Framing the Dialogue

The Color of Magic

color of magicIn The Color of Magic we are transported (not really) to a fictional world that may be a cross between the wild west, the middle ages and Monty Python (without the humor).  A local wizard named Rincewind, who has no discernable wizarding skills, is obliged to keep a tourist, Twoflower, with a luggage full of gold alive as he tours discworld…a planet that no one ever and I mean EVER tours.  Fending off many who want the gold and don’t care how they get the gold, Rincewind is put to the test many times over.

“Picturesque meant – he decided after careful observation of the scenery that inspired Twoflower to use the word – that the landscape was horribly precipitous.  Quaint, when used to describe the occasional village through which they passed, meant fever-ridden, and tumble-down.  Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld.  Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant ‘Idiot.”

For me this was a rambling bit of writing where when the author, Terry Pratchett, met an impasse simply or complexly made a plot twist.  The novel got good reviews from others, but it was not to my liking.

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