** spoiler alert **
My husband loves Terry Pratchett, so he suggested that I read some of his books, starting with the Discworld series. He warned me before I started reading that The Color of Magic was probably the roughest of the series, and having read it, I would have to agree. At least twice I started reading, got maybe a third of the way through the book, and lost interest, only to restart it a few weeks later. Finally I forced myself past the point I was losing interest in, because I hate abandoning books.
It's not to say I didn't like the book - I thought the wordplay was funny, and the differences between magic in the Discworld and magic in just about any other series was very interesting. I even liked the interludes with the Gods and their game of dice. My main problems were the jumpy plotline, and some of the characterizations. From the little diversion to our plane of reality, to just dumping Rincewind & Twoflower at the Rimbow, I thought the jumps in plotline were rather jarring. Worst of all, though, is that while I found the characters interesting, I didn't really care about them. Twoflower and Rincewind are both ultimately protected by the Lady Luck, so whatever mess they end up in,we know they'll manage to bumble their way out.
Since I've been told that The Color of Magic is the roughest of the series, I'm going to try and make it through The Light Fantastic
before I decide if I'll give up on the Discworld series.