This wasn't what I expected it to be. Terry Pratchett is a name that I've seen often but never heard or knew too much about him or his works. I borrow...moreThis wasn't what I expected it to be. Terry Pratchett is a name that I've seen often but never heard or knew too much about him or his works. I borrowed this book on a whim and I'm really happy I did. I did not want to put it down (and imagine I felt almost physical pain when I so often had to) but being forced to take it slowly allowed me to savor it too. The Color of Magic is not high fantasy - but it does a great job of satirizing it. I had so much fun reading about Rincewind and Twoflower's adventures, the intricate (and entirely malleable) geography of Discoworld, it's vast expanse of opportunity, the vibrant and variant characters... I loved it. And I can't wait to read the rest of the series: all twenty-seven (or so) of them. Just as a side note, I feel compelled to mention that my favorite characters throughout the books are constant guests and neither pro- nor antagonists... but I love Death, who "ALWAYS SPEAKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS," and the sapient pearwood trunk. Any chance I could get myself one of those...? So if you're looking for excitement, a bit of romance on the side, dragons, magic, evil, some bumbling anti-heroes, and a whole lot of laughs, then this is the book to go to (ISBN# 0-06-102071-0) for a good time.(less)
This novel starts off a bit slow but by the end I was so involved and invested that I didn't want to put it down. There are so many facets to this sto...moreThis novel starts off a bit slow but by the end I was so involved and invested that I didn't want to put it down. There are so many facets to this story and as you go along and the pieces come together it becomes a lovely, dark and tangled web that you don't really want to extricate yourself from. My favorite characters were most definitely (and probably by purposeful design of the author) the Dark Powers. Woland, Koroviev, Azazello, and Behemoth made me smile so often in a story filled with such dark places; I love the irony of it. And our story within a story is one I wish someone else would actually write.
Allow me too to make this request: all I could think about was how amazingly this story and its panelled story line would benefit by a retelling in graphic form. What I would give to see this made into a comic book. Sticking to the original would be an absolute must but I cannot imagine a better medium for it.
Although it's a bit dated (most of the essays write in anticipation of the Dark Knight release) the writers bring up so many valid points and talk abo...moreAlthough it's a bit dated (most of the essays write in anticipation of the Dark Knight release) the writers bring up so many valid points and talk about comic books like they should be spoken of - like literature. All of the essays are well thought out, and many are obviously extensively researched. Each author brings a different perspective and the varied opinions (sometimes extreme, from one essay to the next) are what made it so interesting. I feel like I learned so much more about my favorite hero. This book is a must read for any Batman fan.(less)