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The Colour Of Magic: (Discworld Novel 1) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 1 April 2005
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Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot.
Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. It plays by different rules. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers.
But just because the Disc is different doesn't mean that some things don't stay the same. Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea...
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Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers.
But just because the Disc is different doesnt mean that some things dont stay the same. Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea...
- Publisher : Corgi (1 April 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0552152927
- ISBN-13 : 978-0552152921
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 180,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Colour of Magic will take you out of the grim reality of the year of the pandemic and into multiple fantasy worlds where everything is completely other-worldly and belly-laughingly hilarious.
Twoflower, a tourist who arrives in the city of Ankh-Morpork (on its rougher side) acquires special protection from a (failed) wizard Rincewind, primarily because of his Luggage which is filled with riches the criminal fraternity of the city has never seen before. Like a caterpillar, The Luggage travels of its own accord, using its many busy feet, and that’s not even the most puzzling thing about it . Rincewind and Twoflower meet villains, dragons, trolls and all matter of characters who either assist or obstruct them on their travels. And then they come to the edge of the disc. I can’t say anymore but the story doesn’t end there – not quite, not once, and not in the conventional sense of the word.
I reached for The Colour of Magic to shake off the blues of last year. I remembered reading I Shall Wear Midnight many years ago with my daughter, and I wanted to recapture that old magic. I definitely achieved that.
This is a great book and had reintroduced me to some old favourites... I intend to read in order, not that you have to but knowing some of what's to come makes me want to.
Great standalone story or the start of a long and very enjoyable experience, you decide.
What's Good About This Book:
The Colour of Magic is written with a razor-sharp understanding of humans and their follies, pretensions and overall daftness. It uses a parody version of fantasy, complete with inglorious versions of such tropes as the Barbarian and the Wizard, to throw a sharp light on our own world.
The plot is also great fun. The main protagonists, the feckless, failed wizard Rincewind and childlike Twoflower, bounce between imaginative adventure after imaginative adventure without any loss of pace until the satisfying conclusion.
What's Bad About This Book:
Ultimately, there's not that much philosophical meat on the bones of this story. It's mostly entertainment but with a good dash of parody and philosophy thrown in for interest.
It's also quite short. It came to 278 pages on my Kindle which, for many, might not be a huge amount of bang for your buck, especially in the fantasy genre with its many groaning tomes.
Would I Read The Colour Of Magic Again?
Probably not. It was great fun and I am very happy to have read it but I don't think there is enough depth to bring me back for a second reading.
The Colour of Magic is ultimately a fast-paced, witty adventure bursting with imagination, although anyone looking for deep philosophising might find themselves unsatisfied.