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Now billed as "The original Discworld novel".

Rincewind the unfortunate wizard and Twoflower the eager tourist adventure across the Disc world, visiting Ankh Morpork, the Wyrmberg and the city of Krull which perches directly on the rim of the Disc. They are accompanied by the Luggage and an imp that lives in a box on a strap and takes likenesses when it can be bothered. They encounter Death and his horse, and various Gods, monsters and heroes. There are footnotes.

At the time Terry's intent seems to have been at least partly satirical. The first chapter takes off Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, the second McCaffrey's Pern, and the third Howard's Conan the Barbarian. Not sure about the fourth, in which Rincewind and Twoflower get involved with an attempt to launch a spaceship from Krull. All are played for laughs that depend partly on recognising the fantasy tropes.

The scenery is familiar, but the Disc world is not the world that it later became. It is none the worse for that, but if I had been reading it now for the first time I doubt I would have finished it, let alone picked up any of the sequels. Books have their time, and this one caught it. Thank goodness.

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del_c
10th Oct, 2015 18:27 (UTC)
I sometimes say Master and Commander is a prequel to the Aubrey-Maturin series, that started with Post Captain. Similarly, The Colour of Magic is in a way a prequel to the Discworld series.
coth
11th Oct, 2015 09:04 (UTC)
Maybe so.

I have the Aubrey books on hold for a re/reading project one of these years. But not soon, alas.

(Also, "alas" is true, but should be read in the knowledge that one of the reasons I'm not doniog much reading is that I am choosing to do other things.)
del_c
12th Oct, 2015 13:43 (UTC)
When you're starting the re-read project (or even before!) consider reading The Golden Ocean and The Unknown Shore. If Master and Commander is Jack and Stephen version 0.95, these earlier novels are versions 0.1 and 0.5.
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