The Colour of Magic

by Terry Pratchett | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0552124753 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Rianonne of Wien Bezirk 22 - Donaustadt, Wien Austria on 10/29/2003
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22 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Rianonne from Wien Bezirk 22 - Donaustadt, Wien Austria on Wednesday, October 29, 2003
I took this book from the Pickwicks, the 1. official BookCrossing Zone, today and was very astonished to see that it has no BCID ... So thanks so much, dear KIRSTEN HOPE, for setting your book free and giving me the opportunity to use it for BookCrossing as you might have intended!

Journal Entry 2 by Rianonne at on Friday, November 14, 2003
Released on Friday, November 14, 2003 at Meet-Up in Wien, Wien Austria.

Today at the MeetUp this funny little book will hopefully find a new reader!

Journal Entry 3 by odysseymcfly on Sunday, November 16, 2003
just received this book from rianonne, a new bookcrossing friend at pickwick's meetup.

i haven't read much fantasy, but i'm looking forward to starting this book soon.


Journal Entry 4 by odysseymcfly at on Friday, February 13, 2004
Released on Friday, February 13, 2004 at Pickwicks in Wien, Wien Austria.

I will take this book to the Vienna February MeetUp tonight (Friday, the 13th) @Pickwick's!

Journal Entry 5 by Flares on Tuesday, February 17, 2004
I enjoyed this book. It is the first book in the Discworld series, so it made a lot more sense to me than did the other two books by Terry Pratchett that I have read. Hoorah! This book includes some background and explanation for things that happen in the other books so I would suggest reading this one first (naturally). I shall be reserving this book for Stemonitis.

Journal Entry 6 by stemonitis from not specified, not specified not specified on Wednesday, February 18, 2004
I had read this book years ago, when the author came to my home town. I was surprised to see that it was written back in 1983, not too long after The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. This is not irrelevant, since the two share many similarities - the main protagonists are swept from one bizarre situation to another without much overall control, and much comedy. And the comedy is of a similar kind - the same kinds of wordplays and oddities. It may have only taken me a few hours to read, but I enjoyed them.

Journal Entry 7 by stemonitis from not specified, not specified not specified on Friday, April 30, 2004
sent to Leukonoe...

Journal Entry 8 by Leukonoe from Berlin (irgendwo/somewhere), Berlin Germany on Friday, May 7, 2004
Arrived today in my letterbox and went into Mount TBR directly under Garp - thanks, stemonitis!

Journal Entry 9 by Leukonoe from Berlin (irgendwo/somewhere), Berlin Germany on Monday, August 9, 2004
Back to this book after the fat The Pillars of the Earth bookring I had to read during the last weeks. I am in the middle of the Colour of Magic now and I enjoy reading it, although the scenes change a bit too often and too many characters appear and disappear. It's kind of confusing to me, and must have been to the author, too: in a scene in the beginning Twoflower uses the word "reimburse" and Rincewind is able to translate this into "he will give you gold" at once. A few pages later Rincewind reacts with "???" to the very same word. :)

While I am finishing it, I want to organize this book's further future as a bookray, since I am not going to read it once again and it is on many people's wishlist. Please join in!

This bookring has been on TV in Finland - check out what our participant Annelis wrote in her journal entries!

Order (subject to change for postage/energy economy):
- Froeschle, Baden-Württemberg, DEU
- onecypress, Tennessee, USA
- tenneh, Nebraska, USA (anywhere)
- Ixion, Rhode Island, USA (North America only, USA preferred)
- Zugenia, Rhode Island, USA (anywhere)
- kamalamalama, Hawaii, USA
- KawreS, Nebraska, USA
- squirrel818, Nebraska, USA
- gothamgal, Ohio, USA (anywhere)
- NeedSun, Ontario, CAN
- Auglaise, Wales, GBR (anywhere, Europe preferred)
- Annelis, Uusimaa, FIN (anywhere)
- RoryG, Uusimaa, FIN (anywhere, Europe preferred)
- bilbi, Savoie, FRA (anywhere)
- gadl, Ile de France, FRA (anywhere)
- Barbje, Zuid-Holland, NLD (anywhere)
- Quilted-Elf, South Australia, AUS (anywhere, Australia preferred)<-- the book got (hopefully only temporarily) lost on its way here!
- amberC, Northern Territory, AUS (anywhere, Australia preferred)
- loom91, West Bengal, IND (anywhere, Asia preferred)
- kamalamalama, Hawaii, USA
- Simmer, Merseyside, GBR (anywhere)
- you?

- As soon as you get the book, make a journal entry so we all know you got it
- Try not to keep it for more than four weeks - if you won't have time, better ask to be put on the end of the list to try later
- Read it, ask the next person on the list for his/her address via PM when you're about to finish
- When you're done, send the book along (surface mail is absolutely okay) and make a journal entry so we all know it has left you
- In case of problems (people not replying to PMs etc.): PM me so we can change the list

Those who want to read on after that volume, please check out the reading order written by Ixion

Journal Entry 10 by Leukonoe from Berlin (irgendwo/somewhere), Berlin Germany on Monday, August 23, 2004
A strange book with a not very well controlled plot, but a lot of great ideas (indeed quite similar to the Hitchhikers Guide). The Luggage is my favourite character. I am going to pass this book on to Froeschle on September 7th.

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Journal Entry 11 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Thursday, September 30, 2004
Not read, but phantastic. Book is now travelling back to Leukonoe.


Journal Entry 12 by Leukonoe from Berlin (irgendwo/somewhere), Berlin Germany on Monday, October 4, 2004
Got the book back from Froeschle and will send it along tomorrow via media mail. Enjoy, onecypress!

Journal Entry 13 by onecypress from Pegram, Tennessee USA on Thursday, October 28, 2004
I guess there was some problem in shipping because I received the package containing the book only yesterday (and it was quite mangled, too...the package, not the book). Anyways, I've just finished reading it tonight and am waiting to hear from tenneh so I can send it on to its next adsventure.
It was a really quick read and while it wasn't exactly "my type", it did get my interest piqued about the rest of the series...thanks Leukonoe!

Journal Entry 14 by tenneh from Verdon, Nebraska USA on Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Received today and looking forward to reading it!

I enjoyed this book although I found it hard to follow in some places. I will be looking for the rest of the series.

Journal Entry 15 by tenneh at Via Mail in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Nebraska USA on Friday, November 12, 2004
Released on Friday, November 12, 2004 at about 10:00:00 PM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at Controlled Postal Release in Falls City, Nebraska USA.


going to Ixion

Journal Entry 16 by Ixion from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, November 20, 2004
I have been reading the books completely out of order. It will be nice to finally be able to read the first one! I have 3 other bookring books that all showed up at the same time (despite my best efforts to avoid this) so it will be at least 3 weeks before I'm done. I'll try and have it done in a month.

12/31/04 - I finally gave up on the two bookrings books before this one, the Wizard of Earthsea just wasn't agreeing with my mood. A nice Discworld novel, on the other hand, does! I just bought the Art of Discworld, the pictures are nice but don't agree with how I thought of the City Watch. I'm glad I finally get to read this series from the beginning.

Journal Entry 17 by Ixion from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, January 9, 2005
I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed. But you'll notice I gave the book an 8 which means I'm not REALLY disappointed. The book was good, not great, the ending basically forces you to read the next book in the series, which is fine, I intend to.

I must say, I loved the way he alluded to the luggage. Sometimes I would start reading the description and think, "What is he talking about?" and then you're like, oh yeah, I know what it is. When the luggage hit the water I thought of the Jaws theme..... it's coming for you...

For those who haven't read any DiscWorld novels before, please keep going, they get MUCH better! I read Going Postal, the most recent in the series, and it was very entertaining! I would also suggest you read the City Watch series, consisting of the books (in order) Guards, Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Jingo, The 5th Elephant and Night Watch. I think you might find the characters more admirable in intentions and a bit more brave!

And then you can meet Lord Vetinari. **Drool**

Journal Entry 18 by zugenia from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, January 12, 2005
This just arrived in the mail from Ixion—thank you for passing it on! I'll read it as soon as I finish the bookring book I'm on now. Why is it that the bookring books always arrive at the same time?

Journal Entry 19 by zugenia from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 18, 2005
I enjoyed this book very much, and definitely plan to read more Discworld books. As others have commented here, the story isn't profound and the book does have its minor flaws, but it's highly entertaining, which is all it aspires to. In addition to the inevitable Douglas Adams connection, I found myself recalling a couple of Alan Dean Foster books I read over and over again as a kid, particularly Glory Lane. That book had a great cover that kept me mesmerized for hours as a kid. And, like Leukonoe, my favorite character was the Luggage.

Off to Hawaii as soon as I get kamalamalama's address. Thanks to all for sharing!

Journal Entry 20 by kamalamalama from Mountain View, Hawaii USA on Sunday, February 20, 2005
rcvd in the mail,will read & pass on to next person asap

Journal Entry 21 by kamalamalama from Mountain View, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, February 23, 2005
I'm sorry,but I just can't seem to get into this book right now...Although I really like the SF/Fantasy genre,I guess I'm not "in da Mood"...I tried,I really did!
I had previoulsy read another Discworld ,but soon discovered its best to start w/this 1st one...even tho I agree w/the others that it is confusing at times..
Reading to me is something I do for enjoyment,& I just can't read under pressure to get it on its way in a I guess I'm not going to be joining any more Rings/rays(unless I can be last) w/no pressure...I guess i should have asked 2/B last on this one..Oh well, I've learned a good BX-ing lesson.....
Maybe I'll put it on my W.L. & get the whole series TBR @ my leisure...(hint,hint)

Anyways,its on its way to KawreS in Nebraska...

Journal Entry 22 by Leukonoe from Berlin (irgendwo/somewhere), Berlin Germany on Thursday, February 24, 2005
Thanks to everybody so far for keeping this book going! Wish I could have seen all these places in the US and could be in Hawaii right now... I just wanted to remark that I dont want anybody to feel under pressure or even guilty. I thought that for a thin book a rough guideline of about one month would be a good compromise between leisure for the readers and stretching the patience of those waiting for the book. Definitely no need to read it within one week, kamalamalama! :) Shall I put you on the end after the Australians (would make sense geographically...)?

Journal Entry 23 by kamalamalama from Mountain View, Hawaii USA on Friday, February 25, 2005
I just wanted to add a comment re:pressure from people who start bookrings...My remark was NOT meant for Leukonoe,who started this ring,but for all the others.....& there are many who do...for example the people who send several PM's a week askng for the status of their book...& remarks on the open forums about how long it takes for media mail to get to some places...I agree w/another BX-er who states on her bookshelf that these people can "get stuffed"

Journal Entry 24 by wingKawreSwing from Falls City, Nebraska USA on Tuesday, March 22, 2005
got it thanks

Journal Entry 25 by squirrel818 from Tafton, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Received in the mail today. I will read it asap.

Journal Entry 26 by squirrel818 from Tafton, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, April 19, 2005
This was a really fun fantasy novel. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 27 by squirrel818 at planned release in Seville, Ohio USA on Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Released 17 yrs ago (4/20/2005 UTC) at planned release in Seville, Ohio USA



Journal Entry 28 by gothamgal on Thursday, May 12, 2005
Got through a bookring.

Journal Entry 29 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Monday, June 6, 2005
This arrived on Friday. I have a few book to read ahead of it but it shouldn't take too long.

Journal Entry 30 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 29, 2005
Cute book. If any other DiscWorld novels come my way, I will certainly read them. I won't go out and actively seek them though with so many other books to read.

I just want to apologise for hanging on to this book for so long. During the summer, I seem to have little reading time except before bed and I got bogged down with a sleeper, 2 pages and your eyes can't stay opened anymore. I am happy to say, this book took only three days so I am back in the grouve!

Thanks very much for starting this ring, Leukonoe. I will get it in the mail this weekend.

Sent: August 16

Journal Entry 31 by Auglaise from -- Somewhere in London 🤷‍♀️ , Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, September 1, 2005
Received last week, and didn't get a chance to journal.

Although all Terry Pratchett is wonderful, I can really tell the difference between his earlier stuff and his more recent work. I enjoyed it very much, but think that I prefer his later books. Thanks very much for letting me read it, and I"ll have it in the post to the next person as soon as I get an address.

Journal Entry 32 by Auglaise from -- Somewhere in London 🤷‍♀️ , Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, September 8, 2005
Headed off to Finland today!

Journal Entry 33 by wingAnneliswing from Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, September 13, 2005
The book had arrived yesterday while I was visiting Stockholm, Sweden. I'll read it before the next Helsinki meet-up in October. I hope I'll meet RoryG there. At least she was at the today's meeting. Thank you, Leukonoe for the book ray and Auglaise for sending it!

Journal Entry 34 by wingAnneliswing from Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Well, I did not make it for October meeting but next time I am going to give the book to RoryG. I started reading and it looks quite funny. I have to other books by Terry Pratchett in Finnish. I bought them for my daughter but she did not read them. Well, I will.

Journal Entry 35 by wingAnneliswing from Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, October 22, 2005
Early in the morning this book was with me on the Finnish TV1 there I was interviewed about Bookcrossing for 7 minutes. The little scene was at a big fleamarket in Helsinki. The weekly program is about all kinds of recycling. I took this book with me as an example, because it has travelled a long way already and will continue its journey to Australia and Hawaii. Of course I could not take pictures before my turn (I was nervous) neither during my turn but as soon as I was over with it I took a photo. I was with the two young men on the left. The one with spectacles was the interviewer and the other a singer and musician (famous in Finland). I sat on the yellow sofa near the interviewer. The interview felt too short. I did not have time enough to say half the things I wanted. But better little than nothing. We'll sure get new members in Finland again.

Journal Entry 36 by wingAnneliswing from Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, October 25, 2005
The program was broadcast second time Monday afternoon and I took photos from TV screen. And again we got new members! You can see the book in my hand.

Journal Entry 37 by RoryG from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Got this from Annelis in the meet-up in Helsinki today. I have another bookring before this, but I should be done with it soon.

Journal Entry 38 by RoryG from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, December 2, 2005
My life has been quite hectic lately because of some renovation that is done in my apartment building, but now I finally have read the book. It was hard for me to get into the book at first. But when I did, I liked it a lot, although I think that the writer was a bit sloppy sometimes. It seems like he didn't always remember what he had written before. This bothers me a lot in a book. But in the end, it wasn't too disturbing and I like the writer's huomor which saved a lot. So I did like it a lot, but it doesn't reach to the level of Douglas Adams. But I might read something else by the same author later.

I will send the book forward as soon as I get the next person's address.

Edit 15.12.2005: I haven't got an answer from R4Andre and he looks like he's not an active bookcrosser. So I contacted bilbi and hope to get her address soon, so that I can send the book on its way.

Edit 19.12.2005: I sent this to bilbi on 17.12.2005.

Journal Entry 39 by bilbi from Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes France on Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Received today ! I'm new to Pratchett's discworld series. Just one book to read before starting this one !
Thanks for sharing it ! It seems to have well travelled so far \o/
Many greetings from France :*

Journal Entry 40 by bilbi from Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes France on Monday, December 26, 2005
I read it yesterday ! Christmas was a sleepy day and what a nice way to spend it ! The Luggage is the best !

Thanks for sharing the book and Merry Christmas (and Happy New Year) to you all ! \o/

Journal Entry 41 by gadl from Arcueil, Ile-de-France France on Sunday, January 1, 2006
It's here! I should start it in a couple of days. Thank you all, and happy new year!

Journal Entry 42 by gadl from Arcueil, Ile-de-France France on Monday, January 23, 2006
This is a funny book. I liked the humour, but not the universe. I haven't read much fantasy so far, so I should probably refrain from generalizing, but I think I don't like this genre. Has this author written anything that funny in a more verisimilar genre? I could like this.

I've posted the book to Barbje this morning. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 43 by wingBarbjewing from Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, January 27, 2006
Received the book in good order!

Journal Entry 44 by wingBarbjewing from Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, February 17, 2006
Liked the book, loved the Luggage. The story made me smile sometimes, but all togheter I think I suspected something else. It was a bit too chaotic for me, perhaps, sometimes I was as lost as the travellers (which could have been exactly the intention of Pratchett, of course :-))

Glad I read it, and allthough I'm not running to the store to buy every existing Discworld novel, I won't say no to another one...

edit: Ow, and I think it's wonderfull the book travelled so far and had so many readers! Great!!

edit March 4th: send another pm to quilted-elf today, simmer asked to be skipped, quilted-elf didn't react to my pm of 19-2, but maybe she didn't receive it...

edit March 6th: shipped the book today! ETA: March 21.. Beginning of Spring!

Journal Entry 45 by Leukonoe from Berlin (irgendwo/somewhere), Berlin Germany on Sunday, October 15, 2006
Dear all, I have sent PMs to both Barbje and Quilted-Elf some weeks ago, and they both have remained without a reply as of now. Because of that, I have sent a PM to the lostbookisland to put it into the holiday resort there, but they also have a lot to do as I understand from their bookshelf. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the book eventually resurfaces! If any of you knows about another copy we could use as a replacement, please PM me. And thanks to all who kept it going so far - 21 readers isn't too bad, is it?

Journal Entry 46 by wingBarbjewing from Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, October 15, 2006
Hello Colour of magic readers,

I am so very very sorry that this book, that had travelled so far, now seems to be lost!! I have send it on it's way as I have said in my former entry.

I will replace the book and send the story to QuiltedElf again!

You'll hear from me...

Journal Entry 47 by lostbookisland on Sunday, February 3, 2008
This book has washed ashore at the Lost Book Island after not being heard from for many months. This new arrival will be shown to a room and be allowed a bit of rest before being introduced to the many fun things to do here at the island.

All around there are books sipping cool drinks under shady palms while other books participate in a wide variety of beach sports. There is plenty of sand, surf and sun here for all of the lost and wayward books to enjoy.

It is hoped that very soon a new journal entry will come to rescue this book from the island and send it back out into the BookCrossing world so that it may continue on its journey. It is hoped that the new journal entry will tell all the interested parties where this book has been this long time and where it will be traveling to next.

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