The Colour of Magic is the first of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. It was also my starting point for the series. It is shocking, I know, but I’ve never read anything of this series before.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I started reading The Colour of Magic about 10 years ago and found it immensly boring, so I didn’t finish it (I think I got to page 15 or so). But deadra kept reading hilarious excerpts from (other) Discworld novels to me, so I figured I’d give it another shot. And because I have to start a series with the first book, I started with The Colour of Magic again.
The story goes like this: Twoflower is the first tourist ever to come to Ankh-Morpork from the Counterweight continent, his only companion a magic chest made from sapient pearwood, which follows him everywhere he goes and fiercly protects Twoflower. Twoflower is pretty naive and to protect him, Rincewind gets recruited as his tour guide. Against his will. Rincewind is a pretty crappy magician, but through an accident, one of the great eight spells got lodged into his brain. And now it wants to say itself at the most inconvenient moments. But because no one knows what it does exactly, it’s probably not a good idea to do so. Well, Twoflower and Rincewind get entangled in a series of adventures, which are more or less unconnected.
I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed. It wasn’t half as funny as I thought it would be [the TV adaptation on the other hand, is. Even though I always had to remind myself that Sean Astin is actually a normal sized man (more or less) and not hobbit sized. It surprised me every time he got up].
Back to the book. It wasn’t bad and I enjoyed reading it, but I just expected it to be laugh-out-loud funny. And it wasn’t. Expectations can really screw you. I mean, the backstories were great, but the action itself were just average.
Well. I’m pretty sure that the other books are funnier and I do think I will continue to read them. But I think, I’ll follow Death first. Thanks to the great Discworld Reading Order Guide (pdf), I know where I want to go next… and I can always return to Rincewind later on.