The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1) by Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1)

Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett's maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins -- with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind.On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unkno...

Details The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1)

TitleThe Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1)
Release DateSep 13th, 2005
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Humor

Reviews The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1)

  • Mark Lawrence
    I haven't reviewed this because I read it so long ago that all I can remember is I loved it.I'll take our very old and battered copy (bought in 1987) to the hospice this weekend when I go with Celyn and see if I can't refresh my memory.RIP, Sir Terry.'DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING,' said Death, 'JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.'So - to the review!I've just read this in slightly over 24 hours ... which is extraordinary for me. I n...
  • David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
    Reading The Color of Magic is akin to eating an entire bowl of ice cream just a little too fast...sure, it may cause your head to hurt at times, but the sweet rewards make it all worth it!Filled with ambitious wizards and ruthless assassins, the city of Ankh-Morpork has survived many dangers in the past, but now it faces an even more destructive force...TOURISM!!! When a rich but bored outsider named Twoflower decides to explore the city in searc...
  • Brad
    Before picking it up, I'd heard that The Colour of Magic was funny. Now that can mean just about anything because, let's face it, comedy is the most subjective of arts. Funny is a deeply personal thing. The "funny peculiar" and the "funny ha-ha" might not be the same from person to person or even to the same person depending on their mood or their place in life. So knowing something is funny ahead of reading it really doesn't tell me much. I'd re...
  • Lyn
    And so it begins Sir Terry Pratchetts wildly imaginative Discworld series begins with the 1983 publication of The Color of Magic.I have been reading science fiction and fantasy for a long time and somehow I managed to not read any of his works until I came in late to the party. A friend suggested I try one, Id like it and so I read the fourth in the series, Mort and I thought so much that I decided I would climb the hill and enjoy every step.Beg...
  • Lindsey Rey
    I will officially be reading the entire Discworld series!
  • Markus
    This must be the exception that proves the rule. For years Ive been adamantly advocating reading series in publication order, whether a coherent story or a set of standalones. In Discworld, that simply doesnt seem to be the best solution. Everyone seems to suggest that a new reader should not start with the first book, so this must be partially my fault for doing it anyway.The Colour of Magic is at best a mediocre introduction to what is supposed...
  • Jamie
    I'm pretty sure people have told me about Pratchett and his Diskworld series before, usually working in the phrase "He's the Douglas Adams of fantasy" into the description. But the problem was that I always felt that I had had enough of Adams after the third Hithiker's Guide to the Galaxy book, and whenever I scanned Pratchett's section in the bookstore I was immediately put off by not knowing where to start reading among the approximately five h...
  • Adrian
    Oh what fun, review to follow ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰So here is my review. I first read this I'm guessing some time around 1990, and then went on to read the sequels as they were released,until sometime around the millennium, when for various reasons I moved house and lost around 5000 books ๐Ÿ˜ฑAnyway I haven't read another Terry Pratchett Discworld novel since then. So when I was bought the first twenty in the series earlier this year I did a little mini dance...
  • J.G. Keely
    This series is much beloved of my friends, both here on Goodreads and out in the wilds of meatspace--he's even been referred to as Fantasy's answer to one of my favorite authors: the superlatively funny and insightful Douglas Adams. As such, I was excited to start the series at the beginning, hoping the wit and wisdom would overcome the warts of this early outing. Unfortunately,the jokes drew more groans than guffaws, reminding me of Mark Twain's...
  • Bradley
    If I hadn't already read the entire series, and if I was judging this book just by its own merits, I'd still be saying that it harnesses the lightning and even finds a way to make it go side to side rather than up and down.It's really fantastic as a straight fantasy with tons of humorous elements, with a good deal more worldbuilding than all the later books, more obvious and harsher tongue-in-cheek elements, and a great setup for the Great Wizzar...
  • Helen 2.0
    Terry Pratchett is a genius, as usual. This man can do no wrong. He reminds me a lot of Douglas Adams, my favorite in the realm of satire. Look at this similarity:"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." - Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"Disc philosophers agree that the First Men, shortly after their creation, understandably lost their te...
  • Hamad
    This Review โœ Blog ๐Ÿ“– Twitter ๐Ÿฆ Instagram ๐Ÿ“ท Ive seen excitement, and Ive seen boredom. And boredom was best. โ˜… I was excited to read this book and to discover Practhetts writing, I had read Good Omens, or attempted to read it but ended up DNFing it. I wanted to see the highly acclaimed Discworld and if it was any better!โ˜… It was better, but not like much better. But at least I could finish the book and thats something! I think th...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    4โ˜…Thats whats so stupid about the whole magic thing, you know. You spend twenty years learning the spell that makes nude virgins appear in your bedroom, and then youre so poisoned by quicksilver fumes and half-blind from reading old grimoires that you cant remember what comes next.Poor Rincewind. Incidentally, his name rhymes with since grinned, and Ive read that in a later book, it says an ancestor was a Rinser of Winds. Whatever his backgroun...
  • Fran
    The Color of Magic is, in fact, four novella-length stories stitched together to create a novel-length book. But don't you worry, the book reads well as a whole without a jerking bump to stop the journey. I wouldn't have even noticed the stitching if I haven't known it was there.As the story starts, Rincewind a disgraced wizard meets up with Twoflower an oblivious tourist and his rather menacing walking luggage (yes, with a luggage like Twoflower...
  • Anne
    It had some funny moments, but I really struggled to get through it. In all fairness to the people who suggested I read the Discworld series, this is not one of the ones they said I should start with. I think I mostly had a hard time slogging through all of the world-building and made up words. Fantasy has never been my thing, because I'm not someone who enjoys reading descriptions of the characters surroundings. I'm not giving up on the series, ...
  • Zitong Ren
    This was honestly the weirdest thing Ive ever read This was honestly the weirdest thing Iโ€™ve ever read
  • Kai
    It is at this point that normal language gives up, and goes and has a drink.I never really planned to read this until I met someone who loves the Discworld novels so much that I could no longer put them off. Also, this series has so many books that I will probably never be able to finish it, which kept me from reading it in the first place. Apart from the fact that they always seemed a bit too ridiculous to actually be good.Now, I did catch mysel...
  • TL
    A charming and sometimes tedious novel, Rincewind grew on me quickly and I enjoyed watching him get into and out of scrapes along the way. Death's and Fate's frustration with him was hilarious. I kept imagining them as toddlers stomping their feet :-D.Two Flower I was so so on... sometimes he charmed me and others... eh. His optimism seemed misplaced sometimes, but he had good intentions.A nice start to the series, plenty of action and some humor...
  • Amanda
    Meh. It just didn't do it for me. Unfortunately, this book has been recommended to me so many times by well-meaning friends who know my love of absurd British humor that it couldn't possibly live up to the hype. It suffers from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy syndrome. For years, everyone I knew--friends, family, students, co-workers--would ask me if I had read Hitchhiker's and their mouths would drop when I admitted no, I hadn't . . . yet. ...
  • Anuradha
    Precisely why all the above (below, in this review, I guess) should be so is not clear, but goes some way to explain why, on the disc, the Gods are not so much worshipped as blamed. Have you ever wondered about what would happen if you were merely a pawn in a game played by gods? Have you ever wondered about how living in a Flat-Earth would be? Would you like to learn about what failed wizards do in their free time? Are you curious about how drag...
  • Phrynne
    I first read this book many years ago and I remember I fell in love with the Disc World as soon as I read the first few pages. I loved the idea of the turtle swimming through space and the elephants and the rim fall and the eighth colour in the spectrum called octarine. Twoflower and Rincewind were the first of many of Pratchett's characters I would meet who are so helpless and yet who blunder successfully through mishap after mishap. And as for ...
  • Trish
    The very first Discworld novel. The one it all began with.I've been a fan of Sir Terry's for a long time. I've even read a few other of his books (some standalone, some of the Fairy Tales or later volumes of this series) and loved them all.Fans have given me two pieces of advice ever since I first heard of Discworld:1) Stay away from the first 3 books!2) Read them all! What are you, a savage?!*lol* You can see how this made me undecided for the l...
  • Becky
    I dunno if this is going to be a proper 'review' (heh, as though any of the things that I write in this space are...), it'll likely just be a bunch of randomness and ranting. So, like my usual offerings.I read Amanda's review (This'un.) and I'm all like "Yep." This is one of those books/series that people love and it makes me want to love it and then I set crazy goals for myself, like reading them... all... in a year... just maybe not this one......
  • Sophie Crane
    This is the very first Discworld novel from the much missed Sir Terry Pratchett.It is quite different in tone to the rest of the Discworld novels (with the exception of its direct sequel, The Light Fantastic), but is still an excellent introduction to the franchise.
  • Lindsay
    Back to where it all began. I think this is my third time reading this, but that does show how long ago my introduction to this series was. I have a huge affection for this entire series and the author as a human being, but I'm actually quite glad that I wasn't a more sophisticated reader when I was first exposed to this. If this had been my first exposure to his work today, I'm not sure I would have continued with them.In summary, the Discworld ...
  • Mr. Windup Bird
    This is my first Discworld book, after decades of procrastinating, and what fun it was! I was a bit concerned the books might be to silly, or possibly directed at a younger audience, but that was not my impression at all. I was laughing all the way through this book, and also very impressed with the fantasy elements! I would compare the humor to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is one of my favorite movies. I'd recommend The Color of Magic ...
  • Carrie
    This was quite the interesting and funny little book. So much is happening in these 200 odd pages. So many characters. My mind has been entertained as well as confused. I enjoyed Rincwind and Twoflower. Death is also great. Discworld, is going to be a fun journey.
  • Forrest
    I read this book way back in high school, when I lived in England. Having forgotten everything except for the fact that there was a trunk that liked to eat people, I bought the book (again) to see how it stood up these many years later. As I've read I've received goodreads messages and been spoken to by several people who have warned me that Pratchett was just warming up with this one, that he hadn't reached his highest form yet. I still have to ...
  • Evelyn (devours and digests words)
    Magic never dies. It merely fades away. I first visited the world of Discworld at the age of twelve when I was still wolfing down picture books and fingering through easy-peasy written books. Then one day, I saw a friend prancing around with this book to classes. I have a sharp eye on colourful book covers and this one's won me over. I demanded asked to borrow this and right on the spot, he let me.Back home I immediately flipped to page one. Upon...
  • Roya
    DNF at 37%What Actually Went Through My Head While I Was Reading ThisStupid moron. I can't believe he lent me a book without thoroughly knowing my taste.Way to ruin a book for someone.Hey, this is actually pretty good!I hate everything.That's hilarious.Time to think about all those scholarships you haven't filled out yet......So lazy.Did I fall asleep?I think I just stared at this page for half an hour.This plot is really interesting, but I can't...