Book Review: “The Colour of Magic” (Discworld book1), By Terry Pratchett

Colour of Magic Cover

“Some pirates achieved immortality by great deeds of cruelty or derring-do. Some achieved immortality by amassing great wealth. But the captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying.”

We all heard the tragedy of the death of Terry Pratchett. It had a great impact on me, it was like loosing a close friend, not that I knew him in person, but you could get to know an author through his works. You can feel his presence in every word of every sentence. The world has lost more than a great person.

The book follows the many adventures of supposedly unlikely heroes, Twoflower, the cheerful, optimistic and all around enthusiastic tourist and his guide, the cowardly, worst wizard in the whole Discworld, Rincewind as they try, unknowingly, to survive the board game played by the Gods in which they are the pawns.

The plot is far from being the novel’s strongest suit. Being a parody, Pratchett focuses on the many ways in which to mock fantasy tropes with strange and dry humor. From the witty one-liners to the way the world was made, a disk (Hence the name of the world) on the back of four elephants, which in turn reside on the back of a giant turtle swimming through space.

We also get to meet some interesting, if not strange, bunch of characters throughout the book that livens up the adventures even further, especially the magical luggage with hundreds of tiny feet.

Brilliant, witty and downright hilarious, Terry Pratchett successfully defies the seriousness of most fantasy works by writing a parody that would make you crack up. If you’re like me and want to laugh your ass out while enjoying a range of gripping adventures then this is the book for you.

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