Friday Review: The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As most fans of fantasy know, the world lost the incredible Sir Terry Pratchett recently. I decided to re-read The Colour of Magic (it’s greenish-purple, by the way) as a little tribute to Sir Terry. Love his stuff or not, he was a big influence on the fantasy genre in general, and many authors, as well.

The book opens with Twoflower, a tourist, and Rincewind, the failed mage, escaping from a city in flames. They are followed by Twoflowers’ Luggage, a sentient trunk with multiple legs. From there, we roll back in time to the series of events that led to the city of Ankh-Morpork burning.

Is this the best of Sir Terry’s Discworld books? No. It is the first, and like many first books, it has its flaws. The Discworld stories got better as they went on. Is it worth reading? Yes, definitely. A lot of the book is set-up: we learn about the Discworld, the disc-shaped universe that rides on the back of four elephants and a turtle (yes, that’s a direct nod to Hindu and other mythologies), there is background on the magic of the Disc, and a lot of general world-building. In spite of all that, it is still a loopy romp that pokes fun at pretty much every fantasy trope you could name. Pratchett’s sense of humor is shrewd and subtle. This is not a broad comedy, although Rincewind does provide his share of pratfalls. While there are belly laughs, there are far more sly chuckles. It is a readable, enjoyable introduction to Pratchett and his wonderful Discworld.

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