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Review: The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett

The Colour of Magic

I was in the middle of writing my review of The Colour of Magic – the first of Sir Terry Pratchett’s books that I’ve read – when it was announced that, aged 66, he had sadly passed away. A 1983 comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic is the first book of the Discworld series, and the first printing of the British edition consisted of just 506 copies.

Within minutes, the much-loved author was trending on Twitter, with thousands of his fans expressing their sorrow at the untimely death of a much loved husband, father, friend and author. The sheer number of people moved by his death spoke volumes about the effect his writing has had on millions of people all over the world.

That five of his books appeared in the BBC Top 100 – more than any other author – is yet further evidence of the legion of readers he reached through his writing. And while his death has caused wide-spread devastation, the joy and enrichment he brought to so many will live on for many years to come.

To end – a quote from him I loved the most:

“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”

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  1. Erica
    Posted 21st April 2017 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Did you only read the discworld books on the BBC list or did you read those that are in between in the series? Debating whether I should be reading the books between Guards! Guards! and Nightwatch.

    • Lucy
      Posted 21st April 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Hi Erica, I actually only read the ones on the BBC Big Read – unfortunately Terry Pratchett isn’t for me but I know lots of people are big fans. Are you reading the Top 100 too? If you enjoy him I’d say give the ones in between Guards! Guards! and Nightwatch a go (time permitting) xx

      • Erica
        Posted 25th April 2017 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

        I am! About 2/3 done the list. There are a few series on the list where the listed book isn’t the first in the series. I am debating if I should be reading Titus Groan before Gormenghast as well.

        • Lucy
          Posted 26th April 2017 at 12:30 am | Permalink

          It’s such a great challenge isn’t it? What have been your favourites so far? It’s always a tricky one when it comes to reading a series when only one of the books is included on the list – from memory I only read Gormenghast due to time restrictions (I wanted to finish the list before my birthday) and it works as a stand alone book, but if it’s a genre you enjoy then you could read Titus Groan too! xx

          • Erica
            Posted 27th April 2017 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

            It is! I always get asked why I read so many classics, but classics have that staying power for a reason! They are good!
            Gone with the Wind – I have never thought about a book so long after I have finished it. I also loved One Hundred Years of Solitude, everything I have read by John Irving, and a Fine Balance (on the 200 list).

          • Lucy
            Posted 28th April 2017 at 1:39 am | Permalink

            Oh I just adored Gone with the Wind – it’s my second favourite book of all time after A Little Life (have you read this? If not I highly recommend doing so!) and I was absolutely smitten with Rhett for months after I finished it. I’ve been meaning to read A Fine Balance for absolutely ages so will try and get hold of a copy in Bali. A Prayer for Owen Meany totally blew me away but I’ve not read anything else by Irving – what else would you suggest of his? xx

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