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The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
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Jul 23, 2012

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bookshelves: fiction-parody, fiction-fantasy, fiction-humor, fiction-pratchett
Read from July 20 to 21, 2012 — I own a copy

Barbarians, wizards, guilds, and talking black swords are all common fantasy fare. Everything feels like a familiar fantasy world, but watch as Pratchett breathes new life into his satirical Discworld mythology. Long time fantasy fans will be privy to the inside jokes and cliches that he ensnares along the way.

Although this is a solid tale, it often comes under fire from new readers. Common complaints include: "not enough story" or "too much detail". This is true. The author is spending time explaining where the characters adventure, but think of this as groundwork for what is to come. Pratchett fans demand a lot and -truth be told- this is not his finest work. Still, take this story for what it is - an introduction. It is a starting point into one of fantasy's most vivid minds.

Relax on Great A'Tuin's shell, enjoy the guffaws, and get your feet wet in Discworld's fanciful waters. You will soon see why Pratchett's parodies are considered the most creative within the realm of fantasy. (And why his fans are so dedicated!)

Recommended for readers that wished Douglas Adams spent less time with science and more time with sorcery.
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