The Colour of Magic Book Review

The Colour of Magic.

In the beginning there was…a turtle.

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. Particularly as it’s carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules.

But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world’s first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard…

This year I set myself the challenge of reading at least 25 of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. The Colour of Magic is the first. I love these books, I love the magic system, the way it mixes modern issues into an older time frame. It takes the plot on an interesting journey, especially in this book. I find that the mixture in The Colour of Magic makes for some of the best situations and really brings out the best in the characters.

My one issue with the plot and the story is that at times, there is some element of confusion. So much happens, and all at the same time, it makes it hard to keep up with who is who and what the point of them is. I struggled at times to keep up with ALL the drama and by the end I felt as though I had ran a marathon. That’s not to say The Colour of Magic is a bad book, but it is crazy intense.

I think my favourite character would have to be Twoflower. I adore his personality and he has some of the best one liners in the entire book. I can’t help but laugh at his outlook when they find themselves in some pretty dire situations. The idea that he is the first tourist and the way he conducts himself is some of the best humour. You can almost imagine someone in modern day having the same reaction. He was a wonderfully written character, rich and vivid.

I’m going to what I think is a pretty controversial opinion, but my least favourite character in The Colour of Magic would have to be Rincewind. I don’t know whether it’s intentional, but I hated everything he said and did. His attitude was a real downer and I found him hard to read about. I guess he is there to bring some reality to Twoflower’s experience. But I just didn’t like him.

As a start to a series, I’ve read better, but I can’t help but fall in love with something that draws two completely different worlds together so seamlessly. It’s one of my favourite things… EVER.

Have you read this series? Did you struggle to keep up at times? Like seriously… how annoying was Rincewind? Let me know in the comments!

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