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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-20 11:06
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett

This is an entertaining, enchanting, humorous and mind-boggling introduction to the Discworld.   You can tell this is an early work from Pratchett - the writing isn't as good as newer works and the Discworld is still a work in progress.  But this is still a lovely entertaining book.  In this first Discworld novel, an ineffective wizard (Rincewind) that is very good at surviving, a naive tourist (Twoflower), and his many legged luggage (made from sapient pear wood) have many adventures with such things as the "fascinating" denizens of Ankh-Morkpork, dragons that only exist if you believe in them, barbarians, trolls and the edge of the Disc.  This book ends on a cliff-hanger so having the next book (The Light Fantastic) at hand is recommended. 

 

The cover art of my old much-loved paperback has the delightfully crazy art of Josh Kirby. 

 

I also listened to the audio-book, which I found well paced and nicely presented.

 

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text 2018-09-17 23:57
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 224 pages.
The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

I just think the world ought to be more sort of organised.”
“That’s just fantasy,” said Twoflower.
“I know. That’s the trouble.” Rincewind sighed again. It was all very well going on about pure logic and how the universe was ruled by logic and the harmony of numbers, but the plain fact of the matter was that the disc was manifestly traversing space on the back of a giant turtle and the gods had a habit of going round to atheists’ houses and smashing their windows.

 

The more the worlds change, huh *grin*

 

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text 2018-09-17 23:37
Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 224 pages.
The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

The Discworld offers sights far more impressive than those found in universes built by Creators with less imagination but more mechanical aptitude.

 

These world descriptions kill me.

 

The disc gods themselves, despite the splendour of the world below them, are seldom satisfied. It is embarrassing to know that one is a god of a world that only exists because every improbability curve must have its far end; especially when one can peer into other dimensions at worlds whose Creators had more mechanical aptitude than imagination No wonder, then, that the disc gods spend more time in bickering than in omnicognizance.

 

I can't stop laughing. Oh, and luggage wins the BAMF crown so far.

 

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text 2018-09-17 06:19
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 224 pages.
The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

This was known as the Big Bang hypothesis.

 

Lol! OK, I'm sold

 

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review 2018-09-16 19:51
The Colour of Magic
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett

“Obviously you attack,” said Kring scornfully.

“Why didn´t I think of that?” said Rincewind. “Could it be because they all have crossbows?”

“You´re a defeatist.”

“Defeatist! That´s because I´m going to be defeated!”

“You´re your own worst enemy, Rincewind,” said the sword.

 

I´m glad that I already have read a few other Discworld novels before The Colour of Magic. Would this have been my first venture into the world that Terry Pratchett has created, I´m not sure if I would have picked up another book of the series.

 

This isn´t exactly a bad story, but it´s not an interesting one either. Especially in the second part of the novel the story felt disjointed and the most enjoyable thing about it was Twoflowers luggage, which is amazing.

 

Even though this might not be the best book in the series, I´m looking forward to all the other ones, especially the ones I don´t know yet. And this won´t be the last book that I have read for the Halloween Bingo. I´m claiming the Spellbound square with this book.

 

 

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