The Color of Magic

The Color of Magic

A Discworld Novel

Book - 2005 | 1st Harper pbk. ed.
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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 guide, Rincewind.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2005
Edition: 1st Harper pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780060855925 (trade pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC PRATCHETT
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 21 cm


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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 guide, Rincewind.

Rincewind, an inept wizard, crosses paths with an inept tourist, marking the beginning of a chaotic journey through Discworld. Hilarity ensues. This long running and beloved comical fantasy series can be read in any order. Edwards Award winner.

Gunter recommended reading. The first novel in the famous Discworld series. Enjoy the adventures of bumbling wizard Rincewind as he tries to protect a naive tourist named Twoflower.

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Jan 23, 2019

ribbonfarm. Terry Pratcheet discworld first book

Oct 31, 2018

I know everyone says not to start Discworld with "The Color of Magic", but my practical, slightly obsessive side wouldn't let me do that. I wasn't in love with this book, but I'd already read other Pratchett, so I can see it for what it really is- the very, very beginning of the journey to come. I know very well it will only get better from here- I already started "The Light Fantastic" and it's amazing to see how much he grew as writer just between the two books. I'm excited to dive deep into Discworld!

Oct 25, 2018

Seems to be a book with a postmodernist philosophy.

Aug 20, 2018

Terry Pratchett's first practice novel. His wonderful writing style is already evident, but characters and story-telling ability are still works in progress in this novel.

Dec 03, 2017

An excellent story. Set in the fantasy land of Discworld (a disc on the back of four elephants riding on the back of a giant turtle), this story parodies and turns on their heads many fantasy cliches. It follows a failed wizard named Rincewind, who knows only one spell (one of the great Eight spells, the most powerful spells in the universe), and Discworld's first tourist, Twoflower, who owns a magical trunk made of sapient pearwood, determined to follow its master to, quite literally, the ends of the earth. Hilarious and creative, this book makes for an excellent slapstick adventure.

Apr 26, 2017

A rogue wizard grew out of cowardice. A luggage made of sapient pearwood cast the most magic spells, while his master/owner Twoflower, a seeker of wonder, appeared the most distant to me.

Apr 04, 2017

I totally agree with Pink Armadillo. The best book to start Discworld with by far is "Guards! Guards!"

JCLAndrewP Aug 31, 2016

I read this book when I was a teenager and I have loved Pratchett's stories since. It is funny, silly, and lighthearted. Also, luggage.

Jul 14, 2016

I loved this book. I loved, loved, loved this book. I don't know how many other books have made me happy the way this one has. FIVE STARS FOR YOU.
I picked up this first Discworld book because I'd heard it was a flat world that was somehow on the back of a turtle floating through space.
And to me this is amazing, so I read it, and it was not a disappointment (although I was expecting the whole perched on a giant turtle moving through space thing would be something that would be brought up, but everyone just kind of went with it, which I suppose is because they've always lived on a turtle floating through space).
This book is so fantastically random that I'm surprised I liked it - I don't, usually, like books that seem to be moving nonsensically (I in fact am very vocal about having proper rules controlling your magic in your universe, usually). But something here made this book fantastic. There's something about Pratchett's writing that is fun, but not simple, quirky but not annoying, and also very refreshing. This whole book was very refreshing to me. It's probably because it seemed like it was written that way on purpose to poke fun at fantasy stereotypes (or ones that were present when he wrote it, anyway).
Besides, it was hilarious. I know not everyone likes puns, but whatever, they are my favourite thing. I don't usually laugh out loud when I read books, but one particular pun had me laughing into my pillow for a good half-hour before falling asleep. (Sadly it did not cause the same response when I repeated it to my friends, who are now demoted.) Terry Pratchett's writing is true a gold mine of quotable material. The character of Death was amazing as well.
I read somewhere that The Colour of Magic is not the best book in the Discworld series, that Mort and Guards! Guards! were better places to jump into it, but I don't regret starting here at all. This book also contains one of my favourite jokes of all time, read it. I for one am off and reading The Light Fantastic.

cmlibrary_ecrites Jun 11, 2016

The Color of Magic serves as our introduction to Discworld. A world a lot like our own, but different. Our view of Discworld is through the eyes of Rincewind, a wizard (sort of), Twoflower, a tourist, as well as the various gods and goddesses whose games and wagers decide the fates of Discworld’s inhabitants. Pratchett’s prose is imbued with wit and satire and this is not your typical fantasy novel. It is the first of a very long running series. Each book in the Discworld series can be read as a standalone novel but there are elements that run throughout the series and groups of books that follow certain characters (a kind of series within a series) that will be enjoyed more if read chronologically. If you enjoyed the Color of Magic buckle up for a long, fantastical ride and see what else Discworld has to offer!

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Jeta Kola Aug 19, 2012

This is book starts off with the introduction of Twoflower; a tourist who is often ignornant and naive to his surrondings and his unlucky guide; a failed wizard named Rincewind who is in short; a coward. By traveling along with this comical duo you will have lots of face to face meetings with death (literally) and lots of angry gods and godesses, one in paticular named 'Fate'. Overall this book will get you laughing hard, as you experience this chaotic adventure through Discworld.


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