Shelf Control #23: The Color of Magic

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!


My Shelf Control pick this week is:

Colour of MagicTitle: The Color of Magic
Author: Terry Pratchett
Published: 1983
Length: 210 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

In the beginning there was…a turtle.

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. Particularly as it’s carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules.

But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world’s first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard…


How I got it:

I picked up a copy at a used book store — where else?

When I got it:

It’s been years. I’d forgotten that I owned a copy until I took inventory last summer!

Why I want to read it:

Discworld feels like a big gaping hole in my reading life. I loved Good Omens, and I’ve loved all the other little tastes I’ve gotten of Terry Pratchett’s writing. Discworld is so vast that I’ve let myself feel too intimidated to ever actually get started, but I think I need to just jump in and give it a try. I’ve gotten lots of different advice about suggested reading orders for the series, but I figure I might as well start right at the beginning.


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For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

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10 thoughts on “Shelf Control #23: The Color of Magic

  1. My husband is a big fan of this series but he’s skipped around a ton. It’s definitely one that’s fluid and flexible – doesn’t have to be read in a strict order at all.

    I keep meaning to start the Tiffany Aching series, which is a teen spinoff of the witch books.

  2. I hope you enjoy this book! Personally wasn’t my favourite/the strongest opening novel I’ve seen but it does explain the world of Discworld quite nicely as I recall. As another commenter mentioned, I love how flexible this series is, you can pretty much start anywhere and you wouldn’t feel lost 😀 (my first Discworld novel was like, #25 or something (Thief of Time))

    • Thanks! I’ve gotten so many suggestions over the years about where to start, and it just ends up making me feel like I’m going in circles. I figure I’ll try the very first, but then maybe bop around a bit to find out which path I prefer. 🙂

  3. For sure, Discworld is not a linear series. See this really helpful chart (ver2.0. for the independent genre lines. sure, there is cross over, but if you like a particular genre or slant, hit up any of them, and in any order within the lines. Like urban fantasy police procedurals? Try the Watch series. Interested in magic? Try the witch series; Granny Weatherwax is an excellent character. Or the Tiffany Aching series, Wee Free Men is hilarious and excellent. All the series are great, really. Above all don’t feel you have to start at the beginning!

    • Thanks so much! I’ve seen the io9 chart before, which only confused me more. 🙂 I do think I”ll read the witch series sooner rather than later, or Wee Free Men… see? Too many choices!

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