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Color of Magic, The

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 6:04pm -- Joey

01 | The Color of Magic

Prologue

Pratchett's "big bang" is the best.  I'm sure all that turtle sex makes one interesting primordial soup!

The Color of Magic

So far I have yet to meet anyone sinister, excepting maybe Twoflower himself.  The way the story began, he leaves destruction in his wake.  I know a bad wizard is coming.  Someone who will be after Rincewind (I watched the television miniseries before reading, and I'm hating myself for it now, haha).

We've come full circle at the end of the chapter-part-thinger.  Silly inn-sure-ants causing all the ruckus.  Twoflower's lack of proportion when it comes to money in Ankh-Morpork is hysterical, and the exact reason the city is burning to the ground.

02 | The Sending of Eight

Prologue

This is like the Discworld equivalent to Risk!

The Sending of Eight

Loads of kidnapping an rescuing.  Loads of improbable magics being released by the dull witted (which is everyone to some degree).  Rincewind is in many ways no better than Twoflower.

The threat of the full power in the spell Rincewind has trapped within himself still looms.  It probably won't fully come out until the last part, but it did a nice job here of taking care of the dryads and Bel-Shamharoth.

The path of destruction continues for Twoflower and his mal-gical protector and guide.  I wonder what they'll destroy next.  I don't recall exactly, but I know someone's going to be after Rincewind for the spell!

03 | The Lure of the Wyrm

Twoflower is kidnapped yet again.  Rincewind has Hrun the Barbarian's magical sword Kring, and it is making a hero out of him.  Sorta.

I'm having a hard time getting into the story on a level that excites me.  It's a nice read, but I don't have very much to say about it.  I had the same reaction to Douglas Adams recently.  I'm not sure what it is exactly, but it's not pulling me in.

Still it's a good story.  I just don't have much to say other than: it's entertaining.

I love classy sex as described between Hrun and Leissa.  The proverbial door closes right where only imagination should go.  Not that I can say I don't appreciate the all out sex scenes in novels, but this was beautifully humorous.

Alright, alright, I do have to say I like Death popping up everywhere.  I've read a few of Pratchett's books prior to this one, a couple (or maybe all of them) featuring Death at least once.  I'm happy to find he's been around since the beginning.

Oh, well, it looks like they aren't going to destroy this place!  Good, I enjoy dragons as much as Twoflower here.  In fact, they do good here by causing the coming together of Hrun and Leissa.  Hurrah!

Now for the final segment of story.  What kind of resolution are we heading towards?  Your guess is as good as mind.  The spell is getting said whatever happens.

04 | Close to the Edge

I was seriously confused throughout this part, mostly because I'd seen the miniseries before reading the book, and I hadn't realized that combined the stories between this book and "The Light Fantastic."

The book ... we'll, I'd say it ends on a cliff hanger, but they go OVER the edge in the end.  Nothing really is resolved or much explained other than this is the fantasy equivalent of a Douglas Adams book.  I mean, especially with that ending!

I don't know what I was expecting out of this book, but it surprised me, and I couldn't figure a thing out.  It's just not a book meant for figuring.  It was a lot of fun cleverness.

Will I read the next one?  You bet your sweet patoot.

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