Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett.

Pratchett's The Color of Magic is absolutely brilliant! You will laugh out loud as read the adventures of Rincewind, Twoflower, DEATH and the luggage. I've really enjoyed the Pratchett books I've read and this one was no exception I read somewhere that Pratchett has a gift of being logically illogical and I cannot think of a better to describe him--and the book. You read it and you'll find yourself thinking, oh that's clever followed by holy crap this guys freaking brilliant!

TANGENTS:
  • "Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot." How can you not love a book that starts with that!
  • Widdershins is an actual word which means counter-sunwise (Counter clockwise in the Northern hemisphere, and clockwise in the southern).
  • I believe that Twoflower wears glasses and that is why he has four eyes not because he has four literal eyes.
  • "Some might have taken him for a mere apprentice enchanter"--I always pictured Rincewind as being a youngish wizard and was surprised to see that in the movie he was a old man.
  • Economics = "Echo-Gnomics" "reflected sound of underground spirits"--ok seriously genius!!
  • "Zephyrus the god of slight breezes." Zephyrus is the Greek god of the soft west winds.
  • The disposal of grimoires sounds very similar to disposal of nuclear waste.
  • "I spent a couple of hundred years on the bottom of a lake once" and "this could have been an anvil"--sounds like reference to Arthurian legends.
  • "I'd really like to be a ploughshare."--Is. 2:4 says "and they shall beat their swords into plowshares."
  • They're flying a dragon one minute and the next they're flying on a modern jetliner--They were translated to another plane!
  • "Whoever would be wearing those suits, Rincewind decided, was expecting to blodly go where no man...had boldly gone before."--Hello Star Trek reference!

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