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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Discworld Graphic Novels: The Colour of Magic & The Light Fantastic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    This was my second foray in to Graphic Novels and I only did it for a bit of light relief from all the Classics I've been reading and because they're Terry Pratchett. I'm not a graphicnovelcomicbook person and I have no idea what the difference is. Not that I want to cause offence, but Graphic Novel just sounds like a marketing ploy to make people think they're not comic books. Anyway. I wasn't hugely impressed. I'm not sure if I would have been if I still love PTerry but loved comic books as well This was my second foray in to Graphic Novels and I only did it for a bit of light relief from all the Classics I've been reading and because they're Terry Pratchett. I'm not a graphicnovelcomicbook person and I have no idea what the difference is. Not that I want to cause offence, but Graphic Novel just sounds like a marketing ploy to make people think they're not comic books. Anyway. I wasn't hugely impressed. I'm not sure if I would have been if I still love PTerry but loved comic books as well. Everything I love about PTerry's writing isn't really here, because obviously instead of writing you've got images. They were nicely drawn, sure, and the dialogue had a lot of PTerry's quips and one-liners and all that stuff, but PTerry isn't the best at dialogue, really. He's just brilliant at everything else. The characters weren't what I imagine them. The first two comics of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic is a beautiful hardback book and the original comic was drawn back in the 90s, which is a bit obvious. Guards! Guards! is more recent and is obviously more recent, but still lacks something. I dunno. I just don't like comics all that much, but it was nice to see PTerry's work in a different way. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    When I saw this on the library shelf, I thought it would be the perfect supplement to the first two Discworld novels. I spent so much time mentally visualizing things while reading the books - the elephants that stand on the giant turtle, the chest with hundreds of little feet, the giant tower where the final showdown takes place - I was really keen on seeing someone else draw it all out for me. The only problem is, it didn't really match up with what I'd had in my head. The Discworld seems so Le When I saw this on the library shelf, I thought it would be the perfect supplement to the first two Discworld novels. I spent so much time mentally visualizing things while reading the books - the elephants that stand on the giant turtle, the chest with hundreds of little feet, the giant tower where the final showdown takes place - I was really keen on seeing someone else draw it all out for me. The only problem is, it didn't really match up with what I'd had in my head. The Discworld seems so Legoish - I was expecting bold colors, bright designs, something cartoonish to go with the jubilant humor. It didn't LOOK funny, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Also, the text-to-graphic-novel adaptation wasn't extremely successful. If I hadn't read the novels first, I doubt I'd have been able to follow what was going on. The novels skip from location to location with minimal transitioning, and the graphic novels completely strip what transitions there were. There is NO explanation of how they go from one scene to the next. And, finally, most of Pratchett's humor is in his words. When you change the words into pictures, that humor disappears. So while it was nice to see the Discworld finally, the translation to pictures removed its heart.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arielle

    This was... ok. Disappointingly, a lot of the humour is lost in the translation form word to image, and I also found the artwork - especially in The Colour of Magic - to be fairly lacklustre. All in all, the graphic novel somehow makes the stories... bland. There are redeeming features, and by the end of The Light Fantastic I was really enjoying the interpretations of one of my favourite worlds, but I still can't say I loved it overall.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Qt

    3.5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    MY FIRST GRAPHIC NOVEL!! YAY! Well, apart from Tintin. (I obsessively read Tintin when I was hobbit-sized.) This is also, technically, my first Terry Pratchett book. I read Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch and I just absolutely loved it and knew I had to read more. But I was worried about the Discworld books because a) I always read YA, and b) I struggle to keep up with books with thick narration. Graphic novels seemed like the perfect entry level. And now I'm MY FIRST GRAPHIC NOVEL!! YAY! Well, apart from Tintin. (I obsessively read Tintin when I was hobbit-sized.) This is also, technically, my first Terry Pratchett book. I read Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch and I just absolutely loved it and knew I had to read more. But I was worried about the Discworld books because a) I always read YA, and b) I struggle to keep up with books with thick narration. Graphic novels seemed like the perfect entry level. And now I'm totally up to go read the real books because I have an idea what will go down. So this was freaking hilarious. Just from the inept wizard to the laid-back tourist. I LAUGHED. And the luggage?! The tourist's luggage was on feet and it just doggedly followed Twoflower (the Tourist) and Rincewind (the wizard) anywhere in their wild and wacky adventure. If you haven't read Pratchett before...this is definitely good ol' fashioned nonsense. You can't go in expecting a serious sci-fi. It's hilarious and ridiculous and I LOVE THAT ABOUT IT. The imagination is A+. It sometimes reminds me of Lemony Snicket, just for the pure "Weeeeird" moments. I also want to read more graphic novels now. What? IT IS A LEGIT REASON TO READ PICTURE BOOKS AND I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS. I LIKE IT.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I think this graphic novel is really for fans of the discworld universe, if you haven't read the colour of magic and the light fantastic then you will struggle with this. It is pretty tough to follow the story at times. The drawing are fantastic, the outfits some of the big busty ladies wear are awe-inspiring, my wife says they are not very practical, but how would she know? She has never ridden on a dragon before!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    Has some inconsistent art, some good some less so, but on the whole this is a pretty passable adaptation.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    First of all - I'm a huge Pratchett's fan! That said, I love that graphic novel. I know lots of people think that the the action is kind of random and skips a lot from one scene to a complete different one, and there were some comments about the art... But as far as I'm concerned this is one great book! I totally admire the art and the representation and I was having so much fun comparing the art with what I imagined when reading the actual books. I even took my time with it and read only a few First of all - I'm a huge Pratchett's fan! That said, I love that graphic novel. I know lots of people think that the the action is kind of random and skips a lot from one scene to a complete different one, and there were some comments about the art... But as far as I'm concerned this is one great book! I totally admire the art and the representation and I was having so much fun comparing the art with what I imagined when reading the actual books. I even took my time with it and read only a few pages every night, just so I can saver it for longer. So if you are the kind of person that think that the hard work of authors and artist (of all sorts) should be appreciated more - then you will totally love it :))

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I have never read any of Terry Pratchett's work before, but have always wanted to get into it. These graphic novels feel like a good way to get into and I really enjoyed them. I love how funny Pratchett is and I love death! - 272 pages read - 3/7 books read -2/3 books featuring magic =272 house points #HHCup #SHHCup

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dinnu Reads Books

    I read the first two Discworld novels quite recently, so I remember them well and I think that the graphical novels are pretty accurate and detailed.. Only a few details have been omitted but that's not a big deal. 😉 The art was awesome and the story has always been one of my favourites, even though most people tend to find it the most lacking in the Discworld stories. For me the combination of Rincewind, Twoflower and Luggage is ingenious! 😆 Most liked characters: Rincewind, Twoflower, Luggage, C I read the first two Discworld novels quite recently, so I remember them well and I think that the graphical novels are pretty accurate and detailed.. Only a few details have been omitted but that's not a big deal. 😉 The art was awesome and the story has always been one of my favourites, even though most people tend to find it the most lacking in the Discworld stories. For me the combination of Rincewind, Twoflower and Luggage is ingenious! 😆 Most liked characters: Rincewind, Twoflower, Luggage, Cohan Most disliked characters: -

  11. 4 out of 5

    JenLovesBooks

    I had never read any of the Discworld novels, and for the longest time I had never even heard of them... I know, what??? But, yes, it's true, and I can't believe I had missed out on them all this time. I picked this one to get a feel for the books, and I know many people would say this edition doesn't do the series justice, but it definitely got my attention. "Several days prior to the fire, a ship came up the river Ankh and fetched up on the Morpork Shore. It carried a cargo of pink pearls, milk I had never read any of the Discworld novels, and for the longest time I had never even heard of them... I know, what??? But, yes, it's true, and I can't believe I had missed out on them all this time. I picked this one to get a feel for the books, and I know many people would say this edition doesn't do the series justice, but it definitely got my attention. "Several days prior to the fire, a ship came up the river Ankh and fetched up on the Morpork Shore. It carried a cargo of pink pearls, milk-nuts, some official letters for the Patrician of Ankh--and a man." It was the interactions between Twoflower and Rincewind, that kept me reading on, laughing and being mystified by all the things they were seeing and having to experience. Especially, when it came to Twoflower, he was such a unique character, with his innocence, but also the little surprises he kept bringing to the pages. Plus, the golden chest he owned, with walking feet and all, was the best thing ever. "This sort of thing happens to me all the time! One minute I'm falling off the world, then I'm inside a book, then I'm on a flying rock, then I'm watching Death learn how to play Weir or Dam or whatever!" But, Rincewind is not to be left behind. His crazy antics, demeanor, all of his character, is one I doubt I'll forget anytime soon. It's because of him, and Twoflower, that I know I need more Discworld in my life. If it's anything like the graphic novel, and like I said I've heard it's even better, then I am ready for the thirty-some plus books in this kaleidoscope of a world. ***I was provided use of this copy through my library Portage County. All opinions are my own.***

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    I was disappointed by this book. I'm a fan of Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series, and The Color of Magic is one of my favourites, so I guess I approached this book with high expectations. I just can't help compare it with the original, and I felt that in graphic novel form it lost most of its spark. Somehow it was much less funny and much more confusing. The relationship between words and images was at times too simplistic and descriptive, and the story seemed to jump all over the place. I' I was disappointed by this book. I'm a fan of Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series, and The Color of Magic is one of my favourites, so I guess I approached this book with high expectations. I just can't help compare it with the original, and I felt that in graphic novel form it lost most of its spark. Somehow it was much less funny and much more confusing. The relationship between words and images was at times too simplistic and descriptive, and the story seemed to jump all over the place. I've never read The Light Fantastic so I was able to enjoy it a bit more, but even so, I'm guessing the original is much better. Also, I was rather let down by the artwork. Some of it is quite good but most of it is predictable and not very interesting. What's more, a lot of the chapter covers were pixellated. All in all, a disappointing read, and I would recommend that people interested in Discworld read the original books instead.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    The artists here have quite the challenge - how do you adapt Pratchett's first two magnificent Discworld books in a way that does justice to them? So much of Pratchett's genius is in the narration and dialogue, and much of that doesn't work in a graphic novel. Still, this does a good job of telling the story, and the art works well - Rincewind, Twoflower, and Cohen all fit their descriptions well, and some of the moments (like the Troll mountain and Wyrmberg and even A'Tuin) all look very good. The artists here have quite the challenge - how do you adapt Pratchett's first two magnificent Discworld books in a way that does justice to them? So much of Pratchett's genius is in the narration and dialogue, and much of that doesn't work in a graphic novel. Still, this does a good job of telling the story, and the art works well - Rincewind, Twoflower, and Cohen all fit their descriptions well, and some of the moments (like the Troll mountain and Wyrmberg and even A'Tuin) all look very good. It's definitely a British art style, which may turn off some readers, but then it's a very British book, so they're already in the wrong place). Even though it does a good job telling the stories, I recommend you read the original novels first. Not because you need to to understand these; it's just best to get the originals first, undiluted. These make for a good reminder if you need a refresher, but read the novels first.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Saif Saeed

    If you've read the books this is a nice companion, if you haven't this is probably hot garbage. So much of the humour is lost in comic book form, but it was nice seeing a lot of the cool things in the book brought to life. The art was nice too. Definitely not a good intro to Terry Pratchett or the Discworld but I read The Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic seven or eight years ago so this was a nice refresher.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    This was a fun adaption from the books. The humour was there and the characters were pretty close to how I imagined them. The style of drawing was typical fantasy and didn't work for me; I expected bold, primary colours and clear cut lines from my experience of the books. More cartoon like to portray the comedy of the stories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I really enjoyed reading about Rincewind again. It was great to reconnect with the beginning of the Discworld series, these were my first encounter with Terry Pratchett and I fell in love. These graphic adaptations were very well done. The art was great and the stories were well told.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jim Booth

    See my review at www.newsoutherngentleman.wordpress.com or stop by my author page for the link. Thanks for visiting! :-) See my review at www.newsoutherngentleman.wordpress.com or stop by my author page for the link. Thanks for visiting! :-)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    A nice complement to the books!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elmari Kruger

    I just found me new favorite thing. I love terry pratchet

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Rush

    Under the "we didn't have much time for respect or caring much" category appears this rather embarrassing thing that has happened. Perhaps Mr. Pratchett is happy with this, and if he is, I salute him I salute him and his genius. I suspect, though, he is not pleased with this adaptation. I acknowledge some limitations and elisions must be made for a 4-volume comic adaptation of a mildly lengthy novel: I wasn't hoping for a word-for-word adaptation. And while I haven't read the original novels for Under the "we didn't have much time for respect or caring much" category appears this rather embarrassing thing that has happened. Perhaps Mr. Pratchett is happy with this, and if he is, I salute him I salute him and his genius. I suspect, though, he is not pleased with this adaptation. I acknowledge some limitations and elisions must be made for a 4-volume comic adaptation of a mildly lengthy novel: I wasn't hoping for a word-for-word adaptation. And while I haven't read the original novels for about a year, I am fairly certain this takes a few rather important things away, notably the entire Trymon plot of The Light Fantastic. That is a rather large aspect of the novel to eliminate. I suppose we should be lenient with the limitations of the format, but the general tenor of the work is not one of respect for the source material, as I mentioned earlier. From giving Twoflower four actual eyes (we are still making that mistake, 10+ years later?) to the Octavo and Death scenes, as unimpressive as it sounds in a review, the "feel" is just wrong throughout - even acknowledging these two books have a different feel from most of the rest of the Discworld series (at least what I've read so far). It's like a "Greatest Hits" collection of a favorite band done by some organization that has not heard of the band before, or is only doing radio edits of songs based on money-determining popularity, not a detailed, in-depth love of the band's output as you have. That sort of feel. This could have been a lot better. I don't even know who the target audience might be these days, now that the much-more enjoyable movie adaptation with David Jason and Sean Austin (the final scene of that adaptation puts the final scene of this graphic novel adaptation to deep, deep shame). If you aren't a die-hard "everything Discworld ever" person, stick to just the book and the movie.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle F

    This is definitely the Literary Case of the book(s) being better than the “movie”. As a devoted Pratchett fan, I’m really glad to have this graphic novel in my collection. I love seeing different artistic interpretations of characters and a setting that I already have my own visual imaginations of. It’s quite impossible to judge the adaptations on their own merit, having read (and loved!), the source novels first. I found the “translations” to be spotty in some places; I can’t say for certain This is definitely the Literary Case of the book(s) being better than the “movie”. As a devoted Pratchett fan, I’m really glad to have this graphic novel in my collection. I love seeing different artistic interpretations of characters and a setting that I already have my own visual imaginations of. It’s quite impossible to judge the adaptations on their own merit, having read (and loved!), the source novels first. I found the “translations” to be spotty in some places; I can’t say for certain that this wasn’t simply because I was aware of the elements that didn’t make it in. I did find myself wondering, though, if I would have fully understood the story arc based on the graphic novels alone. I’m not sure I would recommend it as a starting point for the Discworld, except perhaps for those who aren’t too keen on reading to begin with. Ultimately, too, I think Pratchett is bloody brilliant with his words, and in graphic format so many of those have to be left out*. I read his books as much for the turn of phrase and succinct humour as I do for the actual stories themselves, so when those things are less prevalent, I feel disappointed. That’s not really the fault of Mr Rockwell, though. It’d be tough as poo to choose what stays and what goes. I thought this was great fun, all in all. But I’d recommend it for those who are already fans, and may enjoy a more visual format of these two novels. And I’ll admit that I’d reread the novels over their graphic counterparts in the future. *including the bulk of the footnotes, alas.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I dearly love Terry Pratchett's work. He's one of the authors I turn to again and again for a welcome rereading. This graphic novel was not up to snuff (or _Snuff_ either, for that matter). The production values left something to be desired. Occasionally the text would be cut off at the edge of the page, and occasionally the images were slightly blurred. Beyond that, the panels were generally small and difficult to navigate - it wasn't always clear which panel came next in the sequence on the pa I dearly love Terry Pratchett's work. He's one of the authors I turn to again and again for a welcome rereading. This graphic novel was not up to snuff (or _Snuff_ either, for that matter). The production values left something to be desired. Occasionally the text would be cut off at the edge of the page, and occasionally the images were slightly blurred. Beyond that, the panels were generally small and difficult to navigate - it wasn't always clear which panel came next in the sequence on the page. As another reviewer has already said, the transitions from setting to setting were tricky. If I hadn't read the book several times already, I'd have been lost a few times. There were also a lot of scenes with scantily clad ladies - and I suppose Pratchett had them as well in the original, but I didn't have to *look* at them in every panel. That said, there were some worthwhile scenes of setting.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    it's just... ok. The colors in the art are nice, but storywise this is like the severely abridged version with all the Best Bits MISSING. And lack of explanation on where and why for many scene transitions. And much of the humor severely undercut by aforementioned Best Bits exclusion Couple things that did stand out for me: ~ Rincewind's robes having the old sweater texture for collar/rolled up sleeves & his un-wizard looking hat ~ Death's scythe looked neat ~ that one page full of "polaroids" from it's just... ok. The colors in the art are nice, but storywise this is like the severely abridged version with all the Best Bits MISSING. And lack of explanation on where and why for many scene transitions. And much of the humor severely undercut by aforementioned Best Bits exclusion Couple things that did stand out for me: ~ Rincewind's robes having the old sweater texture for collar/rolled up sleeves & his un-wizard looking hat ~ Death's scythe looked neat ~ that one page full of "polaroids" from Twoflower's tour of the city ~ The Patrician isn't drawn how the 1st book originally described him, but has more of that "thin dude all in black" as later books have established him ~ minor continuity of Rincewind still wearing the dragon boots in next chapter....

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Deavin

    I've not read the original two novels in the discworld, so I can't speak to how faithful this particular adaption is - though I have seen the Sky One film, so I had a good idea of the story before going in. This graphic novel is, in short, both Magical and Fantastic. The art, particularly the colouring and use of light, are stunning. and the Pratchett humour is still conserved. I've heard that The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic are a bumpy start to the Discworld ride, and if you're repe I've not read the original two novels in the discworld, so I can't speak to how faithful this particular adaption is - though I have seen the Sky One film, so I had a good idea of the story before going in. This graphic novel is, in short, both Magical and Fantastic. The art, particularly the colouring and use of light, are stunning. and the Pratchett humour is still conserved. I've heard that The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic are a bumpy start to the Discworld ride, and if you're repetitious about reading them, I can wholeheartedly recommend instead beginning with these graphic novel adaptions.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Havens

    I don't do well with series. I peter out pretty quickly and it takes a lot for me to finish the first one and start the second, much less the 7th or whatnot. I was glad to see two graphic novel adaptations of the first two Discworld novels. That being said, I felt like I was missing out. I know it's an adaptation but it seemed clunky. I felt like I didn't quite get what was going on and was often confused. Pratchett's trademark wit and humor was scattered throughout but it wasn't enough to susta I don't do well with series. I peter out pretty quickly and it takes a lot for me to finish the first one and start the second, much less the 7th or whatnot. I was glad to see two graphic novel adaptations of the first two Discworld novels. That being said, I felt like I was missing out. I know it's an adaptation but it seemed clunky. I felt like I didn't quite get what was going on and was often confused. Pratchett's trademark wit and humor was scattered throughout but it wasn't enough to sustain the graphic novels. The story itself was good but I will likely stop here. Glad to know these adaptations exist though.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Austin Beaudoin

    this was an amazing book though I had trouble reading the actual book I flew by this one in 3 days!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    I think that one of my bigger problems was the art work. It's terrible. Somehow I also think that the books will be better, so I will take that route instead.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Will Sisco

    2.5 Rounding down because I felt like the medium didn't add anything to the story

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tim Shepard

    An okay book. It certainly it gives the reader a brief overview of the books. Keeps with the twists and turns of the stories well.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve Chaput

    If you are already a fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series these graphic novel adaptations will be an additional delight. The two books here were adapted by Scott Rockwell, with wonderful artwork by Steven Ross. Even if the characters aren't exactly as you may have envisioned them it's still fun to see them. These novels introduce the reader to the concept of Discworld, a place where magic isn't what it used to be and one has to be careful since you really can sail off the face of the world a If you are already a fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series these graphic novel adaptations will be an additional delight. The two books here were adapted by Scott Rockwell, with wonderful artwork by Steven Ross. Even if the characters aren't exactly as you may have envisioned them it's still fun to see them. These novels introduce the reader to the concept of Discworld, a place where magic isn't what it used to be and one has to be careful since you really can sail off the face of the world and into the void. Discworld rests on the back of four huge elephants, who themselves stand upon the back of the giant turtle, Great A'Tuin. Not a perfect place, but the Creator was running short of ideas and this seemed good enough at the time. We follow the travels and adventures of the failed wizard, Rincewind and Discworld's first 'tourist' the sometimes clueless, Twoflower. Also along is Twoflower's magical luggage trunk, which will always find its owner, and is pretty able of taking care of itself. Great for fans of fantasy, who don't mind a little humor and the poking fun of religions.

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