The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic

Book rating: 04 Paperback Discworld

By (author) Terry Pratchett

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  • Publisher: Corgi Books
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 108mm x 176mm x 16mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1990
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552124753
  • ISBN 13: 9780552124751
  • Sales rank: 685

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On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious buy inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course The Edge of the planet...

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Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. His fortieth Discworld novel, Raising Steam, was published in 2013. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015. www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob

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By Miroslav Shtarbev 08 Sep 2010 5

The colour of magic is Terry Pratchett's first Discworld novel that indulges the reader in an adventure set on a flat disc supported by four giant elephants which ride on the back of an even more enormous turtle.
Twoflower, Discworld's first tourist, arrives in the city of Ankh Morpork with his menacing chest following him everywhere with its countless feet. The newly-arrived foreigner hires Rincewind, the inept wizard, as his tour guide. Unfortunately, a fight over the tourist's wealth causes a fire which spreads through the entire town forcing both Rincewind and Twoflower to leave. Bound by destiny, they set on a journey together encountering Death, trolls, dragons and Krullians.
Terry Pratcehett wonderfully describes nature and the places the two main characters visit helping the reader to never be lost in this magnificent fantasy novel. The book is full of humor which will envelop you and bring you to a bright and completely new world.
This book breaks the boundaries of real life filling you with glee. It is a must read and I recommend this book to all who are interested in the adventures and misfortunes of Rincewind, the failed wizard, and Twoflower, the tourist.

By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"This book is awsome. When it arrived I looked at it and put it at the bottom of the queue. 2 months later I decided what the hell, and read it. I was suprised to find that it was one of the best books I've ever read."

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"One of the best, and one of the funniest English authors" Independent "...an ideal introduction to the worlds of science fiction, fantasy and humourous writing for reluctant and avid readers alike." Booktrusted News

Editorial reviews

Pratchett borrows from Babylonian cosmology for his second, wacky flat-Earth yarn - set on an Earth.disk that rests on the backs of four elephants, who themselves stand on the shell of an enormous turtle. (And only Pratchett's characters would think of lowering themselves over the edge of the disk-in order to determine the sex of the turtle!) This time failed wizard Rincewind runs into problems when he encounters rich, bumbling circum - disk tourist Twoflower - whose luggage consists of a sapient pearwood box that trots around after him on hundreds of tiny legs. . . and snaps its lid at anyone it doesn't like. The innocent Twoflower sells some fire insurance to a shifty innkeeper, who proceeds to burn down his inn and the entire city of Ankh-Morpork. And what follows is madcap travelogue, involving: the disk's zany, often magical inhabitants; the Gods (atheists are liable to get their windows broken); a watery being who splashed down in the ocean, having fallen off a different Earth-disk; and Death with his scythe (whose timing is so poor that Rincewind keeps evading him). Not quite the gleefully insane parody Strata (1981) was, but frothy, inventive, and fun. (Kirkus Reviews)