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Wyrd Sisters (Discworld #6)

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Wyrd Sisters is Terry Pratchett's sixth Discworld novel, published in 1988, and re-introduces Granny Weatherwax of Equal Rites.

Wyrd Sisters focuses its attentions on the three witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, the latter of whom has learned too much of her witchery in the sorts of books advertised, in this world anyway, in the back of supermarket tab
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Hardcover, First Edition, 251 pages
Published November 1988 by Victor Gollancz (first published 1988)
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Leslie
Apr 03, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How have I never read Terry Pratchett before? He's like ... Shakespeare and Wodehouse and Monty Python all wrapped into one!

A student gave me this book while we were studying Macbeth in class. Wyrd Sisters is a sort of parallel story, which manages to poke fun at the play, revere the play, make inside jokes about the play, and ... well, generally turn the play on its head. All the while, you, the reader, get to feel very smart and superior for getting all the jokes and allusions.

And yet it manag
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Lyn
Dec 25, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shakespeare on the Discworld.

Truth be told, and all due respect to Rincewind, but I am partial to Sir Terry’s Discworld Witches. Granny Weatherwax returns from Equal Rites to star in another novel, this time in Pratchett’s 1988 entry into the Discworld universe, Wyrd Sisters, his sixth Discworld novel and the second to feature Weatherwax and her sister witches.

Nanny Ogg gives her a run for her money though.

Pratchett provides Granny Weatherwax with a return visit and introduces two of her sisters
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Melki
Jul 30, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know the wizards have their fans, but for my money, NOBODY beats the Discworld witches.

Granny Weatherwax and her "cronies" try to dethrone an undesirable king in this adventure. To do it they'll need to mess around with time and even consort with...actors - gasp!

Here the gals summon a demon, with predictably Pratchett-like results:

The waters seethed a little, became very still and then, with a sudden movement and a little popping noise, mounded up into a head.
"Well?" it said.
"Who're you?" said
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BrokenTune
May 08, 2016 BrokenTune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
As the cauldron bubbled an eldritch voice shrieked: ‘When shall we three meet again?’ There was a pause. Finally another voice said, in far more ordinary tones: ‘Well, I can do next Tuesday.’

I just realised that I never finished writing a review for this one even though I absolutely loved it. Wyrd Sisters is the second installment of the Witches sub-series, and is Pratchett's version of what would happen if Hamlet and Macbeth had been set in the Discworld universe - which may just give you an id
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Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
After reading three rather lackluster books in a row I was feeling rather down about the world of reading. Then I read the first sentence of Wyrd Sisters. I entered the world of witches, Shakespearean plots and a novel full of Terry Pratchett's wonderful, quirky sense of humour.
As the cauldron bubbled an eldritch voice shrieked: 'When shall we three meet again?'
There was a pause.
Finally another voice said, in a far more ordinary tones: 'Well, I can do next Tuesday.'
pg 1.

I think my favourit
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Luffy
Oct 07, 2015 Luffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The late Terry Pratchett was a hell of a writer. I thought one of my other favorite Fantasy authors, Brandon Sanderson, was barking up the wrong tree when he lauded Pratchett as a genius.

But, I realize now better not to distrust those in the know. It is clear to me that the author of Wyrd Sisters is a master of literature, with this book to prove it. A very great first half leading to a less than perfect second half makes me look forward to the Discworld books. It's queer how the first half em
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Hamlet and MacBeth had a baby, and it was a comedy.

3.5 stars.
Rob
Executive Summary: Started slow, but the second half kind of made up for the first half. And very quotable as always. 3.5 Stars.

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Well I made it! I did 5 Discworld books in the last few months. I was able to read this book in April for Sword and Laser without having to skip any books.

It's not my favorite of the bunch, but I definitely enjoyed it more than I did Sourcery. I think I might have enjoyed Equal Rites more though. I was warned that Granny Weatherwax was a bit different in th
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Ivan
Sep 20, 2016 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am warming up to Witches but so far City Watch is still my favorite Discworld series.
Gandolf
Jan 23, 2017 Gandolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasía, 2017
Libr GENIAL escrito por un genio! Leídos 6 de Mundodisco y para mi éste es el mejor. Se lleva las 5 estrellas.
Leah
May 01, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comic
If the idiots of the world aren't careful, they'll find themselves being educated without knowing it. Reading Pratchett is like reading something written by someone who finds pretty much everything interesting, and wants to share it with you without condescending or being preachy. Oh, wait...

Here he tackles Macbeth in particular, and the power of the written and spoken word in general. How he manages to take something as epic and classic as Macbeth and simultaneously mock it and pay homage to it
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Tfitoby
May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure entertainment from start to finish. Nanny Ogg is so similar to my own grandmother that I am drawn to her character first before the more famous Granny Wetherwax despite this being the grand dame of headology's first appearance as we would come to know her after the character exploration of Equal Rites. Taking two months away from reading and reviewing has really taken its toll, I can barely think of a thing to say. It doesn't matter though, this one has stood the test of time and in posteri ...more
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
I love this trio of witches.

Terry Pratchett has done it again - another fantastic tale of the Discworld.

The plot is hilarious and the characters even more so. But still there's a thread of romance, a sweet little side story.

This story has heart.
Siria
Wyrd Sisters was the very first Discworld novel that I ever read, back at the tender age of eight. A friend of mine got it as a present from her father. Like his previous gift of the collected novels of Jane Austen, this wasn't received with much enthusiasm. She tossed it over to me on one of our monthly 'let's raid one another's bookcases' events. I was intrigued by the slightly cartoony, slightly grotesque style of Josh Kirby's cover art, and took it away with me.

I read the whole thing in abou
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Exoticbrett
Jun 25, 2011 Exoticbrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, fantasy
Terry Pratchett does Macbeth. This is my favourite Discworld book so far (I'm reading them in publishing order). The writing is brilliantly perfect and funny. The Fool is a great character, wrestling with the ill-fitting role he's been assigned in the Shakespearean-esque world he inhabits. The jokes all work, the story is clever, the bard references are inspired, and tipping it into another dimension of enjoyment is the always irreverent Granny Weatherwax. I loved it. I want more. Give me more n ...more
David Sarkies
Oct 25, 2012 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want a bit of a laugh
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: comedy
Pratchett takes a jab at Shakespeare's classics
31 October 2012

Well, here I am writing a commentary on Wyrd Sisters on Halloween. Okay, this book isn't about Halloween, but the three main characters are witches, and there are a lot of ghosts in this book as well, so it seems that it is quite ironic that I am writing about it now. Not that I particularly subscribe to Halloween though, since it is an American holiday, though that is a bit of a technicality since it is really only in America that i
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Dusty
Dec 31, 2007 Dusty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
Monty Python meets Macbeth? Wyrd Sisters was my first foray into Pratchett's pulpy, popular Discword series, and, although I liked it ... I didn't quite love it. It was certainly a clever book -- I appreciated the offhand Shakespeare references -- but it felt rough around the edges to me, like Pratchett sent his manuscript off for publishing one draft too soon. It needs revising. Some paragraphs I reread several times, and not because they were challenging but because they barely made sense.

Any
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Eva Ceravieja
Feb 22, 2016 Eva Ceravieja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He entrado en el Mundodisco con buen pie. Creo que voy a seguir con la saga de las brujas, y ya veré qué más tiene Pratchett más adelante.
Me declaro fan de póster de Yaya Ceravieja, ¡eso sí es una bruja! :D
Julie
 The wind howled. Lightning stabbed at the earth erratically, like an inefficient assassin. Thunder rolled back and forth across the dark, rain-lashed hills.
  The night was as black as the inside of a cat. It was the kind of night, you could believe, on which gods moved men as though they were pawns on the chessboard of fate. In the middle of this elemental storm a fire gleamed among the dripping furze bushes like the madness in a weasel's eye. It illuminated three hunched figures. As the cauldr
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Melissa
Jan 17, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Macbeth Act 4, Scene 1

When Duke Felmet kills King Verence and names himself the new King of Lancre, Verence's ghost haunts the castle and his young son is smuggled out of the kingdom and taken to a coven of three witches for protection. These witches bestow three gifts upon the baby and place him with the owner of an acting troupe. The new king is an evil one, and the entire kingdom (animal, ve
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Christine Spoors
Sep 20, 2015 Christine Spoors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Humorous fantasy is a genre that I thought I would never ever like, but Pratchett's writing is so brilliant that I can't help but love it more with every book of his that I read.
It's amazing the way that the author manages to write from the point's of view of a storm, a tree, a cat and a ghost in a way that adds to the story and isn't ridiculous. Every characters he writes is so well developed and realistic that I just can't fault it.
The world building is fantastic and I love learning more and m
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Marina
Sep 08, 2016 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, own
The second instalment of the the Witches series of Discworld is utterly hilarious, punny, and a giant nod to Shakespeare's Macbeth and other plays.

I really love all the characters, but of course the Witches are my favorite. I love how at first glance they appear to he caricatures of the witches that we usually see in literature, but at the same time they are so well defined that they are very much their own characters. They own it. Plus, throw in Pratchett's humor and you have a recipe for great
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Rosemary
Jan 15, 2008 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't my first Pratchett book -- that was Color of Magic -- but it is the book that sent me back to Pratchett and since drained my bank account. These days, I own everything written by Pratchett except Carpet People. And I'll probably add that some day. I picked up the cartoon version of Wyrd Sisters and ran it one night as I was wrapping Christmas packages. Halfway through listening to it and sticking myself to shiny paper, I started to chuckle and then to laugh out loud. Next day, I went ...more
Fantasy Literature
Wyrd Sisters is a fun, lively book. It’s definitely a bit on the light side compared to some of Pratchett’s later works – more parody and less satire, if you like – but there’s nothing wrong with a jocular, easy-going read. Indeed, while it perhaps lacks something of the punch one might find in Mort or Small Gods, this installment is probably one of the better entry points for DISCWORLD, readable and endearing.

This is of course especially true if you’re a Shakespeare fan, in which case Wyrd Sist
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Maria Arazo
Nov 15, 2015 Maria Arazo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015
On my humble opinion, one should always be reading a Pratchett book, or reading them with a reasonable frequency. As I said once (on the last review, in fact), Pratchett’s sense of humour has some sort of soothing effect over anxiety, stress, or the simple lack of aliveness that one may acquire after several nights of sleep deprivation in front of a computer screen digging into the mysterious and dark ways of computational physics (or whatever one may be doing). In other words, it’s like sleepin ...more
Kaethe
Pratchett retells Cinderella with more than a few twists. It's an excuse to set his three witches off adventuring around the Discworld, and it lets Greebo out to get into trouble. I love the travel, but especially the interplay between the very different women. And the cat, of course.

Feb 9, 2007
One of my favorites. I love the witches so much.

Personal copy
SheriC (Portable Magic)
Snuck this one in between assignments this semester. I enjoyed it immensely, but have already forgotten all the clever things I wanted to say about it, except that Granny Weatherwax is my spirit animal.
Gieliza
Mar 15, 2017 Gieliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

Excellent second installment of the Witches stories. I liked this much better than Equal Rites. This is more of the Granny Weatherwax that I know and it introduced Nanny Ogg and Magrat who are both great characters. Wyrd Sisters takes Sheakespeare's plays and turns them on their heads in a way that only Pratchett can do. I'll try for a more detailed review later. Highly recommended!
Nathan
Part 6 in The Complete Discworld Reread

Let’s start with a protagonist who is a cranky, elderly woman who no one much likes, Granny Weatherwax. Give her a best friend, an overweight elderly lady with absolutely no personal inhibitions, one Nanny Ogg. Need a beautiful young lady to grab the reader’s attention? Too bad, you get shy, plain Magrat, third of the witches of Lancre. It is a fantasy novel so perhaps we need a strapping young man with a destiny? Nope, we get a lonely, miserable, court jes
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Lee Broderick
Re-read of another edition 10/3/13 (or is it? I remembered absolutely nothing when reading this):

Terry Pratchett does Shakespeare! Perhaps the author realised that his Swords & Sorcery genre satires were beginning to fall a bit flat (see my review of Sourcery); maybe he felt more confident coming into this book, more comfortable with his authorial voice and readership; maybe he was inspired or maybe he just fancied a change. Whatever the reason though, it works.

Like the earlier 'Witches' Dis
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

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Other Books in the Series

Discworld (1 - 10 of 41 books)
  • The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
  • Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
  • Sourcery (Discworld, #5; Rincewind #3)
  • Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
  • Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1)
  • Eric (Discworld, #9; Rincewind #4)
  • Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10; Industrial Revolution, #1)
  • Reaper Man (Discworld, #11; Death, #2)

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