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I've, of course, heard of Discworld, but never read one of the stories before.
The idea of a world that actually is on the back of a giant turtle, and held up by 4 elephants is quite fun. As you learn in The Color of Magic, be very careful about the edge! The author's foreword is quite interesting and nice to see an author admit that yes, his world isn't coherent and the chronology unreliable.
Definitely a humor book, so how much you like it will depend on whether you like Mr. Pratchett's sense of humor. You can definitely see the characters based on the Gray Mouser, Conan and the Dragonriders of Pern.
Of all the characters, my favorites have to be The Lady, Death, and the Luggage. Who wouldn't want a trunk with hundreds of legs, indestructible, opens to another dimension apparently, can find you, and will eat anyone that gets in its way.
This is a steal at 99 cents, for as long as that price remains.
The color of magic is the opening book to one of the best series ever written. It is light hearted and fun to read. The subtle and sometimes not so subtle pokes at the fantasy genre make it interesting enough to avid readers of fantasy. Although not my favorite of the series, it is a great introduction to discworld and well worth the time to read. It will also help to know something of Rincewind, who is a reoccurring character throughout the series. The topography of the world will better enable you to understand the later novels better. It is worth reading just for the origin of the luggage alone.
I can't believe I waited this long to start reading Terry Pratchett's books. The humor in this book is first-class. It is chock-full of puns and incongruous references to real-world concepts, like electricity and photography. I have been living overseas for a couple of years,which makes the cross-cultural aspect of Twoflower's visit to a new continent all the more hilarious.
Of course, Moving Pictures was the first book of his I'd heard of, being the first Rush album I owned (they're a big deal, give their instrumentals a listen if you're squeamish about the vocals) and when i learned Discworld was a "series" of sorts, that wouldn't do.
As an opener, this book was nothing short of perfect medicine. I highly, highly recommended this book (and Good Omens) to anyone with a desire for flight who is also a lover of great characters and epic bard-like tales of heroism, folly, and accidental genius. Or both...
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Nice start to the disc world series.
Interesting characters, well written.
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