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“Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot. Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett v??? .. He froze. The stranger let go and quickly thumbed through a small black book he had taken from his belt. Would you recommend The Colour of Magic as a first book to The argument goes that since The Colour of Magic is not Pratchett's finest work.

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Start by marking “The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1)” as Want to Read: Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl. The Colour of Magic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, and is the first book of the Discworld series. The first printing of the British edition consisted . The Color of Magic (Discworld) [Terry Pratchett] on Book 1 of 41 in the Discworld Series Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime.

Shelves: make-me-laugh , fantasy , reads Reading The Color of Magic is akin to eating an entire bowl of ice cream just a little too fast Filled with ambitious wizards and ruthless assassins, the city of Ankh-Morpork has survived many dangers in the past, but now it faces an even more destructive force When a rich but bored outsider named Twoflower decides to explore the city in search for adventure, it soon becomes an adventure for Reading The Color of Magic is akin to eating an entire bowl of ice cream just a little too fast When a rich but bored outsider named Twoflower decides to explore the city in search for adventure, it soon becomes an adventure for everyone around him, too! Twoflower's well-meaning but careless ways earn him the attention of pirates, dragonriders, and various supernatural entities, all looking to rid Twoflower of his treasure

The really outstanding thing is how easily it overcomes the restrictions of genre and builds its own rules.

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And how fascinating those rules are. One of the most notable things about coming back to The Colour of Magic after all these years is how it reads like a greatest hits collection. And yes, there is a pleasingly Discworldlian paradox in the metaphor. Dozens of what were to become favourite Pratchett inventions whizz by in the narrative. The city of Ankh-Morpork erupts from the map near fully formed. And, of course, there is Death.

The servant saw Death make a gesture at him while in the market in Baghdad and so bolted, only to learn — the hard way — that Death had been expecting him in Samarra all along. The original gesture was Death indicating his surprise at seeing the servant in Baghdad.

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You might say that Death becomes even more interesting in later books. His character is stronger, his attitudes harden even as his character becomes more lovably soft, the jokes are even better. Indeed, much of this novel reads like the Discworld on fast-forward. Events fly by. Ideas ping past. Characters hurtle on and off the stage and none of them is really developed. Even Rincewind and Twoflower stay the same. Twoflower enables Pratchett to make some interesting points about the nature of tourism and power, and there are some fine jokes about his attempts to impose rational ideas such as insurance on a magical world.

Page 44 -The line about "'Reflected-sound-of-underground-spirits? The reference is easy to miss because modern usage doesn't associate gnomes with spirits like ghosts.

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However, a gnome as defined in Encyclopedia Britannica was originally a diminutive spirit in Renaissance magic and alchemy, first introduced by Paracelsus in the 16th century. It is typically said to be a small humanoid that lives underground - a spirit that guards treasure. Page 49 - "Let him but get to Chimera or Gonim or Ecalpon and half a dozen armies couldn't bring him back. The name is also a play on Cimmeria, Conan the Barbarian's mythical homeland.

Go-Nim, is a mix of two ancient Chinese board games, 'Go' and 'Nim'. Ecalpon is 'Noplace' spelled backwards.

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This is a variation on Samuel Butler's idealistic commonwealth 'Erewhon,' described in the novel of the same name. Erewhon is 'Nowhere' almost spelled backwards and 'Nehwon' is 'no when' spelled backwards.

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It is also the universe where Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser in Fritz Lieber comic series have most of their adventures. Page 73 "'Here's another fine mess you've got me into,' he moaned and slumped backwards. Hardy the fat one always says it to Laurel the thin one , who then usually responded by ruffling the top of his hair with one hand and whimpering in characteristic fashion. Hardy never actually said: "fine mess", though, but always: "nice mess". Page 75 - The home of the gods is 'Dunmanifestin' at the top of Cori Celesti.

This the first mention of the name in the series but it is used regularly throughout the novels. It is also Gaelic for fort or castle. There are many towns in Scotland that include it in their names; Dunbarton, Dunblane, Dundee. In addition, Pratchett is punning on those 'cute' vacation cottage and retirement home names like "Dunroamin"- "done roaming". The gods have therefore 'Dunmanifestin' done manifesting. Page 76 "[ The interactions of the gods in 'The Sending of Eight' resembles the Godshome scenes in Leiber's Swords series which Pratchett parodies throughout the novel.

Page 98 "The floor was a continuous mosaic of eight-sided tiles, [ It is physically impossible for convex octagons to tile a plane, unless, of course, space itself would somehow be strangely distorted one of the hallmarks of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. It is possible, however, to tile a plane with non-convex octagons and naturally Pratchett does not specify convex.

Page "[ A grimoire is a book of spells or textbook of magic. Page ] Kring the sword says "I spent a couple of hundred years on the bottom of a lake once. Page Kring then adds "What I'd really like to be is a ploughshare. I don't know what that is, but it sounds like an existence with some point to it. Beating swords into ploughshares is a very common theme of the peace movement and it has a 'point to it' both in the concept of ending war and in the fact that a plough has a pointed tip.

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Cully is a mild northern British epithet for a stupid or gullible person someone who is easily duped. Pratchett explains: "Cully still just about hangs on in parts of the UK as a mildly negative term meaning variously 'yer bastard', 'man', 'you there' and so on. It's quite old, but then, Death is a history kind of guy. Some suggest it is a contraction of 'cullion', testicle which was used to mean "a despicable creature" in the 17th Century.

This is the same root that generates the Italian coglione and the slang cojones testicles or balls. The heroine of the first Pern novel Dragonflight is called Lessa, and the exclamation mark in Terry's dragonriders' names parallels the similar use of apostrophes in McCaffrey's names. In addition, "The dragons sense Liessa's presence.

Page The line, "This could have been an anvil" is another reference to Excalibur. Page "Oh, you know how it is with wizards. Half an hour afterwards you could do with another one, the dragon grumbles. Page The sword Kring "[ In addtion, Pratchett was familiar with many old computer games, so the description of Kring may have be a passing reference to the prototypical computer adventure game ADVENT later versions of which were also known as Adventure or Colossal Cave.

After Twoflower is kidnapped by a gang of thieves and taken to the Broken Drum Pub, Rincewind stages a rescue alongside the Luggage, an indestructible, enchanted and sentient chest belonging to Twoflower. Before this, Twoflower convinces the Drum's barman to take out a fire insurance policy ; the barman subsequently attempts to burn down the Drum to claim the money, but ends up causing a fire that destroys the whole of Ankh-Morpork.

Rincewind and Twoflower escape in the chaos.

Rincewind and Twoflower travel towards the city of Quirm, unaware that their adventures on this journey are actually the subject of a boardgame played by the Gods of the Discworld.

The pair are separated when they are attacked by a mountain troll summoned by Offler the Crocodile God. The ignorant Twoflower ends up being led to the Temple of Bel-Shamharoth , a being said to be the opposite of both good and evil, while Rincewind ends up imprisoned in a dryad-inhabited tree in the woods, where he watches the events in Bel Shamharoth's temple through a magical portal.

The pair are reunited when Rincewind escapes into the temple through the portal, and they encounter Hrun the Barbarian, a parody of heroes in the Swords and Sorcery genre.

The trio are attacked and nearly killed by Bel-Shamharoth, but escape when Rincewind accidentally blinds the creature with Twoflower's magical picture box. Hrun agrees to travel with and protect Twoflower and Rincewind in exchange for heroic pictures of him from the picture box.

The trio visit the Wyrmberg, an upside-down mountain which is home to dragon-riders who summon their dragons by imagining them, and are separated when the riders attack them.