Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Review: The Colour of Magic


After I finished reading Game of Thrones, I felt a bit...lost. I didn't have thousands of pages waiting for me to read. Some how I got it in my head that I needed to read all of Discworld. No idea where I got the idea from. I had read two books ages ago and thought they were pretty good so hey, why not. So I researched the order. And then got scared about how I was going to find all the books to read, so I decided I would download the ebooks from the library to save on the wait time in between books. Now I'd like to point that I've never read an ebook before. I don't have a tablet, so would have to read it on my phone. How bad could it be? 


It seemed like a good idea at the time...

The Colour of Magic
By Terry Pratchett
1985
288 pages

Rincewind is a wizard, a very bad wizard. During a series of unfortunate events, he meets Twoflower, a tourist, and his luggage. There are more misadventures and unfortunate events. And then it's over in a to be continued manner.

Oh that's a terrible summary, but I sort of only a little bit remember the book. I blame this on the fact it took me four months to finish it, so my comprehension of it was a bit stuttery. The first problem is now that I'm not in a book club I have no motivation to read: I'm in a knitting phase and you can't knit and read at the same time. The second problem was trying to read an ebook on my iphone. Horrible. Never to be repeated.

The third problem was the book was only just ok. The world Pratchett created is interesting and fun and detailed, but I didn't really like the main character of Rincewind. I guess it wouldn't be a problem because he's only in some of the books, and I did like some of the characters - like Death. But the fourth problem is I'm not a huge fan of deus ex machina as a plot device. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is good but...Discworld is good but...well I guess I like things a bit more realistic. I'll give Pratchett credit though, it was a fun book with a good sense of humour and even though it took me forever to finish it, I did enjoy the book and would recommend Discworld to anyone who like humourous fantasy.

Will I keep reading the series? I don't know. The whole ebook thing is definitely a no go. And 40+ books is a lot especially if it takes 4 months to read one. I'm still thinking about it. I might read the Witch books and the Death books though. The whole start to finish thing is just a bit too much.

I'm definitely going to have to fix this reading motivation thing. Might be time to get back into a book club...