The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic

The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic

by Terry Pratchett


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ISBN-13: 9780061833106
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Series: Discworld Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, was the author of more than 70 books, including the internationally bestselling Discworld series of novels. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. In January 2009, Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry, who lived in England, died in March 2015 at the age of 66.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Moriah More than 1 year ago
Beautiful pictures, interesting characters, and snappy dialogue make this graphic novel a winner. I have yet to read these two books, so I can't say how true to the books the graphic novel is. However, it was lots of fun just as hilarious as any other Terry Pratchett book. Also, sometimes when a book is made into a graphic novel, something is lost. This wasn't the case here, but I think in the case of Rincewind, more characterization would've been nice. He's portrayed as a coward in the books, but that wasn't too apparent here....................... The colorful pictures are full of drama. I gave this book four stars because more characterization would've been nice for Rincewind and at times, especially towards the end of The Color of Magic, I was confused as to what was going on.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Good representation of two classic books. It was interesting seeing what choices were made for this adaptation and the movie adaptation, after experiencing them both in the same day. Docked a star for not having "Wizzard" on the hat, cuz it's a big deal for a little detail.
samfsmith on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Don¿t waste your time on these. Something is definitely lost when converting the Discworld novels to graphic novels, and the artwork is just your standard stuff. Pretty disappointing.
grizzly.anderson on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This volume brings together the graphic novel adaptations of the first two discworld books into a single hardback. It's not a bad adaptation, but after having had my own vision of Death, Rincewind, Twoflower, The Luggage and all the other characters, no doubt influenced by Paul Kidby's cover illustrations, it was jarring to see Steven Ross's interpretations of those same folks.A graphic novel does do an interesting job of visualizing the discworld, but at the same time it does the two novels a disservice. So much of Pratchett's strength is in the style of his writing - the wit, the puns, the detailed dialog. None of which translates well to the graphic novel. Too much has to be cut to make room for all the illustrations and fit in the little dialog bubbles. If you want a beautifully illustrated discworld novel, check out The Last Hero instead. None of Pratchett's story is sacrificed for Kidby's illustrations, and vice versa. Otherwise this edition is probably only for the completist.
sheherazahde on LibraryThing 10 months ago
These were nicely done. That artists caught the "four-eyes" effect of Twoflower's glasses and drew The Patrician as the Lord Vetinari we have come to know and love, instead of the stranger in the original text. I have not read the books in years but the stories fit with my memories of them.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A little confusing at first, I found myself getting wrapped up in the world of Terry Pratchett's - two books combined and made into graphic novels. I really want to read the novels now that I've enjoyed the colorful graphic novel. The plot was great, the characters hilarious, and the images great.
ironicqueery on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The graphic novel version of Terry Pratchett's first two novels is an interesting addition to the Discworld collection, however, it doesn't fully do justice to the books. Too many of Pratchett's great quips are left out - in the comic, character dialogue moves the story - but in the books, character thoughts and narrator commentary tend to be the best parts. Granted, the two books this graphic novel covers are his earliest works, so I don't think his form was in top shape anyway, but they are better than the graphic novel version. However, it's enjoyable to see the new perspective the illustrations bring to Discworld. I do prefer my mind's version of Discworld, and the art isn't quite my style, but it's fun nonetheless.
bbudke on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Oh dear, did I ever want this to be better. I love Discworld. I love graphic novels. But the experience was less "you got your chocolate in my peanut butter" than it was "who ordered the chocolate cake pizza?"The Colour of Magic especially suffered from clunky, static art and had an amateur fan-fiction feel to it. The art in The Light Fantastic was somewhat improved. Both halves, however, suffered from the assumption that anyone reading this graphic novel had already read the original, and would be able to fill in the large gaps in story and characterization in their heads.Don't let the glossy cover fool you. Unless you are a Pratchett completionist, this set adds little to your collection, and adds nothing to the characterizations of Rincewind, Twoflower, and Discworld.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Heard of the books. Might read them. Good volumes.
lzbuds More than 1 year ago
love love love Pratchett's twist of reality with a sense of humor... lots of humor.. laugh out loud humor
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harstan More than 1 year ago
"The Colour of Magic". Discworld lies evenly flat on four elephants who ride on the back of a turtle orbiting around the universe. Tourist Twoflower from the Agatean Empire on the Counterweight Continent has come to Ankh-Morpork to see the famous sights. Noted loser, drop-out and coward Rincewind the worst wizard is assigned to show the visitor the city or he will lose a few extremities in case he foolishly refuses the kind offer. When an inferno engulfs Ankh-Morpork Rincewind and Twoflower run for their lives with two many legged luggage. Thus starts their miscapades.------------- "The Light Fantastic". Wizard extraordinaire Rincewind and tourist Twoflower escape the void of space at a time when Discworld appears on a course to collide with a red star that at a minimum would destroy the turtle, four elephants the planet and its residents. The great minds know that the eight great magic spells will save the turtle, four elephants, the planet and its residents. Seven spells seem ready for deployment; the eighth resides alone inside the brain of Rincewind.---------- The first two 1980s tales make for a fun graphic novel filled with humor, irony and satire that seems timely as health care for the uninsured, under insured, and economically deprived insured is debated by those who have access to the best in health care on the cheap. The adaptation is fun as Scott Rockwell captures the essence of the misadventures with great minds who belong in Congress debating the gender of the turtle, Cohen the Barbarian explaining the subtly of combat, and Death learning to play bridge before Bill and Ted. The graphics illustrated by Steven Ross enhance the belief that Discworld exists though readers will have their own mental images to compare with. Except for purists, fans of the saga will enjoy this adaptation of the original duology while floating at a turtle's pace through space.-------- Harriet Klausner
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