Two books in one?  Well, there’s a reason; it’s a two parter story!  Ta-da!  Question answered.

Moving on.

I recently discovered Terry Pratchett (and I’m fully aware that I’m about 5 years behind the rest of the world, thank you very much.  There are extenuating circumstances!) and get a kick out of his work.

The Discworld series is a hoot.  The End.

Anyway, the books “The Colour of Magic” and “The Light Fantastic” are his two first Discworld stories about a failed wizard, the first tourist, a barbarian, a wizard that is not so much a failure, and the end of the world.  I think that about sums up a rather summed up story.  That I can tell you, without giving away any of the fun or funny stuff.

The wit is dry, mostly fatalistic sense of humor throughout, the absolutely horrible things that happen to people, or that people do, in this book are done with such finesse that you can’t help but burst out loud with laughter, and maybe even snort a little bit.  From the miss-named landmarks to dragons to whole cities burning to the ground: it is not high brow – but it is definitely high hilarity!  It’s British humor, in a sense, that people are so nonplused by everything and yet the things happening would cause us to gasp in alarm and horror.

The first book opens with all the trouble getting into a good rolling motion and ends with a cliff-hanger.  The second book brings the windup and the pitch, and ends on such a note that you could almost feel cheated if you were looking for a slam bang right out of the movies finish.  It ends fairly quietly without much fireworks (other than a few people exploding).  However, if you look at the background behind the humor, it is a funnier story and the ending would not work any other way.

 

Oh, I would recommend reading the books and foregoing the “Color of Magic” movie, simply because you need the narrator for the story to be as funny as it is.  Of course, I’m not saying it was a bad movie…okay, yes I am saying it was bad.  Pretty, pretty bad.

 

Hat tip: Amazon for use of images.

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