Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Rating: 7/10

Published: 1983
Number of pages: 285

Started: 21 December 2007
Finished: 5 January 2008

Summary (taken from blurb):

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...

After eyeing off Terry Pratchett's Discworld series for many years, I have finally gotten around to starting it! I was actually putting it off because I knew I'd like them and I really couldn't afford to get sucked into reading such a big series, but you've gotta give in sooner or later.

I wasn't too sure what to expect from this book because I'd read a few reviews stating that it wasn't as good as his later works. It turned out to be pretty much what I was expecting; not overwhelmingly brilliant but a good read that has got me interested in continuing with the rest of the series.

I liked the characters, particularly Rincewind and Death, and look forward to seeing them more in future books. My one minor gripe was that it seemed a bit repetitive: Rincewind would get himself into one similar life-threatening predicament after another. I feel a bit lousy criticising this book when it's a nice, light read, but there you have it. Ultimately, it's fun and enjoyable and I'm looking forward to reading The Light Fantastic to find out what happens after that, er, cliff-hanger ending!


downtown guy said...

Colour of Magic is a decent read, but some of the later Discworld books are truly amazing. You've got great things ahead of you. I'm actually jealous that you have so many yet to dig into.

Kylie said...

I can't wait to get stuck into them! At the rate I read though, it'll probably take me quite a few years to get through them all. Something to look forward to I guess.

I often wish I could go back and read some books again 'for the first time'.