Terry Pratchett. Published in 1983. Read twice, and own a copy.

The only Terry Pratchett book I've read, despite his being popular among people like myself.

First readEdit


1995 Corgi paperback. 275 pages, 19 blank, 33 lines per page, estimated 45.1 characters per line[1], putting it at 198 standard pages. Actually 363948 characters long[2], which is 189 standard pages. Not bad!


Inherited a copy of it from my cousins, along with several other fantasy books. First read it goodness knows when, in my teenage years. Thought it was alright, a bit weird.

Second read (October 18th - November 1st 2012)Edit

12 11 01 The Colour of Magic

Finished, November 1st 2012.

12 11 01 The Colour of Magic

Progress graph, generated by Goodreads.


As above.


Started reading it on October 18th 2012 after getting as far in Harry Potter and the Natural 20 as had been written at the time. I had been intending to get into Terry Pratchett for a while, at least giving it a chance, having decided I might quite love it.

Finished it on the 1st of November, on the way to work. I didn't think it was funny, really, at all. It may have been when it was released, and maybe the later Discworld books refine the humour a little, but this one didn't bowl me over. I liked lots of the characters though, Rincewind, Twoflower, the Luggage, Death :P Just didn't laugh out loud or even nearly.



Reading recordEdit

Previous book: 'Sir Poley', Harry Potter and the Natural 20 Chapters 1-25

Next book: Simon Singh, Big Bang

Ratings, awards, mentions and recommendationsEdit

Number 93 on the BBC's Big Read.

Links and referencesEdit

  1. I chose page 113 as looking average in character-density, and it has 1488 characters according to Notepad++.
  2. Copied a PDF version into Notepad++