Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Color of Magic

The Color of Magic: A Discworld Novel Terry Prachett

This is the first-ever Discworld novel. I’ve read most of the Tiffany Aching books and Nation and fell in love with Prachett, so I thought I’d read more Discworld.

Rincewind is a failed wizard who gets stuck playing tourguide to a naive, but eager, tourist named Twoflower. Hijinks and chaos follow them wherever they go to Rincewind's dismay and Twoflower’s sheer delight.

Overall, I was a bit “eh.” It was enjoyable but wouldn’t tempt me to pick up any more in the series. I will pick up more, but that’s just because I love the Tiffany Aching books and everyone’s told me that Color of Magic is one of the weaker books and you really shouldn’t start with that one anyway.

My main problem with it was that while it retains the silly absurdity of Prachett’s other work, it lacks the GREAT TRUTH that underpins it. My favorite thing about Prachett is his dark humor, the way he takes some GREAT TRUTH and cracks wise about it, but still really gives you food for though on the deeper meanings of life, religion, and everything. This one just cracks wise and didn’t make me think much.

So, if you’ve been meaning to pick up some Prachett, don’t start with this one!

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1 comment:

Bibliovore said...

I have a co-worker who won't read Discworld because she started with this one. I've just about got her convinced to start with Equal Rites or Guards, Guards, which is where I think Pratchett really hits his stride.