The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

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Title: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Premise:

A magician named Rincewind is tasked with being the guide to Twoflower, Ank-Morpork’s first tourist.  Twoflower wishes to see and experience all that the debauched town has to offer, and Rincewind has a difficult time keeping him out of harm’s way.  Luckily, Twoflower brought Luggage with him, a sentient traveling companion who is completely loyal to his owner.  The two men go on some extraordinary adventures and finally end up at the edge of the world in great peril.  (Story continued in the next book, The Light Fantastic.)

My thoughts:

Let me just start out by saying that my husband and I are both Terry Pratchett fans.  I know that his books are not everyone’s cup of tea.  It really takes a certain type of person to appreciate his books.  You have to appreciate English humor, especially its subtlety.  You should be a fan of fantasy literature, and it helps if you’re a bit of a geek.  If you fit those requirements, I highly recommend his writing to you.

This is the first in the Discworld series of books about a fantasy land and a wide cast of unique inhabitants.  This land isn’t really restricted by things like gravity, probability, absolutes of time and space, etc.  It’s a fantasy world that does not take itself seriously and which can change in the blink of an eye.

Since this is the first book in the series, you should expect it to be less polished than later books.  While I did enjoy it immensely, I can see how the story doesn’t flow quite as smoothly as later ones that I’ve read.  The plot seems somewhat disjointed and the sheer number of characters and places introduced can be bewildering, as well.

I recommend The Color of Magic to those who enjoy off-the-wall, clever fantasy novels.

Possible Objections:

  • Lots of violence–it’s how many issues are solved
  • Plenty of allusions to things of a sexual nature
  • One kingdom is full of barely clothed people

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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