The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Series: Book 1 of Discworld

Genre: Fiction, (Epic) Comedy

Readers: Anyone who wants to experience laughter

Rating: To funny to be seriously rated

The Colour of Magic

This is the book that started the Discworld series which has caused epidemics of laughter for 30 years. Written by the storytelling master, Terry Pratchett this is the beginning of a marvellous series, selling over 70 million copies and translated into 37 languages. This is a delightfully funny read that’s a parody of the classic fantasy wizard (who is wise and cunning and causes destruction to all who oppose him). This wizard can only cast a single spell (which he doesn’t know what it does),he isn’t brave, he doesn’t have any secret allegiances, and to be matter of fact was kicked out of the Unseen University and starts this novel as a tour guide. The series is made up of separate story arcs that occur in the Discworld universe at around the same time.

Plot

The novel begins with a burning Ank-Morpork, where failed wizard turned tour guide, Rincewind, and Twoflower, Discworld’s first tourist, have to flee from the city after Twoflower misguidedly tried to introduce the concept of insurance to a barman, who proceeded to burn the city down. Unknown to the duo the reason they have been brought together is because the Gods are playing a game. The gods play this game with the goal to win, and so their pieces are great and important heroes. Which is why it was a surprise when the Lady, decided to pick a tourist and his tour guide as her “heroes”.

So begins a chase that takes you all around Discworld, as this helpless duo try to fend for themselves amidst that chaos that is the game of the gods.

Quotes to make you chuckle

“Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot.”

“It was all very well going on about pure logic and how the universe was ruled by logic and the harmony of numbers, but the plain fact of the matter was that the Disc was manifestly traversing space on the back of a giant turtle and the gods had a habit of going round to atheists’ houses and smashing their windows.”

“Some pirates achieved immortality by great deeds of cruelty or derring-do. Some achieved immortality by amassing great wealth. But the captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying.”

“In an instant he became aware that the tourist was about to try his own peculiar brand of linguistics, which meant that he would speak loudly and slowly in his own language.”

Overview

This is a brilliantly funny read that leads onto a marvellous epic comedy that will keep the reader entertained for a long time to come. It is a delightful read for any reader, no matter the age.

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