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Book:  The Color of Magic By Terry Pratchett

I’ve never been to Discworld, “a flat circular planet that rests on the back of four elephants, which in turn are standing on the back of a giant turtle.” (Description in back of book).  I’ve always stayed this side of the Milky Way, but if I were to go for a visit, here is what I would take:

  • Sapient Pearwood Luggage – it’s better than Louis Vuitton, trust me.  “Sapient pearwood is totally impervious to all known forms of magic.  It’s been constructed to follow you anywhere. I mean, when you die, if you go to Heaven, you’ll at least have a clean pair of socks in the afterlife.”
  • Gold (lots of it) — you’ll need to procure a room in a good inn.
  • An iconagraph — a box with a “round glass eye protruding from the center of one face, and a lever at the back . . . It’s a device for making pictures quickly.” You’ll need one of these so you can take pictures of all the heroes in the City of Ankh-Morpork.
  • A really good imagination — so you can summon your own dragon. I’m really looking forward to this part.
  • A magician guide – preferably a competent magician, but Rincewind the wizard will do.
  • An unquenchable taste for adventure and travel.
  • And most of all, an optimistic nature.

Terry Pratchett’s world of fantasy is imaginative and unexpected. Therein lies its appeal.  Twoflower, a delightfully naive tourist from the Agatean Empire, takes a ship to the City of Ankh-Morpork to see some excitement. Rincewind, the barely competent wizard, becomes his guide.  The pair run into danger, fights and  . . . oh yes, let’s not forget Death (who only communicates in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS).    Twoflower isn’t bothered a bit, and in fact, doesn’t seem to understand the concept of worry or danger.  I guess that’s okay because Rincewind worries enough for both of them.

My favorite character (if you can call it that) is the sapient pearwood luggage.  It’s like a loyal pet that follows Twoflower everywhere.  It carries all of Twoflower’s things, and it can get vicious if kept between it and its master.

I confess that I probably would not have chosen this book on my own. It was a book club pick, but I’m glad I read it.  So, if you’re in a humorous frame of mind, stop by Discworld.  Don’t worry too much about all the different things you will encounter, you’ll get the hang of it soon enough.  Don’t look for a map, either.

There are no maps.  You can’t map a sense of humor.

(Quote by Terry Pratchett)