ë Read ¿ The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett ä Terry Pratchett S Profoundly Irreverent, Bestselling Novels Have Garnered Him A Revered Position In The Halls Of Parody Next To The Likes Of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, And Carl HiaasenThe 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 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 I will officially be reading the entire Discworld series 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 often than it was stupid, consciously political, satirically silly, 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 DD 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 booka 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 yesI was disappointed that I didn t laugh I was disappointed that the story wasn t subtle I hated the turtle carrying the disc I wanted The Colour of Magic to be biting than silly, critical than absurd, 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 booksin spite of themselves.
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 The Color of Magic Discworld 1 , Terry PratchettThe 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 2016 01 1391 287 1392 9789646807853 20 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 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 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 to be a Douglas Adams.
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 Discworld books reviewed here in the future.
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 groans than guffaws, reminding me of Mark Twain s comments on the book of friend and fellow American treasure Ambrose BierceThere 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 expensivePratchett has none of the wry, oddball musings of Adams, and seems to me to be less the Fantasy version of that author and 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 competently crafted, I found it no 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.
My Fantasy Book Suggestions Reading The Color of Magicis akin to eating an entire bowl of ice cream just a little too fastsure, 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 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 treasurenot to mention his life Soon failed wizard Rincewind reluctantly becomes Twoflower s guide, and as Twoflower explores and of Discworld looking for the adventure of a lifetime, Rincewind tries desperately to make sure his lifetime lasts for 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 damagedTwoflower calls this processinn sewer antsBy 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 tooout therefor meI 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 spaceThis 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 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 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 of the Discworld series 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.