The Colour of Magic

paperback, 288 pages

English language

Published July 16, 2011 by Brand:, Corgi.

ISBN:
978-0-552-15727-8
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4 stars (46 reviews)

The Colour of Magic is a 1983 fantasy comedy novel by Terry Pratchett, and is the first book of the Discworld series. The first printing of the British edition consisted of only 506 copies. Pratchett has described it as "an attempt to do for the classical fantasy universe what Blazing Saddles did for Westerns."

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reviewed The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #1)

Whimsical introduction to Discworld

4 stars

I love Ricewind story and I loved plentiful allusions to nerd culture of the 80s, but it almost reads like a really good Discworld fanfic than a Discworld book.

The storyline was scattered and it felt like three or four short-stories stitched together (by a genius).

I loved re-reading it, but it truly shows how amazing other works of Pratchett are.

Imagine dragons!

reviewed The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #1)

Terry Pratchett

4 stars

Nun habe ich also mein erstes Scheibenwelt-Buch gelesen. Ich las es auf englisch, und das hat sich als Problem herausgestellt. Obwohl mein Englisch eigentlich nicht schlecht ist, hatte ich hier doch einige Probleme mit dem Verständnis. Viel zu viele Wörter kannte ich nämlich überhaupt nicht. Das hat den Lesespaß ein bisschen getrübt. Wobei ich nicht weiß, ob das überhaupt alles reguläre englische Wörter waren, oder ob T.P. sich die nur ausgedacht hat. Ich werde auf jeden Fall dranbleiben, weil ich skurrile Welten mag. Vielleicht lese ich den nächsten Band der Reihe aber mal auf deutsch.

Torn between 3 and 4 stars

3 stars

Enjoyed it - a fun read!

Discworld and Sir Terry were a big part of my life growing up, he had a large impact on who I became.

I'm not sure for newcomers to his writing I'd fully recommend The Colour of Magic - I believe Sir Terry himself said to start from book three (Sourcery) - but this is an interesting historical artefact.

I plan to read through the entire Discworld series in the coming months (and years, I guess - I don't plan to only read Discworld non-stop), so starting from the very beginning to experience how Sir Terry's style developed was a key choice for me.

I did enjoy it a lot though! Torn between 3 and 4 stars. It's good! But I feel like 4 stars requires a level of excellence not quite attained here - it does feel a little disjointed at times, and some …

The Colour of Magic

4 stars

Many people say that this is the worst Discworld novel to start with, because Sir Terry had not yet truly come into his own.

That may be, but without much other exposure to his writing, this is perfectly enjoyable! Just because it gets better, does not mean this is bad.

Listened to the shiny new audiobook, and the narration was quite good (though not entirely obvious it’s entirely different people narrating footnotes and a certain character).

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