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Maskerade (Discworld #18)

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'I thought: opera, how hard can it be? Songs. Pretty girls dancing. Nice scenery. Lots of people handing over cash. Got to be better than the cut-throat world of yoghurt, I thought. Now everwhere I go there's...'

Death, to be precise. And plenty of it. In unpleasant variations. This isn't real life. This isn't even cheesemongering. It's opera. Where the music matters and wh
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Corgi (first published 1995)
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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
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Ashley
The last time we saw the Witches, they were ushering off their third member into the perils of marriage, and to a King, no less. Anyway, Magrat's gone now, and things are going funny without a third to balance things out. Nanny Ogg in particular is worried about Granny Weatherwax, who is terrifying under the best of circumstances. They take a trip to Ankh-Morpork after Granny learns that Nanny wrote a book that is a bestseller, but has gotten no royalties from the swindling publisher. And hey, w ...more
David Sarkies
Jul 09, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love satire
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: comedy
Pratchett takes us to the opera
4 November 2014

Since Margrat Garlick has gone on to do bigger and better things (such as ruling) the remaining two witches are at a loss as to who would fill the missing spot in their 'coven'. They did settle on Agnes, however it seems that she also has better things to do, such as run off to Anhk Morpork to become a world famous opera singer. There are a couple of problems with this though (not that she is unable to become an opera singer, despite the suggestion
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MisterFweem
Dec 03, 2010 MisterFweem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tfitoby
Sep 07, 2015 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, funny
So great to get back to a book with Pratchett doing what he did best after the poor punfest that was Soul Music and the silly adventures of Rincewind in Interesting Times, Maskerade is about the witches and you can't go wrong with Granny and Nanny running riot with things.

Nanny is sick of making the tea, Granny is bored, they need a third (junior) witch to complete their coven and they need adventures to stave off the craziness that can envelope the mind of a bored yet powerful witch (see the ad
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Nicole
May 07, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-satire
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
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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
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Vane
Feb 12, 2016 Vane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fantasy
Que bien me lo he pasado. Es uno de mis favoritos de las brujas.
Anthony Eaton
Jan 20, 2011 Anthony Eaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Paul
Jul 13, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Roviragrao
Mar 03, 2016 Roviragrao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #18)

Yaya Ceravieja y Tata Ogg van a la ciudad en busca de una tercera bruja para completar el aquelarre, y se ven envueltas en una trama de misterios y asesinatos en la ópera.

Como siempre nos encontramos brillantes reflexiones y ocurrencias por toda la novela, aunque su punto fuerte son los momentos protagonizados por Yaya y Tata, los personajes más carismáticos. Por contra, los secundarios me han parecido algo más flojos que en otras novelas.

A veces Pratchett te gana más
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Diana
Jun 21, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know this book is supposed to be a light-hearted Discworld romp featuring the irrepressible Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg running around witching it up, and it really is; I giggled repeatedly at their antics and the ridiculous Greebo the cat, who is occasionally a man. The late, great Terry Pratchett played the English language like a finely tuned instrument built by aliens, and I approve so hard, seriously. Still, as silly as it is, this book is fantastically filled with deep thoughts about ...more
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.
Cyn Romero
Jan 23, 2016 Cyn Romero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta es la penúltima entrega de las aventuras de Yaya y Tata Ogg, y está llena de escenas inolvidables y de personajes secundarios a la altura de las circunstancias.
Tata y Yaya se han quedado sin Magrat, y eso significa dos cosas: la primera, que deben hacerse ellas mismas el té y las tostadas durante las reuniones. La segunda, que el equilibrio del grupo se ha roto y las dos ya no tienen a nadie que las detenga de hacer sus locuras (en el buen y el mal sentido, la tentación al lado oscuro de u
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S K Gillespie
Dec 23, 2009 S K Gillespie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Mark Cain
Aug 28, 2013 Mark Cain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam
Nov 15, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, fantasy
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
Rebecca Huston
Feb 12, 2013 Rebecca Huston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series, discworld
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
Vanessa
Masquerade! Paper faces on parade... Masquerade! Hide your face, so the world will never find you!

What could ever happen if you put Esmerelda Weatherwax and Gytha Ogg inside a "haunted" Opera House? All sorts of meddling, that's what, even though they will deny this, because witches don't meddle in the affairs of others. But no living soul (or dead, I apologise to the vampires and zombies in this series) can resist a good mysterious phantom (or two) who uses an obscene amount of exclamation poin
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мартин щурец
Тук цитатите са само от първите няколко страници - иначе с Пратчет докато се усетиш си преписал цялата книга:

"Леля Ог се усети, че й е неудобно дори да мисли за това, което беше необичайно, защото смущението й прилягаше, колкото и безкористната жертвоготовност на някой котарак."

"Разбира се, Баба Вихронрав превръщаше във внушително представление своята независимост и навика да разчита само на себе си. Само че имаше една тънкост — трябва да се навърта някой около теб, за да му се фукаш колко си не
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Kingfan30
May 11, 2015 Kingfan30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, I have never been to the opera but love the theatre and have seen Phantom of the Opera twice, so I loved the references to this show throughout the book. I did wonder if there were references to other operas in this that I was missing although there were other a couple of shows that got a bit of a rename - Guys and Trolls, Miserable Les and Seven Dwarfs for Seven Other Dwarfs. I do think the witches are my favourite in the discworld series, they just make me smile ...more
HomeInMyShoes
Probably more like 3.5. Lots of good stuff in this one.
Fantasy Literature
Jun 03, 2015 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kat
Marion and I both read Maskerade around the same time. I listened to Nigel Planer narrate the audio version (he's so good) while Marion read the book in print format. She joins me here as we discuss this DISCWORLD story featuring the witches of Lancre.

Kat: After Magrat Garlick married the king in Lord and Ladies, there were only two real witches in Lancre: Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. This isn’t right; everyone knows you need three witches. Granny realizes that their best prospect for a repl
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Stella Coulson
Dec 29, 2013 Stella Coulson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kaethe
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July 19, 2014

This was one of the first Discworld books I ever read, and I wouldn't recommend it as a good place to start. There's Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg (and Greebo) which is to the good, but Death makes only a token appearance, and it isn't very kind. There's a fair amount of fat-bashing, and the pretty girl is presented as an absolute idiot, and the dancers don't eat (as if that weren't pretty much a condition of their employment). Plus it's a riff on Phantom of the Opera which is
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Scott Holstad
Jul 18, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maskerade is a delightful book telling a wonderful tale of intrigue, humor, and female empowerment. Once again, the witches of Lancre are back and I think this is my favorite witch book. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg feel it must take three witches to make a coven, and since Magrat has left the coven to become royalty, they think Agnes Nitt might be a suitable replacement. The problem is, Agnes and her alter ego, Perdita X. Dream, have gone to Ankh-Morpork and joined the opera. Agnes is a youn ...more
Lammoth
Apr 12, 2014 Lammoth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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MB (What she read)
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
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Genie
May 27, 2010 Genie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alins
Oct 25, 2010 Alins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nowadays I don't get all that many opportunities to open a new Terry Pratchett book. Countless years of reading him has left me patiently waiting for his next effort. So the discovery of one that I've missed is a moment to be treasured. So now, ten years after I should have read it, I've had the delight of reading Maskerade for the first time. Even better, it's a Lancre witches tale, starring the indomitable Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg, the original Benny Hill.

"Wait," you exclaim, "Where's
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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,
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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)
  • Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
  • Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
  • Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1)
  • Eric (Discworld, #9; Rincewind #4)
  • Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10)

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