Published: September 13th, 2005 (first published 1983)
The Color of Magic (Discworld #1)
By: Terry Pratchett
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 unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet...
I will admit that I've had this book on my shelf for at least a year, waiting for me to read it. I was a little bit scared, actually, because of all the negative things people have said about it on Goodreads, Amazon, etc. Apparently it's the weakest Discworld novel according to a lot of people. I haven't read enough Discworld to agree or disagree yet (exactly four of them, counting this one) on that particular point. But I can say that I enjoyed Going Postal and The Wee Free Men a lot more than this one (Making Money, not so much). There weren't a lot of laugh out loud moments to be found in this one for me. It elicited a lot of smiles, but no real laughs were emitted.
Probably my favorite thing in this book was the fact that it made fun of "fantasy" books so freely and openly. I thought it was awesome that the Gods were playing a dice game (obviously a nod to the immortal nerd pasttime, Dungeons & Dragons!) that determined the circumstances of Rincewind and Twoflower. I thought the whole Conan the Barbarian parody was a bit much, but the thing with Twoflower's camera was funny. Rincewind was an okay character, a failure at being a wizard and a fraidy-cat of the highest order - but very realistic in that aspect. Who (other than the oblivious Twoflower) would think that being a sacrifice was all part and parcel? Or that a Soul-Eating God was something to take a picture of and gawk at?! I loved the bits with the person-eating luggage and DEATH'S problems getting Rincewind to keep his appointment were some of the best moments in the book. Overall though, too much parody and world-building, but not enough actual story to keep me completely involved. I do want to know what's over the edge of the world, so I'll probably read the next one. Damn curiosity!
VERDICT: 3/5 Stars
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