The Colour Of Magic by Terry PratchettThe Colour Of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Colour Of Magic

byTerry Pratchett

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 1990

Book 1 of 41 
Discworld series

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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 of the planet...
Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing today and the author of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. His triology for young readers, The Bromeliad is being adapted into an animated movie.
Title:The Colour Of MagicFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:6.98 × 4.33 × 0.72 inPublished:April 1, 1990Publisher:Transworld

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The good start for a great series This book is a bit more rough that Terry's later works. It shows some of the signs of what Discworld will later become. Highly recommended as a start to the series. I only give a 4 because there's so many 5 Star + books later on. If you don't like this book but still enjoy dry British humour, I recommend searching for a reading order for Discworld and checking out one of the other storylines, you might like something other than the wizard/Rincewind series.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and hard to put down The Discworld novels have everything: fantasy, satire, humour for everyone. Excellent for light reading and losing yourself in the company of colourful characters and exciting adventures.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Gift! Gave it to my husband! Asked him if he enjoyed reading it and it got two thumbs up!
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyable This was my introduction to the Discworld universe. It's laugh out loud funny and very hard to put down
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Pratchett Terry Pratchett books, especially this series, are the best stories I've ever read. This book starts off hard to read and I think I had to try 2 or 3 times to really get into it but once you are past the beginning it is amazing. I think so much of an odd world is presented in the first pages it is hard to wrap ones head around everything going on. Once I got to the part with the imp inside the camera painting pictures though I was hooked. I owe every book in this series now and have read each one at least 3 times they are that goo.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story A great introduction to disc world
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! This is a must read for any fan of fantasy and comedy. Great introduction to Pratchett's Discworld stories. Interesting places, people and tales. Characters introduced here re-appear in so many other stories.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Loved this novel! Would definitely recommend! His writing style is very engaging and unique, I have already bought six more of his novels!
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it Wonderful work by a fine writer. Well worth reading on a cold day.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Discworld This book is very much in the mould of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. A light, humourous trek through a crazy world with bumbling protagonists. It even has Hitchhiker-esque encyclopedia entries in to some of the science/history of the world. The comedy has its moments but falls into a predictable pattern. Our heroes are fall comically into a trap, are in humourous peril and then, through luck (of the gods), escape certain Death. I'm not sure if I'll read any more Discworld novels. Maybe, at some point, I'll try a novel from one of the sub-series though.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from humorous satire at its best A delightful introduction to a vast series. Every character is fascinating to meet, and I think the footnotes might be my favourite thing.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Start of Discworld Terry Pratchett is by far my favorite author. His amazing dry wit and fun characters stay with you and make you laugh over and over again. In this, his first Discworld novel you get to meet Rincewind--the Disc's most inept wizard ever. He is seriously one of my favorite characters of all time! And you get to meet Luggage--the scourge of the Disc! It's a little slower than his later novels, where Terry Pratchett really hit his stride with his trademark humor, but it's an important book to read to understand the origins of the Disc.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Promising Start People had recommended Discworld to me for a long while before I actually managed to pick up a copy of The Colour of Magic. It's a delightful read, and the sequel (The Light Fantastic) is truly fantastic. Granted, this novel does have a rocky start and often drags a bit in places, but the sequels make up for it. The humor is occasional, and not as frequent as in some of his other novels, but it is there and the cliches on Fantasy as a genre are ever present in this book. I recommend, particularly for the later novels.
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it, but that doesn't mean you will. 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 know 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 this book a collage of gaming stupidity, and it was nice to take a nostalgic trip back to my adolescence. Indeed, Pratchett captures exactly the sort of gaming experience that led our halfling priest of Xyice, God of Mischief, to wish for a foot long p*nis then fall unconscious from blood loss when he achieved his first erection. So I liked it...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 spite of themselves.
Date published: 2009-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Perfect Start Great book, and a great beginning to a classic series. Pratchett is a fantastic comedy writer and a amazing creative mind. A fun and entertaining read.
Date published: 2006-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from read better maybe it was just me, but i just finished the lord of the rings set and was expecting something of the same stature. when i read this book i felt uninterested at times and trying to finish it to start a new book. i fell that this one of the most unintresting fantasy ive read if u can call it a fantasy.
Date published: 2002-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Colour of Magic (kind of a purplish-green) All I have to describe this book is one word: INDESCRIBEABLE. Although that really isn`t true. For example a word like fantastic or amazing could describe it quite well and the word indescribeable really doesn`t describe the book it just tells you that I don`t know how to correctly review a book...............My suggestion is READ IT for yourself. Then you will find out how good it really is.
Date published: 2001-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from In the beginning, there was magic... The color of magic, the first Discworld Novel; is like any other introduction. It can be a bit slow to start...but slowly snowballs itself into a wonderfully twisted plot. The books of the Discworld do bring characters back into the next chapters.. so if you want to know the itty gritty about the beginning- this is the place to start. It is not necessary to start the collection with this book, but there are some things that it does clear up that you might find confusing. The best thing about this book is "The Luggage". I rolled over laughing over the things it did..Like a wooden guard dog with hundreds of legs and a mean attitude... If you can get past the first 30 pages.. the book will pick up and you'll find it hard to put it down... Have fun and "May the magic be with you.."
Date published: 2000-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was good It was a good book, not the best i've ever read, but it's a fun read. Its funny yet serious. It is not a real quick read, but is fun. I recommend this book to fairly good readers.
Date published: 2000-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The one that started it all... "The Colour of Magic" is the first book in the Discworld series, and it's plenty enough to get hooked. It's Douglas-Adamesque fantasy with a sharper edge and an ease with words and the occasional pun. On the Discworld, a flat planet carried through space on the back of A'Tuin, the World Turtle, Rincewind, a failed wizard but a great coward, meets with Twoflower, the Disc's first tourist. Along for the ride is the Luggage, what can be best described as a cross between a faithful dog and a psychopath. If you're jaded with traditional fantasy, if you're looking for a great and witty book that will make you laugh out loud, then this book will revolutionise your world. I promise.
Date published: 1999-08-27

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