Book Review: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

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Book Review: The Color of Magic by Terry PratchettThe Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Published by HarperCollins on 2005-09-13
Narrator: Nigel Planar
Length: 7 hours
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 240
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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 Hiaasen. The Color of MagicM 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.

My ThoughtsThe Color of Magic is a great start to looking at how Terry Pratchett writes and the types of characters in his imagination. Rincewind is the main character who, along with the crazy tourist, Twoflower, gets himself into quite a bit of trouble. What makes it so great is that Rincewind gets into all sorts of trouble and in those troubles winds up careening through the Discworld, which gives readers a great view.

Twoflower is one of those silly guys that is just so happy with life and with living that he finds pleasure in everything. Even as they are being held captive by dragon keepers, he finds that he can summon a dragon! The man is just ridiculously naive to the evils of the world, which makes him such a fun character to read about, AND helps him to put the duo into even more trouble. If that’s even possible with Rincewind around.

This book also introduces the thoughts and certain religions that some Discworlders have. The Gods literally play dice with people’s lives, but in this case, Rincewinds. We also meet Death and get to see him get impatient with Rincewind on a number of occasions!

The audio book is a little odd because there are times, like when Death is speaking, that there is an echo. It’s the way the production was done and it is on purpose but it just seems weird to me. Having listened to all of the Discworld series, I can say that they stopped doing this but in the first few books it does have that strange echo. Fortunately it is not all the time only in very specific instances.

This is a fun, laugh out loud type of book and is a great introduction to the Discworld series!

Favorite Quotes:

“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 happens next.” ~ Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

 

Rincewind Novels in Order:

  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Sourcery
  4. Eric
  5. Interesting Times
  6. The Last Continent
  7. The Last Hero
  8. The Science of Discworld
  9. The Science of Discworld II: Globe
  10. The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

 

terry pratchett bannerThe order:

 

  • Ankh Morpork
  1. Pyramids
  2. Moving Pictures
  3. Small Gods
  4. The Truth
  5. Monstrous Regiment
  6. Going Postal
  7. Making Money
  8. Unseen Academicals
  9. Raising Steam
  • Death
  1. Mort
  2. Reaper Man
  3. Soul Music
  4. Hogfather
  • The Watch
  1. Guards! Guards!
  2. Men at Arms
  3. Feet of Clay
  4. Jingo
  5. The Fifth Elephant
  6. Night Watch
  7. Thud
  8. Snuff
  • The Witches
  1. Equal Rites
  2. Wyrd Sisters
  3. Witches Abroad
  4. Lords and Ladies
  5. Maskerade
  6. Carpe Jugulum
  • Tiffany Aching (who is also a witch)
  1. The Wee Free Men
  2. Hat Full of Sky
  3. Wintersmith
  4. I Shall Wear Midnight
  • Rincewind
  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Sourcery
  4. Eric
  5. Interesting Times
  6. The Last Continent
  7. The Last Hero
  8. The Science of Discworld
  9. The Science of Discworld II: Globe
  10. The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch
  • Or read the Discworld in order
  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Equal Rites
  4. Mort
  5. Sourcery
  6. Wyrd Sisters
  7. Pyramids
  8. Guards! Guards!
  9. Eric
  10. Moving Pictures
  11. Reaper Man
  12. Witches Abroad
  13. Small Gods
  14. Lords and Ladies
  15. Men at Arms
  16. Soul Music
  17. Interesting Times
  18. Maskerade
  19. Feet of Clay
  20. Hogfather
  21. Jingo
  22. The Last Continent
  23. Carpe Jugulum
  24. The Fifth Elephant
  25. The Truth
  26. Thief of Time
  27. The Last Hero
  28. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
  29. Night Watch
  30. The Wee Free Men
  31. Monstrous Regiment
  32. Hat Full of Sky
  33. Going Postal
  34. Thud!
  35. Wintersmith
  36. Making Money
  37. Unseen Academicals
  38. I Shall Wear Midnight
  39. Snuff
  40. Raising Steam

OR! Just pick a book up and start reading. Although I think starting with Guards! Guards! is the way to go but I am biased to Captain Vimes. I have a fictional crush on him.

 

 

 

 

 

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