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The first and best Discworld novel
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
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The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
Advantages: Classic Terry Pratchett
The Colour of Magic is the first novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, the series has now hit over 50 books and is one the most loved in any genre depicting a humouress chaotic fantasy world with wizards, witches, DEATH, Ankh Morpock, orang-utan librarians etc. I have been a lover of the Discworld novels since reading this book for the first time when it came out in the early 1980's, I have read this book many times but a friend gave me his copy recently so have read it all afresh for the first time in many years.
The book tells the story of the visit of the Discworlds first ever tourist, a slightly na´ve young man called TwoFlower he is visiting the famous city of Ankh-morpock along with a huge walking luggage box and a lot of solid gold coins. He soon meets the worst wizard in the world Rincewind who only one knows one spell and it is one of the 8 fundamental spells whose uttering will end the world. Together they will take the reader through the streets of Ankh-Morpock for the first time and through them we will for the first time visit a fantasy version of London. Ankh-Morpock is a dirty, grubby city on the banks of the contaminated River Ankh it contains the whole world in terms of vice, destitution, opportunity and hope. We have a starched disciplinarian Partrician, the UnSeen University where wizards study and a host of orcs, trolls, heroes, gods and villains. Through it all Twoflower in his innocence and Rincewind with his jaundiced eyes will journey, TwoFlowers arrival sparks a battle between the Gods and through his actions the fate of Ankh-Morpock is decided.
Terry Pratchett is a national treasure in my opinion, his books are light, funny, sometimes incredibly perceptive social commentary and he sets the majority of his discworld novels in a form of Victorian London which has magic, visible Gods but also fairly modern technologies and institutions such as the papers, police force, football teams, postal service etc. He uses a recognisable world and gives it delightful twists, so the Unseen Universities librarian is an orang-utan, DEATH is a major character with a dry sardonic wit, the gods are fallible and his most famous creation the walking luggage with teeth made out of pure magic wood.
In this novel, we meet Rincewind for the first time he is a man in his late thirties, failed wizard and a bit of a waste of space but clearly intelligent and has a knack for languages. It is largely through his antics we will discover about the crazy world of the Discworld but here in this novel we meet him for the first time. He is slightly dishevelled and suffers from confidence issues he also has the problem of being able to cast only one spell which is uttered will end the world he stands upon. He is one of my favourite characters in the whole of literature, the wizard who fears magic, who's scared of heights, fighting, but somehow always finds a way to stay alive.
Give him a na´ve tourist who wants to encounter all the famous sites Ankh-Morpock has to offer such as bar fights, meeting heroes and if possible having a pie from Cut me own throat Dibbler and a violent luggage who enjoys eating thieves and you have comedy gold.
After reading the book again after so many years I thoroughly enjoyed the story once again, the story of Rincewinds and TwoFlowers encounters with Gods is funny, intelligent and clever. There are plenty of funny dialogue, action sequences and a brilliant parody when Rincewind is seated in a modern jet plane when he supposed to be flying a dragon. The book is only 230 pages and in truth it only took me a couple of days to read but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I feel like reading the sequel The Light Fantastic also featuring Two Flower and Rincewind in the near future.
Summary: A fantasy Classic