04 September, 2011

Terry Pratchett Month: Book Review: The Color of Magic

Title: The Color of Magic
Author: Terry Pratchett
Published: 1983
Page Count: 210 (paperback)
Cover Rating: I'm hard-pressed to say whether I like this version better than the other one, which I believe is the original UK cover (see HERE). The suitcase is nice, but it's a little too red. The one I really like, though, is this one.
Rating: 4.2 out of 5

Summary (from Goodreads):
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 . . .
My Thoughts: A strong start to the Discworld series. I cannot say it's my favorite book in the series, compared to the other few I've read, but it's still a fun ride. Rincewind was quite funny, the tourist Twoflower was amazingly naive yet still managed (somehow) to survive, and the plot took plenty twists and turns along the way.

Other: References, some violence.

Verdict: Worth the read, and (fittingly enough, being the first book in the series) a good place to start on Discworld. Recommended.

-----The Golden Eagle


Christine Rains said...

I agree with you. It's a good intro to Discworld! It's a fun book, but not one of my favorites either. Rincewind can be amusing or a little annoying.

Pearson Report said...

I have to agree the red is a bit much - the suitcase gets lost in the rest of the red.
I took a look at the others and the original UK cover catches my eye.

I like your review and if my big pile of still-waiting-to-be-read books dwindles I will add this series to my list - I think the idea of a world on the back of a turtle begs looking into.

Cheers, Jenny

Marlena Cassidy said...

I never noticed it before but yeah, it *is* really red. But I did love the story for this one, so I'm glad you liked it too. (:

Old Kitty said...

I hope to get the DVD of this soon!!! Strange actually!! A few weeks back the DVD was selling quite cheaply so I bought one on ebay but the seller reneged (grrrrr!!)and now, NOW, the price has trebled on all sales of Colour of Magic DVD - I have no idea why or what happened but it's suddenly hot potato!

I'm just saying the above cos I am so happy this month is Terry Pratchett month over here with you!! Yay!!!

I'm trying to remember whether my first intro to the Discworld was Guards! Guards! or Mort.

Anyway! I'm quite fond of Rincewind but am glad he seems to have faded away in the background a little bit - pops up now and again but not as a main character.

Take care

Rachel said...

I have accually never read any of Terry Pratchett's books, but this looks interesting enough. I may try him out.

laughingwolf said...

i think the first pratchett i read had the multi-footed chest on its cover, can't recall the name, but i've been a fan since :)

Alleged Author said...

The hubby love T.P. and he hasn't read this yet. Thanks for the review!

Carrie Butler said...

I have the urge to reread this now. It wasn't my favorite, but it's a nice (re)introduction to the series. Great post, Eagle! :)

Deborah Walker said...

I love the original covers. The very early ones like this one are so full of details that relate to the story.

I'm afraid the suitcase doesn't cut it for me. I mean c'mon. It's not a suitcase, it's a trunk, a trunk with legs.

BornStoryteller said...

The Rincewind books have been my least favorite of all the other series within a series in Discworld. I actually started with one of the Death books (or witches; not sure now) and that was what hooked me. I went and found all the books with those characters, then went around and read all the others.

thanks for doing this.

Ann said...

I prefer the British cover. Seems more apt with the premise to me anyway. I haven't read any Terry Pratchett. You have piqued my curiosity. I will have to check this out.

The Golden Eagle said...

Christine: LOL. That's the way I found him, too; though mostly on the amusing side. :P

Jenny: I agree. There's not much sense of dimension, is there?

Mine as well. :)

Glad you liked it! The whole concept of Discworld is very original; I've certainly never come across the turtle idea before.

Marlena: Thanks! :)

Old Kitty: You may find next Sunday's review of interest; the library around here has the DVD, which I plan to watch and review this weekend.

I'm sorry to hear the seller reneged! Aw. :(

Be sure to check out Deepali's posts at
too--she's the co-host for this month. :)

I started with The Fifth Elephant.

I'll have to read the other books to find out where he comes up again!

Rachel: Hope you do! He's a great writer. :)

Laughingwolf: Who wouldn't pick up a book with The Luggage on the front? :)

I read The Fifth Elephant first, a bit randomly; I had read Nation before and liked it, so I decided to check out what else he'd written.

Alleged: You're very welcome! :)

Carrie: Thank you!

Deborah: They're good covers!

I think it refers to the suitcase that appears on the plane, when Rincewind grabs the bomb; it makes more sense, but I agree, they should have kept it as a trunk. :P

Stuart: I started out with Sam Vimes in The Fifth Elephant; I haven't gotten to Death or the witches yet, though I'm looking forward to them! :)

You're quite welcome! I love Terry Pratchett's work, so I'm having a lot of fun.

Ann: I hope you enjoy his books, should you read them. :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Sounds interesting, for sure. I had no idea what the Discworld series was even about.

The Golden Eagle said...

Well, now you know! :) If you ever try out one of his books, I hope you like it.

AE Marling said...

As a soldier in the writer campaign, I salute you. Since you read Terry Pratchett, I know your tastes are impeccable.

Best wishes on your writing.

Rachel Morgan said...

I still haven't read any Terry Pratchett... I think I would like his stuff, but I just haven't got around to it somehow...