Stocking Stuffers for Fantasy Lovers
Terry Pratchett's fantastical Discworld stories are spread out over 40 novels. Pratchett has created a world that is sometimes sarcastic, often satirical, and always humorous.
Imagine a world that is flat and disc-shaped, balanced on the backs of four elephants that are themselves on top of a giant turtle, A'Tuin. A'Tuin journeys through the space, but the it's gender and destination are unknown. This is what keeps the scholars of the Discworld awake at night, and there are a couple theories as to how the world was created explained throughout the books.
But in The Color of Magic, the focus is on Rincewind, a failed and cowardly wizard. By chance, Rincewind finds himself the tour guide of the Discworld's first ever tourist, a rich (by Discworld standards) fellow named Twoflower. Twoflower often gets himself into danger everywhere her turns, and is followed by a his luggage, a vicious chest that always appears at the right time. Together, Rincewind and Twoflower travel the Discworld, satisfying Twoflower's naive curiosity and meeting many colorful characters along the way.
Throughout The Color of Magic and the Discworld series are several parodies surrounding many fantasy and high fantasy stories. This makes the books a hilarious read for those familiar and willing to laugh at the stereotypical archetypes, characters, and story lines Pratchett incorporates into this series. Pratchett is also willing to laugh at real world topics, and you will find satirical comments made as well.
Why the Color Magic is the perfect Stocking Stuffer for Fantasy Lovers
1. Includes wizards, DEATH, Unseen University, other-world tourists, intelligent furniture, the god of slight breezes, the soul-eater, barbarians, dragons, etc.
2. If they like this one, you have a stocking stuffer for the next 39 years!
3. Discworld novels are small and compact; at 7.5 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches and 288 pages, it's the perfect size for a stocking.
4. The well read Fantasy Lover will enjoy the wit and parody of many other fantasy books they love!
How old should the Fantasy Lover be?
The youngest I personally would give a Discworld novel to is a 13 year old. They would be old enough to enjoy the adventure for Rincewind and Twoflower and some of the humor, but most of it would go over their heads.
That being said, this book really is for all ages! I started reading them in my twenties, and with how many books there, I will most likely continue to read them for the rest of my life. For the youngest of audiences, a 2 part TV adaptation was made in 2008.
Don't stop with one Discworld Stocking Stuffer, when there are 40 books to choose and read through!
This 2-part adaptation is stars Sean Astin and Christopher Lee. Watch and enjoy the adventure!
Equal Rites starts the Witches arch. For the witch & wizard fans in your life!
Mort starts with the DEATH arch. Personally my favorite character, and not someone you want to miss!
In what order do Fantasy Lovers read Discworld books?
There has been a long standing debate over what, if any, order the Discworld books should be read. You truly could pick up any Discworld novel and fall in love with the series, but there are benefits to reading them chronologically. Reading chronologically, you are meeting new characters as they are first introduced, and the detailed Discworld slowly unfolds to reveals new cities and geography.
But I would suggest something else: Read by story arch. Pratchett has created several story arches within the series. The Color of Magic starts with Rincewind, and there are several books that follow him and his journey, but they were not published chronologically. The same is with my favorite arch, having to do with my favorite character, DEATH. The DEATH books start with Mort, and novels following are not published chronologically, either.
Which is why this graphic is so great; now you can choose what arch you would like to read if you so choose this method. I would always suggest starting with The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic, as they are great introductions to the Discworld.
Happy reading, Fantasty Lovers!