Maskerade (Discworld, #18)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Maskerade (Discworld #18)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  24,439 ratings  ·  461 reviews
There are strange goings-on at the Opera House in Ankh-Morpork. A ghost in a white mask is murdering, well, quite a lot of people, and two witches (it really isn't wise to call them "meddling, interfering old baggages"), or perhaps three, take a hand in unraveling the mystery. Fans of the popular Discworld will be happy to see some old friends again in Maskerade, the 18th...more
Paperback
Published 2000 by HarperTorch (first published 1995)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Brooke Banks
I loved this book. Gee, I say that about every Pratchett book, don't I?

Ah well, it can't be helped. Pratchett has his own unique wonderful style and is truly a master at his craft.

So many things that I loved about this book.

1. I love Agnes. Her struggles and voice was authentic for being an over-weight woman over shadowed by her skinny counter parts due to bias against over-weight people, especially women. I get the criticisms that her heaviness was talked about a lot, but that criticism doesn't...more
Callista
This is a fun take on the world of opera, with lots of sly, punny references to various works, plus a cute twist on The Phantom of the Opera. I really liked how Pratchett stripped all the highfallutin aspects away to reveal the absurdity.
Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg took on the big city and the opera in fine form, hilarious and crafty as ever.
I managed to guess the identity of the killer correctly, although I'd hoped I was wrong, since I rather liked the character.
While it was clear that A...more
Paul
Pratchett's Discworld novels are my favorite light reading. He takes bits of our society -- and our language -- and turns them upside-down, inside-out (and sometimes backwards in time) so he can hold them up to the reader with a conspiratorial grin. Pratchett's satire is exuberant, good-humored and, although it is wildly irreverent, doesn't feel disrespectful. Most of all, Pratchett is funny. I often find myself, well, not exactly laughing out loud, more like snorting noisily through my nose (sn...more
Lammoth
Гранде Опера - онова велико изкуство, което съдържа в себе си още няколко големи изкуства - театър, музика, танци, декори и пъстри костюми.

"Маскарад" е една забавна пратчетова закачка с операта, най-вече с легендарното произведение на Гастон Льору "Фантомът на операта", обект на стотици адаптации, а имената на една от пратчетовите героини - напълно бездарната, но много красива, руса, глупавичката Кристина, е пародия на главната героиня на Льору - Кристин. Запознатите с мюзикъла "Фантомът на опер...more
MisterFweem
The musical "Phantom of the Opera" used to drive me crazy. All that foppish flopping around with Christine being the sad weepy and yet easily manipulated girl who would run off and do whatever the creep with the dinnerware stuck to his face told him. I always figured if I were in the opera house and saw what was going on, I'd try to make Christine see the light.

Now, thanks to Agnes Nitt, I know that wouldn't have worked. But thank heaven for Terry Pratchett and Agness Nitt for taking Gaston Lero...more
Melki
Granny looked out at the dull gray sky and the dying leaves and felt, amazingly enough, her sap rising. A day ago the future had looked aching and desolate, and now it looked full of surprises and terror and bad things happening to people...
If she had anything to do with it, anyway.


Agnes Nitt and her alter ego, Perdita X. Dream, have joined the opera. Agnes has a remarkable singing voice (she can even sing harmony with...herself...), but unfortunately, she is a "traditionally built woman." So, s...more
Mark Cain
Over the past two decades, I've read a number of Pratchett novels. I don't know how this one escaped my notice, but it's so much fun. Maskerade is a wonderful sendup of The Phantom of the Opera. Having seen the musical four times and the Lon Chaney silent classic twice, this made it great fun indeed. But also, I'm an opera fan, not a huge fan, understand, not of the ceiling variety, but more of the collapsible type that you'd slip up a sleeve when no one was looking. Maskerade does a great job o...more
Rebecca Huston
A Discworld novel that I really enjoyed, filled with all of the oddball lore of the Opera world, not to mention a great riff on a certain musical that gets plenty of slapping about. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg make a reappearance, along with Greebo, as they track down a local girl by the name of Agnes Nitt, who has several talents of her own, not to mention having a great voice. Opera junkies will have a great time with this, along with Pratchett's own sly wit to move it along. Five stars ov...more
Johann Coetzer
I must say this is probably my favorite of the witch series so far. It is full of mystery, murder, deception, crazy people and the occasional opera performance.
Maskerade has a great mix of a well organised and well run asylum for the criminal masterminds. We have the usual stern character of Granny Weatherwax and the lovable yet nutty Nanny Ogg, unfortunately Margrat is no more on account of being a royal now. But we see the coven that is not a coven, cause you can't have a coven of only two wi...more
Stella Coulson
A humorous take upon Gaston Lerouxfamous novel The Phantom of the Opera which has been adapted into plays, silent movie, musical and many film adaptations. The story follows our heroine Agnes Nitt who struggles to be famous within the Opera House despite being the most talented person there. You see - Agnes has the gift of being able to vocalize two unique song performances simultaneously. In essence, she can harmonize with herself. The Opera House is not unaware of Agnes' talent but due to her...more
MB
Reread once again 10/24/13: I think the interactions between Granny and Nanny in this are some of my favorites for the witches.

I confess, I always wish Pratchett would update us on Perdita/Agnes. I always feel sorry for her at the end of this book, and wish her future happiness...or at least, contentment with her lot. He seems to have switched over to Tiffany instead, and we know Tiffany is going to be fine. P/Agnes, not so much. I wish her (if that is what she wants) a fine young man who will...more
Genie
There is no doubt that the Opera House of Ankh-Morpork is known for its off-beat musicals. An added attraction to these outrageous productions is the resident ghost. Ghostly activity seems go into overtime when the famous Enrico Basilica arrives on the scene. The ghost has the entire opera company terrorized. The only hope of getting things in order is to rid the theater of this pesky ghost. What better cover could witches Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg hope for while they work to convince Agne...more
Anthony Eaton
So, my revisiting-Terry-Pratchett's-back-catalogue continues....

I'd forgotten about this one, until I found it buried at the back of my shelves. Unlike a few of Pratchett's discworld books, like 'Mort' and 'Going Postal', this one had somehow failed to register in my memory the first time I read it.

Which is a pity, because it's a fantastic book, and I wish I'd re-read it earlier.

Before I go any further, though, I probably need to offer a small confession, of sorts. It's gonna hurt, too. Here it...more
S K Gillespie
I love Terry Pratchett.

A few years ago I refused to read any of his books. Kids stuff, I thought, ugly covers (yes, I DO judge books by their covers. There should be a club for that) and too short for a decent story. Then one night I was stuck at a pub while my ex boyfriend was working and one of the other guards let me sit in his car, drink his guarana + caffeine drinks and fossick through all the crap on the floor. And I found Men at Arms. And because I was bored I read it. then I read another...more
Zigforas
There's a ghost in the Ankh-Morpork opera house. Murder mystery/opera/cook-book...Nanny and Granny Weatherwax save the day again. I finished up this book with a real affection for Granny Weatherwax. I liked her before, but I appreciated her after. Same goes for the witches as characters; I'll take Granny Weatherwax over the wizard Ridcully any day of the week. And I think that the unexpectedly real dilemma over Right and Wrong her character experienced through the story (how is Granny Weatherwax...more
Jc
This was not one of the Pratchett Discworld books that was recommended to me by the two friends who were listing their favorites. I think I know why -- all the inside jokes are about the world of opera, not the favorite haunt of many people these days. However, being a fan of opera, I did really enjoy this D'World episode. And I don't think it is just for opera fans -- it also has the Witches, the favorite characters of one of my friends. The Witches are always fun to follow, and they are very c...more
Sam
While I didn't find this isn't as good as some of the other Discworld novels I still thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very entertaining and hysterically funny in parts. Pratchett has a knack for finding the funny side of things and this is no exception as he takes the well known story of the Phantom at the Opera and puts his own unique spin on it. Granny Weatherwax was her usual brilliant self and Death brought his customary dry wit. The only problem with this book, I think, was that some aspe...more
Susan
It's hard to play favorites with Pratchett, but this is one of my favorite Discworld novels. Nanny Ogg thinks the Lancre witches should have a third witch, but the girl she picks, Agnes Nitt, has gone off to Ankh-Morpork, renamed herself Perdita, and gotten a job in the opera chorus. But strange things are happening, as the ghost of the opera has gone from a gentle encourager of the singers and musicians to a vicious killer. Nanny Ogg also has had a book of recipes and--um--anecdotes published,...more
Cindy
Themes: music, magic, opera!
Setting: Ankh-Morpork

*Cue the dramatic music*

Lots of singing. Some ballet.

Enter the guy in the mask.

And the witches. That would be Nanny Ogg and Esmerelda Weatherwax.

Yes, just in case you hadn't guessed, this is the inspired twist of Phantom of the Opera, or just about any other opera type thing, and Discworld, courtesy of Terry Pratchett. If you have tried his humor, I don't really have to tell you anymore than this. If you haven't, and you like comedy, magic, or ope...more
Meghan
I listened to this one on audio.


As always, Terry Pratchett's writing is hilarious, and the narrator adds a special something extra. As others have stated, this one is about Opera.

One of my favorite quotes:

[left in a letter]
Ahahahahaha! Ahahahaha! Aahahaha!
BEWARE!!!!!
Yrs sincerely
The Opera Ghost
....
"What sort of person," said Salzella patiently, "sits down and writes a maniacal laugh? And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his...more
Siria
This has always been one of my favourites of the Discworld novels, and I found (unsurprisingly) that having seen Phantom of the Opera since last I read this, that I got a lot more of the jokes. Pratchett's characterisation is, as always, spot on; mixing an often merciless skewering of human arrogance and failings with an always merciful compassion. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are always a joy to read, and there is no book or series of books more calculated to make me laugh.
RC
I try not to read on the subway, because people stare at me when I start laughing out loud. Of all of the Discworld novels, those which center upon the witches tend to be my favorites. This one certainly holds up for it's 3rd or 4th read. I highly recommend it, and the rest of the series, to anyone who likes fantasy, satire, or just laughing out loud in front of total strangers.
Fiona
Every time I feel bogged down by the things I'm reading, I always know something that's going to cheer me up. PTerry on excellent form. A masterfully well-put-together mystery that kept me guessing longer than most. The level of observation and writing style send shivers down my spine.
Christina  Torretta
Although this is a Discworld novel there are a lot of new characters in here. We get to meet Agnus (Perdeeta X. Nit) and a few others but the favorites are in this too! Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Greebo, Colon, Nobby Nobbs, and the Librarian! Sadly they are just side characters in this.

The real character is the Ghost! Finding out what and/or who he is is what this is all about. And the entire time Agnus refuses to admit that she wants to be a witch. She’s a gal doing her own thing!

Of course b...more
Christina
Oh, Granny. Oh, Nanny. Oh, Greebo - Greebo! Oh, Agnes, and oh, Perdita, for good measure.
Truth: the only reason this is a four-star book instead of a five-star book is because the climax didn't contain profound, hilarious insights about human nature that pretty much changed my life. I mean, that's the standard I've come to expect from Terry Pratchett's books, especially the "witches" series.
I think where the book missed a little bit was that some of the satire of opera was only funny if you were...more
Chris The Story Reading Ape
Look out all Phantoms of the Opera, Granny Weatherwax & Nanny Ogg are at the Theatre.

Some Sopranos can break wine glasses with their high C's but someone in this story can clean them with hers!
Lightreads
This was great, until I metaphorically threw it across the room. I love the witches books; they are wry and a little grim around the edges and about women's power and agency. And this one – about the Discworld opera – is calibrated to my taste and humor.

But if anyone can come up with a reading of the ending of this book which avoids either concluding that (1) mental disability is, in fact, all in the mind and if only he really wanted to he could be normal, or (2) mental disability should be eras...more
Rafaela
Book 27/2010.

God this was hard to rate.

First of all, it's not really my kind of book... no decent MC, no Xanatos Gambits, no backstabbing disorder. Second of all... damn it! Pratchett's sense of humor is just hard to resist.

Also: the opera.
The opera sold me the book and the opera got the book a round 4-star rating. It's hard to imagine any other place where this much insanity is considered perfectly normal. The MC is taunted for seeing what's there, for Christ's sake! :D

So the setting is wonderf...more
Torie
I only having a passing familiarity with opera, but my history in theater made up for those gaps and I wound up really enjoying this one. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could.

Agnes is a definite improvement over heroines past. She has agency, makes decisions for herself, takes risks, and yet maintains a naivity that lets you sympathize with the mistakes she makes. I do wish Pratchett had been less obsessed with how fat she is (I didn't see a need to bring it up repeatedly--it's not like skinny c...more
Rebekah
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
After Wyrd Sisters? 11 79 Feb 17, 2013 11:14PM  
  • Monstrous Regiment
  • The Unseen University Challenge: Terry Pratchett's Discworld Quizbook
  • The Brentford Chainstore Massacre
  • Snow White and the Seven Samurai
1654
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. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,...more
More about Terry Pratchett...
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1) Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8) Mort (Discworld, #4) Night Watch (Discworld, #29)

Share This Book

“His progress through life was hampered by his tremendous sense of his own ignorance, a disability which affects all too few.” 114 likes
“Nanny's philosophy of life was to do what seemed like a good idea at the time, and do it as hard as possible. It had never let her down.” 102 likes
More quotes…