The Colour of Magic Book Summary and Study Guide

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The earliest tale in the chronology of Discworld, this book tells of Twoflower, a tourist from Bes Palargic on the Counterweight Continent. Circumstances (mainly, the burning down of the Broken Drum tavern and much of the city of Ankh-Morpork) throw him together with Rincewind, the world's most inept wizard, and the two of them travel across the planet, introducing the reader to the Temple of Bel-Shamharoth (the Soul Eater), Wyrmberg (the upside-down mountain, where dragons live), and the very Rim of Discworld. They are pursued by Twoflower's Luggage, a carnivorous box with hundreds of feet and gnashing teeth. As always, DEATH makes a few appearances, and there sly references to everyone from Shakespeare to Laurel & Hardy.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

A very funny book out of a series. Rincewind, a wizard failed out of the Unseen University, is assigned a job as the guide of Discworld's first tourist, Twoflower. You are introduced to the Luggage, a temperamental, magical, ferocious, and mysterious chest with hundreds of tiny feet and a mind of its own. Because of Twoflower's naive and trusting ways, they get into plenty of tough situations that only Rincewind's clever mind and the Luggage's vicious loyalty to the tourist can get them out of. Lots of satire and humor.
The review of this Book prepared by Katy Nichols

The Discworld's first tourist arrives in Ankh-Morpork, the pearl of cities (round and looks like something produced by a sick mollusc), teaming up with the Disc's most inept wizzard. Due to certain circumstances involving thieves, gold and a predatory Luggage on hundreds of little legs, they subsequently travel all over the Disc, to places many people only dream of. As in the kind of dream you wake up from screaming ;-)
The review of this Book prepared by Beth Winter

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 40%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   unfriendly aliens    -   neutral aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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