Book Review 30 // The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Boom! With this title I am now on book fifteen for my Books of 2018. I know for some readers it's not much of a feat but for me it is amazing; not only am I reading more, I'm writing more too. I've noticed an all round improvement in my concentration and a growing keenness to grab a book. It's becoming hard to not pick up a new title with every visit to a thrift store.

Enough about me, time to write about book fifteen. With this I return to a high school favourite of mine. The Colour of Magic. Written by Sir Terry Pratchett in 1983 (the year of my birth). It soon became a favourite read of mine and the setting is not only imaginative but also pretty crazy. Here are the stats.

Book Stats

Title: The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1)

Author: Sir Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Corgi

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 228

Commercial Fluff: The Colour 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


Now this is a book I haven't read since I was youngster. Though I loved the series I stopped reading them in my twenties for reasons unknown and I was excited to open up this thrift store copy. Straight away I am reminded why I enjoyed it so much, the book is just crammed full of all things, fantasy and sci-fi. Throughout the tale we are treated to wizards, assassins, pirates and dragonriders! The theme it would seem for this book is mainly Tourism and the destructive influence it can have on others. It is about showcasing the discworld as much as possible.

The book itself is in fact split into four parts. The first is set in Ankh-Morpork (this worlds version of London with a hint of Rome). Here we meet Twoflower's a wealthy but bored foreigner seeking adventure in the city. For all his well-meaning behaviour he can't help but find himself in constant trouble, especially if it means the locals separating him from his gold. Luckily for Twoflower he soon makes a friend by the name of Rincewind, an Unseen University drop out aka failed wizard. Rincewind reluctantly becomes Twoflowers' travel companion and guide. It's from this setup that we get the other stories as it follows the pair from the centre of the disc all the way to the edge!

What makes this book a good read is Pratchett's humor. Yes some of it is in the style of a cheesy british sitcom, but every few pages I guarantee you will at least smile. Pratchett's writing imagination is second to none, with him taking the standard fantasy themes and making them purely his own. In this book alone we deal with a thieves guild, translucent dragons created by thought, alien space trolls made purely of water, luggage with a hundred feet that never says a word but has some of the best scenes in the book. You are left amused, confused and dazed as the tale continues but at no point do you wish to stop. It's very addicting to read Pratchett and I fear I have become a addit.

I completely loved the book. It's reignited by passion for adventure on the discworld and so now I am searching for the next tale. So expect more reviews soon. Thanks as always for reading.

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