The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett – Review

By D.C. Ward

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First of all, it would be ignorant not to pay tribute to the wittiest of wordsmiths, who recently passed away. I only read my first Pratchett book a few weeks ago, and I was blown away. For so long I put this series off, unsure as to whether it would be childish, embarrassingly unfunny or even boring. It is not even close to any of these things. Just from this one book it’s easy to see the extraordinary talent of Pratchett; his thinking-out-of-the-box creativity is evident in his world, character and plot creation, and his humour is subtle and tickling throughout.

The common opinion that The Colour of Magic isn’t the high point of the series leaves me very excited to continue reading, for this first novel was exceptional. Hilarious characters that played ironically with their own archetypes, and a world that was both scientifically rational and ludicrously random were perfect attributes for the aims of this book – not to scare or ‘thrill’, but to be fun, funny and satirically interesting. For those who are thinking of paying tribute to Pratchett by starting the Discworld series, I couldn’t recommend this more.

One thing that I would note about The Colour of Magic, and what I have learned about the Discworld, is that it rings to me as timeless. The author may have passed, but I feel his work will never be forgotten, and I can’t wait to explore everything he has written in his wonderful lifetime.

Thanks for reading.

By D.C. Ward.

Photograph: Murdo Macleod, 2009 Murdo Macleod/Murdo Macleod

Photograph: Murdo Macleod, 2009 Murdo Macleod/Murdo Macleod

RIP Terry Pratchett.

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