Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6)
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Wyrd Sisters (Discworld #6)

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Witches are not by nature gregarious, and they certainly don't have leaders. Granny Weatherwax was the most highly-regarded of the leaders they didn't have. But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more difficult than certain playwrights would have you believe...
Paperback, 265 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by HarperCollins (first published 1988)
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Leslie
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...more
Melki
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
...more
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...more
Cora Linn
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.
Dusty
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...more
Exoticbrett
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
Melissa
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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...more
Linzay
The entire Discworld series is worth re-reading, not just because it contains so many books, but each book has so many little funnies that you may find a joke you never noticed before. These books grow with you. I enjoyed them when I was younger and less worldly, and now, every other paragraph I'm noticing great stuff I just missed before.
This one is great. Granny Weatherwax is my absolute favorite, because I can relate. She is a good witch, destined to be, and not too happy about that. I often...more
Tfitoby
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
Kyra Davis
I always enjoy Pratchett books but I have to admit this wasn't my favorite. Oddly enough it's his children's books and YA fiction that consistently takes my breath away. For whatever reason he uses more description in his novels for younger readers, his prose seem more poetic and his protagonists more complex (at least in my opinion). Still, Wyrd Sisters is nothing if not entertaining and the characters are vivid and appealing.

The three witches in this book find themselves saving an infant roya...more
Leah
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...more
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...more
Rosemary
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
Trice
Jun 10, 2013 Trice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trice by: Tim, Mark, Gareth...
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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...more
Astrid
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...more
Lee Broderick
Re-read 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' Discworld novel, this...more
Jordan
Terry Pratchett's Discworld does for Fantasy what Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy did for science fiction--firmly sets a story within a genre, stereotypes intact, then goes to town. This sixth entry in the series stands on its own rather well, its only ties to the previous novels being the reappearance of Granny Weatherwax from Equal Rites, the cameo appearance of the Orangutan librarian from the Unseen University, and the obligatory appearance by Death (who may be the only char...more
Sarah
I had a really hard time with Terry Pratchett's writing style. I didn't find this book funny or the characters very interesting. I actually had a hard time telling them apart or staying focused on the plot. I adored Good Omens, but this book was really boring.
Roshio
Highly entertaining characters with a narrative style that instills a lot of chuckles. Good fun, will be picking some more of his books.
JSA Lowe
Well if this weren't the best thing to happen to me all summer, then my name's not Esme Weatherwax.
Torie
I struggle to rate this one. I recognize it as simultaneously mediocre and genius.

The witches themselves don't interest me much. Magrat is a cartoon, Granny is too stern and single-minded (I know you're supposed to admire her tenacity but she's just sort of heartless), and Nanny gets sat on by everyone around her, except her kids. So I didn't like them much, and I still don't really understand how it is that they see its their duty to interfere.

And then, oh, the plot. It just doesn't have a lot...more
Jeffrey
I feel like I didn't give Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett a decent chance and suspect it is more deserving of a 4 star (I really liked it) rating than the 3 star (I liked it) that I have given it here. I had read a lot of Discworld novels recently, and about half way through other books I have been reading began to take over my interest. So there was a long delay finishing this book (finishing it over a month... wait 2 months?!... from when I started). I'm afraid that effected my appreciation of...more
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Lanet kitap bitmek bilmedi... Yorum geliyor (elbet)
Veeeee geldi.

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Nah bitirdim! Moonstone vakası gibi elimde süründü kitap, ucu başı sonu belli olmaya bir süre boyunca.

Elimde silah olsa yapabilirdim...



Terry İngilterenin en iyi yazarlarındanmış... Aman benden uzak dursun. (Zaten kadın sanıyordum, öğre...more
Scurra
Although Equal Rites was the debut of Granny Weatherwax, it wasn't until this story - and the introduction of Nanny Ogg - that she became such a crucial part of Discworld.

And crucial she is, almost to the same degree as HIMSELF in the way that she is never the central character of her stories and yet without her they simply would not work. In other cases (Sam Vimes being the most notable), such a strong character would insist on muscling into the centre of the stage - but not Esme. She seems qu...more
Eustacia Tan
This post is dedicated to my sister Euphemia, who, unfortunately, doesn't turn 12 today. She turns 12+6 years old instead.

I love Shakespeare. I also love Terry Pratchett. So when Terry Pratchett borrows from The Bard, you know the book has to be awesome.

Loosely based/Inspired by Hamlet (trees make an appearance!), King Verence of Lancre is killed by the Duke, who takes over. Unfortunately, the little baby Prince managed to escape, and thanks to Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Margrat, is now in...more
Bookworm Smith
Another tale full of magic and humour in that wonderful land of Discworld.

The magic is supplied by three witches, who gripe, groan, insult, cast spells, talk jibberish, and eventually save a kingdon. They eat apples and fly 'beater' broomsticks that would not pass any sort of environmental emission control test nowadays. They even manage to fast forward time for fifteen years...which from my previous 'research' into Star Trek books completely bypasses any logic with regard to space time continu...more
Bryce
I think I've finally sussed out the reason why I enjoy the Discworld books, but don't love-love-love them like so many others do. While the writing and plotting are clever and the use of language masterful, I never feel like the characters and stories in the Discworld books have any gravitas backing them up. The characters don't seem to have any real feelings or emotions, just witty words and quirky traits. It's like watching a Warner Brothers cartoon; Bug Bunny may get angry, act sad, betrayed,...more
Donovan
Terry Pratchett does for fantasy what Douglas Adams did for science fiction...pure comedic genius.
Wyrd Sisters is just one story that features in the Discworld series. If you don't know what the Discworld is, then you must lead a poor shallow inconsolable life and no amount of funny witty puns collected in to an adventure filled story is going to make your day: or will it?
It cemented what I thought was great about Pratchett's writing. Which is to say colourful, flamboyant, easy to read and will...more
Olga Godim
This is one of the earlier books of the series, and not the best one either. I know that most Discworld fans rate this book with 5 awesome stars, but I can’t honestly do that. I think it’s an OK book, definitely weaker than many other novels of the series.
The novel has two distinct parts. In the first part, the king of Lancre is killed, and his murderer, the duke, usurps the throne. At the last moment, a loyal servant spirits away the infant prince, the rightful heir, and the three witches, see...more
Ivy
This is the first Disc-world book I ever read, in fact it was one of the first few novels remember reading. I don't know for sure exactly when I read it first, (I've put down August 1999 as an approximate) what I do know is I never forgot it, especially not the particular line [talking about removing a blood spot from his hand]"Tomorrow he'd try a cheese grater".
That was the line I remembered when I went looking for this book years later, not remembering that it was Disc-World, not remembering t...more
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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. 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
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