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The Colour Of Magic (Discworld Novels) Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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The first thing required of a performer reading one of Terry Pratchett's zany comic fantasies is a command of tone to create an ambience reminiscent of The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Nigel Planer gets it just right (with amazingly clear diction for a man with his tongue so far into his cheek). He also delivers a marvelous array of aurally overdrawn, cartoon-like character voices. There is a plot, involving (surprise, surprise) an odd assortment of types going on a Journey or Quest. But the real delight of this book, on the page or in the ear, is the moment-to-moment barrage of outrageously funny language and quirky ideas. J.N. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Don't read this if you are a curmudgeon, cranky or just avoid having fun!
I've never been a big fan of the Fantasy series genre, but Pratchet has really created something different in the disk world.
Diskworld is more a mirror of our own world than some far flung fantasy world. Every nuance in the Diskworld's ridiculous physics and geography and politics is based on a good solid joke poking fun at what we have gone through here on little old Earth.
Sarcasm and satire taken to it's highest level, the places and people you will meet are strikingly familiar at every turn. As with all good humor, the laughs are based on revelation and in site.
Great fiction with an alarming amount of truth.
...and mostimportant, so FUN!
Rincewind the skeptic tends to always find some resource, whether it be from the depths of his mind or his surroundings, to barely wiggle his way out of ridiculous predicaments. Twoflower in his naivete reminds me of the little alien in Men In Black 3. He often seems clueless but tends to have some deep seeded wisdom.
What I really want to know is: what is Rincewind's spell!? I can't wait to read further into the series but I suspect it may be a Long time before my question is answered.
Nevertheless, I am not reviewing the series here, but the book, and I fear that the first book of the Diskworld novels doesn't get a high rating. I still have to recommend it, though, for anyone who wants to start on the Diskworld series, since it introduces several key points and characters. This series does get much, much better, as Pratchett's writing clearly improves with practice.