The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett, Steven Ross (Illustrator)

+ Terry Pratchett Read-a-Thon @thebookwormdrinketh and  @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

Omg, what have I just read?! It was wonderful! I had no idea it would be so hilarious!. I was expecting fantasy worlds such as Lord of the Rings or, I don’t know, something with action and drama maybe… but definitely not something that would induce constant bursts of laugher.


The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic & The Light Fantastic (Discworld Graphic Novels #1-2)
by Terry Pratchett, Steven Ross (Illustrator)

Keywords: fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, graphic novel, humor, hero, journey.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Harper (first published June 1st 2008)



Like with most books, I started reading with a serious approach, like you would LOTR. I liked the description of the Discworld and how the Great A’Tuin turtle felt like a wise, almost philosophical entity. When I read the names of our main characters; Twoflower and Rincewind, I found it… “peculiar”, but then the comedy started to jump at me like hot popcorn and there was no turning back.

This scene cracked me up, I laughed like a hyena


Book vs. Graphic Novel

The story felt a bit chopped, but I was expecting it because that usually happens when converting from a book into a graphic novel. However, I still feel it was a nicely done job among other similar graphic novels. I also got the book from the library so I could compare, if just a little. From the few pages I read from the book, I realized that the descriptions Terry Pratchett makes are way more beautiful and detailed than what is depicted in the graphic version, so you are bound to lose some of the magic there.

The illustrations were nice, not heavily inked like those superhero comics. Not sure if the style fits the story tho, the shadows and expressions of the characters felt too harsh for the mood of the book. Less dark and more bright colors would have been great in a humorous book called “The colour of Magic”, me thinks. This one looks like it was painted using watercolors and colored pencils (my best guess) and it looks specially pretty for the backgrounds. Will I read the books from now on? yes, but I still want to see the art from the graphic novels as well. I am looking forward to read the next book because it definitely doesn’t feel like the story stops here and, to be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the ending. But I regret nothing! I had a good laugh!.



My year’s goal: memorize this sentence,  so that I can insult people in a fashionably Terry Pratchett way


Thank you Nicole for organizing this party \o/. This was a good read that goes specially well with a drink, more so if it contains high dose of octarine for an extra boost of highness giggles. Can’t wait to see what is your alcoholic suggestion 😉



Favorite character: the chest with legs, honorable mention: Death

Have you read/ watched any Terry Pratchett story?

You can take a look at the other read-a-thoners. Hope you join us! 😀

Nina at The Cozy Pages

Meeghan at Meeghan Reads

Kathy at Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

Didi at Didi Oviatt

Alicia at Miss Honeybugs Reads & Crafts

A Storm of Pages

Nicole at The BookWorm Dinketh


Emma @ The Stride of my Step




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About Alicia

I enjoy sharing my love for good books with other people. I wish you can find the type of books meant for you. Art is my passion. Both activities allow me to travel to imaginary places, learn, grow and share my journey with others. Feel free to join me, I love company.


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  2. The graphic novel! Perfect. Excellent idea to do the comparison. Nicole has promised it gets better… so more to read and more to explore over in Discworld!

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    • I was lucky my library had both versions 😁 Now that I have read other reviews, starting with the graphic novel was a good idea to avoid extra confussion and getting overwhelmed with all the world building. Sort of “friendly introduction to Discworld”. Seems we are all holding on to Nicole’s promise 😂😂

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  3. HAHA I didn’t even know there was a graphic version!!! I love this though, I’m going to have to go check it out! And, you’re right…. it totally gives the ‘giggles’ 😉

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  4. OMG!!! It’s so awesome that you read the graphic novel version!! So smart! 💖💖🍻
    Full disclosure, the story is choppy no matter how you read it. I think Terry Pratchett was just so excited about building his world that he was like “but, what about this!”… “But what about this?!”… “BUT WHAT ABOUT THIS?!?!?” It was a little sporadic, but it was definitely a great laugh! 💖💖 My drink does have a greenish hue and I think that octarine was discribed as kind of a greenish purple??… CLOSE ENOUGH! 😉🤣🍻

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    • hahahaha! he probably had some octarine as well when writing it 😀 but it has charm. Yes! greenish purple! If there was a Discworld themed cafe place, I would definitely go 😛

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