The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)
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The Color of Magic (Discworld #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  128,328 ratings  ·  3,225 reviews
Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

The Color 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 gui...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Harper Perennial (first published 1983)
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Brad
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 Omen...more
David Green
Reading The Color of Magic is akin to eating an entire bowl of ice cream just a little too fast...sure, it may cause your head to hurt at times, but the sweet rewards make it all worth it!

Filled with ambitious wizards and ruthless assassins, the city of Ankh-Morpork has survived many dangers in the past, but now it faces an even more destructive force...TOURISM!!! When a rich but bored outsider named Twoflower decides to explore the city in search for adventure, it soon becomes an adventure for...more
Jamie
I'm pretty sure people have told me about Pratchett and his Diskworld series before, usually working in the phrase "He's the Douglas Adams of fantasy" into the description. But the problem was that I always felt that I had had enough of Adams after the third Hithiker's Guide to the Galaxy book, and whenever I scanned Pratchett's section in the bookstore I was immediately put off by not knowing where to start reading among the approximately five hundred thousand Diskworld books. I'm glad I finall...more
Keely
Tried to start him at the beginning, as many of my dear friends love him. However, this book showed no particular charm nor skill of construction. It is an early piece, so this unpractised work is to be expected. The jokes were more worthy of groans than guffaws, and I was left feeling rather let down, since he's been compared to the superlatively funny Douglas Adams.

After finding this one dull, a friend suggested I try one of his later books, so I started Moving Pictures, which was better craft...more
Amanda
Dec 18, 2013 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: meh, blog
Meh. It just didn't do it for me. Unfortunately, this book has been recommended to me so many times by well-meaning friends who know my love of absurd British humor that it couldn't possibly live up to the hype. It suffers from The Hithhiker's Guide to the Galaxy syndrome. For years, everyone I knew--friends, family, students, co-workers--would ask me if I had read Hitchhiker's and their mouths would drop when I admitted no, I hadn't . . . yet. Their response was always the same, "Oh, but you ha...more
Jon
Apr 26, 2013 Jon added it
Recommended to Jon by: SciFi and Fantasy Book Club August Book
Forrest
I read this book way back in high school, when I lived in England. Having forgotten everything except for the fact that there was a trunk that liked to eat people, I bought the book (again) to see how it stood up these many years later. As I've read I've received goodreads messages and been spoken to by several people who have warned me that Pratchett was just warming up with this one, that he hadn't reached his highest form yet. I still have to read more of his work (I'm planning on Mort and Gu...more
Petertpc
This was the perfect pick me up after the depressing, depressing, depressing downer if The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I laughed out loud reading this and that is not something I do very often. Rincewind is a new favorite character and Terry Pratchett is a new favorite author. I'm not sure I would have loved this as much I I hadn't been in the perfect mood for it. But, I was in the perfect mood and I did love it.
Belarius
Feb 06, 2008 Belarius rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Obsessive Completionists
Author Terry Pratchett may be the modern day Mark Twain, one of the most prolific satirical authors in genre fiction. The world he spins his elaborate metaphors is that of Discworld, a setting in which he has successfully parodied everything from opera to religion, from currency to war, from morris dancing to mall proliferation. But before Discworld was a template upon which all things modern could be parodied, it was simply a parody, and a mediocre one at best.

Pratchett's humor is similar in ma...more
Tfitoby
A fun parody of the fantasy genre and some great world building

I've been listening to this one for the past two weeks, I found myself out of shape and in need of something that would hold my concentration whilst I taught my body to exercise again. Ordinarily I'm not a fan of audiobooks but it seemed like the perfect way and the perfect time to get started on the great Discworld re-read that I've had planned for the past two years. It worked.

It's been many, many years since I last read this book,...more
Hanne
“Rincewind tried to force the memory out of his mind, but it was rather enjoying itself there, terrorizing the other occupants and kicking over the furniture.”
Hey, look at that! That’s what happens to my brain all the time!


Seriously though, if you like humorous fantasy there is no escaping Terry Pratchett, and the colour of magic is probably one of the staples in the genre. And for good reason! It's got word plays: the most memorable might be Twoflower working with inn-sewer-ants, although I t...more
Stephen
4.5 stars. My favorite installment of the long running Discworld series (I have only read the first five so that may change). Original, well-written and very funny.
Steven Harbin
Although this is the first book in the Discworld series, it's actually the 2nd I've completed, The Wee Free Men being the first. I enjoyed this book, although having read a later book in the series showed me that Mr. Pratchett's writing has improved considerably over time. Still, this is a fun read for anyone who likes fantasy in general and humorous fantasy in particular. I came to really like inept magician Rincewind and his traveling companion Twoflower, first tourist in Discworld history (ap...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Ahh, the story of Twoflower and the "failed" wizard Rincewind. Although calling Rincewind a "failed" wizard is possibly not really fair to him as he's only a "failed" wizard because having sneaked a look at a forbidden spell book one the 8 Great Spells has taken up the room in his brain that would be needed for other spells and he can't get it out, at least not without casting it, and since neither he nor the other wizards know what it will do...destroy the world, the universe, the multiverse......more
Rob
I've never really been a fan of British comedy. I see the attraction to stuff like Monty Python, Faulty Towers, et al, but the humor's vastly different then what I enjoy. I think it's the propriety or formality that throws me off. People compare Terry Pratchett's work to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide series and that seems pretty approriate. Both are outlandish and filled with silly inanity. That being said, it's not my cup of tea. There always seems to be those scenes where characters apolog...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
I've heard they get better after this one, but it was still a great read. I was cracking up left and right and the idea of the monster was just brilliant. Shoot, the idea of the tourist coming to a ridiculous fantasy land was brilliant along with the flat world riding elephants riding a giant turtle. Okay, everything is brilliant. :) If the rest get better, then I'm in for a treat.

For Amazon's deal of the day, Sept. 17, 2013, this book (and the next 4 in the series) is on sale for $1.99 on Kindl...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
I had a number of preconceived notions about the Discworld novels, which is probably why I took so long before I attempted one. Fortunately, my preconceptions were mostly innacurate. What I will say about Terry Pratchett's writing, and the humour in particular: it can be pretty random. There were times when I went "huh?", or, "erm?", or just sighed in perplexity. He is also not afraid of applying deus ex machina to his sequences climaxes.

That being said, these books are a blast to read, and the...more
Beth F.
I admit it. I am probably not the intended audience for this book. I don't like elf and sword fantasies and have not read many. Regardless, I thought a parody of that sort of fantasy would be a laugh for me and I've had countless people recommend Terry Pratchett to me over the years. Unfortunately this book fell flat for me and many of the references were beyond my realm of giving a shit.

The introduction of a cast of forgettable characters from forgettable places was rushed and confusing. I was...more
Anila
To be honest, I am not really sure what I think of this book. I enjoyed it, certainly. It was wildly creative, of course. It basically reverses science and magic, making magic the real thing and science the myth; I suspect that residents of Discworld would find the book significantly less amusing than we do simply because so much of the humor comes from references to science which is not there. Case in point: "It was as if the ocean had decided to create life without going through all that tedio...more
Werner
Apr 11, 2009 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of humorous fantasy
Recommended to Werner by: Book was a gift from my wife
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
Having recently read Swords of Lankhmar, I was able to recognize a marked influence of Leiber on this opening volume of Pratchett's popular Discworld series. Like Nehwon, the Discworld is a swords-and-sorcery flavored fantasy realm where the social environment is generally not a benevolent one; Pratchett's corrupt and decadent city of Ankh-Morpork has certain similarities to Lankhmar, and Bravd and the Weasel here are very reminiscent of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Potentates on the Discworld ev...more
Rachel
This gets 4 stars instead of 5 mostly because I understand from the whole of the world of people who have read Discworld that it only gets better from here- so I figured I better leave room!

What a fun, creative, fantastical, ridiculous book. Twoflower may well be one of my favorite characters in literature- we'll see if that pans out over time- and Luggage? I WANT SOME LUGGAGE. Hee. Rincewind, also, is a wonderful creation. Pratchett's imagination, and gift for puns, is a true joy.

I can't wait...more
Danger Kallisti
Feb 12, 2008 Danger Kallisti rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: nobody
I've always hated fantasy, and I still do. This book was disorganized to the point that reading it made my soul hurt. I guess part of that could have been trying to read it while sick, but even then, I didn't see that it really helped me any to put this in my brain. From what I understand, the books do get better as the series meanders along, but I'm not going to buy more. I might read them if I run out of anything else to read and happen to be in the “P” section of the library. Still, the fact...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Meh.

I just can't think of much more to say about it. I only read it because it briefly mentions the Discworld librarian, but that brief mention was one mention and no description, not worth it.

Loved the Tiffany Aching subset, so there migth be other Discworld books I'd enjoy, but this wasn't one.
Amara
Dec 27, 2013 Amara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amara by: The Ultimate Teen Book Guide
Shelves: 2013, reviewed
While exceedingly lofty expectations led me to be a bit disappointed with The Color of Magic--just a bit!--I will definitely be continuing on with the series. For my full review, see here.
Melki
Beware!
Here be dragons...and trolls...and a suitcase with legs?

A wizard and an unflappable tourist share a rather silly adventure.
Nathan
From my Complete Discworld Reread Project

"What is your name?"...
"My name is inconsequential."
"That's a pretty name."
The Color of Magic- Terry Pratchett

Part one of a complete reread of Pratchett's Diskworld series. As such the style will be a little different from other reviews. The "review" portion will be shorter. Following the short review will be my thoughts of the book from a rereading standpoint, on how it holds up to expectations, the evolution of the series, and other musings.

The Color of...more
Eric
Nov 11, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Discworld fans
Shelves: fantasy, humor
For a book I didn't love, yet didn't hate, I have a lot to say about it. Here are my thoughts in no particular order.

* I hate prologues, so having a second prologue dropped on me a third of the way through the book was almost enough to make me toss my Kindle across the room. However, it did make it apparent that instead of a novel, this is really a collection of four short stories featuring the same two main characters. This was both good and bad -- good in that it skipped potentially uninterest...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Read this years ago but had forgotten all about it until I was looked at it in the bookshop and recognised the cover. It's next month's book for the science fiction and fantasy group, so it'll be interesting to read it again after all these years. It's the very first Discworld book and I originally read it to see if I liked it, but I didn't so I never read any of the other Discworld novels. Then again, I really can't remember anything about it! (Don't worry, I'll write a fresh review when I've r...more
Epicurus
Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic was thoroughly enjoyable! The book was a quick, thoughtful, and entertaining read. I also want to make it a point that I used the word entertaining and not funny. Ive seen a lot of reviews for this book use the word funny. Occasionally I did laugh and it seemed to be created for that purpose but this book is no joke.... Its Discworld... And it's a hell of a lot of fun!
Izlinda
Pretty funny, though sometimes it dragged or seemed too hard to be funny.

Unfortunately now I'm curious what that spell is that Rincewind has stuck in his brain. :-S I might check out some of the other Discworld bookss. I bought this one on a whim in the Chicago O'Hare Airport.
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,...more
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