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The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
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Oct. 6 2009 Discworld

“Discworld is more complicated and satisfactory than Oz.”
—A.S. Byatt

 

The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic—the first two volumes of Terry Pratchett’s phenomenally successful, New York Times bestselling Discworld series—are now available in this special anniversary graphic novel edition. Strikingly illustrated and painstakingly adapted, The Discworld Graphic Novels brings Prachett’s bizarre, outrageous—yet strangely familiar—universe of wizards, witches, vampires, bureaucrats, policemen, golems, dwarves, and living luggage to bold, visual life. The Houston Chronicle calls Terry Pratchett, “J.R.R. Tolkien with a sharper, more satiric edge.” The  Washington Post compares him to Geoffrey Chaucer, while the Chicago Tribune admires his “Monty Python-like plots.” But in truth there’s no one quite like the incomparable Pratchett—on this world or any other.


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"... a satirist of enormous talent... incredibly funny... compulsively readable." - The Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly . . .

Imagine a flat world sitting on the backs of four elephants who hurtle through space balanced on a giant turtle. The Discworld is a place (and a time) strikingly parallel to our own—but also very different. But also very similar.

To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the birth of the Discworld, the first two volumes of the remarkable Terry Pratchett's equally remarkable—and phenomenally successful—series were made available together, right here, in graphic novel form. These beautifully illustrated renditions of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic show and tell the bizarre misadventures of the spectacularly inept wizard Rincewind and Twoflower, Discworld's very first—and possibly, portentously its very last—tourist. Not to mention the Luggage, which has a mind of its own. And teeth.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was in the market for something different and read a lot of good reviews about the Discworld series. Unfortunately I seem to have misunderstood the part where it said "graphic novel". However, in my defense, I feel the term graphic novel is a bit of a misnomer, what it should be called is "really thick comic book". Unfortunately for me, I was the kind of kid that made fun of my friends for reading comic books, so needless to say, this "graphic novel" has received about as much attention as the copy of Fifty Shades of Grey I won at the summer LARP gathering.

If you're into the Discworld series and you really like comic books this is probably an awesome buy. In all fairness I am partly to blame here so it would be unfair to give this one star, it's not the authors fault I can't read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turtles and Hertzsprung-Russell Diagrams June 28 2008
By James D. DeWitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pratchett's Discworld series, HarperCollins has published this hard bound compendium of the first two Discworld novels, "The Color of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic," in their 1991 renditions as graphic novels. Pratchett's writing skills have grown far beyond these early pastiches and satires, but there are real pleasures and genuine belly laughs in these two early books.

The Discworld rides on the backs of four giant elephants, who in turn stand on the back of planet-sized Great a'Tuin, the Star Turtle. "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagrams" are used to classify stars by colors, size and age. The Great a'Tuin is the only turtle to ever appear in a Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram. Trust me, if you are an astronomy student, it's a real groaner. But the great part about these stories is that there are puns, jokes and gags enough for everyone and every taste. The home of the quarrelsome, meddlesome gods of the Discworld, for example, is called Dunmanifestin... Ouch.

The drawings add interest. While the characters don't much resemble the pictures in my head, let alone the actors in Sky One's recent movie based on these novels, they aren't bad. Only the beardless Cohen the Barbarian seriously disappoints. Some cherished scenes have been clipped out; it's probably unavoidable, but I did miss Bravrd and Weasel, pastiches of Leiber's Fafhrd and Mouser, the bureaucratic evil of Ymper Trymon, and the very brief flight on TWA. But there's plenty of Pratchett humor left.

The drawings have a distinct charm and consistency. They add to the story, without distorting it. Those old paperback graphic novels, long out of print, are very hard to find; if you want a complete set of Pratchett, this volume is essential.

The madcap punning - persons robbing music shops must be "luters" - and throwaway lines - "We've got a wizard and we're not afraid to use him" - are there, and the drawings make them more fun still. These first two novels didn't have much of a plot but they definitely had their moments. This graphic novel gives you a chance to enjoy those moments again. And those new to Pratchett may find the graphic novels more accessible. Strongly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but needs an editor Aug. 3 2008
By John Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've long been a fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, and this graphic novel was a lot of fun: a great way to revisit some of the early stories. The artwork is quite nice, and by and large they did an excellent adaptation that is both true to the original work and true to the adopted medium. All in all, very enjoyable.

That said, whoever did the lettering managed to insert a number of errors into the text - basic stuff like its/it's mistakes, the sort of thing any editor off the street would catch and fix. Mr. Pratchett's books have always been conscientiously edited in this regard, and this sort of thing is an insult, just poor craftsmanship. I hope future editions can manage to avoid this sort of thing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, good art and bad editing. Oct. 27 2008
By Winn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The two classic stories that brought the Discworld to our world are beautifully rendered. The art is done in a style that fits Pratchett's sense of humor and the stories are left with all the highlights intact. Something is going to be lost whenever you move a novel to another format, and they are some of the classic scenes. The biggest loss is Rincewind and Two-Flower's brief trip into our world that is the pay off for the wizzard's desire to understand the natural scientific order of the universe.

Even without some classic scenes, the stories are still hilarious and the art charming.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for Discworld Fans April 28 2009
By Cristin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Those truly interested in buying this book can get a preview of it on the publisher's website:

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I am a latecomer to Terry Pratchett's work, however, I loved the first two novels so much that I just had to have them in this form. I think Discworld fans are an unusual set and, a few errors aside, this is definitely worth having if you're a fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but the errors are disruptive Jan. 21 2009
By V. Ludas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm a big Pratchett fan, and generally feel that if it's Discworld-related, it's probably worth buying (well, in moderation, there's so much DW stuff out there). So in that respect, The Discworld Graphic Novels is indeed worth buying. However, it is not perfect. There are, as earlier reviewers have said, a number of spelling errors, which I find odd bc someone had to write the lettering in by hand, so didn't they notice? Also, I'm just not a huge fan of the two novels, and often get sick of Rincewind during one of his books. And sometimes with graphic novels (esp the ones that were comic books first) I have a hard time reading the dialogue in the right order, which gets annoying. I guess I'm more of a linear reader. So did I love it? No, but I enjoyed it, and thought Twoflower and the Luggage were well done.
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