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…
Now usually I would talk about the beginning of the story; however I felt that with Terry Pratchett, it would be best to start off with his world. It is probably the most unique world I have read about in a long time
So basically Terry Pratchett’s world is called “The Discworld”, and it is a flat planet, which sit atop the shoulder of four giant elephants, who are all standing on top of a even larger turtle named A’tuin who is swimming through space. That alone should tell you how interesting this world is going to be. Terry does a fantastic job developing his world, and the people who live their giving them all a distincted and diverse cultures.
“The Color of Magic”, remains me of one of those buddy road trip comedies where they are driving across a country and shenanigan’s insue; except with dragon’s, wizards, and action. You basically follow the adventures of Twoflower and Rincewind as they make their way across the Discoworld, getting themselves into a lot of trouble along the way.
This is another one of those books that have a lot of characters in it, that pop up along Twoflower, and Rincewinds journey. All of them offer their own brand of laughs, so I am just going to talk about a couple of my favorites.
Rincewind the Wizard– Rincewind is our main POV character throughout “The Color of Magic”. He was kicked out of the Unseen University (a school for wizard) after an evil spell gets stuck in his brain, making it impossible for him to learn any other spells. He is a greedy coward, who is forced to look after Twoflower on the threat of execution.
Twoflower the Tourist– Discworld’s very first tourist from the counter weight continent where gold is a common metal. He is extremely naive, and optimistic, which is the major source of trouble for Rincewind and himself on their journey.
Twoflower’s Luggage– Okay so I know what you’re asking yourself…what? Well, Twoflower’s luggage is a large chest made out of a magical tree called sapien pearwood, and it will follow its master to the end on the world no matter what using a large number of tiny little feet. A number of times people try to take what is inside the chest, and soon find themselves missing body parts, which I found hilarious.
Death– Alright so the last character on my list is Death himself, and l let me tell you this guy had me laughing my ass off. Death constantly chases after Rincewind, going so far as to even try bribing him into dying. It also doesn’t help that whenever he speaks it is in all caps.
Overall I gave The Color of Magic a Four out of FiveFour Stars, simply because there were a number of places where the story just stopped in exchange for world building. If you are a fan of Buddy road trip comedies I would definitely suggest you check this out, or even if you just like fantasy this will not only give you the magic you crave, by plenty of laughs as well.