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Amazon Kindle - The Colour of Magic (Discworld Novel 1) by Terry Pratchett - 99p
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Amazon Kindle - The Colour of Magic (Discworld Novel 1) by Terry Pratchett - 99p

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In the beginning there was…a turtle.
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Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different.

Particularly as it’s carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules.

But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world’s first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land.

Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard…

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One-click purchase is all too easy! I think this must be the fourth copy that I own of this book - but one can never have too much Terry Pratchett.
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Always wanted to try these. Thank you.
CMSeddon30/06/2019 00:37

Always wanted to try these. Thank you.


First couple weren't all that great to be honest. The series only really got going with book 3 - Equal Rites.
Yas30/06/2019 06:07

First couple weren't all that great to be honest. The series only really …First couple weren't all that great to be honest. The series only really got going with book 3 - Equal Rites.


It's still a good read and introduces the discworld.
One-click purchase is all too easy! I think this must be the fourth copy that I own of this book - but one can never have too much Terry Pratchett.
Yas30/06/2019 06:07

First couple weren't all that great to be honest. The series only really …First couple weren't all that great to be honest. The series only really got going with book 3 - Equal Rites.


Yeah I'm with you on that, good scene setting but not the best in the Discworld series. Personally love anything based around Mr Vimes.
Yas30/06/2019 06:07

First couple weren't all that great to be honest. The series only really …First couple weren't all that great to be honest. The series only really got going with book 3 - Equal Rites.


I remember enjoying the second book "The Light Fantastic" much more than the first but it's probably been over 30 years since I read them so at 99p I might just give this another go.
I love TPs books...have them all and read them at least twice.
The "Guards" series are my favourites.
If you like audiobooks then the TP ones read by Stephen Briggs are fabulous...he does the perfect voices for the characters.
Should be required reading in English Literature.
Thanks
The writing is a bit rough (ramps up really fast), but it’s a great book and a great introduction to Discworld and Ankh-Morpork
Edited by: "Dr-Rjinswand" 30th Jun
Great price
Saves borrowing from the rather hairy guy in the library who definitely isn't the M word
I tried this last year read the first few chapters and didn't have a clue what was happening, gave up in the end .
Can some give a summary of what Discworld is about? Always found the covers intriguing as a child/teen, but never got round to reading them. Are they science fiction; are the stories as interesting as the covers?
whats_the_deal30/06/2019 14:43

Can some give a summary of what Discworld is about? Always found the …Can some give a summary of what Discworld is about? Always found the covers intriguing as a child/teen, but never got round to reading them. Are they science fiction; are the stories as interesting as the covers?


It's a fantasy setting. Imagine lord of the ring but not so serious, funny & covering day to day life in within the discworld.

For 99p it won't hurt to give it a go, or try charity shops to get cheaper as they rarely go to 99p on kindle
Discworld became a series of whimsical satires on aspects of the modern world viewed through the lens of fantasy. The first couple of books were a bit different - direct parodies of the fantasy genre, especially the first which is more of a collection of short stories using the same central characters than a long-form book with an overarching plot. It's still enjoyable but may seem odd if you've started with some of the later books.
whats_the_deal30/06/2019 14:43

Can some give a summary of what Discworld is about? Always found the …Can some give a summary of what Discworld is about? Always found the covers intriguing as a child/teen, but never got round to reading them. Are they science fiction; are the stories as interesting as the covers?


Fantasy books in a LOTR setting that's being dragged into the modern age (an anachronistic Victorian Britain). They're somewhere between an homage and a parody of both fantasy settings and more specific parts of modern life (generally each book has one focal subject).

They're a mix of one off stand alone books and series focusing on the same group of characters (you can either read the books as they were released or pick a series and follow that). The most popular series is the Night Watch series, starting with Guards Guards.

Colour of Magic and it's direct sequel The Light Fantastic are probably his roughest books as they're the earliest and when the universe wasn't that established. If you want a taste of his more established works without needing to know too much of the universe, the best books are : Small Gods, Pyramids, Moving Pictures (all stand alone, none of them need knowledge about the world).
furbars30/06/2019 14:25

I tried this last year read the first few chapters and didn't have a clue …I tried this last year read the first few chapters and didn't have a clue what was happening, gave up in the end .


But...but...but...there are no chapters.
As a few people have mentioned, if you've not read Terry Pratchett, don't start with this one.

There are 41 novels roughly falling into 5 main categories:
Rincewind (the inept wizzard)
Death (the grim reaper and his adopted family)
The Witches (sort of a mix of magic and common sense)
The Watch (fantasy police novels)
"Modern" inventions in a fantasy world (movies, trains, newspapers, the post office etc)
Standalone novels (usually to do with religion)

I would recommend starting with Guards! Guards! (the first Watch novel)
Bargainous price for Terry Pratchett
rivellangel30/06/2019 17:38

As a few people have mentioned, if you've not read Terry Pratchett, don't …As a few people have mentioned, if you've not read Terry Pratchett, don't start with this one. There are 41 novels roughly falling into 5 main categories:Rincewind (the inept wizzard)Death (the grim reaper and his adopted family)The Witches (sort of a mix of magic and common sense)The Watch (fantasy police novels)"Modern" inventions in a fantasy world (movies, trains, newspapers, the post office etc)Standalone novels (usually to do with religion)I would recommend starting with Guards! Guards! (the first Watch novel)


Thanks for tips, my wife is a huge fan (she's cool). I tried first novel couple of times but never finished, but I want to get into these.
MinerWilly30/06/2019 19:09

Thanks for tips, my wife is a huge fan (she's cool). I tried first novel …Thanks for tips, my wife is a huge fan (she's cool). I tried first novel couple of times but never finished, but I want to get into these.

Skip the first two (they're kind of one book really), start with Guards Guards, Wyrd Sisters or Soul Music.
One day in the future I hope to have enough time in my life to read through discworld again. Simply the best books, esp the night watch series
I tend to like the novels with Rincewind in or Death. They make for good reading.
Krooner30/06/2019 19:46

Skip the first two (they're kind of one book really), start with Guards …Skip the first two (they're kind of one book really), start with Guards Guards, Wyrd Sisters or Soul Music.


Soul Music is great but makes more sense if you've read Mort first.
We need Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters and Pyramids cheap. I haven’t seen or picked those up for 99p yet
SenorFunkyPants30/06/2019 08:59

I love TPs books...have them all and read them at least twice.The "Guards" …I love TPs books...have them all and read them at least twice.The "Guards" series are my favourites.If you like audiobooks then the TP ones read by Stephen Briggs are fabulous...he does the perfect voices for the characters.


I don't suppose you know of any read in a monotone voice? I've been reading TP for years so I've my own ideas about how the characters sound and when I tried the audio books it was too annoying hearing Tony Robinson read them differently.

Also Wyrd Sisters was my introduction to Discworld. I've since read the first few and I agree that they're not the best.
rivellangel30/06/2019 20:20

Soul Music is great but makes more sense if you've read Mort first.


I think it stands alone quite nicely. My favourite "death" is actually Reaper Man, but I'm in the minority on that I think.
What really annoys me is Terry Pratchett books are not incl on KU.
omgpleasespamme30/06/2019 21:11

I don't suppose you know of any read in a monotone voice? I've been …I don't suppose you know of any read in a monotone voice? I've been reading TP for years so I've my own ideas about how the characters sound and when I tried the audio books it was too annoying hearing Tony Robinson read them differently.Also Wyrd Sisters was my introduction to Discworld. I've since read the first few and I agree that they're not the best.


The Unabridged versions are mostly read by Nigel Planer (Neil from the Young Ones) or Stephen Briggs. Give them a try.
Ook!

Krooner30/06/2019 21:12

I think it stands alone quite nicely. My favourite "death" is actually …I think it stands alone quite nicely. My favourite "death" is actually Reaper Man, but I'm in the minority on that I think.


Me too. Night watch are also a classic storys
omgpleasespamme30/06/2019 21:11

I don't suppose you know of any read in a monotone voice? I've been …I don't suppose you know of any read in a monotone voice? I've been reading TP for years so I've my own ideas about how the characters sound and when I tried the audio books it was too annoying hearing Tony Robinson read them differently.


The ones read by Stephen Briggs have the voices just how I imagined them...The Patrician, Cpt Carrot and Sgt Colon especially.
He worked with TP when voicing most of the books.
stephenbriggs.com/
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