I’ve been meaning to read some Terry Pratchett for a couple of years now. I am one of the few people that didn’t know about Pratchett up until two years ago too. It’s amazing how an author that is so important to fantasy got overlooked by myself but I’m finally starting his books now. I wanted to go into Discworld without any baggage, so I waited a year after Pratchett’s passing away before I dove into the series. I felt that if I started the series after his death that somehow it would be a disservice to him because I was only reading it due to his passing away. That probably doesn’t make much sense but I usually try to stay away from anything that might color my impression of a book. What I found with The Color of Magic is something highly imaginative that is unlike anything else I’ve read.
I haven’t read much whimsical or comedic speculative fiction. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is another series I just haven’t started yet either. Going into The Color of Magic I knew that the book would have some comedy but I didn’t know that the world building would be so imaginative. I sometimes like to compare different mediums because of my lack of being a not so established reader and because of that I found Terry Pratchett to be an interesting mix between directors Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, and Mel Brooks. The style of the world and the overall atmosphere is very familiar to me because of these director’s work and because of that Pratchett’s world really worked for me. Discworld is sometimes difficult to understand and difficult to comprehend but that is what makes the reading so interesting. As a new reader of Pratchett, the world building almost seems random but I believe that everything is done purposefully.
I found the writing style to be a bit difficult to get immersed into because of the different turn of phrases and idiosyncrasies of the world but I believe that will become easier once I’m more familiar with Pratchett’s writing style. I was expecting it to be an easier read because so many people I know has read these books as children, but it was challenging for me. I think it was challenging for me because I am so used to a specific structure when reading my fantasy and this throws structure out the window.
Overall, I liked this book but think it can get a lot better. Some of the specific adventures of Rincewind didn’t really jive with me much. The Luggage completely stole the show for me and I laughed almost every time it showed up in a scene. I hope to see more of Twoflower in future books as I know I’ll see more of Rincewind. It was a fun book but I wasn’t blown away by the actual story. I’m hoping as I get deeper into the series things are tied together from previous books and I see more of an overall arching connection.
15/25 Possible Score
Plot – 2(OK)
Characters – 3(Good)
World Building – 4(Strong)
Writing Style – 3(Good)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 3(Good)