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Witches Abroad (Discworld #12)

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Be careful what you wish for...

Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which unforunately left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when DEATH came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on br...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by HarperTorch (first published 1991)
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Woo-hoo! Witches on a roadtrip!

The gals go on an adventure to stop a wedding, and end up learning what a pain in the posterior it is to travel by broomstick.

Along the way, they indulge in bananana-flavored cocktails and some riverboat gambling, enjoy the running of the bulls, and hop into some fairy tales where they proceed to right wrongs, fix obvious mistakes, and threaten woodcutters.

The three enchantresses may just be able to stop Emberella from attending the ball IF they can avoid the falli...more
Witches are abroad and they're sending the Disc's first postcards! Book twelve in the series and Pratchett turns his Discworld funhouse mirror on the matter of destiny and the nature of storytelling, and specifically the nature of fairy tales. The Disc's magic field does strange things with what we humans consider commonplace and every day ideas, so when the fanciful Disneylike idea of a Fairy Godmother germinates in the fertile grounds of Genua all bets are off! But then there isn't much that c...more
What happens when provincial professionals take a "business" trip and must reconcile the fact that things aren't quite done the same everywhere? This story shows that a good working knowledge and belief in oneself and abilities can adapt even when the language and lexicon

Ok, the plot is about a witch who inherits the position of fairy godmother and must stop a princess marrying a prince in a faraway kingdom. The previous FG knew she'd need help so she employed 'headology' to make sure he...more
Terry Pratcett delivers yet another absoloutely fantastic sci-fi book. It's smart, and quick and funny and delivers a great message if you read between the lines and look past the one-liners. Also it gives a great-big punch to all those fairy tale cliches that we love to hate so if you're a fan of his work this is a great read .
Witches Abroad is the 12th Discworld novel by Sir Terry Pratchett. The thing about Discworld is that you don't necessarily have to read his books in order. They all take place in the same world, and all the characters pop up and make cameos in each other's stories, but it doesn't really matter. But of course, along with having that thing where I can't quit things, I also have that thing where I have to read things in order. One would think being at #12 would be an accomplishment, and one would n...more
Olga Godim
Not my favorite among Pratchett’s books but it’s an OK novel.
The old godmother Desiderata dies and leaves her wand and instructions to the youngest of the local witches, Magrat. According to Desiderata’s will, Magrat must travel to Genua to stop a young girl from marrying a prince. Of course, the two older witches, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, tag along.
This tale is divided into two distinct parts. The first part is studded with empty chatter and surface humor. The witches visit ‘foreign p...more
Travel does broaden the mind. It enables you to see a greater variety of nuttiness. The witches are my favorite characters in Discworld.
Steven Harbin
I've completed 6 Discworld titles so far (The Wee Free Men,The Color of Magic, Equal Rites, Mort, Sourcery,Wyrd Sisters) and I have to say this is my very favorite one thus far. I love the way Terry Pratchett takes things that most of us can relate to, such as traveling abroad, and turns them into hilarious and at the same time fantastic Discworld adventures. The three Lancre witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat are some of my favorite characters in the whole series, not to mention N...more
"Защото Вселената била изпълнена с невежество, а ученият я пресявал като златотърсач, надвесен над планински поток, за да отдели златото на знанието от чакъла на глупостта, пясъка на несигурността и малките осмокраки мустакати плаващи твари на суеверието."

"Но бедата била там, че невежеството ставало все по-интересно, особено онова очарователно невежество за големи и важни неща като материя и сътворение. А хората преставали да градят търпеливо своите малки къщи от късчета разум в хаоса на Вселе...more
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First things first, I must say my reading comprehension has gone up by quite a lot since I started reviewing all the books I read. For instance I know I have read ‘Witches Abroad’ a half dozen times in my life and never once realized that the ‘Cinderella’ of the story (Emberella) was of mixed heritage. In no way does this affect the story or the review, just jumped out at me for the first time.


Another book following Granny Weatherwax so you must know I am all...more
Bello! Si ride molto con questo libro e si ride con un certo stile e questa è la cosa che mi è piaciuta di più. Quindi... comprerò tutti i libri di Pratchett! (o perlomeno tutti quelli della serie Mondo Disco):)
This is an extremely important piece of writing. Pratchett is dealing with the base of all our story telling, what was the phrase - the Ur Stories? What are these stories anyway, where do they come from and what role do they play in our cultural history? Are they inevitable in their endings or what? How close are good and bad? Any teacher doing a fairy tale unit should make sure to read this first because it's a lot more fun than the ethnological studies and makes more sense. We meet Red Riding...more
Book 12 of the Discworld series sees a return of Granny Weatherwax. This time, with her partners, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, they go travelling. Their aim: to stop a servant girl from marrying a prince. Based around fairy tales, namely The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella, the three witches travel abroad to fight mirror magic and happy endings.

As usual, Pratchett has delivered a treat. I love the Discworld books. None of them have disappointed me. Pratchett writes in a way that draws you in; he is...more
First, I have to confess I am listening to these out of order. I've already heard The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30) and the other Tiffany Aching books(run out and get them, now!). I also heard The Color of Magic but it was so-so ish. I thought I'd skip to the witch books, but after listening to the sample I concluded I'd rather listen to a six-year old, learning phonics, painfully struggle to read it aloud than hear that woman read so much as a page.

So I skipped ahead.. to this one.

The true tes...more
I really, really didn't like this one, and I think I may just dislike the witches. Granny is so heartless and I'm tired of watching her be down on Magrat book after book. It's not funny, it's not charming, it's just cruel and abusive and I can't stand it. Nanny irritates me, and Magrat isn't interesting enough to carry the story on her own.

The fairy tales gone awry plot is unimaginative and boring. I may have a higher bar here because I have a huge niche interest in fairy tale retellings, but fo...more
This book is both a mediation on the power of stories, and a spoof of fairy tales and intercontinental travel. It stars the fabulous witches, Granny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and poor put-upon Magrat. Magrat has become a fairy godmother, and the three need to travel to Genua (hence the travel spoof) and stop the beautiful maiden from marrying the handsome prince. I will say that while I (almost) always enjoy reading Pratchett, Witches Abroad made me laugh out loud in a few spots.* This book is a ho...more
A maiden, a mother, and an old crone take a trip to foreign parts. Along the way they have adventures to rival Mark Twain's. Typical of Pratchett, there is a lot of meaning behind the story he presents, and a lot of laugh out loud fun, too.
I am late to discover Terry Pratchett, but having discovered him, I am a fan and have enjoyed nearly everything I have read. I laugh out loud because of his sense of humor, but I am awed by his sly commentary on life.

I take stories seriously: so seriously that I spent part of one summer at the university of Minneapolis studying Fairy Tales and critical literacy.

Therefore, I loved the introduction that dealt with the role of stories.

"... on the Discworld people take things seriously.
Like stori...more
In this twelfth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, the author sets his satire scopes on fairy tales and storytelling in general, which results in some pretty great meta humor. As you might guess from the title it features the witches cast of characters, including Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. When Magrat inherits a magic wand and the job of Fairy Godmother to a young Cinderella knockoff in a kingdom far away, the trio find themselves on the road and twisted up in the machina...more
Another cracking read of the witches. This time twisted around fairy tales, so lots of familiar plots come up - Billy Goats Gruff, Cinderella, Wizzard of Oz, just to name a few, I was even impressed to see the flower fairies get a mention. The other amusing side to this story is how they get on in foreign lands, I think most of us can relate to parts of this plot in one way or another. highlight include a run in with Red Riding Hood and also gambling on the boat.

'This sort of thing happens all...more
Brooke Banks
I love the Witches series of Discworld. Pratchett is always a great story, great characters, with witty dialog memorable descriptions and a message. Everything means something in Discworld. Well, obviously being intelligently designed and all. ;)

I think one of the best things about Terry Pratchett and Discworld, is that nobody is excluded or discriminated against. It's not racist or sexist, or transphobic. It's not stereotypes. Pratchett punches up, not down. I love Pratchett's view of the world...more
Jaco Eksteen
I was introduced to the world of Terry Pratchett in 1988, and immediately fell in love with the Discworld and all its characters. To this day I still collect and read Terry Pratchett – it is one of my greatest pleasures to browse through some second-hand books at a fair or a book reseller and discover a Terry Pratchett that is not yet part of my collection (becoming more difficult now that I already own more than 30 of his books). Needless to say – I don’t read these books in the correct chronol...more
Bookworm Smith
Those laughable Witches (Granny, Nanny, & Magrat) are back in another argumentative novel. Doesn't it seem like they are always arguing? Well, the battle of wills continues. Granny, aggressive. Nanny, passive aggressive. Magrat, confused aggressive. They all have such different personalities that it makes for great dialogue, which is the highlight (and bulk) of the book. Pratchett's strength is, no doubt about it, his ability to bring characters to life through their chitter chatter. He some...more
Nick Fagerlund
“Hey, do we already have this one?” I asked Schwern. He paused and blinked. “It’s 35¢. Who cares.” The Title Wave on 55% off day, everybody.

Anyway, this is an upper-mid-tier Discworld book, and that is about all needs saying about it, other than that it’s a witches book and I’ve been jonesing for some Granny Weatherwax.

I have this thought about how Weatherwax and Sam Vimes are the twin moral cores of Discworld and how it’s their integrity that lets them accomplish the impossible, but Vimes has t...more
Perché le storie sono importanti. Si crede che sia la gente a creare le storie. In realtà è il contrario.
Le storie esistono indipendentemente dai loro personaggi. La conoscenza di questo fatto è potere.

La fata madrina Desiderata non potrà partecipare al consueto sabba: sta infatti predisponendo gli ultimi dettagli prima della sua definitiva dipartita. Preoccupata da certi suoi affari in sospeso nella lontana città di Genua, dove ha una protetta la cui sorte risiede nelle mani di una strega vood...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Perché le storie sono importanti. Si crede che sia la gente a creare le storie. In realtà è il contrario.
Le storie esistono indipendentemente dai loro personaggi. La conoscenza di questo fatto è potere.
Le storie, grandi nastri svolazzanti di spazio-tempo, sventolano e si srotolano nell'universo fin dall'inizio dei tempi. E si sono evolute. Le più deboli sono morte. Le più forti sono sopravvissute e sono ingrassate a forza di racconti... storie che fluttuano nell'oscurità.

La fata madrina Desid...more
This is the one. This is the book that introduced me to Discworld and to Terry Pratchett. This is also the book that made me fall in love with Granny Weatherwax.

I first picked up Witches Abroad when I was 12. I found it in a forgotten pile, with other discworld books, at my local bookstore. I knew nothing of Terry Pratchett, and not much about the fantasy genre either. I just liked witches and wanted a book in English to improve my reading skills. So basically I bought it based on the oldest of...more
Lucy Furr
The more I read about the witches of the Disc, the more I like them. When I first started reading Discworld books, I was skipping around, focusing on books that had characters I liked and I skipped the witch books because I thought, much like a lot of other authors, Terry Pratchett might let me down in the area of female driven stories. It seems as though many an author thinks "strong female character" equates to "bitchy and opinionated" and I was very happy to find out that Terry Pratchett does...more

Witches Abroad was one of the better Terry Pratchett books I read. It was a battle of good and evil (twin witches have to be one or the other, after all) and how the evil thinks it's good? But it's not. And it's turning people into fairy tales because it thinks they like that? But they don't. And so the trio of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and a new young witch Magrat goes off to stop said evil witch/fairy godmother, along the way learning the real secrets of witchcraft. Real secrets that apply...more
In Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett an old fairy godmother dies and passes on her wand to the young witch Magrat. She travels, with the other two witches in her coven, to a far off city to complete the work her predecessor started. The trio encounter lots of strange events on the journey and things get even stranger once they reach the city. Someone's been making stories out of people's lives and they must be stopped before it's too late. This story is basically a retelling of Cinderella done D...more
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