Sixth in publication order of the Discworld books, this introduces The Witches--Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Magrat Garlick--who happen to be my favorite characters. I read this a few years ago, and just re-read it recently and it was wonderful to be back in Lancre getting to know the three gals and their distinct and unique personalities all over again. When the king of Lancre is murdered, the new king starts doing things that just goes against the grain of the land. Finally, Granny Weatherwax and has enough and decides to very subtly--ha ha!--go against the age old policy of witches not interfering in politics and help to put the rightful heir to the throne where he belongs. Trouble is, he's only a toddler! What to do, what do to? Much hilarity ensues as well as plenty of semi-buried dry English humor, puns and wordplay. An all-time favorite of mine.
This is another book in the in-famous Discworld Series
This is book # 6 of a series of fantasy books, which if you
begin to start reading you will of course curse me for having
listed this book in the first place and to have begun your
new obsession. Not for readers who have OCD, regarding books.
Not for readers who hate puns, Many hidden jokes for those with
large vocabularies, and deep insights in literature. This Particular
book involves a group of three witches a coven, in a fantasy world
in a fantasy situation, and in no way should any of it be regarded
as reality in this corner of the universe, however in that octerine
sparkly corner of the universe where 1 in the million kind of events occur 9 out of 10 times, well that is where this story occurs.
This is the first of the Witches books and it shows. I'd read Equal Rites and was mildly entertained, then Maskerade and enjoyed it immensely, so I thought, why not?
OK, the concept is neat - MacBeth parody, plus digs at popular concepts of witches. Its fun, in spots, especially with Granny pulling off a stunt that puts Black Alice to shame. Margat is especially funny since I've known 'witches' like that too. I feel like the resolution of the action, was weak. The switcheroos that occur at the end also left me, well, unresolved.
The verdict: Fun, but not up to Pratchett's better bits. I am curious enough to read more of the witches books, and I'm seeking out Witches Abroad next.
Witches are not by nature gregarious and they certainly dont have leaders. Granny Weatherwax was the most highly-regarded of the leaders they didnt have. But even she found that meddling in royal politics was alot more difficult than certain playwrights would have you believe.
This is the 6th novel in the Discworld sequence.
The books featuring the witches are Pratchett at the top of his game. This one shines.
An odd, but interesting, book.
A cauldron of fun is brewing in Discworld when a gang of meddling witches starts playing at royal politics.
This was a great book! A must for any fan and one to look for if you love satirical fantasy writing. Pratchett doesn't fall short of expectations and is one of my favorite authors because of the intelligent humor you will find in his writing. A lot of laughs while little pearls of wisdom are hidden within as well. Wonderful read!
While i loved the characters in this book, the wording was a bit hard to follow. In typical Pratchett style it was an entertaining read.
In this Discworld novel, three witches get involved in politics and the theater. In Pratchett's hysterically funny style, the famous Shakespearean play Macbeth is stood on its ear and shaken to see what falls out. As Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick break all their own rules to circumvent the murdering duke that has taken the throne of Lancre, nothing is quite what is expected - the godmothers' wishes have unexpected consequences, the missing heir wants nothing to do with the throne, and the best man for the job just may be the biggest Fool of all! This is definitely a fun, light read.
A great beginning to a story that continues in some later books. I really enjoyed it, and gave it to a much younger friend to spark her interest in reading. She is reading it now, and reports that she is really enjoying it.
I read 200 of 250+ pages, then decided to drop it, I was that uninterested. I'd been forcing myself to keep reading it for a while, but with so many better options around...
It's interesting, often funny, to see how Pratchett uses 'Macbeth,' but the interest wears off. The plot is incohesive and seems like a backdrop for the allusions and jokes. The characters weren't particularly distinguishable, though perhaps I just wasn't engaged enough to bother distinguishing them. A few characters seemed like they might be humorous if the author had let us in on the joke.
Loved this, of course! Clever and funny as always and I really enjoyed the way Pratchett twisted the age old story about a deposed rightful heir, fairy (well, witchy) godmother gifts, and a secret royal child right on its head.
This is the British version, same book but it has a different ISBN number.
I'm not a fan at all of Terry Pratchett, so take this rating with a grain of salt if you're a huge fan.