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Wyrd Sisters (Discworld #6)

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Kingdoms wobble, crowns topple and knives flash on the magical Discworld as the statutory three witches meddle in royal politics. The wyrd sisters battle against frightful odds to put the rightful king on the throne. At least, that's what they think...
Mass Market Paperback, 265 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by Hartorch (first published 1988)
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Apr 22, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it
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
Aug 03, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it
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
Dec 30, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it
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
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
Oct 13, 2015 Luffy rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Jun 16, 2013 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
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
Jun 26, 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
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.
David Sarkies
Jul 09, 2015 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
Eva Ceravieja
Feb 26, 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
Christine (weereader)
Nov 26, 2015 Christine (weereader) 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
Feb 22, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 15, 2008 Rosemary rated it it was amazing
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
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May 22, 2015 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2008 Dusty rated it liked it
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.

Maria Arazo
Nov 20, 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
Carla C. llabrés
Mar 14, 2016 Carla C. llabrés rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¿Qué puedo decir de Terry Pratchett?
Este ha sido el primer libro que he leído de él y me ha encantado. Risas continuas con su humor tan sarcástico.
Admito que en un principio me daba miedo leer algo de él por si sería aburrido pero todo lo contrario. Las tres brujas son personajes de los que te llegan a la patata. Soy fan de Yayaceravieja de verdad, una tras otra soltaba unas burradas que me hacían reír a carcajadas.
No voy a decir mucho más porque creo que en a los libros de mundodisco se ha de
May 05, 2015 Roviragrao rated it it was amazing
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #6)

Cuando empecé a releer las novelas del Mundodisco sabía que algunas me sorprenderían, y Brujerías ha sido la primera en hacerlo, porque es mucho mejor de lo que recordaba.

Lo mejor sin duda son las tres brujas: Yaya, Tata y Magrat. A Yaya ya la conocíamos de antes (Ritos Iguales), pero ahora crece muchísimo y se convierte en uno de los personajes clave en el Mundodisco con su particular visión de las cosas. Tata la complementa a la perfección, su humor socarrón y su forma
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
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
Jun 04, 2015 Celise rated it liked it
“’What do you call them things, there’s always a hundred of them in anything?”

Magrat looked bewildered. “Do you mean percents?”

The Wyrd Sisters can be summed up (and probably not greatly) as a parody of Macbeth with some references to Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and other fairytales and plays thrown in. Only, picture a Macbeth who not only imagines his hands covered in blood and wishes to be cleansed of it, but one who takes a cheese grater and some sandpaper to his palms to try to rem
Ана Хелс
Jul 26, 2014 Ана Хелс rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Дали Шекспир се върти като свредло на батерии из неведомите си небесни селения при всеки опит за доразвиване на великолепните му сюжети под давлението на стотици спорно талантливи писачи, режисьори или уона-би актьори, не се знае, но някак усещам , че политането из Макбетските тъми на кървави ръце и унищожителна вина по пратчетовски с усмивка дори по отношение на теми като вероломство, смърт и отвъден живот, някак биха харесали на мистичния любимец на девата Елизабета. Ако пък не, великото трио ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Marina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
It's like fairy-tale.
Dec 04, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it
I have been bewitched and I am never leaving Discworld.
Witches!!! Is there any petition going around saying that Terry Pratchett's witches are the best witches? I know this is only the second witches novel I've read but I need to sign that. With hearts all over the title. Granny Weatherwax would probably raise her eyebrow at me but it's ok, I can live with that. Nanny Ogg would give me alcohol and we'd sing The Hedgehog Song on a table. Anyway, I digress.
This is the Macbeth you never thought you
Jun 10, 2013 Trice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trice by: Tim, Mark, Gareth...
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, 2013
Upon finishing: definitely lives up to unto surpassing the play, although I really enjoyed that too. I think there was a lot they changed to condense it down to a play, but it's really been so long that I don't clearly remember. In the book, Pratchett throws in a lot of lovely asides and references to Shakespeare plays other than Macbeth too.

Just prior to reading: Wyrd Sisters was my first exposure to Terry Pratchett, though in a different form than my experience with most of his writings. After
I should give this fewer stars since a reread made me realise that the humour and language in this book isn't as fluid or effortless as it is in Pratchett's later publications, but it was the first discworld I read so the nostalgia value rounds it up half a star.

It's a better introduction to Granny Weatherwax than the book she previously appeared in, Equal Rites, as it introduces another alpha-witch, Nanny Ogg, who balances Granny's stiffness and pointedly direct, old-fashioned proclamations wi
Orbi Alter
Apr 23, 2016 Orbi Alter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Prekrasan, pregenijalan spoj Shakespeara i Trnoruzice s hrpom motiva iz ostalih bajki, da ih ne nabrajam sad sve! Ima sve sto treba: kralja koji je pao, novog nasljednika, vjestice - cak i onu koja je preveslala Snjeguljicu/terorizirala Ivicu i Maricu, demone, duhove, macke, Smrt, putujucu kazalisnu druzinu, groznu rodbinu i patuuuuuljke... To je sve naravno zacinjeno sa satirom na opce poznate stvari i divnim humorom. Vjestice kao serijal unutar serijala su mi otkrice godine:)
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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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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)
  • Reaper Man (Discworld, #11; Death, #2)

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