The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett et al.

It was a sight to be seen on no other world. Of course, no other world was carried through the starry infinity perched on the back of a giant turtle.

I had not, as far as I can remember, read anything by Terry Pratchett except Good Omens (twice), which he wrote with Neil Gaiman. I really have no excuse, considering how much I enjoyed Good Omens and the number of Neil Gaiman books I've read since then. I found this book at the library and decided it would be a fast way to catch up on a little Pratchett and see if I liked him.

I think I would. It's a little hard to say with graphic novel adaptations, since I'm sure a lot of Pratchett's descriptive prose was converted into pictures or simply left out, and the remaining text is largely dialogue with some sections of narration. The narration, however, is hilarious.

The Discworld stories take place on a world which is a flat disc (waterfalls all around), carried on the backs of four elephants, which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle, swimming through space. These particular books follow a wizard (of sorts) named Rincewind, and the Discworld's first tourist, Twoflower. It's fantasy done tongue-in-cheek with plenty of ridiculous bits, and I enjoyed most of it. I think, though, that I'd enjoy the prose even more because the illustrations here weren't top-notch (and the quality of the reproduction was inconsistent throughout the book, as if they didn't have good originals for some of the sections).

So, as an introduction to the Discworld this particular volume was all right, but my suggestion is to just jump straight to the books. Unless you're lazy.

Fed to jonathan's brain | March 12, 2009 | Comments (0)


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