TITLE: The Colour of Magic
AUTHOR: Terry Pratchett
SERIES? Book 1/41
GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Fantasy + Adult
PUBLICATION DATE: November 24th 1983
Hey guys, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with a new instalment in my Catching Up series! This series is all about me trying to “catch up” on genre staples and trying to read some of the older books on my physical shelves! And today I’m talking about The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett, the first book in the Discworld series!
This month for my Catching Up series I decided to pick up book one in the Discworld series, The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. I read Hogfather last year and loved it, so I decided to read the Discworld series from the beginning this year, to see what all the hype was about!
My overall thoughts are that I really enjoy Terry Pratchett’s writing – I liked how he told this story and felt the same way when I read Hogfather in 2018. I also really enjoyed learning more about the Discworld. BUT, this book was confusing AF. I’ll definitely continue in the series and will probably re-read this at some point, but I don’t know when I’ll end up reading more by Terry Pratchett.
WHAT I LOVED
- Writing style
- Fun to read
- Did make me laugh a bit
- Absolutely absurd, but so much fun!
I love the whole idea behind this series. The fact that canonically in this series there is an entire world (The Discworld) held up by elephants, on the back of a turtle astound me. I love this – it’s so so strange but also makes so much sense! The characters and the stories suit that style so much and it’s honestly such a fun and interesting idea!
I enjoyed how original this book and The Discworld is so I will definitely be reading more of the series in the future!
WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE
- Confusing storyline
- Weird audiobook narration style – echoey (not the whole time)
Pratchett is very intelligent and writes really interesting and clever ideas but, this one just didn’t translate for me. I think it’s meant to be an interesting and funny story about how Tourism can be a destructive force in the world. I think this story will be a favourite for a lot of people, especially for the people who enjoy older fantasy novels.
I don’t think this book was for me because I didn’t connect with any of the characters and I was confused reading it most of the time whenever it came to the actual world the characters were in. But, I do think I will continue on with the series over the next few years (in chronological order) because I’ve heard that around book 10 the books are a lot easier to read and Pratchett really gets into the feel of things with the characters and the series as a whole.