"The Color of Magic" by Terry Pratchett

Posted on Thu 07 August 2008 in ClubReading

This is the first in a series concerning Discworld by Pratchett. I had never read the Discworld series, but picked this up because I liked Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch so much.

In fact, the sense of humor is the same, but not as obvious in Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. The story is set on Discworld, which is really flat and it is possible to fall off the edge. The gods on Discworld are interesting creatures, and literally play games with the inhabitants, much as the ancient Greek tales tell about the gods playing with the humans. Except here, the gods literally play chess with the inhabitants.

What begins as a typical day for a failed mage turns into a most interesting and intriguing adventure. The mage is Rincewind, and the hook that captures his attention is a sentient piece of luggage. I know it sounds impossible, but I believe on Discworld almost anything is possible. The author periodically makes snide remarks about universes with less imagination, but more logic. I suppose that's us. All in all, this was a quick, enjoyable read, but not the type of material that I would hunt out. Then again, it's really not my type of humor. It is very British type of humor, and it is possible that I missed many of the funny bits.