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Võluv võrdsus (Discworld #3)

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"Maailmakuulsa ulmekirjaniku järgmine Kettamaailma raamat, mis kindlasti avardab arusaama selle maailma iseäralikust elust. Võlur Drum Billett teab, et ta hakkab surema. Enne surma peab ta andma oma saua üle järglasele, kaheksanda poja kaheksandale pojale. Nagu näha, pole poole sõnagagi mainitud kaheksanda tütre kaheksandat tütart, mis tähendab seda, et tegemist on ilmselg ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published 1999 by Varrak (first published 1987)
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Sep 15, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just recently re-visited this book after a couple years away from it. What's more, I've just recent re-read several of the more recent Witch novels from Pratchett, so they're fresh in my head.

Granny Weatherwax is one of my favorite characters of Pratchett's, and as an author, it does me good to see how she began as a character.

This book has some rough edges. There's nothing wrong with it, mind you, but it was still very early on in Pratchett's career, and it doesn't have the smoothness of hi
Jul 28, 2011 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with Terry Pratchett is that you keep wanting to read the good bits out loud.

In this particular case, I'd just reached the line "Her dress would have been both clinging and revealing, if it had had anything to cling to or reveal." Too late, I realized that not all the people around me were going to find this equally funny. I'm still embarrassed. Damn.

Feb 29, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I was not already a Terry Pratchet fan, I most definitely am now.

Equal Rites, Sir Terry’s third installment in the Discworld series is a peach of practical magic. Telling the story of a young girl’s conflicting talents for wizardry and / or witchery.

In the Discworld, men are wizards and women are witches – at least that is how it has been up to the point when young Eskarina Smith sort of becomes – both. Pratchett spins a deliciously tangled web about the age-old contest between the men and th
Similar in spirit to the first two books in the Discworld series, once again we have a delightful duo on a journey, encountering many a merry mishap on the way. This book is not as funny as its predecessors, though the plot seems more cohesive and a little less meandering.

Despite the distinct lack of trolls, this is probably my favorite so far. I really enjoyed the "Girl Power" theme to the book. At least I think I did. It could just be those darned witches using their "headology" on me.
Mar 29, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Executive Summary: Not as funny or as quotable as The Light Fantastic, but very enjoyable for other reasons.

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I had to double check the year this was written. This book still feels very relevant today.

Wizards can only be men. Witches can only be women. Their magic is different and shouldn't be mixed. A women has no place learning to be a wizard. Witches "have their place". Does any of this sound familiar?

As someone who works in a field that is far too lacking in women the idea that ce
Fun reading

This is book one of the Witches segment of Discworld. The characters are lively and likable. The magic system is comedic with a dark bite. Mixed into the slapstick silliness is a grain of philosophy and social commentary that is often highly quotable and thought provoking.
The story reads like Wicca meets Harry Potter meets the theory of relativity meets The Dark Crystal. I found myself slowing down and rereading sections of the story to make sure I followed it correctly. A lot happens
Olga Godim
A mediocre novel, at least for this writer. He’s still stretching his wings, and it shows: this earlier tale contains too much verbal clutter but almost no humor, which is abundant in his later novels. I like the idea of this one – a female should be allowed to be a wizard. Oh, yeah, I’m all for equal rights. I dislike the execution though.
Why did the author make Esk, the protagonist, an 8-year-old girl? She is too young to behave the way she does and to know everything she is supposed to know.
Jul 30, 2015 Mangrii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tercera novela de Mundodisco y la primera de la saga de las Brujas. En esta ocasión un mago moribundo cede su cayado mágico a un bebe recién nacido, Eskarina Herrero, una octava hija de una octavo hijo. El problema es que la magia de magos solo pasa de magos a niños; y las niñas en cambio solamente pueden ser brujas, ya que su magia es totalmente distinta. A pesar de sus peros, la bruja Yaya Ceravieja decide velar por Esk, ayudarla a convertirse en bruja y también en mago; llevándola hasta la Un ...more
David Sarkies
Mar 14, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes a good laugh
Recommended to David by: Stewart
Shelves: comedy
Granny takes on the old boys club
4 August 2012

There are a few things that I have to say before commenting on this book as such. Firstly this is the second time that I read it, but I have listed it as a read book because when I read it the first time the friend who had lent it to me then proceeded to tell me all of the jokes. In fact, every Discworld novel that he ended up encouraging me to read generally came with a running commentary, and as such I ended up getting put off of them quite quickl
May 16, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 3 (publication order) of the Discworld books and after having read and enjoyed both The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic last year I was quite looking forward to getting into some of the books which major fans of the series say are good. I can definitely say that this one is a lot better then The Colour of Magic in both writing style and ease of understanding. By this point it seems the Pratchett had really honed and perfected his tone of voice and writing style, just the rig ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Martitara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como me viene pasando siempre con las novelas de Pratchett, esta es una historia que se disfruta muchísimo ya no tanto por la trama sino por la ambientación única y el estilo divertidísimo e inigualable del autor. Por algo será que, de julio a ahora, he pasado de no haber leído ninguna novela suya a haber leído cuatro. En Mundodisco, Pratchett se salta todas las reglas de la coherencia narrativa; hace lo que le da la gana... y le sale bien. Pues chapó.
En concreto, de ritos iguales me llevo unas
Nov 01, 2012 Tfitoby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, funny
A brave move from Terry Pratchett as he moves away from his established characters and takes a shot at world building.

I've been listening to the audiobook for the reread of this one as part of my exercise regime and it was quite the good distraction from the pain.

The third in the now long running Discworld series moves away from Rincewind, The Luggage, Twoflower and the parodies of generic sword and magic fantasy epics. After the success of the first two I imagine this must have been a brave mov
December 10, 2009

The first female wizard is exceptional, of course. It was never meant to be. Hahahahahahaha.


November 9, 2011

Veronica's been feeling a little under the weather this week, and when that is the case, she likes me to read aloud. And she couldn't locate the book we had been reading, so she decided on Pratchett instead. They both seem to like it so far.

June 28, 2014

The thing I really noticed this time is the way Pratchett makes up for his earlier omission of women at Unseen Univ
May 08, 2015 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First in the Witches series, and another great Discworld story.

Drum Billet, a wizard knocks on the door of Smith the smithy of Bad Ass, a small village up in the Ramtops. The smithy's wife is about to give birth to her eighth child and the wizard wishes to transfer his powers (before parting with his life) as tradition demands, to the eighth son of an eighth son. Little did he know that the new addition to the smithy's family was gonna be a girl... because you know, only men can be wizards, and
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 13/09/2005 (first published 1987)
Author: Terry Pratchett
Recommended for: fan's of fantasy novels

First of all I love Terry Pratchett books, alothough this book was incredibly well written by one of the most talented fantasy writers, it isn't my favourite one in the 'Discworld' series. This book features Granny Weatherwax, The Librarian, and Eskarina Smith. Eskarina was born a wizard even though it is very very rare for there to be a female wizard, Eskarina wants to become one and with
Jun 01, 2015 Fiona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last night I had a migraine. All the painkillers, then, and medicinal Celia Imrie reading Pratchett, in a darkened room at the lowest possible still-audible volume.

That'll do nicely.


Yes; perfect; wonderful. More of the same, thank you. Proto-Weatherwax is exactly what I wanted.
Mar 31, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wyrd Sisters was my first Pratchett, and such a bliss-out that I am forever partial to any Discworld narrative that involves witches. Especially if the witch in question is Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax. And Granny is front and center in Equal Rites.

I won't go into details of the plot except to say that the punny title alludes to the (in this case) magical battle between the sexes which provides much of the story's conflict. See, women can be witches and men can be wizards, but you absolutely ca
Jul 05, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is where we really start to see the real meat of the Discworld series, and the wonders to come.

It's easy to read the first two books of the series as an exercise in pure iconoclasm. Pratchett came onto the scene, a gleeful jester in the genre, poking fun at the tropes, breaking them down and reassembling them minus a few screws, so that they did something a bit unexpected. With this book however, he lets us know that he's not just doing it for the sake of tinkering with the status quo, he'
2.5 stars. A disappointment after really enjoying The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic. I love the Discworld setting and will certainly read more in the series, but I did not love this installment.
May 02, 2016 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comedy
Why was it that when she heard Granny ramble on about witchcraft she longed for the cutting magic of wizardry, but whenever she heard Treatle speak in his high-pitched voice she would fight to the death for witchcraft? She'd be both, or none at all. And the more they intended to stop her, the more she wanted it.

She'd be a witch and a wizard, too. And she would
show them.

This book gets 3 stars, but on the Terry Pratchett grading scale: so far I've found all of his books to be so delightful and c
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
What more can be possibly said about the late and great Terry Pratchett? I've yet to open a book bearing his name that I do not like, that does not amuse and delight, and does not leave me thoughtful and wiser.

Well, wiser at least in my own estimation. I'm sure Pratchett would have something to say about the narcissism of the self-assessment.

To Equal Rites itself: Eskarina was supposed to be born the eighth son of an eighth son, an auspicious combination that a dying wizard seeks out in order to
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I've had the first Discworld book patiently waiting on my iPad for months and haven't gotten to it, but per Deborah's strong recommendation (see her review and Emma Sea's comment #1 at I skipped past the first two books and went straight to the third, Equal Rites, to begin my Discworld experience.

A dying wizard passes his wizardly powers and magical staff to the newborn 8th son of an 8th son (why not 7th? I guess Discworld just has to be different). He d
Orbi Alter
Apr 14, 2016 Orbi Alter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mislim da cu skroz drugacije hodati po kisi:)
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

One of the interesting things about going back and reading the earlier Discworld books is the sort of character dissonance - the way the characters aren't quite how you come to know them in future books, so they feel kind of off. And you wonder if it's just that the grow as characters, or if Pterry doesn't retcon a bit. (After all, Nanny Ogg doesn't even seem to exist in this story.)

Anyway -

It took me a little while to get through this, despite it being so short. I just had a hard time keep
Wizards always know when they're going to die and Drum Billet is determined to pass on his staff, and his magic, to someone worthy. He has heard that a baby is about to be born, the eighth son of an eighth son, and therefore someone who should be incredibly powerful when they come of age and he has decided that they'll make a worthy heir. Unfortunately he forgets one tiny matter - to check that the baby is actually a boy before he makes the exchange. It's a well known fact on Discworld that girl ...more
Sep 22, 2009 Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humour
Pratchett’s third Discworld novel dispels with Rincewind and the various other assorted characters we met in the first two books, instead introducing one of the series’ most memorable characters: Granny Weatherwax, the sharp-tongued witch. Unfortunately, Granny is embroiled in a rather slow-moving tale that doesn’t really go anywhere for a hundred pages, before finishing with a rip-roaring conclusion that’s full of amusement, excitement and excellent writing. It’s just a shame that Pratchett did ...more
Eşit Haklar, DiskDünya'nın cadılar serisinin ilk kitabı ve yine çok güzel. Adından da anlaşılabileceği gibi kadın erkek eşitliğini merkezine alıyor. Büyücü olmak isteyen -ve bunda her türlü meşru hakkı da bulunan- Esk, sadece kadın olduğu için bunu başaramayacağını, yalnızca cadı olabileceğini öğrenince biraz bozuluyor tabii. Ayrıca kadınların büyücü olamayacağını söyleyenler de, en başta yine kadınlar.

Espriler ve göndermeler yine harika tabii..
Isa Martínez
Oct 26, 2015 Isa Martínez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy satisfecha con la primera toma de contacto con Terry Pratchett. El próximo será Brujerías, y espero leerlo pronto.
Feb 16, 2015 Celise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"'Million-to-one chances,' she said, 'crop up nine times out of ten.'"

This wasn't nearly as funny or nearly as engaging as the first two novels, and that may be due to the absence of the original cast of characters. However, Eskarina, the first female wizard, and her old Granny, a witch, were still entertaining and enjoyable. My only complaint is that this book seems a bit discontinuous from the previous one.

A little bit of a slow start, but once I got invested in Esk and Granny Weatherwax, I really got into it (once I had a physical copy since the Kindle copy was so fubar, an issue I never got resolved). I even stayed up late on a work night to read, then came home from work and went right back to reading to finish it.

It seems relatively inadequate to describe the book using words, when so much of the book was how words have many meanings, and it's all really about intent. The book was also about c
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