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The Color of Magic

The Color of Magic

(Book #1 in the Discworld series)


Book Overview: The Color of Magic

The first novel in the hilarious and irreverent Discworld series from New York Times bestselling author Terry Pratchett.

A writer who has been compared to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams, Sir Terry Pratchett has created a complex, yet zany world filled with a host of unforgettable characters who navigate around a profound fantasy universe, complete with its own set of cultures and rules.

Imagine, if you will . . . a flat world sitting on the backs of four elephants who hurtle through space balanced on a giant turtle. In truth, the Discworld is not so different from our own. Yet, at the same time, very different . . . but not so much.

In this, the maiden voyage through Terry Pratchett's divinely and recognizably twisted alternate dimension, the well-meaning but remarkably inept wizard Rincewind encounters something hitherto unknown in the Discworld: a tourist! Twoflower has arrived, Luggage by his side, to take in the sights and, unfortunately, has cast his lot with a most inappropriate tour guide--a decision that could result in Twoflower's becoming not only Discworld's first visitor from elsewhere . . . but quite possibly, portentously, its very last. And, of course, he's brought Luggage along, which has a mind of its own. And teeth.

The Discworld novels can be read in any order but The Color of Magic is the first book in the Wizards series.

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"Ingenious, brilliant, and hilarious." -- Washington Post

Terry Pratchett was a prolific English author, best known for his wildly imaginative and satirical "Discworld" series. Born on April 28, 1948, in Buckinghamshire, England, Pratchett displayed an early affinity for storytelling, publishing his first short story at just 13. The Discworld series, which debuted in 1983, catapulted him to fame, with its stellar mix of fantasy, comedy, and biting social commentary earning him millions of devoted fans worldwide and establishing him as an icon of contemporary English literature. Pratchett's writing was distinguished by its wordplay, memorable characters, and witty examination of complex societal issues through his humorous, surreal narrative style. He wrote more than 70 books throughout his career but the 41-volume Discworld series dominated his oeuvre, combining the traditions of J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Dickens into a unique universe where the impossible was everyday. Alongside his Discworld series, Pratchett wrote numerous stand-alone novels and collaborated with renowned authors like Neil Gaiman. Pratchett’s illustrious career was marked by countless awards, including the British Fantasy Award and Carnegie Medal. In 2009, he was knighted for his services to literature, a fitting recognition for a lifetime devoted to the written word. His life was sadly cut short due to early-onset Alzheimer's disease, passing away in 2015. However, Pratchett's legacy continues to live on, his works continue to be celebrated and cherished, reflecting the timeless appeal and enduring impact of his creativity.

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