zondag 17 augustus 2014

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett book review

I saw and loved the SyFy movie, I watched the cartoons and read most of the books in the series (Soul Music still being my favorite)... but for some odd reason I never took to The Colour of Magic... until now, and I was a swift read as you get sweeped up in the story with three very unlikely heroes.

Rincewind: failed at the Wizards university, and knowing only one (but very strong and forbidden) spell.
TwoFlowers: the first tourist ever to set foot on the Discworld, a deskclerc from a rich empire who has decided to see the world.
The Luggage: a bottomless chest with hundreds of feet and very, very big teeth, he follows TwoFlowers everywhere and rampages through half the world in doing so...

Now, Diskworld is a very comical and light set of fantasy books, and truly a marvelous adventure build on strange concept, speckled full with tongue in cheeck while told with a wiff of british humour.  Sounds confusing?  Well, you kind of have to read it to see what a mean, like the first lines of the intro:

In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly... ...Great A`Duin the Turtle comes... ...most of the weight is of course accounted for by... ...the four Giant Elephants upon whose broad and star-tanned shoulders the disc of the world rests...

So out there in space, there are giant turtles flying through it`s vastness whom carry on their back four elephants.  And those elephants in turn carry a flat disc that contains the world (the Diskworld), a flat plane with actual edges where one can fall off.

It is told in the book there are more of them, and research in their how is done, but the book detail a fantastic adventure as Rincewind is assigned to keep TwoFlowers safe while he travels the world in order to avoid the wrath of his home country. 

They are often joined in this deity-like chessgame by the barbarian Hrun and the talking, sarcastic and rambling magical sword Kring, as they battle an ancient horror (the way to explain they couldn`t say the number 8 is hilarious), flee from power hungry Dragon lords, fend of the guilds out for the money in the luggage to end up in the worlds first deep space explorer.

And of course there is Death, probably one of the most fantastic characters from the whole series!

Read them, they are great!

Oh, and the answer to what the colour of Magic is?  Octarine!

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