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On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious buy inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course The Edge of the planet...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552124751
ISBN-10: 0552124753
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 110mm x 18mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Jan-1985
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » Pratchett borrows from Babylonian cosmology for his second, wacky flat-Earth yarn - set on an Earth.disk that rests on the backs of four elephants, who themselves stand on the shell of an enormous turtle. (And only Pratchett's characters would think of lowering themselves over the edge of the disk-in order to determine the sex of the turtle!) This time failed wizard Rincewind runs into problems when he encounters rich, bumbling circum - disk tourist Twoflower - whose luggage consists of a sapient pearwood box that trots around after him on hundreds of tiny legs. . . and snaps its lid at anyone it doesn't like. The innocent Twoflower sells some fire insurance to a shifty innkeeper, who proceeds to burn down his inn and the entire city of Ankh-Morpork. And what follows is madcap travelogue, involving: the disk's zany, often magical inhabitants; the Gods (atheists are liable to get their windows broken); a watery being who splashed down in the ocean, having fallen off a different Earth-disk; and Death with his scythe (whose timing is so poor that Rincewind keeps evading him). Not quite the gleefully insane parody Strata (1981) was, but frothy, inventive, and fun. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Book Review: Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett - Reviewed by (12 Jul 2011)

This book is for anyone that wants to be transported into a fantastic magical world of warriors and warlocks... and chests that run around on lots of little feet?! Quirky, Cheeky, but most of all lovely and warm as the characters are developed with so much love by the writer that they draw you into the book and compel you to turn the next page to find out what will happen next. You will finish the book feeling as if the characters are your friends and you won't want to leave them, but don't worry you don't have to as this is only the first in a series of unforgettable books by a truly gifted author.


Author Biography - Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015.

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