Friday, June 14, 2013

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (review by Andrew R. '17)

The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Color of Magic is merely a gateway into Terry Pratchett's wildly popular Discworld series, but it is certainly not his strongest or smoothest novel. The plot follows Rincewind, an incompetent and cowardly wizard, as he leads the tourist Twoflower on a tour of the Discworld. As the entire story takes place on a flat world that balances precariously on the backs of four celestial elephants, it's easy to predict that the book's storyline will be hectic and eccentric. Unfortunately, this randomness is the novel's downfall. Sudden plot twists and rushed battle scenes confuse and ultimately distract the reader from Pratchett's witty writing. Overall, while avid readers of fantasy may enjoy this book, it is really only worth as an introduction to the subsequent and higher-quality Discworld titles, none of which need to be read in any particular order. – Andrew R. ‘17

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