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Wyrd Sisters (Discworld #6)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  50,435 ratings  ·  1,309 reviews
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...
Mass Market Paperback, 265 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by Hartorch (first published 1988)
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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

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
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
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.

(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
David Sarkies
Aug 18, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
“’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
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
Jun 10, 2013 Trice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trice by: Tim, Mark, Gareth...
Shelves: 2013, scifi-fantasy
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
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
Stephen Richter
My first pure Terry Pratchett book, the jokes & puns come fast & furious. Take Shakespeare's Macbeth, turn the 3 witches into the Marx Brothers and you have the basic premise of this book. This book will even perk up the Sad Puppies ( sorry, could not resist the pun.)There are so many cool parts, a kitchen filled with the ghosts of departed cooked fowls & livestock, a witch that is a bit hard of hearing and a piece of ambitious weather. Overall a good introduction to the style of Ter ...more
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
Rob Thompson
Wyrd Sisters was the second Pratchett book I tackled after not picking up any of his Discworld novels for many years. I decided that I’d start reading these books again, starting with the Witches thread. And I'm happy to report that I'm enjoying them a lot..

Published back in 1988 it re-introduces Granny Weatherwax of Equal Rites fame. If you recall, Equal Rites was the first of the Witches books. With Granny we have Nanny Ogg, matriarch of a large tribe of Oggs and owner of the most evil cat in
Jun 01, 2014 Nikolai rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nikolai by: Роберт
Явно няма да разбера почитателите на Пратчет, т.е. всеки втори четящ човек, който се е сблъсквал с чудатостите на Света на диска. Какво толкова невероятно намирате у Пратчет?! На какво толкова се смеете до сълзи, че и после ми разказвате как Баба Вихронрав еди-какво-си?! Но все пак проблемът вероятно си е у мен. И даже се чувствам... прецакан, че съм в страни от цялото това забавление.

Книгата е пълна (ама наистина препълнена) със смешни ситуации и реплики. В интерес на истината ми се струва, че
Maggie K
So, I am finding I am a fan of the witches...this is my new favorite Discworld book.

Ive been in such a book slump lately, this was exactly what I needed!
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This is my second Discworld novel, after Equal Rites, and I found this to be the more mature and interesting of the two, so I’ll round up to 4 stars. Wyrd Sisters is a very funny book of a trio of witches – the indomitable Granny Weatherwax, the bawdy Nanny Ogg, and the misty-eyed Magrat – meddling in royal politics, with echoes of Hamlet and Macbeth and a cartload of ridiculousness.

The story moves along briskly (and many section breaks make it easy to dip in for just a few pages at a time), wit
Mary Catelli
Technically this is the second Discworld Witch book, Equal Rites having been the first, but you don't need to have read the first. Indeed, I think the continuity is broken between it and this. (Rites was the third Discworld, and the world-building was not really firm.)

Three witches meet. Magrat, the youngest of them, thought this coven business sounded good and persuaded Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg to join her. Which means when the king's loyal servant flees the castle with the infant after
The second of Pratchett's Discworld witch stories, and a follow up to EQUAL RITES. This one tackles Shakespeare as its main inspiration, mixing up the plots of MACBETH and HAMLET and throwing in plenty of in-jokes and references for the literary reader.

It's a quick and entertaining read, with plenty of jokes on every page and the usual kind of funny characterisation that we've come to know and love from the author. The villains are bizarrely amusing, the heroes are enjoyably ordinary and matter-
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
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
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
-Otros derroteros en la serie, pero sin perder su estilo.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Tras su asesinato, el rey Verence de Lancre descubre que es un fantasma, con todas sus ventajas y desventajas, mientras llega a manos de las brujas Yaya Ceravieja, Tata Ogg y Magrat Ajostiernos un bebé que parece haber escapado a un destino mortal. Cuando asisten a una representación teatral, se les ocurre un lugar para el niño, lejos de las garras del Duque Felmet, nueva cabeza del reino y
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