Terry Pratchett Read-a-thon: Book 1- The Colour of Magic

Some logistics first:

If you want to participate in the Terry Pratchett Read-a-thon, just give Nicole a shout out for the next book at The Bookwork Drinketh.   Today the focus is on Book 1- The Colour of Magic but I believe there are more to come.

The synopsis:

“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 the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. It plays by different rules. 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…”

The Colour of Magic is a 1983 comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, and is the first book of the Discworld series. The first printing of the British edition consisted of 506 copies. Pratchett has described it as “an attempt to do for the classical fantasy universe what Blazing Saddles did for Westerns.”


Next bit… the covers.  I think the cover Amazon gave me for my kindle book version is the lamest one, plus they spelt colour wrong 😜

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Here are some of the cooler covers I’ve seen:


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My main issue with the top cover is that they’ve got The Luggage all wrong! You see The Luggage, is a character in its own right.  Actually, it may even be my favourite character.  Nicole describes him perfectly as the “faithful dog that you never wanted.”  He/ It is not a suitcase!  It’s a trunk!  A funny, cumbersome, magically engineered piece of luggage that is incredibly faithful to his owner Twoflower and ends up being the most comical companion to the half-baked wizard, Rincewind, who didn’t really want to end up being his keeper.

All of that said, I have to admit, this book is not a favourite.  I really struggled to read it and was even on the point of giving up at one point.  I felt lost in a sea of unnecessarily convoluted descriptions and wondered exactly what was the point of the story, especially as Rincewind and Twoflower just seem to bumble along from one calamity to the next with no real purpose.  But one of the bright sides of a buddy read is that there is someone to encourage you to stick with it.  Nicole bullied me convinced me that it does get better and that I should keep at it.  I’m almost finished now but wanted to get my post out on time for today.  I’ve been reading bits and pieces in between other books.

Perhaps what makes it a more difficult book to get through is that it is the first one in the Discworld series and it focuses heavily on world building.  And this world is sooo different and sooo topsy turvy that you have got to pay close attention to what’s happening.  To say that Terry Pratchett is brilliant in his creation of this world, would be an understatement.  It’s a differently shaped planet, with various continents, dimensions creatures, plants and even seasons.  Heck there are even different directions such as Hubbard and Rimward.  Rim being the edge of the world, which is actually protected by a circumfence- no auto correct, I did not mean to type circumference!

Plants on the Disc, while including categories known commonly as annuals, which were sown this year to come up later this year, biennials, sown this year to grow next year and perennials, sown this year to grow until further notice, also included a few rare re-annuals which, because of an usually four-dimensional twist in their genes, could be planted this year to come up last year.

In addition to illustrious world building, we get vividly beautiful imagery at times and laugh out loud comedy at others.  Although this was not a book I overly enjoyed, I’m very glad I read it and I certainly appreciate the exceptional talent behind its creation.

Now, go check out some of the other reviews and commentaries on The Colour of Magic to get some more insight.

Meeghan at Meeghan Reads

Kathy at Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

Didi at Didi Oviatt

Alicia at Miss Honeybugs Reads & Crafts

A Storm of Pages

Nicole at The BookWorm Dinketh


Emma @ The Stride of my Step





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  1. Bullied? Yayyy now I know I can do too… OK I have 3 upcoming tours in Sept along with cover reveal… Yayyyyy me!!!!! So gimme dates and consider yourself bullied!! Yesss!!
    Now on to Nicole… My next prey… Sorry next friend 😉😉😂😂🐻🐻

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  2. Ha ha!!! 😂😂 Bullied!!!… Okay… Maybe a little… 😉😘 I do agree. This one is a lot of build up for the rest of the series! I forgot what a lack of focus it has! Ha ha! He really is like someone with ADD who just can’t keep their thoughts in order and just keeps leaping from one thing to the next, without actually getting anywhere. I think I love it so much because this is EXACTLY how my brain works!! 🤣 I promise… It gets better! 💖💖🤣🍻🐻

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    1. That bear again! Lol.
      Oh my gosh yes… you’d be in the middle of one scene and then a bunch of paragraphs of some other tangentially related item then back to the scene. I was so lost at a couple of points!

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    2. I think that starting off with the graphic novel was a great choice 😂 now that Im reading the book, it got easier to digest and I can focus more on the writing and less on “what on earth is he talking about?”

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    3. I think that starting off with the graphic novel was a good choice after all 😂😂😂 now that I’m reading the book, It gets easier and I can focus more on the writing and less on figuring out what is going on 🤓

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  3. LOL bully bully bully!! I totally agree on the covers! I put the lame Amazon one on my post too, and totally had a mental debate with myself on the spelling. I used Color, just because that’s how I spell it, but then I’ve felt guilty about it all day because it absolutely is WRONG! Oh well though, I’m keeping it. Great review!

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  4. Sort of sad that I couldn’t get around to tagging along with your readathon, but I’m super glad to hear about the awesomeness of Pratchett’s world-building though! It sounds really original. Definitely pumped to get around to do this in the near future! Thanks for sharing! 😀

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    1. Hahahahaha. Glad you like the idea. It was a good experience especially having someone to encourage me along. 😄
      Can’t believe I hadn’t ever read one of Pratchett’s books… but we all have to start somewhere!

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  5. totally agree the amazon cover is really bad, and if they were going to stay consistent would have spelled color with a “u”. however, we in the states consider color w/o the “u” to be the correct spelling. wouldn’t the addition of the u also change the pronounciation?

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