Color/Colour is (surprisingly, which is why I don't think I've read it before) four short stories / novellas. They are also more parody than the sharp satire that comes in later Discworld novels (although there is always parody as well). His later books are more fun, but Color/Colour is still great fun.
The Luggage is pure Pratchett. I hope it makes more appearances. It really comes into its own in the last story, where it's one part King Kong and two parts Godzilla, and all fun and funny.
I love that the innkeeper of the Broken Drum is named Broadman, which is obviously a nod to Tolkien's innkeeper Barleyman Butterbur.
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The sparkling satire of later Discword is in its infancy here in the first book in the series; The Color of Magic (or Colour) is still great fun. although more parody than satire. Four novellas really, jammed delightfully together in one book. I would hate for someone to read this first and think that the rest of Discworld was based merely on these four books; Pratchett is just sharpening his baby kitten claws here; the true and hilarious skewering of society and culture and everything else comes soon enough. The parody and broad humor found in this first novel are a gateway drug to something more addictive and wonderful.
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