Saturday, July 24, 2010
Book Review: The Color of Magic
TITLE: The Color of Magic
PART IN SERIES: Book 1 in the Discworld series
AUTHOR: Terry Pratchett
GENRE: parody, fantasy
PREMISE: A bumbling wizard and tourist get stuck on a journey together through the crazy world of Discworld.
MY REVIEW: So I finally have officially started this series (yeah yeah I know, it's sad I haven't picked it up till now). Now Pratchett may not be for everybody. If you like logical clear cut stories...he's not for you. Discworld is first and foremost a parody of fantasy novels (I'm pretty sure Rincewind is supposed to be a parody of Gandalf...could just be my opinion though...). The first book contains random adventures that the two have so it's not exactly a organized book.
But what makes this book is the humor. Pratchett is one hysterical writer. He takes all the common tropes that are in fantasy books and runs with them and has a blast while doing so. There are some hilarious one liners in this book. In fact, someone needs to come up with a quote book just for Discworld alone.
So in short, the book is hilarious. It may not suit all tastes, but if you don't mind somewhat chaotic storytelling (and in this case I certainly don't) it will be utter fun for you.
WHO SHOULD READ: parody fans, fans of Monty Python (there are echoes of it in here)
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five demon boxes
FOR THE FOLLOWING CHALLENGES:
One Hundred Plus Books
12 by 12 in July
First in a Series