Twoflower, the in-sewer-ants adjuster/tourist, and his Luggage was smart more often than it was stupid, consciously political, satirically silly, more than willing to take the piss out of Fantasy as a genre, but mostly it was exceedingly absurd. And all of this was what made The Colour of Magic good to very good.

Even so, its audience is necessarily limited. I know why I liked The Colour of Magic, and while I imagine there are other reasons to like the story, I think it is probably a fairly inaccessible tale unless you are a reader who falls into a niche of accessibility. This is not a book that can be widely read or widely liked.

So why did I like it? I liked it because I fall into a niche wherein I was able to access memories of drunken, drug-addled, teenage D&D marathons (which were extremely rare since we preferred our gaming sober), where we gave up being serious and descended into near madness.

Those nights are reflected in everything that happens in The Colour of Magic. Obligatory bar fights of fantastic impossibility, Monty Hall swords and treasures, idiotic last second rescues, gods dicing, heroes thinking with the dirk in their pants, dimensional slips and deus ex machinas at every turn make The Colour of Magic a collage of gaming stupidity, and it was nice to take a nostalgic trip back to my adolescence. In fact, Pratchett captures exactly the sort of gaming experience that led our halfling priest of Xyice, God of Mischief, to wish for a foot long penis then fall unconscious from blood loss when he achieved his first erection. So I liked this book...a lot, actually.

But it wasn't the best story I've ever read, and I can't imagine I could sit down and read the entire Discworld cycle without a break. It's fun. It's light. Pratchett writes better than I expected, but I bet there are many folks out there who hate this book. You have my sympathy.

So yes...I was disappointed that I didn't laugh more; I was disappointed that the story wasn't more subtle; I hated the turtle carrying the disc; I wanted The Colour of Magic to be more biting than silly, more critical than absurd, more intelligent than clever. But it was a fun ride that entertained me while I did the dishes, and I couldn't help liking Rincewind, so I will probably go on, and I will likely become a fan of Pratchett's Discworld books...in spite of themselves.
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January 8, 2022
The Color of Magic (Discworld #1), Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett'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.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه می سال2016میلادی

عنوان: مجموعه جهان صفحه کتاب یک - رنگ جادو؛ تری پرتچت (پراچت)؛ مترجم: آرزو احمی؛ تهران، ویدا، چاپ اول و دوم سال1391؛ در287ص؛ چاپ سوم سال1392؛ شابک9789646807853؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیا- سده20م

دیسک ورلد، یک سری از کتابهای فانتزی هستند، که «تری پراچت»، نویسنده ی «بریتانیا»، آنها را نوشته اند؛ داستان‌های این سری، در جهانی به نام «دیسک‌ ورلد» می‌گذرند، که صفحه‌ ای صاف است، و بر شانه‌ های چهار فیل بسیار بزرگ قرار دارد؛ فیل‌ها نیز، به نوبه ی خود، بر پشت یک لاک‌پشت غول‌ آسا، با نام «آتوئین بزرگ» جای دارند؛ در این سری، بارها از کتاب‌های نویسندگانی همچون «جی.آر.آر تالکین»، «رابرت هاوارد»، «اچ.پی لاوکرافت» و «ویلیام شکسپیر» با طنز یاد شده‌ است؛ از سری «دیسک‌ورلد» بیش از هشتاد میلیون نسخه، در سی و هفت زبان، به فروش رفته‌ اند؛ این سری، در برگیرنده ی بیش از چهل رمان، یازده داستان کوتاه، چهار کتاب علمی؛ و چندین کتاب مرجع و مکمل نیز هست؛ از این سری چندین رمان تصویری، بازی کامپیوتری، نمایش تئاتر، مجموعه ی تلویزیونی نیز برداشت شده‌ اند؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 15/11/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 17/10/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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1,882 reviews16.6k followers
January 2, 2019
And so it begins …

Sir Terry Pratchett’s wildly imaginative Discworld series begins with the 1983 publication of The Color of Magic.

I have been reading science fiction and fantasy for a long time and somehow I managed to not read any of his works until I came in late to the party. A friend suggested I try one, I’d like it and so I read the fourth in the series, Mort and I thought so much that I decided I would climb the hill and enjoy every step.

Begin with a heaping portion of British humor (humour), mix in a share of Douglas Adams, sprinkle liberally with Monty Python, throw in a fantastic amount of fantasy from the Piers Anthony brand of fiction and top with a wink and a nod and you have Terry Pratchett Discworld embarkation. The Potent Voyager has set sail and much mirth and irreverence is certainly to follow.

2019 - These are SO MUCH FUN!!!!

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264 reviews3,954 followers
April 12, 2022
A fun book, but doesn't deliver as much as the later Discworld books

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This was not my first discworld book I read, which is probably a good thing because I'm not sure I would have continued the series if it had been.

It's a good book, and very unique to fantasy in that it is a lighthearted comedy at heart. But it feels disjointed and is essentially a set of smaller stories without much of an overarching narrative.

Skip this book if you are new to Discworld, but you will have a good time if you are used to the world already and know what Discworld already offers.
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476 reviews1,562 followers
May 26, 2016
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 more going on. While the total lack of a coherent plot is understandable in a series based on humour, the lack of humour is really not.

That 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 more books in the series, and I both hope and choose to believe that they are of a much higher quality than this first one. For the style is there. It’s only the substance that’s missing.

That said, the race between two and three stars was pretty much a tie. Being a generally evil person, I opted for the lower option.

I 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 more to be a Douglas Adams.
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781 reviews47.2k followers
May 11, 2020
Gonna read these books in the order they were written and none of you nerds can stop me.
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546 reviews10.2k followers
July 9, 2016
This series is much beloved of my friends, both here on Goodreads and out in the wilds of meatspace--he's even been referred to as Fantasy's answer to one of my favorite authors: the superlatively funny and insightful Douglas Adams. As such, I was excited to start the series at the beginning, hoping the wit and wisdom would overcome the warts of this early outing. Unfortunately,the jokes drew more groans than guffaws, reminding me of Mark Twain's comments on the book of friend and fellow American treasure Ambrose Bierce:
"There is humor in 'Dod Grile', but for every laugh that is in his book there are five blushes, ten shudders and a vomit. The laugh is too expensive."

Pratchett has none of the wry, oddball musings of Adams, and seems to me to be less the Fantasy version of that author and more the British version of endlessly 'punny' writer Piers Anthony (though thankfully without the unsettling implications of pedophilia). After finding this one unpalatable, a friend suggested I try one of his later books, so I started Moving Pictures, but while it was more competently crafted, I found it no more amusing. I guess you can't trust your friends.

I've since been told to try another of his books--most often Night Watch and Small Gods are mentioned, but I find it impossible to work up any enthusiasm for another outing with Pratchett--perhaps one day, I'll get there.

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169 reviews32 followers
August 18, 2021

اولین انسان‌ها، کمی بعد از خلقتشون، اعصابشون حسابی ریخت به هم که البته قابل درک هم بود

یک چهارم اول کتاب و تعریف کردنِ ماجرای آتیش زدن دوتا شهر فوق‌العاده بود و هر چند خط یه تیکه‌ی بامزه داشت که حسابی بابتش می‌خندیدم و پیش خودم گفتم همینطوری پیش بره قطعاً تبدیل می‌شه یکی از بهترین کتاب‌هایی که خوندم
ولی متأسفانه بعد از اون افت زیادی داشت و به جز چندتا تیکه، دیگه به خوبی اوایل کتاب نشد
شخصیت حضرت مرگ عالی بود و با وجود حضور کمش، هروقت توی کتاب پیداش می‌شد و دیالوگ داشت من پخش زمین بودم
به خاطر همین یه شخصیت هم شده دلم می‌خواد کتابای این مجموعه رو بخونم
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570 reviews209 followers
December 28, 2018
Oh what fun, review to follow 😊😉

So here is my review. I first read this I'm guessing some time around 1990, and then went on to read the sequels as they were released,until sometime around the millennium, when for various reasons I moved house and lost around 5000 books 😱
Anyway I haven't read another Terry Pratchett Discworld novel since then. So when I was bought the first twenty in the series earlier this year I did a little mini dance (similar to the Floss ha ha) and looked forward to when I could start. Well that time is now and so I've started on the series.

In my opinion this book is really Sir Terry getting into his stride and is not as good as a lot of the later entries in the series. Having said that it features Rincewind and the luggage as well as a few appearance from DEATH so it has a lot of redeeming features. The adventure is a little disjointed but still huge amount of fun, and it did (as per usual) have me laughing out loud as I sat in bed reading it. Yes I did thoroughly enjoy it, but I know it gets better , a lot better, so it just scraped 4 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Now I was trying to save reading the next book until 2019 as I have others I must finish first, but the problem is (as any Discworld lover will tell you), is that once you start you have to carry on, oh what a quandary.
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Author 5 books4,100 followers
May 3, 2017
If I hadn't already read the entire series, and if I was judging this book just by its own merits, I'd still be saying that it harnesses the lightning and even finds a way to make it go side to side rather than up and down.

It's really fantastic as a straight fantasy with tons of humorous elements, with a good deal more worldbuilding than all the later books, more obvious and harsher tongue-in-cheek elements, and a great setup for the Great Wizzard Rincewind.

Honestly? I love Rincewind. I love the shard of the Great magical spell lodged in his brain, Death's endless chase for him, the straight adventure he finds himself in, and the sheer fact that HE SURVIVES.

Twoflower is awesome, too, and the chest is one of the greatest unsung heroes of the age, and there is a very good case to be made that this whole novel (and the one following it) is probably the BEST INSURANCE MAN'S TOURIST GUIDE EVER WRITTEN. :)

'Nuff said.

Am I sad that Sir Terry is no longer with us? Yeah.
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Author 5 books169 followers
August 1, 2008
I'm pretty sure people have told me about Pratchett and his Diskworld series before, usually working in the phrase "He's the Douglas Adams of fantasy" into the description. But the problem was that I always felt that I had had enough of Adams after the third Hithiker's Guide to the Galaxy book, and whenever I scanned Pratchett's section in the bookstore I was immediately put off by not knowing where to start reading among the approximately five hundred thousand Diskworld books. I'm glad I finally took the time to find out that these two books, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, jointly comprise the first tale in the series, and that they were definitely worth reading.

The Diskworld books are essentially satire of the high fantasy genre, or at least that's the foundation upon which everything else is built. This pair of books follows the misadventures of Rincewind, a utterly inept and thoroughly cowardly wizard, and Twoflowers, a clueless traveler who happens to be in possession of both endless optimism and a magical suitcase that's always wandering off and messily devouring people who get in its way. Things go from bad to worse for the two as divine powers both deliver them into and yank them out of all kinds of fantastic perils.

As someone who grew up reading plenty of this kind of thing and playing a lot of Dungeons& Dragons, I'm familiar enough with the genre and trappings that Pratchett lampoons. Yes, there's the Conan parody, there's the Dragonriders of Pern tribute, there's the in-joke about Leiber's Fafhrd and Gray Mouser. But that's easy. The thing that made me almost immediately fall in love with these books is the author's dry wit and his ability to derive humor not only from the absurdity of the story (and believe me, it gets plenty absurd) but also from just good old fashioned turns of phrase, wry commentary, and jokes. The guy just has an amazing ability to stuff five or six jokes into a single sentence, most of them making masterful use of that trusty standby of British humor, irony. It's really smart and really funny, and the fact that it builds on the inherent silliness of the high fantasy genre is just icing.

I should also note how imaginative Pratchett is, which is a useful quality given his subject matter. He bounces his heroes from one (generally horrible and dangerous) situation to another at a frantic pace, and his ability to come up with new material and new situations amazes me. And while many of them are obvious parodies of fantasy staples, just as many seem to be wholly new creations. As one small (and obligatory) example, the Diskworld itself is a flat coin of a world that rides atop four enormous elephants, who themselves ride on the back of a colossal turtle with two continent-sized flippers that it uses to swim slowly through the cold reaches of space.

But at the same time, if I have one complaint about these first two books, it's that they're almost maniacal in their plotting. While it's nice to see Pratchett's considerable imagination and humor on display as we go from situation to situation, the first book reads like an extended doodle with little plot and a whole "gods playing games with mortals" subtext that's entirely dropped in the next book. There's also one Conan the Barbarian parody that's abruptly dropped in favor of another Conan the Barbarian parody who Pratchett apparently liked better. It's not until the latter part of the second book does an overall plot come into play, but honestly I was enjoying myself so much I really didn't mind. Expect to see lots more Discworld books reviewed here in the future.
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189 reviews84 followers
July 10, 2021
The Color of Magic is, in fact, four novella-length stories stitched together to create a novel-length book. But don't you worry, the book reads well as a whole without a jerking bump to stop the journey. I wouldn't have even noticed the stitching if I haven't known it was there.

As the story starts, Rincewind a disgraced wizard meets up with Twoflower an oblivious tourist and his rather menacing walking luggage (yes, with a luggage like Twoflower's you don't have to worry about carry your things around; the several pairs of feet under the large chest will follow you keeping your belongings close by and always safe... did I mention the luggage may eat anyone trying to rob you?).

Wizard and tourist are thrown together by unforeseen, and fantastic -but not at all unbelievable- circumstances, and soon engage in a tour of Discworld (the alternate universe born from Pratchett's supreme inventiveness). The tour is funny and surprising, and the story will carry you around without effort. However, if you're looking for a tight plot, consistent world building, or if silly British humor annoys you, this novel, and all Discworld for all that matters, may not be for you. The plot does meander a bit, but Pratchett's writing skills keep your focus somewhere else, so you don't even care.

One thing is clear even in this the first novel of the Discworld series, Pratchett has bucket loads of talent. If you like to laugh, then Pratchett's your man. His comedy timing is fantastic, and he possesses the intellect and the ability to make you laugh out loud regardless if you like, or read, or are even familiar with fantasy (nonetheless, some familiarity with the basic tropes of fantasy will aid in your enjoyment).

However, if you've read other Discoworld novels, you will notice that when it comes to topical humor, this novel is a bit thinner than Pratchett's later additions to the series; understandable, since it was written more tan two decades ago. Now, regardless of it age, the novel still feels remarkably fresh , mostly thanks to the imperishable quality of humor in which we laugh at ourselves.
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May 17, 2017
Terry Pratchett is a genius, as usual. This man can do no wrong. He reminds me a lot of Douglas Adams, my favorite in the realm of satire. Look at this similarity:
"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." - Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
"Disc philosophers agree that the First Men, shortly after their creation, understandably lost their temper." - Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

The Color of Magic tells the story of Rincewind, a cowardly fake wizard who happens to carry the most powerful spell in the Discworld in his mind. Rincewind is tasked with protecting Twoflower, a naive but totally loaded insurance agent out on a tour of the world, who has more luck in one day than anyone should rightfully have their whole lives. Joining the travelers is a multi-legged, man-eating, overprotective chest of luggage. The gods then play dice with their lives - literally. Chaos and hilarity ensue.

My favorite character, indisputably the biggest BADASS of the book, was the Luggage. It follows Rincewind across the Disc and protects him from any threat. It also has the uncanny ability to convey emotions (mostly menace) without possessing any facial features. I'm eternally jealous of Twoflower for owning walking luggage - I have to drag my possessions everywhere.

I love Terry Pratchett's ability to make fun of corruption, greed, cowardice, and other evils so common in the world without coming off as bitter or even very critical. He creates characters with many faults but makes them lovable anyway; Rincewind being the big example in this book.

Besides that, Pratchett is insanely skilled at writing simple but funny prose.
Some examples:
"The door flew open, badly damaging the assassin who was standing beside it."
"He drew his sword and, with a smooth overarm throw, completely failed to hit the troll."
"Bel-Shamharoth screamed, a sound that started in the far ultrasonic and finished somewhere in Rincewind's bowels."

I'm attempting a full Discworld series read-through, one book per month. Check back in just over two years to see if I'm done yet xD
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4,060 reviews69.5k followers
September 20, 2009
It had some funny moments, but I really struggled to get through it. In all fairness to the people who suggested I read the Discworld series, this is not one of the ones they said I should start with. I think I mostly had a hard time slogging through all of the world-building and made up words. Fantasy has never been my thing, because I'm not someone who enjoys reading descriptions of the characters surroundings. I'm not giving up on the series, though. I think I'll just go back through my book recommendations and find the ones I was told to start with.
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989 reviews368 followers
February 23, 2021
I had intended to start this series last year, something I had been looking forward to for quite a while. Good Omens is one of my favourite books, and while I've read (and loved) quite a few of Neil Gaiman's books, I hadn't gotten around to reading anything by Terry Pratchett. Discworld felt slightly daunting, because there are so many and so many people love them so much, which seems like a silly reason for not reading something, now that I have typed it out, but never mind. It made sense to me at the time! Anyway, 2020 was to be the year to start but then there was a pandemic and a lockdown and shops were shut, and I didn't end up buying very many books at all that year*. And I didn't feel like reading something funny -- I gravitated toward serial killers and Matthew Shardlake from the Shardlake series instead. I think it's worked out for the best -- 2021 feels more right somehow, and I'm more in the mood for fun and fantasy. With the help of Trade Me (NZ's answer to eBay) I am building up a collection of Discworld books. I've seen people online suggest that you don't start with the first book, but I like to read things in order (even when they don't technically have an order) and to my relief I loved it. I'm hoping to enjoy the entire series just as much.

This was a fairly short book, under 300 pages in my copy, but it's jam-packed with world building, characters, places -- so much, and yet it wasn't overwhelming. It was brisk and frequently veered off in unexpected directions and I had the best time reading it. If you had told me at the start of the book that my favourite character would be the Luggage I would have been confused, but that chest depicted on the cover is honestly one of the best parts of the book! Twoflower and Rincewind were great as well of course.

Humour is such a strange thing to 'review' -- can you, really? All I can really say is that my sense of humour gelled perfectly with this. I'm not certain I got all of the jokes (I probably need more fantasy under my belt for that) but I got enough, and I laughed consistently throughout the book. I think that this bodes well, and I'm really excited for the next forty!

*By my standards anyway.
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765 reviews760 followers
May 4, 2021
The city of Ankh-Morpork bears a name that rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? This is supposed to be a funny adventure. It kind of is. But unfortunately there are few examples of half funny stuff. The humor is very British and quite hit and miss. I'm thankful though, that the tone is kept light and there's no dark humor in this book. This is the one book that made me discouraged in pursuing the series, but given that few books are very good, i might give it another go because I'm quite curious and there are 38 books published at the time of writing.
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604 reviews260 followers
August 18, 2023
Failed wizard Rincewind finds himself the unwilling guide to Two Flower, the Discworld's first tourist.

TV series cast

The idea behind this 2-book arc (The Colour of Magic and its sequel The Light Fantastic) is commendable enough: present the reader with a sufficiently enticing world building to then ensure their continued interest in future books. In practice though... things didn't quite work out that well.

There were way too many minor characters thrown in, all of whom came with considerable backstories, only to disappear a couple of pages later. The liberal mixing of science and fantasy elements got me all sorts of confused, rather than interested in the mechanics behind it all. Some of the more promising one-liners got ruined by rather wordy phrases. And the overall writing style just screamed info-dump through every one of its pores.
Whoever decided to cut a significant number of side-quests and characters from the TV adaptation, made an excellent judgement call.

Two Flower and Rincewind hiding behind a table

The one unequivocally good thing I can say about the book, is the brilliant characterization. Every single character, be it main or secondary is wonderfully flawed, and thus endlessly amusing to watch.

Rincewind, the cowardly hero, chiefly out to save his own skin, was very relatable to me, moreso than any conventional Prince Charming type may ever be.

Two Flower, a tourist woefully unaware of his surroundings, is a veritable poster boy for all the horror stories one hears about tourist scams.

A number of side characters all with their extremely self-centered view of the universe, out to kill Rincewind for one reason or another.

Death sitting in a tree

Last but not least, there's Death himself, who is unsuccessfully attempting to reap Rincewind. Reading about the Grim Reaper get more and more frustrated by his quarry's near death experiences, was definitely fun, although, I think I prefer movie-Death. The latter proved to be much more intriguing in his amusement.

Score: 2.7/5 stars

As much as it pains me to say this, just watch the TV adaptation. It has much better dialogue, screen play, and David Jason portrays Rincewind absolutely brilliantly.


Other stories featuring Rincewind the Wizard:
book 2: The Light Fantastic
book 3: Sourcery
book 4: Eric
book 5: Interesting Times
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3,619 reviews984 followers
March 12, 2021
Introduces the flat Discworld and the cowardly technically failed wizard Rincewind as he ends up going on a number of adventures with Discworld's first ever tourist… Twoflower. Thought I would give this series a try, and I am afraid that it really didn't grab me at all, it was even worse than I thought it would be; maybe I should read a few more before given up on Discworld? 2 out of 12.
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1,487 reviews842 followers
April 6, 2019
“That’s what’s so stupid about the whole magic thing, you know. You spend twenty years learning the spell that makes nude virgins appear in your bedroom, and then you’re so poisoned by quicksilver fumes and half-blind from reading old grimoires that you can’t remember what comes next.”

Poor Rincewind. Incidentally, his name rhymes with “since grinned”, and I’ve read that in a later book, it says an ancestor was a Rinser of Winds. Whatever his background, he’s missing some skills. He’s a wizard who never finished his training, so while he has some magical talents, he’s certainly no master.

I read a Disc World book or two years ago and loved them. I’ve been reading other things at the moment, so I found myself a bit impatient this time. It is world-building on a mammoth scale, with whole universes and theories of evolution and religion. It is great fun for someone who wants to get immersed in another world.

The setting is the disc which rides horizontally on the backs of four enormous elephants who stand on an even more enormous turtle, which is explained in the beginning of the prologue.

“In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling star-mists waver and part . . .
See . . .
Great A’Tuin the Turtle comes, swimming slowly through the interstellar gulf, hydrogen frost on his ponderous limbs, his huge and ancient shell pocked with meteor craters. Through sea-sized eyes that are crusted with rheum and asteroid dust He stares fixedly at the Destination.”

I’m sure the Flat Earth Society would probably approve of Disc World, as it has directions of hubward and rimward, “garlanded by the long waterfall at its vast circumference and domed by the baby-blue vault of Heaven.”

Pratchett describes various places as we go through the story, so we have a pretty fair idea of what the characters are up against, what with wolves in the woods, villains in the inns and such.

The basic story revolves around Rincewind (the unfinished wizard) and a tourist named Twoflower, who arrives in Ankh-Morpork, the oldest city in the world, which has no concept of tourism. He has a peculiar phrase book and tries to make himself understood. Finally, he and Rincewind find a common tongue and thus begin their travels.

It’s fun and crazy, as you’d expect, and there are certainly rules and limitations, which is the kind of thing that I love when I’m in the mood for it. There is the Luggage, a large sort of sea chest which follows Twoflower around – on many tiny little legs! It opens and closes – killing hapless thieves and snapping at others. It seems to be full of gold, among other things, which makes for more fun, since Twoflower has no understanding of currency exchange rates and splashes his gold about temptingly.

He wants to observe real life, a barroom brawl, if you could arrange it, please, and if people get hurt or killed, well that's reality for the place, isn't it?

The setting is more or less medieval, as so many fantasies seem to be, with inns and horses and beggars and swordfights, damsels and dragons.

‘Attention, please,’ said Lio!rt. A dragonrider handed him a long shape, wrapped in red silk.
‘We fight to the death,’ he said. ‘Yours.’

‘And I suppose I earn my freedom if I win?’
said Rincewind, without much hope.

Lio!rt indicated the assembled dragonriders with a tilt of his head.
‘Don’t be naïve,’ he said.

Rincewind took a deep breath. ‘I suppose I should warn you,’ he said, his voice hardly quavering at all, ‘that this is a MAGIC sword.’

Lio!rt let the red silk wrapping drop away into the gloom and flourished a jet-black blade. Runes glowed on its surface.
‘What a coincidence,’ he said, and lunged.”

You get the idea. My favourite character has always been Death, who speaks in capital letters with no quotation marks, He hates being foiled when the "system" fails. He had an appointment with Rincewind, or so he said, at a particular place and time and Rincewind obviously wouldn’t be there. Death offers to help him get there in time.

Rincewind turned and ran. Death watched him go, and shrugged bitterly.

‘SOD YOU, THEN, Death said. He turned, and noticed the fish salesman. With a snarl, Death reached out a bony finger and stopped the man’s heart, but He didn’t take much pride in it.”

And later, Death extracts one-ninth of a cat’s life. Much later, a demon disguised as Death, lets slip that reincarnation can be an improvement. Reincarnation! Woohoo!

I understand the Disc World stories don’t have to be read in order. Indeed, I think the first I read was Mort, and I got the hang of it quickly. There are dozens of others as well as countless books for readers of different ages. I'm sure this would have been a 5-star read for me back in 1983, and I plan to read some more.

Sir Terry certainly earned his knighthood, and both worlds are the poorer for his leaving them in 2013. But by golly, what a legacy!
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236 reviews251 followers
November 25, 2020
It was the King Colour, of which all the lesser colours are merely partial and wishy-washy reflections. It was octarine, the colour of magic. It was alive and glowing and vibrant and it was the undisputed pigment of the imagination, because wherever it appeared it was a sign that mere matter was a servant of the powers of the magical mind. It was enchantment itself.
But Rincewind always thought it looked a sort of greenish-purple.

A few weeks ago, I found myself in probably the worst reading slump of my entire life. It wasn't quite a chore to read a book, but I no longer got any enjoyment out of it; I was just going through the motions. It wasn't even that what I was reading was bad, because it wasn't. It just wasn't fun anymore. Well, I had heard about this Sir Terry Pratchett character, and his whacky but addictive novels, and I said to myself, "If anyone can get me out of this slump, it's him."

My hunch paid off, big time! Not only is my slump over, but I am now extremely excited to continue with this incredible Discworld series of books, which I think numbers at a staggering forty-one. Ouch, my poor wallet! Anyway, The Colour of Magic is exactly what I needed. It's funny and upbeat throughout, and is simply a ton of fun to read. It's by far the most fun I've had reading a book this year. The story revolves around a self-proclaimed "wizard of sorts" named Rincewind and a tourist to his city of Ankh-Morpork, named Twoflower. The always-optimistic Twoflower has Luggage (yes, it's capitalized; he, or "it", is an important character in the story!) in the form of a chest filled with gold and made of magic wood; it has many pairs of feet and follows him wherever he goes. The book follows Rincewind and Twoflower on a ton of crazy adventures in Ankh-Morpork, an upside down mountain called Wyrmberg, the outer rim of the Discworld itself, and more.

In my opinion, Pratchett's greatest achievement in this book is that the fantasy elements are never over the top. Many elements of fantasy are present in this book: trolls, magicians, wizards, dragons, magic and magic spells, sword-brandishing heroes, thieves, assassins, and etc. That being said, it's never overdone; Pratchett weaves an engaging and page-turning story that doesn't focus on these elements, but rather seems to seamlessly integrate them into his real main focus, a great story with vibrant and memorable characters, set in an unforgettable, vast, and brilliantly-realized world.

It pains me to give this book four stars. Up to a point, I thought this was beyond a five-star book. Then, around the time the Wyrmberg part of the story began, it was like I was reading a whole different book. It seemed like a lot of the light-hearted goofiness of the Ankh-Morpork section of the book was gone, and the story wasn't as captivating. It really did feel like maybe Pratchett put this book down for six months or a year or something, and then resumed writing it, because it just didn't feel the same. And then later, some things happened that just rubbed me the wrong way. There was the bizarre scene where there was either equivalent versions of Rincewind and Twoflower, or it really was Rincewind and Twoflower, entering our world during a plane hijacking. I found that to be very confusing and incongruous with the rest of the story. Then, later on, it seemed like Rincewind and Twoflower were just "suddenly" on a ship in the middle of the ocean, and I think it's mentioned that six months had gone by since the start of their adventure! What the...? That seemed a little cheap and rushed to me. The ending was also a little sudden, with things ending on a bit of a cliffhanger; this also contributed to me feeling that the book was a little bit rushed in the second half.

In short, I really loved this book, though there were some things I didn't like. Maybe it's blasphemy to criticize a Terry Pratchett book, but whatever, there are people on GR who gave this book one star, so I feel like I'm not being too much of a blasphemer for saying it wasn't perfect. I would like to thank Sir Terry Pratchett for dragging me out of my reading slump with this book, which was an absolute and rare pleasure. I will definitely be reading more Discworld books soon. I've heard Pratchett gets better as the series goes on, so I am beyond excited. If you're on the fence about reading this series, all I can say is that it's done wonders for me after only one book, and I'd highly recommend checking it out!
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October 21, 2019
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“I’ve seen excitement, and I’ve seen boredom. And boredom was best.”


★ I was excited to read this book and to discover Practhett’s writing, I had read Good Omens, or attempted to read it but ended up DNFing it. I wanted to see the highly acclaimed Discworld and if it was any better!

★ It was better, but not like much better. But at least I could finish the book and that’s something! I think the mix between humor and fantasy is weird but it can work and it kind of worked here! I heard that this is the worst in the series so it looks like it does have potential!

★ The writing made me giggle a few times, I don’t laugh easily so I am not the best judge if this was funny, I think some parts were funny and sometimes I saw attempts but I had a straight face and did not even smile at those attempts so it really is like an acquired taste!

“Every intelligent being, whether it breathes or not, coughs nervously at some time in its life.”

★ There was also a weird thing about the writing in that it tends to make things sound weird while it could have been said easier with a better impact! I confess that some things went over my head and took me some time to understand, like the four-eyed creature that is actually a human wearing glasses but even the name given to him was not a typical human name! I was confused at more than one point and going through the reviews now, I discovered that I was not the only one!

★ The book felt choppy and chaotic and all over the place and I think it could have been edited times better than the current version. It was a debut and really felt like one.

★ The world is unique because it is like a Disc (Hence the name Discworld) on the top of 4 elephants and those are on a turtle (Sex unknown and this is an important part of the story lol) as the picture above shows!

★ Summary: I was not impressed by this book but it was not bad that I had to DNF it either! I do not know what made it blow up in the past and to continue the series into 40 books, maybe because it was unique and unlike any other thing I read. The book was a bit confusing, a bit funny and a bit chaotic. The good news is I heard it gets better which means, for the time being, I am willing to continue to book 2 at least! If you are looking for an excellent book that mixes humor and fantasy then I recommend Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames.

“Magic never dies. It merely fades away.”

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371 reviews439 followers
September 7, 2020
No need for a full review since I'm late to the party. And what took me so long when my (second or third) copy of "Good Omens" looks a bit like the ones described in its foreword. Well, hello, Discworld. It's fun. It's fabulous. It's clever and intelligent and fantastical. Sci fi, mythology, humor, fantasy with a bit of stand-up. I'm thrilled that there are forty? forty-one? (apparently one is debatable?) more. I'd always planned to do the Witches books first but having read this I want to go for Death. And catch up with wizard Rincewind. And tour all of the Discworld in time.

There's a plot and it's twisty, turn-y, amusing and compelling. What an imagination Pratchett had, and a way with words (which is useful in a writer, he'd probably say). A taste:

"'Well,' said the voice. 'You see, one of the advantages of being dead is that one is released as it were from the bonds of time and therefore I can see everything that has happened or will happen, all at the same time except that of course I now know that Time does not, for all practical purposes, exist.' 'That doesn’t sound like a disadvantage,' said Twoflower. 'You don’t think so? Imagine every moment being at one and the same time a distant memory and a nasty surprise and you’ll see what I mean. Anyway, I now recall what it was I am about to tell you. Or have I already done so? That’s a fine-looking dragon, by the way. Or don’t I say that yet?'

" A perfectly ordinary if somewhat large wooden chest does not, of course, have a face with which to face, but this one was quite definitely facing."

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1,950 reviews435 followers
August 6, 2023
On the Discworld, a flat world striding four elephants sitting atop the great star turtle, a drop-out wizard named Rincewind must take care of the Disc’s first ever tourist, Twoflower, lest a great empire miles away takes rather a dim view on Ankh-Morpork and civil unrest becomes even more obvious than it already is.

Rincewind knew what was inside trees: wood, sap, possibly squirrels. Not a palace.
Still, the cushions underneath him were definitely softer than wood, the wine in the wooden cup beside him was much tastier than sap, and there could be absolutely no comparison between a squirrel and the girl sitting before him, clasping her knees and watching him thoughtfully, unless mention was made of certain hints of furriness.

Terry Pratchett himself implored readers to not start his epic Discworld series at the beginning, and I echo those sentiments. It isn’t his best, nor is it his worse, but it is obviously an early author’s attempt and doesn’t help to convey all of Pratchett’s brilliance that he was-and is-so loved for, but it features heavily glimpses of what is to come. Having re-read this book again (with the intention of re-reading every book in the series), I must say my love for the beginning of Discworld has increased and I’ve adjusted my rating accordingly.

It is such an embodiment of Pratchett’s obvious love for human nature, human foible and humanity in general, tied up with his love for fantasy fiction and English humour that it’s hard not to be enchanted by it. He takes everything that fantasy should be and turns it on its head, probably adding in a slight dash of realism as he does so.

The story itself is incredible massive and probably a little too big for just one book. At the time he wrote it, the Discworld series wasn’t even a dim thought in his ever-impressive mind, so trying to encapsulate an entire world into one book would be tricky, even for PTerry. But it still works, being separated in to a few little sections (no chapters here) so that we can follow the story as episodes rather than a direct feed.

We journey from a large city, to sweeping countryside, through thick forests, mountains and rivers to the far reaches of the Disc itself, whilst at all times following the trials of Rincewind the non-graduating wizard and Twoflower, the inhabitant of an empire so great it could squish all of the places the Disc’s first tourist visits with one giant, whorled thumb.

My love for PTerry has no doubt influenced how I feel about the first book. It is a little clunky, it uses some rather get-out-of-jail-free cards like fainting and passing out to move the story along and we briskly move from place to place in a sometimes too-quick pace. Sometimes a thread of thought is started and perhaps discarded a little too soon or forgotten completely, but the adventure is such that this doesn’t bother.

The dialogue is spot on though there is not an awful lot of it, something which is rectified later on in the series. The world-building is indeed enormous and trying to fit the entire Discworld in to one book is why this one isn’t the best to begin with. You can clearly see PTerry’s mind whirring and fizzing, trying to get every ounce of imagination out and onto paper and that’s where this book falls a little short, but where the Discworld series as a whole sings loudly and without inhibition.

The only thing I can say is that this book delights me regardless of its flaws. It is perhaps best kept for later on, after one has at least read Equal Rites and definitely Mort, and maybe even a few more down the line. But if you have read any other Discworld novel, there is no doubt that starting at the very start* is the only way to enjoy Terry Pratchett’s much-loved flat world.

(*though some may say that his early sci-fi novels were in fact the start of Discworld, but let’s not complicate matters even further than they already are.)
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March 25, 2018
“It is at this point that normal language gives up, and goes and has a drink.”

I never really planned to read this until I met someone who loves the Discworld novels so much that I could no longer put them off. Also, this series has so many books that I will probably never be able to finish it, which kept me from reading it in the first place. Apart from the fact that they always seemed a bit too ridiculous to actually be good.
Now, I did catch myself laughing a few times and generally enjoying it much more than I thought I would. The humour ranges from immature to fantastic and makes for a very entertaining read. Apart from that, the stories are fast-paced, imaginative and exciting. It won't take long for me to pick up the sequels, I'm sure.

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