F the cosmology and topography of the Disc are indeed interesting the writing is good and there are a few funny lines However I xpected a lot going on While the total lack of a coherent plot is understandable in a series based on humour the lack of humour is really notThat does not mean I didn t The Man with the Golden Gun (James Bond role-playing game) [Box Set] enjoy the book This rating may be a bit harsh but it does seem to mean that I found the book to be okay I am not discouraged from reading books in the series and I both hope and choose to believe that they are of a much higher uality than this first one For the style is there It s only the substance that s missingThat said the race between two and three stars was pretty much a tie Being a generallyvil person I opted for the lower optionI often see Pratchett compared to Douglas Adams and just as often hailed as the Douglas Adams of fantasy And so far he unfortunately does not come close You may be a legend Sir Terry but it takes a lot to be a Douglas Adams I will officially be reading the ntire Discworld series And so it begins Sir Terry Pratchett s wildly imaginative Discworld series begins with the 1983 publication of The Color of MagicI 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 I d 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 njoy Schmerzmedizin - 1000 Fragen every stepBegin with a heaping portion of British humor humour mix in a share of Douglas Adams sprinkle liberally with Monty Python throw in a fantastic amount of fantasy from the Piers Anthony brand of fiction and top with a wink and a nod and you have Terry Pratchett Discworldmbarkation The Potent Voyager has set sail and much mirth and irreverence is certainly to follow2019 These are SO MUCH FUN 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 Psychologische Homöopathie. 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 read Terry Pratchett s Neil Gaiman s Good Omens uite a while ago so Ixpected at least a hint of satire and politically conscious wit but I had no idea which of the authors to blame for the smart laughs in Good Omens and my recollections really shed no illumination on what was to come So I read The Colour of Magic with as open a mind as I could and hoped for some laughs I didn t laugh much and that surprised me I smiled an awful lot though But I didn t laugh No out loud snickers no full out belly laughs no snorts no giggles But I did smile Pratchett s kooky tale really four tales to make one of Rincewind the one great spell wizarding failure Twoflower the in sewer ants adjustertourist and his Luggage was smart often than it was stupid consciously political satirically silly than willing to take the piss out of Fantasy as a genre but mostly it was The Viva Mayr Diet: 14 days to a flatter stomach and a younger you exceedingly absurd And all of this was what made The Colour of Magic good to very good Even so its audience is necessarily limited I know why I liked The Colour of Magic and while I imagine there are other reasons to like the story I think it is probably a fairly inaccessible tale unless you are a reader who falls into a niche of accessibility This is not a book that can be widely read or widely liked So why did I like it I liked it because I fall into a niche wherein I was able to access memories of drunken drug addled teenage DD marathons which werextremely rare since we preferred our gaming sober where we gave up being serious and descended into near madness Those nights are reflected in Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and Supply Chain everything that happens in The Colour of Magic Obligatory bar fights of fantastic impossibility Monty Hall swords and treasures idiotic last second rescues gods dicing heroes thinking with the dirk in their pants dimensional slips and deusx machinas at R High Performance Programming every turn make The Colour of Magic a collage of gaming stupidity and it was nice to take a nostalgic trip back to my adolescence In fact Pratchett capturesxactly the sort of gaming xperience that led our halfling priest of Xyice God of Mischief to wish for a foot long penis then fall unconscious from blood loss when he achieved his first rection So I liked this booka lot actuallyBut it wasn t the best story I ve Scala for Java Developers ever read and I can t imagine I could sit down and read thentire Discworld cycle without a break It s fun It s light Pratchett writes better than I The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur expected but I bet there are many folks out there who hate this book You have my sympathy So yesI was disappointed that I didn t laugh I was disappointed that the story wasn t subtle I hated the turtle carrying the disc I wanted The Colour of Magic to be biting than silly critical than absurd intelligent than clever But it was a fun ride thatntertained me while I did the dishes and I couldn t help liking Rincewind so I will probably go on and I will likely become a fan of Pratchett s Discworld booksin spite of themselves The Rincewind starts blowing up his Vermeer to Eternity ego in the first installment of thepic DiscworldThe Heaven to Betsy establishment of one of the sub series of the Discworld around Rincewind sorcerers and the Unseen University deals with insurances Hrun the barbarian role playing games living furniture different fantasy stereotypes and theirxaggerations a tourist and the industry around sightseeing space travel and introduces some So B. It elemental parts of the DiscworldHow the strange humanities fringe sciences real magic and all the increments in university life should be interpreted is a subjective uestion of taste The academics can be seen as unworldly snobby weirdos absent minded geniuses or instead of plotlements as profound criticism of too much general research in fields without any real benefit in stark contrast to the useful natural sciences Although magicians combine Reading The Color of Magic is akin to Cabaret eating anntire bowl of ice cream just a little too fastsure it may cause your head to hurt at times but the sweet rewards make it all worth itFilled with ambitious wizards and ruthless assassins the city of Ankh Morpork has survived many dangers in the past but now it faces an ven destructive force TOURISM. Sition in the halls of parody next to Mark Twain Kurt Vonnegut Douglas Adams and Carl HiaasenThe Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett's maid.
This series is much beloved of my friends both here on Goodreads and out in the wilds of meatspace he s ven been referred to as Fantasy s answer to one of my favorite authors the superlatively funny and insightful Douglas Adams As such I was xcited to start the series at the beginning hoping the wit and wisdom would overcome the warts of this arly outing Unfortunatelythe jokes drew groans than guffaws reminding me of Mark Twain s comments on the book of friend and fellow American treasure Ambrose Bierce There is humor in Dod Grile but for Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice every laugh that is in his book there are five blushes ten shudders and a vomit The laugh is tooxpensive Pratchett has none of the wry oddball musings of Adams and seems to me to be less the Fantasy version of that author and the British version of En plein coeur endlessly punny writer Piers Anthony though thankfully without the unsettling implications of pedophilia After finding this one unpalatable a friend suggested I try one of his later books so I started Moving Pictures but while it was competently crafted I found it no amusing I guess you can t trust your friendsI ve since been told to try another of his books most often Night Watch and Small Gods are mentioned but I find it impossible to work up anynthusiasm for another outing with Pratchett perhaps one day I ll get thereMy Fantasy Book Suggestions 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 The Bookshop on the Shore 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 hundred thousand Diskworld books I m glad I finally took the time to find out that these two books The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic jointly comprise the first tale in the series and that they were definitely worth readingThe Diskworld books aressentially satire of the high fantasy genre or at least that s the foundation upon which Dance Real Slow everythinglse is built This pair of books follows the misadventures of Rincewind a utterly inept and thoroughly cowardly wizard and Twoflowers a clueless traveler who happens to be in possession of both The Art of Memoir endless optimism and a magical suitcase that s always wandering off and messily devouring people who get in its way Things go from bad to worse for the two as divine powers both deliver them into and yank them out of all kinds of fantastic perilsAs someone who grew up reading plenty of this kind of thing and playing a lot of Dungeons Dragons I m familiarnough with the genre and trappings that Pratchett lampoons Yes there s the Conan parody there s the Dragonriders of Pern tribute there s the in joke about Leiber s Fafhrd and Gray Mouser But that s The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life easy The thing that made me almost immediately fall in love with these books is the author s dry wit and his ability to derive humor not only from the absurdity of the story and believe me it gets plenty absurd but also from just good old fashioned turns of phrase wry commentary and jokes The guy just has an amazing ability to stuff five or six jokes into a single sentence most of them making masterful use of that trusty standby of British humor irony It s really smart and really funny and the fact that it builds on the inherent silliness of the high fantasy genre is just icingI should also note how imaginative Pratchett is which is a useful uality given his subject matter He bounces his heroes from one generally horrible and dangerous situation to another at a frantic pace and his ability to come up with new material and new situations amazes me And while many of them are obvious parodies of fantasy staples just as many seem to be wholly new creations As one small and obligatoryxample the Diskworld itself is a flat coin of a world that rides atop four normous lephants who themselves ride on the back of a colossal turtle with two continent sized flippers that it uses to swim slowly through the cold reaches of spaceBut at the same time if I have one complaint about these first two books it s that they re almost maniacal in their plotting While it s nice to see Pratchett s considerable imagination and humor on display as we go from situation to situation the first book reads like an xtended doodle with little plot and a whole gods playing games with mortals subtext that s ntirely dropped in the next book There s also one Conan the Barbarian parody that s abruptly dropped in favor of another Conan the Barbarian parody who Pratchett apparently liked better It s not until the latter part of the second book does an overall plot come into play but honestly I was PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition enjoying myself so much I really didn t mind Expect to see lots Discworld books reviewed here in the future Oh what fun review to follow So here is my review I first read this I m guessing some time around 1990 and then went on to read the seuels as they were releaseduntil sometime around the millennium when for various reasons I moved house and lost around 5000 books Anyway I haven t read another Terry Pratchett Discworld novel since then So when I was bought the first twenty in the seriesarlier this year I did a little mini dance similar to the Floss ha ha and looked forward to when I could start Well that time is now and so I ve started on the seriesIn my opinion this book is really Sir Terry getting into his stride and is not as good as a lot of the later Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography entries in the series Having said that it features Rincewind and the luggage as well as a few appearance from DEATH so it has a lot of redeeming features The adventure is a little disjointed but still huge amount of fun and it did as per usual have me laughing out loud as I sat in bed r This must be thexception that proves the rule For years I ve been adamantly advocating reading series in publication order whether a coherent story or a set of standalones In Discworld that simply doesn t 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 supposedly the best humourous fantasy series ver written by the legendary Terry Pratchett Granted the wild descriptions Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent novels are consistent number one bestsellers in England where they have garnered him a revered po.
When a rich but bored outsider named Twoflower decides to xplore the city in search for adventure it soon becomes an adventure for veryone around him too Twoflower s well meaning but careless ways arn him the attention of pirates dragonriders and various supernatural ntities all looking to rid Twoflower of his treasurenot to mention his life Soon failed wizard Rincewind reluctantly becomes Twoflower s guide and as Twoflower xplores and of Discworld looking for the adventure of a lifetime Rincewind tries desperately to make sure his lifetime lasts for than five minutesThis was me for about 80% of this book Annnnnd here I am for the other 20%What I loved most about this book was definitely the humor Some authors can only come up with a great laugh out loud moment once or twice in a book but Pratchett is able to pull one off in just about The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl every page There are oodles of witty dialogue all throughout the novel as well as some great slapstick moments In addition Pratchett gives us somexcellent satire too I got a big kick out of how familiar some of Twoflower s ideas were like when he convinces a bar owner to place a bet on whether or not the bar will be damagedTwoflower calls this process inn sewer ants By having the other characters mock the outrageous concepts Twoflower introduces them to it did a magnificent job painting an amusing picture of some of the absurdities of Exile and Pilgrim everyday life The Color of Magic isn t just a humorous book it actually manages to pull off several different kinds of humorAlso I was amazed with thextent of Pratchett s imagination While some lements of this book are your standard fantasy archetypes Pratchett really ups the ante by giving us some brilliantly creative concepts as well With translucent dragons trolls made out of water a sentient piece of luggage that manages to display so much personality without ver saying a word and an upside down swordfight that has to be seen Hannah Montana: The Movie errr read to be believed Pratchett never runs out of new ideas tontertain his audience withAlas while I njoyed this book very much I did have a couple of issues with it For one thing I felt like Pratchett tried to cram way too much into a book that s barely over 200 pages So many characters and creatures come and go it uickly becomes difficult to keep track of what s going on I have some friends who didn t njoy the Game of Thrones book as they found it confusing but at least George RR Martin takes a good amount of time to stablish all the characters whereas this book can sometimes feel like trying to watch a NASCAR race where all the cars are speeding in a different direction Also some of Pratchett s ideas were a little too out there for meI knew this was going to be a problem right away when Pratchett begins the book by revealing that Discworld is a planet that is carried on the backs of four lephants who are all standing on the shell of a giant turtle that is floating through space This is an awful lot to throw at me on page one Mr PratchettAlso while The Color of Magic works beautifully as a comedy I m afraid the actual story doesn t uite hit the mark The book is divided into four parts and ach part feels like a separate book Almost anyone introduced in one section is absent in the other three so we re left wondering what happened to many different characters While the vents of Rincewind s and Twoflower s journey are fun to watch there s very little true progression or closure This storytelling techniue was Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts especially baffling in the fourth segment where Pratchett keeps referring to an adventure that we never got to see as it occurred inbetween the third and fourth sections This disjointed method of storytelling prevented the book from becoming anything than just a comedy ofrrors as amusing as those rrors may have beenSo while I felt this book would have been better if it were a bit longer and some of the concepts had been fleshed out I still had a lot of fun reading this hysterically funny adventure I ve been told that the first couple of books in the Discworld series pale in comparison to the later ones Considering how ntertaining The Color of Magic was if this truly is one of the weaker A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli entries I can t wait to read of the Discworld series I haven t reviewed this because I read it so long ago that all I can remember is I loved itI 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 memoryRIP 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 reviewI ve just read this in slightly over 24 hours which isxtraordinary for me I normally take a month to read a book It is to be fair both a very readable and a very short book 65000 words a short fantasy these days is 100000 wordsI was surprised to find how much of this I remembered The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) especially as I last read it 28 years agoIt s a very funny book with some GREAT one liners I particularly liked one that said about men falling foul of the thieves guild I paraphrase men who wouldn t be going home again unless they happened to live near the river and their corpses floated by on the way to the seaAnd this from the character Twoflower was poignantWhen I think that I might die without seeing a hundredth of all there is to see it makes me feel he paused then added well humble I suppose And very angry of course Anyway incompetent and cowardly failed wizard Rincewind falls in with Twoflower the naive tourist with an impossibly optimistic attitude oodles of gold and an indestructible vicious and implacable treasure chest on legs to defend himHilaritynsues as Twoflower tries to see verything Rincewind tries not to die and the gods play games with them We get a great tour of the Discworld its geography magics and inhabitants all of which are so fantastically imaginative and amusing that ven geography becomes a joyThis isn t Terry Pratchett s best book but it s full of all the great stuff that gathers together into its peak a few books into the series It s certainly an The Time of the Hunters Moon excellent book though Pratchett has an incredibly rare talent for compressing humour into one liners that are witty incisive and yet never feel mean it s not jokes that you feel are directed at anyone just mined from the stuff of lifeI had a great time revisiting this book and if you ve not tried it now s the time Join my 3mails a year newsletter prize. En voyage through the now legendary land of Discworld This is where it all begins with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide Rincewi.
Born Terence David John Pratchett Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels i