Length: 183 pages
Setting: various locations within Discworld, starting at Ankh-Morpork
Interest: Terry Pratchett died recently and I realized I’ve never read any of his Discworld books, which are classics in the field. Several of the books (including this one) are part of the BBC’s The Big Read.
Summary: Twoflower is a tourist in Ankh-Morpork from the Counterweight Continent. Twoflower is incredibly niave, but wants to see ALL the native sights (including bar fights and whorehouses). He hires the failed wizard Rincewind to be his tour guide, since they share a language in common. Rincewind spends the rest of the book getting into terrifying situations that delight Twoflower, including dragons, pirates, and shipwreck. They always manage to survive the situations, usually due to more luck than skill.
Final thoughts: This is a great introduction to the world of Discworld since Rincewind and Twoflower travel over so many parts of it. The book was humorous, as I’ve been told, with the humorous bits sprinkled throughout the book. I think my favorite character was Luggage – so tenacious in following Twoflower and so scary when champing on someone trying to steal from it. I also loved that Rincewind kept Hrun the Barbarian in line by appealing to his vanity and taking photos of him. Mr. Curiosity is reading the book now, and I’ll be looking up more of the books.
Title comes from: It’s a chapter title and refers to the eighth color in Discworld – octarine, the color of magic that only wizards can see.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 32/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge
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