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The Colour Of Magic: The first book in Terry Pratchett’s bestselling Discworld series Kindle Edition
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NAMED AS ONE OF THE BBC'S 100 MOST INSPIRING NOVELS
'It was octarine, the colour of magic. It was alive and glowing and vibrant and it was the undisputed pigment of the imagination . . .'
Somewhere between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a magical world not totally unlike our own. Except for the fact that it travels through space on the shoulders of four giant elephants who in turn stand on the shell of an astronomically huge star turtle, of course.
Rincewind is the world's worst wizard who has just been handed a very important job: to look after the world's first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, their journey across the Disc includes facing robbers, monsters, mercenaries, and Death himself.
And the whole thing's just a game of the gods that might send them over the edge . . .
'If you've never read a Discworld novel, what's the matter with you?' Guardian
'Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own' The Times
The Colour of Magic is the first book in the Wizards series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.
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Welcome to the Discworld
Magic is as integral to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld as gravity is to our own. And although some of its inhabitants are witches, dwarfs, wizards and even policemen, their stories are fundamentally about people being people.
The Discworld books can be read in any order, but this is a particularly good place to start.
‘If you've never read a Discworld novel, what's the matter with you?’ Guardian
Discworld novels starring the Wizards:
- The Colour of Magic
- The Light Fantastic
- Interesting Times
- The Last Continent
- Unseen Academicals
Meet the Wizards
The wizards of Discworld’s Unseen University are famous for spending more time studying the common room biscuit tin than spell-books – although they occasionally stretch to some magic between elevenses and lunch.
Rincewind is the Disc’s most useless wizzard – he can’t even spell 'wizard', and his most notable talent is running away, very fast.
But somehow whenever anyone wants a wizard for a terrifying quest, it is Rincewind they call on...
|The Colour of Magic||The Light Fantastic||Sourcery||Interesting Times||The Last Continent||Unseen Academicals|
|Read more about The Wizards:||In the beginning there was... a turtle. This is where The Discworld begins...||The Discworld is about to collide with a malevolent red star and could really use a hero…||The death of wizardry is nigh. And the end of the world, depending on who you listen to.||There are too many heroes already in the world, but there is only one Rincewind.||The Discworld's most inept wizard has found himself on the Discworld’s last continent.||Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork, but this is not just football.|
"From the Paperback edition." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0031RS69G
- Publisher : Transworld Digital; 1st edition (26 Dec. 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 3518 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,132 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.