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Lords und Ladies (Discworld #14)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  36,257 ratings  ·  554 reviews
A Discworld Novel. It's a hot Midsummer Night. The crop circles are turning up everywhere-even on the mustard-and-cress of Pewseyy Ogg, aged four. And Magrat Garlick, witch, is going to be married in the morning...Everything ought to be going like a dream. But the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team have got drunk on a fairy mound and the elves have come back, bringing all those ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published 1995 by Goldmann (first published 1992)
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Nataliya
“Witches can generally come to terms with what actually is, instead of insisting on what ought to be.”
As anyone who knows me can attest to, I tend to gush over Pratchett's books, with all his wit and wisdom and the ability to create incredibly clever and very serious humor rooted in uncomfortably deep understanding of human mind.
“Personal’s not the same as important. People just think it is.”
Lords and Ladies of the Lancre Witches subcycle of the Discworld books was the first Pratchett Witches
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Jono
i agree wholeheartedly, this is my FAVORITE of the Witch series. I love Granny v Lily in "Witches Abroad," but if you delighted in Mrs. Weasley gettin all Sigourney Weaver on Bellatrix L in the last Harry Potter, YOU'LL LOVE the whole last third of the book. i squirmed with glee as soon as Magrat put on that armor. the principle of a cat in a box being any of 3 various states till you open the box: alive, dead, bloody pissed off is all i know about physics, or need to know.
Chris

Elves.

When you think of elves, what do you think of? The tall, fair-skinned beings of Tolkien's Middle Earth? The ebony warriors from Dungeons & Dragons? Delicious cookies?

Not on Discworld. On Discworld, the Elves are folk of legend, and dark legend at that. People there remember the elves, although not very well. They remember through old wives' tales, about leaving milk for the fairies and not going near the standing stones. Ask someone in the kingdom of Lancre, and they'll think of elves
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Melki
The gals have been gone a while, and lots of things can happen in eight month's time.

Magrat is still planning to marry the new king (and former fool) of Lancre, and anyone who's everyone will be attending the Royal Wedding, including our favorite Librarian. (If only they can get him to put on some clothes...)

But wait...strange things are happening. (Well, stranger things than the strange things that normally happen in Discworld.)

Even the bees are worried.

Granny Weatherwax is reunited with an ol
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Chris
I love Pratchett's spin on fantasy. He takes a well-known faerie tale (elves) and shines a totally different light on them:
"Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind
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Tfitoby
The witches are returning to Lancre after the events of Witches Abroad to find that nothing much has changed in their absence, except that some young girls have been meddling with witchcraft and allowed the elves to cross from their dimension in to the Lancre hills and are once more attempting to enslave the Disc. Granny is getting forgetful, Nanny is getting amorous and Magrat is going to be Queen on Midsummer's Night. What chance does the Disc have when it's in the hands of comic artisans, bum ...more
Gavin
In my last review I admitted that I was a big fan of re-contextualised mythology, and I think anyone who has any interest in fantasy will find that they are too.

In Lords and Ladies, Pratchett re-draws the boundaries where elves are concerned. Trying to push the fae folk back from Tolkien's ("pretty = lovely") vision towards their German/Scandinavian folkloric roots ("pretty = dangerous") is -to this day- an almost entirely unique direction to head in, and an interesting one. After all, people ar
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Callista
A fun twist on the basic ideas found in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Granny Weatherwax was especially awesome in this one; she is such a wonderful character. Magrat did some surprising things, too.
I just have a little quibble about Pratchett's writing style--at times it can be like reading a play without enough attributions, the way he will set dialogue aside instead of attaching the action that goes with it. But his humour and other cleverness overcome that little distraction.
Claudiu
Books like 'Lords and ladies' are the reason why I seem to return to Pratchett's universe time and time again. You can always count on this author to produce something new with his already established character sets and settings...and that's a fantastic draw.

I won't go into summary for the plot or story. There are tens of reviews written already that have that covered...so I'll just justify those 5 marks up there. And since I feel I'll be adding this to any review I write, the stars do not repr
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David Sarkies
Beauty is deceptive on the outside
19 December 2013

This book is very, very loosely based upon Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night Dream, and to be honest with you if he had not told me at the beginning of the book and at the end of the book I probably would not have realised it. The reason that I say that is because when I say loosely I mean really loosely. In fact the only thing about the book that seems to be connected to the play is that a group of working class people go a rehearse a play in the
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Steven Harbin
It seems like I enjoy each book that I read of Terry Pratchett's a little more than the previous one. While Witches Abroad still ranks as my favorite so far, I thought this follow up book in the Discworld Witches subgenre was just as good. Pratchett creates strong female characters and his everyday run of the mill people characters who rise to heroic hights when necessary are very believable. Of course not all his characters are heroic, the cowardly magician Rincewind being the notable exception ...more
David
Lords and Ladies is one of my favorite Discworld novels. Although it's full of top-flight Pratchett punnery and humor, it is also a brilliant dark fantasy that turns genre conventions upside down while mocking and paying homage to Shakespeare. Rather like Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Pratchett turns to earlier traditions of elves and fairies instead of Tolkienian or pulp-fantasy tropes. There are numerous references to the very dark elven ballads of Tam Lin, Thomas the Rhyme ...more
Jen Williams
This was always one of my favourite Pratchett books; indeed, I read it over and over again as a kid. Reading it again now is a glorious pleasure.

It includes all my favourite aspects of the Discworld - the Witches, folklore, Ridcully, the people of Lancre... and Elves. When I first read Lords and Ladies I was also obsessed with another book about the Fair Folk - Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee. The two books combined introduced me to the idea of elves being sinister, alien creatures, and I a
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Rebecca Huston
I had a grand time with this one, filled as it is with all sorts of doings of Witches, Royalty, Morris dancing and the like. Most of all, Mr. Pratchett remembers that along with all of the glamour about Faerie, there are some real dangers, all of which are used to great effect. Depending on how much you know about the Childe ballads -- two of them feature prominently in this one. Then there's the romance of King Verence and Magrat, with a wedding planned for of all days, Midsummer Night. Guess w ...more
Jason
Discworld #14 is the third book that centers around Granny Weatherwax and the witches. I enjoy these characters but not as much as I do Death and Rincewind. This is a funny story about the returning of The Lords and Ladies (Elves). I always enjoy Pratchett's fast paced, funny, and pleasant getaways. This is a must read in the Discworld series but the other books centered on the witches should be read first.
Marina
I had a blast reading this. I give it 4.5 stars. Love the quick wit of the author. Love the witches!
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Note to Self: Lancre
Magrat Garlick(witch,new Queen,pal)+King Verence II(of Lancre,ex-Fool),Granny Esmerelda Weatherwax (Esme,witch,head of coven,ex,pal),Nanny Cytha Ogg(witch,pal,mom0)& Greebo(her cat)+Giamo Casanunda (dwarf),Jason Ogg(master blacksmith & farrier,son0,dad1,pal1),Sha
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Melissa Proffitt
I read this aloud to my family. It's fun, reading a Discworld novel aloud, because you get to do all the voices, and also the kiddies laugh at just the right times.

There's something about the Witches novels that appeals to me on a very basic level. Granny Weatherwax, as hard-headed as she is, doesn't come by that by being nasty; she's always aware that being good means making hard choices, and making hard choices means acknowledging that you have free will--and that, ultimately, means you cannot
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Cynthia Egbert
I have told some of you that you need not read the DiscWorld books in order, but there is a slight addendum to that...the witches books should be read as a trilogy. 1) Wyrd Sisters 2) Witches Abroad and 3) Lords and Ladies. I love these books...and not only because they lean so heavily on Shakespeare...I adore Granny Weatherwax and hope to be like her someday...well maybe not quite so cranky, although my children would tell you that I am well on my way. If you enjoy a MidSummer Night's Dream, yo ...more
Bookworm Smith
The whole love and marriage theme continued through this novel, extending its claws into all of the witches. Nanny Ogg, no surprise (as evidenced by her four or five previous husbands). BUT, even Granny fell prey to love, even if it was just for a few brief moments. And, although it may sound like a cuddly, soft, lovey-dovey tale, it was in fact one of the crudest books to date - b/c along with marriage comes the wedding night!

I swear, if I read another variant of the naive bride and groom's we
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Michael Clemens
Have you read this book before? If it was Moving Pictures then yes, you quite nearly have. Like the events of its predecessor, the Disc is again threatened from creatures living where the curtains between realities are worn a bit thin. Like Moving Pictures, the wizards make a large, comic, and generally ineffectual muddle of it all -- except for the Librarian, of course, who alone of the faculty keeps control. Unlike the other book, though, this has witches and witchy-related mayhem cover-to-cov ...more
Jennifer
probably one of my new favorite discworld novels. why the five stars, you may ask? five words: the stick and bucket dance.

part of my love for terry pratchett's writing comes from his use of words. the way he twists them, the way he uses them in unexpected ways, the way he uses them to tell a story, and to give that story depth and meaning even when on the surface it's just a great little fairy tale. another reason i love terry pratchett's writing is for the times when he doesn't use words, and
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Tracy
HERE THERE BE A MILD SPOILER:

Other people would probably say: I wasn't myself. But Granny Weatherwax didn't have anyone else to be. (p. 53, 18%)

This may be my new favorite Discworld book, and that's saying something. Then again, I am a complete and utter sucker chump for all things Granny Weatherwax, and that's that.





HERE THERE BE POSSIBLE SPOILERS I DUNNO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.


"I don't hold with paddlin' with the occult," said Granny firmly. "Once you start paddlin' with the occult you start bel
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Lee Broderick
Terry Pratchett obviously had a lot of fun riffing off of Shakespeare in Wyrd Sisters , a book which I enjoyed immensely. It's probably no surprise then that he should choose to revisit that idea. Here, it's the witches who are the star of the show again but spoofing Tragedies is out of the window as, instead, the author lovingly (if not faithfully) rewrites A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Pratchett embellishes The Fairy Story with Northern European folk beliefs and his own trademark humour which, whe
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Kaethe
July 9 2007

ahhh. That's a good un.

***

July 15 2014

What we have here is: A Midsummer Night's Dream, an impending apocalypse (by elves), a young, rather soppy, witch's efforts to find a place for herself as a Queen of Lancre, the courting of Nanny Ogg, and a romantic backstory for Granny Weatherwax. And jokes.

Magrat's a bit hard to love. The elder witches don't give her an easy time, and don't have much respect for her methodology. Nor does she get more respect as the soon-to-be-queen, although she
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Lightreads
Fun and Pratchetty, but also disappointing. The Witch books have done a lot of work with female power -- hello, witches -- and its various . . . channels, I guess you could say. Power of magic, and headology, and matriarchy, and being promiscuous (Nanny) and not being promiscuous (Granny). And I was hoping this book would bring that out more, particularly as a main plot thread is about a young witch's marriage and assumption of a different, overtly political power. About a quarter of the way thr ...more
Sharon
I have found that, in general, I prefer Pratchett's novels involving the Witches of Lancre to those involving the denizens of Ankh-Morpork. Other fans' mileage may vary.

In this particular installment of the Discworld series, Pratchett pits the aforementioned witches against the elven lords and ladies who have come to Lancre. The elven Queen plans to marry King Verence -- who has different plans, as he is affianced to the youngest of the witches.

Much hilarity ensues, as is often the case with the
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Jonathan
Another wonderful Discworld book. This one features alternate dimensions and a surprisingly lucid Discword version of quantum theory and multiverses (Brian Greene would probably be both delighted and horrified): if these things fascinate you, you must read The Elegant Universe at once. It also has elves that are bad (very bad), witches of several kinds, and the Stick and Bucket Dance. You really can't go wrong.
Matthew
I quickly lost track of the number of times this series made me laugh out loud, smirk mischievously, and smile knowingly. I think without material like this to read, I wouldn't be a reader. While it is true that I love things like Melville, Proust, Rushdie, Joyce, etc., without these books of humor and wit, I don't think I could withstand the soul assault of being a reader. It is sort of like how I don't think I could stand concentrating to any degree on politics if there was no satire and polit ...more
Emer Penny
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Alan Reynolds
Discworld novel 14. Intensely fine thinking and feeling presented in clear language. A really FINE Discworld novel, it is the third book about Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Margat Garlick... and wizards, and Elves. Elves are bad through and through!

Multiverses are cleverly skewered.



"Much human ingenuity has gone into finding the ultimate Before. The current state of knowledge can be summarized thus: In the beginning, there was nothing, which exploded. Other theories about the ultimate start invo
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