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The Color of Magic (Discworld Series #1)

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Oh magic, how freakishly wonderful are thou...such possibilities!

I've been collecting the Discworld books in no particular order for a few years now, mostly because my father always had an affinity for them and recommended them as hilarious and entertaining at the same time. Now that I finally got to read the first in the series I ca...
I've been collecting the Discworld books in no particular order for a few years now, mostly because my father always had an affinity for them and recommended them as hilarious and entertaining at the same time. Now that I finally got to read the first in the series I can see what the fuss is all about! There is plenty of humor, dry wit and magic, extremely complex scientific and fantastic themes and myriad of characters brighter than all the rainbows and flowers in the world combined. My head was spinning after few pages but somehow I couldn't stop reading; this incredible journey that Pratchett invites the reader on takes some time to get adjusted to, but once I let my mind go and read it slow, it all melted into a fantasy like no other. I can't really imagine kids reading it unless they are prodigies at understanding language because their little brains might pop from the amount of information given; I know mine was taken for a spin a few times!

So here we are, visiting a world that exists as a flat disc with water walling over the edges, carried by four giant elephants standing on an ancient turtle, covered in meteor holes and all sorts of space debris, swimming who knows where....In one of it's cities, Ankh-Morpork , a failed wizard by the name of Rincewind comes across Twoflower, a traveling little man with magical luggage, carved out of rare sapient pear tree that follows him everywhere on its tiny feet. Yes walking luggage, with teeth too, guarding his master and providing lots of entertainment through out the story. The two men are the only ones in the whole city who speak the same language and thus their zany adventures start. Hastily hired as a guide the magician, who sucks at magic but it awfully funny and likable, gets into all sorts of troubles with trolls, dragons, islands with lunatics chased by Death itself without trying to loose poor Twoflower who thinks the whole adventure as a great sight seeing trip, they escape all sorts of scenarios that take them form the murkiest depths of underwater caves into far away galaxies in deep space.

Seems like a lot and it is, but the novel takes all sorts of turns ad twists and one never knows what awaits our heroes on the next page. When Gods play magic dice and Fate and Death are in talks of getting them, our characters have a lot at stake and loosing such charming little fellows would certainly be horrible so the reader is constantly kept on a tight leash as the beauty of the story and its intricate pattern morphs into more fantastic scenarios. I can't even clearly say what this book is about other than being simply fantastic, albeit very complex. Folklore, mythology, fairy tales, comedy and drama, it's all here exquisitely woven for those who dare.

- Kasia S.

posted by Kasia_S on October 27, 2008

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

great book, but an error in the nook file

The book is fantastic, but there is a 10-word omission on page 130 of the file that may lead to some confusion. So while I recommend the book, I don't recommend buying it until Barnes & Noble or the publisher fixes the error.

posted by MatthewHooban on March 2, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    LOVE THE BOOK.. but I hate the cover art for the HarperCollins e

    LOVE THE BOOK.. but I hate the cover art for the HarperCollins edition of the ebook.  It doesn't fit with Pratchett's fantastic, outlandish style.  I bough the first three Discworld books before realizing there is another NookBook option with better Pratchett-esque cover art, so now I'm out the money I spent on the HarperCollins versions since B&N won't refund NookBooks.  

    Yes, it's shallow to prefer the different style of artwork, but cover art is still important, and HarperCollins totally dropped the ball on this one. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    huh

    this book had a good plot and i got a few of the jokes but it didn't seem as funny as it was promised to be. i read a few of the other ones and the same thing.

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