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The Color of Magic

(Discworld #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  358,674 ratings  ·  12,062 reviews
In a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet... ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Harper (first published December 1st 1983)
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Blue Yes and no, depends on the kid. It is not a book that was written for kids.

I think I read this in 5th or 6th grade. My brothers read it at a similar …more
Yes and no, depends on the kid. It is not a book that was written for kids.

I think I read this in 5th or 6th grade. My brothers read it at a similar age and both liked it. I enjoyed it as a kid and was eager to read the sequel. Rereading it as an adult though was almost like reading a whole different book. ;) (less)
Ekaterina I think you should look up recommended order to read the books, to know approximately where you are standing. (like this one:…moreI think you should look up recommended order to read the books, to know approximately where you are standing. (like this one:
And basically, you can read them in any order, as the author keeps reminding you of important, and not so important, details, and as the books are just brilliant enough by themselves.
Of course, it would be a bit harder to keep up with the timeline, and you won't be very surprised with the ending if you have already read the next book, but it won't ruin the impression or fun.(less)

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Mark Lawrence
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't reviewed this because I read it so long ago that all I can remember is I loved it.

I'll take our very old and battered copy (bought in 1987) to the hospice this weekend when I go with Celyn and see if I can't refresh my memory.

RIP, Sir Terry.


So - to the review!

I've just read this in slightly over 24 hours ... which is extraordinary for me. I normally take a month to read a book.

It is, to be
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Gah! I have a secret Santa that sent me about 21 books yesterday and I can get missing ones from my used bookstore. Ok, it’s no secret but I’m not calling them out 😉💕

4.5 stars ⭐️

I FINALLY started Discworld!!!! I buddy read with my wonderful friend CHOKO We had fun text message reading it. I loved this book and so did Choko! I have heard some don’t like this book that much but it was awesome for me. Looking forward to continuing!

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Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pratchett-terry
The Rincewind starts blowing up his ego in the first installment of the epic Discworld.

The establishment of one of the sub series of the Discworld, around Rincewind, sorcerers, and the Unseen University, deals with insurances, Hrun the barbarian, role playing games, living furniture, different fantasy stereotypes and their exaggerations, a tourist and the industry around sightseeing, space travel, and introduces some elemental parts of the Discworld.

How the strange humanities, fringe sciences, r
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 Omens qu
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so it begins …

Sir Terry Pratchett’s wildly imaginative Discworld series begins with the 1983 publication of The Color of Magic.

I have been reading science fiction and fantasy for a long time and somehow I managed to not read any of his works until I came in late to the party. A friend suggested I try one, I’d like it and so I read the fourth in the series, Mort and I thought so much that I decided I would climb the hill and enjoy every step.

Begin with a heaping portion of British humor (hum
Matt's Fantasy Book Reviews
A fun book, but doesn't deliver as much as the later Discworld books

Check out my new youtube channel where I show my instant reactions to reading fantasy books seconds after I finish the book.

This was not my first discworld book I read, which is probably a good thing because I'm not sure I would have continued the series if it had been.

It's a good book, and very unique to fantasy in that it is a lighthearted comedy at heart. But it feels disjointed and is essentially a set of smaller
Lindsey Rey
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
I will officially be reading the entire Discworld series!
May 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, fantasy
This must be the exception that proves the rule. For years I’ve been adamantly advocating reading series in publication order, whether a coherent story or a set of standalones. In Discworld, that simply doesn’t seem to be the best solution. Everyone seems to suggest that a new reader should not start with the first book, so this must be partially my fault for doing it anyway.

The Colour of Magic is at best a mediocre introduction to what is supposedly the best humourous fantasy series ever writte
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gonna read these books in the order they were written and none of you nerds can stop me.
J.G. Keely
Oct 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
This series is much beloved of my friends, both here on Goodreads and out in the wilds of meatspace--he's even been referred to as Fantasy's answer to one of my favorite authors: the superlatively funny and insightful Douglas Adams. As such, I was excited to start the series at the beginning, hoping the wit and wisdom would overcome the warts of this early outing. Unfortunately,the jokes drew more groans than guffaws, reminding me of Mark Twain's comments on the book of friend and fellow America ...more
Oh what fun, review to follow 😊😉

So here is my review. I first read this I'm guessing some time around 1990, and then went on to read the sequels as they were released,until sometime around the millennium, when for various reasons I moved house and lost around 5000 books 😱
Anyway I haven't read another Terry Pratchett Discworld novel since then. So when I was bought the first twenty in the series earlier this year I did a little mini dance (similar to the Floss ha ha) and looked forward to when I
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
If I hadn't already read the entire series, and if I was judging this book just by its own merits, I'd still be saying that it harnesses the lightning and even finds a way to make it go side to side rather than up and down.

It's really fantastic as a straight fantasy with tons of humorous elements, with a good deal more worldbuilding than all the later books, more obvious and harsher tongue-in-cheek elements, and a great setup for the Great Wizzard Rincewind.

Honestly? I love Rincewind. I love the

" was a fiery punctuation mark, a coal-like comma, or salamander semicolon, in a continuing story."

Helen 2.0
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Terry Pratchett is a genius, as usual. This man can do no wrong. He reminds me a lot of Douglas Adams, my favorite in the realm of satire. Look at this similarity:
"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." - Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
"Disc philosophers agree that the First Men, shortly after their creation, understandably lost their temper." - Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

The Co
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
The Color of Magic is, in fact, four novella-length stories stitched together to create a novel-length book. But don't you worry, the book reads well as a whole without a jerking bump to stop the journey. I wouldn't have even noticed the stitching if I haven't known it was there.

As the story starts, Rincewind a disgraced wizard meets up with Twoflower an oblivious tourist and his rather menacing walking luggage (yes, with a luggage like Twoflower's you don't have to worry about carry your things
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-loved
I had intended to start this series last year, something I had been looking forward to for quite a while. Good Omens is one of my favourite books, and while I've read (and loved) quite a few of Neil Gaiman's books, I hadn't gotten around to reading anything by Terry Pratchett. Discworld felt slightly daunting, because there are so many and so many people love them so much, which seems like a silly reason for not reading something, now that I have typed it out, but never mind. It made sense to me ...more
It had some funny moments, but I really struggled to get through it. In all fairness to the people who suggested I read the Discworld series, this is not one of the ones they said I should start with. I think I mostly had a hard time slogging through all of the world-building and made up words. Fantasy has never been my thing, because I'm not someone who enjoys reading descriptions of the characters surroundings. I'm not giving up on the series, though. I think I'll just go back through my book ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: let-down
The city of Ankh-Morpork bears a name that rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? This is supposed to be a funny adventure. It kind of is. But unfortunately there are few examples of half funny stuff. The humor is very British and quite hit and miss. I'm thankful though, that the tone is kept light and there's no dark humor in this book. This is the one book that made me discouraged in pursuing the series, but given that few books are very good, i might give it another go because I'm quite curious an ...more
Zitong Ren
This was honestly the weirdest thing I’ve ever read
Introduces the flat Discworld and the cowardly technically failed wizard Rincewind as he ends up going on a number of adventures with Discworld's first ever tourist… Twoflower. Thought I would give this series a try, and I am afraid that it really didn't grab me at all, it was even worse than I thought it would be; maybe I should read a few more before given up on Discworld? 2 out of 12.
“That’s what’s so stupid about the whole magic thing, you know. You spend twenty years learning the spell that makes nude virgins appear in your bedroom, and then you’re so poisoned by quicksilver fumes and half-blind from reading old grimoires that you can’t remember what comes next.”

Poor Rincewind. Incidentally, his name rhymes with “since grinned”, and I’ve read that in a later book, it says an ancestor was a Rinser of Winds. Whatever his background, he’s missing some skills. He’s a wizard
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the King Colour, of which all the lesser colours are merely partial and wishy-washy reflections. It was octarine, the colour of magic. It was alive and glowing and vibrant and it was the undisputed pigment of the imagination, because wherever it appeared it was a sign that mere matter was a servant of the powers of the magical mind. It was enchantment itself.
But Rincewind always thought it looked a sort of greenish-purple.

A few weeks ago, I found myself in probably the worst reading slump
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, 2019-reads
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★ I was excited to read this book and to discover Practhett’s writing, I had read Good Omens, or attempted to read it but ended up DNFing it. I wanted to see the highly acclaimed Discworld and if it was any better!

★ It was better, but not like much better. But at least I could finish the book and that’s something! I think the mix between humor and fantasy is weird but it c
Ms. Smartarse
Failed wizard Rincewind finds himself the unwilling guide to Two Flower, the Discworld's first tourist.

TV series cast

The idea behind this 2-book arc (The Colour of Magic and its sequel The Light Fantastic) is commendable enough: present the reader with an enticing enlough world building, thus ensuring their interest in future books. In practice though, things didn't quite work out that well.

There were way too many minor characters thrown in, all of whom came with considerable backstories, only to disappear
Lori - I'm back (with a lot to catch up on)
No need for a full review since I'm late to the party. And what took me so long when my (second or third) copy of "Good Omens" looks a bit like the ones described in its foreword. Well, hello, Discworld. It's fun. It's fabulous. It's clever and intelligent and fantastical. Sci fi, mythology, humor, fantasy with a bit of stand-up. I'm thrilled that there are forty? forty-one? (apparently one is debatable?) more. I'd always planned to do the Witches books first but having read this I want to go fo ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The very first Discworld novel. The one it all began with.

I've been a fan of Sir Terry's for a long time. I've even read a few other of his books (some standalone, some of the Fairy Tales or later volumes of this series) and loved them all.
Fans have given me two pieces of advice ever since I first heard of Discworld:
1) Stay away from the first 3 books!
2) Read them all! What are you, a savage?!

*lol* You can see how this made me undecided for the longest time.
Thus, I did what every self-respected
Kai Spellmeier
“It is at this point that normal language gives up, and goes and has a drink.”

I never really planned to read this until I met someone who loves the Discworld novels so much that I could no longer put them off. Also, this series has so many books that I will probably never be able to finish it, which kept me from reading it in the first place. Apart from the fact that they always seemed a bit too ridiculous to actually be good.
Now, I did catch myself laughing a few times and generally enjoying it
Aug 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: blog, meh
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 Hitchhiker'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 h ...more
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, 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.

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