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The Colour of Magic

 Author: Terry Pratchett  Category: Fantasy  Published: December 1, 1983  Language: English  File Size: 1.1 MB  Tags: AdventurecomedyFantasyFictionHumormagicnovelScience fiction |  Download PDF


The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett, explores the social themes, like class, money and position in society among other things as well.


It is a collection of four stories set on Discworld, a flat planet that is carried by four huge elephants that stand on the back of the giant turtle Great A’Tuin. The stories pivot on the hapless failed wizard Rincewind.

Famous Quotes:

Rincewind had always been happy to think of himself as a coward, because then he always had something to be pleasantly surprised about.

The only thing known to go faster than ordinary light is monarchy, according to the philosopher Ly Tin Wheedle.

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.

It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.

Rincewind had not been involved in the Creation, but he had a deep and instinctive knowledge of how it must have occurred. With eyes closed, let’s say.

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.

A hundred million years ago, there were mosquitoes.

Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.

Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.

Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.

What would humans be without love? Rare, said Death.

People with open minds should die of brain fever.

It’s not the destination that counts, but the journey.

It’s not worth it. No one’s going to see it anyway.

He moved in a way that suggested he was attempting the world speed record for the nonchalant walk.

The librarians didn’t like literature. They found it get in the way of their reading.

Literary awards:

  • British Book Award Nominee for Audiobook: Fiction (2023)
  •  Margaret A. Edwards Award (2011)