The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I first read the books of the Discworld series almost twenty years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the fantasy world that had sprung forth from the mind of Terry Pratchett. A decision to read them again was not too difficult to make, and so the adventures of the strange inhabitants of the world that careens through the void on the back of four great elephants that stand on the shell of a great turtle will unfold again.
The world that Pratchett begins to sketch in this first volume of the series created a global phenomenon, a worldwide fan base that will stretch through a total of forty volumes. Truly this is the work of a master storyteller who is able to weave together wonderful characters, strange settings, and weird physics into a cult phenomenon that will, I suspect, stand the test of time.
In reading this first volume in the series for the second time, however, I have begun to notice the social commentary that is implicit in both Pratchett’s construction of a world and the narrative of this particular volume. I suspect I was aware of it at some level when I first read the series, but it is certainly more to the fore in my current reading.
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