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Book Review: The Colour of Magic

Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot’

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers.

But just because the Disc is different doesn’t mean that some things don’t stay the same. Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist. upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries, and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea.

If there ever was another world which you would’ve explored, then Discworld may just be that world. A world where fairy tales are genuine and wizards truly use magic. A world that is absolutely flat, where you could literally fall off the horizon. The imagination of Terry Pratchett is amazing. I have always wondered where he got his ideas of Discworld. I am sure Mr. Pratchett lives and breathes Discworld. As of 2011, he has written 38 novels of this series, and I’m sure, hopefully, he will write more.

In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling star-mists waver and part…See…Great A’Tuin the turtle comes, swimming slowly through the interstellar gulf, hydrogen frost on his ponderous limbs, his huge and ancient shell pocked with meteor craters. Through sea-sized eyes that are crusted with rheum and asteroid dust he stares fixedly at the Destination. In a brain bigger than a city, with geological slowliness, he thinks only of the Weight. Most of the weight is of course accounted for by Berilia, Tubul, Great T’Phon and Jerakeen, the four giant elephants upon whose broad and star-tanned shoulders the disc of the World rests, garlanded by the long waterfall at its vast circumference and domed by the baby-blue vault of Heaven.’ Prologue

The colour of magic delivers a lot of humour to the readers; especially portrayed by the main characters: Rincewind (the failed wizard), Twoflower (the tourist) and not forgetting Death himself; the usual looking Grim Reaper skeleton, dressed in a black robe, carrying a scythe and has an unusual fondness for cats. And did I mention his favourite food is curry!

The book maybe short, but it definitely delivers. Not forgetting you can then read the rest of his 37 other books. If you are in need of a quick getaway to another world, filled with adventures, then you should definitely read the Discworld series.



  1. Once again, I’ve heard a lot about Terry Pratchett, but I’ve never seen his books in my local bookstore. Maybe I’ll have to put it on order because I love fantasy and this sounds like an excellent story. Thanks for the review!

  2. I am a serious mark for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, I have read quite a few of them myself including this one and the follow up The Light Fantastic, I still have quite a few on my bookshelf that need reading, the Unseen Academical’s being one of them. It’s a shame that he’s come down with alzheimers, but luckily he’s trying to pump out as many books as possible before his mind goes completely.

    Not only the books do I love, I’ve completed all three Discworld Games (1, 2 and Noir), seen the adaptations by BSkyB, seen the cartoon adaptations and listened to some audio books. Definitely the best fantasy series ever created and it’s going to be one that’ll never be duplicated.

    Can’t believe this review is over a year old already and I’ve only just seen it! You should review more!

  3. I am loving the Discworld series too. I have read 4 of them so far in order. I don’t think I have laughed so much. I agree, It’s a real shame that Mr Pratchett has Alzheimers; but he is a very strong fighter. I really should review more of his work. Thank you for commenting!

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