Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Colour Of Magic * Terry Pratchett

The Colour Of Magic by Terry Pratchett

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 buy 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...

In the far away galaxy, between thought and reality there is another world. Not just any old world, it's known as the Discworld. Different from our own round sphere. No, this is a flat disc, that sits upon four large elephants, where they stand upon the large turtle A'Turin, who glides through space. 

Rincewind is a wizard, he has the cloak, the hat and the beard. Though he doesn't know any of the spells and he got kicked out of the Unseen University for Wizards. So life isn't pretty great for the worlds worst wizard, although he does know one of the most powerful spells in history, he just has trouble remembering it. 
But when sat in the doom and gloom in a pub in Ankh Morpork, things slowly start to pick themselves up, piece by piece. 

Twoflower is the first tourist to ever walk the land in Ankh Morpork and the civilians can't quite believe there eyes on what there seeing. Not just that the first tourist is currently stood on there land, but that fact that his luggage, which is a big wooden chest, is walking around on millions of tiny little feet with a mind of it's own. That, and it's carrying the weight of the world in gold inside the thing. With Rincewinds life in tatters and not much going for him, Twoflower makes him an offer he can't refuse. 

With the pair teamed up together and making a mess of things, including Ankh Morpork. The pair set off on there own memorable adventure, creating havoc and mischief along to way. With riding dragons, ending up in the devils cave, befriending a barbarian and being captured by a princess. Things couldn't get much worse, not to mention trying to escape death himself and trying to find the edge of the disc. 

Though all this starts to become a bit too much for Rincewind as the journey unfolds, he is passed from pillar to post in a series of unfortunate mishaps and "What's the worse that could happen?" moments. Join Rincewind and Twoflower as they start the adventure of a life time.

The Colour Of Magic by Terry Pratchett is the first book in the well known novel series Discworld and is by far one of the most imaginative and in-depth book I have ever read...so far. I've been wanting to read the Discworld series for a while now and after seeing some of the TV and film adaptations I really wanted to read the books. To say that I watch The Hogfather every year. 

Though the book was a bit strange in the reading department for me. It started out really enjoyable and entertaining on how it starts in the middle of a disaster and how it goes back to the beginning to show you how it got to that moment and then carries on from there. I did like the imagination throughout the book and how it was just created, like the actual discworld itself and the life of Rincewind. 

I really did like both characters of Rincewind and Twoflower. I loved how Rincewind was portrayed to find Twoflower annoying, but as the story went on he realised that he did need him and he kept him sane a little even when things got a bit too stressful. Twoflower is the most calmest character I have ever read and it made me want to be him as I'm never that calm!  To me, they became a good team and a great friendship blossomed between them even though they didn't get on at first. They decided to help each other out when needed and always came back for each other. Plus I loved the negativity from Rincewind and then the Positiveness from Twoflower. 

Either way, I enjoyed this book and the Characters, though in some places I found the book repeating itself quite a bit and you could start to tell what was going to happen next within the book. Apart from that it was good, it's not stopped me from wanting to read more of his book of the series. It was highly funny in places also. 

I will give this book 5 out of 10 stars. 

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