Witches Abroad (Discworld #12)
Be careful what you wish for...
Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which unforunately left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when DEATH came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on br...more
Ok, the plot is about a witch who inherits the position of fairy godmother and must stop a princess marrying a prince in a faraway kingdom. The previous FG knew she'd need help so she employed 'headology' to make sure he...more
So I skipped ahead.. to this one.
The true tes...more
"Но бедата била там, че невежеството ставало все по-интересно, особено онова очарователно невежество за големи и важни неща като материя и сътворение. А хората преставали да градят търпеливо своите малки къщи от късчета разум в хаоса на Вселе...more
But there's also plenty of fun typical Discworld story in the book, along with an interesting angle on Granny Weatherwax's character, which I don't recall, previously, as having much more depth than "smart and cantankerous."
The three witches (Grann...more
I take stories seriously: so seriously that I spent part of one summer at the university of Minneapolis studying Fairy Tales and critical literacy.
Therefore, I loved the introduction that dealt with the role of stories.
"... on the Discworld people take things seriously.
At the time when this came out, I thought it one of Pratchett's least successful Discworld novels; now, on re-reading it, I have a higher opinion.
It is one of the stories involving the three witches in the coven in the remote village of Lancre. One of them has a magic wand left to her, as well as the responsibility of being fairy godmother to a girl many miles away in the town of Genua. Unfortunately, the wand doesn't come with instructions, and...more
Anyway, this is an upper-mid-tier Discworld book, and that is about all needs saying about it, other than that it’s a witches book and I’ve been jonesing for some Granny Weatherwax.
I have this thought about how Weatherwax and Sam Vimes are the twin moral cores of Discworld and how it’s their integrity that lets them accomplish the impossible, but Vimes has t...more
Le storie esistono indipendentemente dai loro personaggi. La conoscenza di questo fatto è potere.
Le storie, grandi nastri svolazzanti di spazio-tempo, sventolano e si srotolano nell'universo fin dall'inizio dei tempi. E si sono evolute. Le più deboli sono morte. Le più forti sono sopravvissute e sono ingrassate a forza di racconti... storie che fluttuano nell'oscurità.
La fata madrina Desid...more
I think one of the best things about Terry Pratchett and Discworld, is that nobody is excluded or discriminated against. It's not racist or sexist, or transphobic. It's not stereotypes. Pratchett punches up, not down. I love Pratchett's view of the world...more
The book is all about stories and their power. Another witch is using stories to control events in Genua and...more
It's also a delightful little fairy tale in its own right, incorporating story lines from or making strong allusions to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Wizard of Oz as well as bits and pieces from numerous other folk tales.
There's even a nice bit of playful yet important philosophical and existential questionin...more
As usual, Pratchett has delivered a treat. I love the Discworld books. None of them have disappointed me. Pratchett writes in a way that draws you in; he is...more
I still think that the witches are a good deal too "slapstick" for my liking and would always prefer the city watch, Moist or the wizards of the UU as protagonists, but the closer i come to having read them all the less choice i've got and for a book i have quite the bias against the cast it was hilarious and very entertaining!
I blame Magrat for servi...more
This book also demonstrates why I think everyone should read Discworld.
Part of TPerry's amazing world-building, where witches are pillars of the community and stubbornly insist on following cliches, when witches go wrong and start playing roles in fairy tales, it doesn't end well for anyone.
Witches Abroad is, as the title infers, a story about the witches (Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat) and what happens when the local fairy godmother dies and passes her wand on. Pratchett takes the opportunity to talk about the power of stories while...more
In Witches Abroad a power-hungry fairy godmother is bent on making people live their lives as characters in a fairy tale would. It is up to the three Lancre witches- Gr...more
This time, old Desiderata Hollow, who was not only a witch, but also a fairy godmother, dies and leaves her wand to Magrat, asking her to travel to a faraway city called Genua and prevent a story from happening. Knowing the older witches, Desiderata...more