Lords and Ladies (Discworld #14)
When you think of elves, what do you think of? The tall, fair-skinned beings of Tolkien's Middle Earth? The ebony warriors from Dungeons & Dragons? Delicious cookies?
Not on Discworld. On Discworld, the Elves are folk of legend, and dark legend at that. People there remember the elves, although not very well. They remember through old wives' tales, about leaving milk for the fairies and not going near the standing stones. Ask someone in the kingdom of Lancre, and they'll think of elves...more
Magrat is still planning to marry the new king (and former fool) of Lancre, and anyone who's everyone will be attending the Royal Wedding, including our favorite Librarian. (If only they can get him to put on some clothes...)
But wait...strange things are happening. (Well, stranger things than the strange things that normally happen in Discworld.)
Even the bees are worried.
Granny Weatherwax is reunited with an ol...more
"Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind...more
In Lords and Ladies, Pratchett re-draws the boundaries where elves are concerned. Trying to push the fae folk back from Tolkien's ("pretty = lovely") vision towards their German/Scandinavian folkloric roots ("pretty = dangerous") is -to this day- an almost entirely unique direction to head in, and an interesting one. After all, people ar...more
I won't go into summary for the plot or story. There are tens of reviews written already that have that covered...so I'll just justify those 5 marks up there. And since I feel I'll be adding this to any review I write, the stars do not repr...more
It includes all my favourite aspects of the Discworld - the Witches, folklore, Ridcully, the people of Lancre... and Elves. When I first read Lords and Ladies I was also obsessed with another book about the Fair Folk - Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee. The two books combined introduced me to the idea of elves being sinister, alien creatures, and I a...more
I just have a little quibble about Pratchett's writing style--at times it can be like reading a play without enough attributions, the way he will set dialogue aside instead of attaching the action that goes with it. But his humour and other cleverness overcome that little distraction.
Note to Self: Lancre
Magrat Garlick(witch,new Queen,pal)+King Verence II(of Lancre,ex-Fool),Granny Esmerelda Weatherwax (Esme,witch,head of coven,ex,pal),Nanny Cytha Ogg(witch,pal,mom0)& Greebo(her cat)+Giamo Casanunda (dwarf),Jason Ogg(master blacksmith & farrier,son0,dad1,pal1),Sha...more
19 December 2013
This book is very, very loosely based upon Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night Dream, and to be honest with you if he had not told me at the beginning of the book and at the end of the book I probably would not have realised it. The reason that I say that is because when I say loosely I mean really loosely. In fact the only thing about the book that seems to be connected to the play is that a group of working class people go a rehearse a play in the...more
There's something about the Witches novels that appeals to me on a very basic level. Granny Weatherwax, as hard-headed as she is, doesn't come by that by being nasty; she's always aware that being good means making hard choices, and making hard choices means acknowledging that you have free will--and that, ultimately, means you cannot...more
I swear, if I read another variant of the naive bride and groom's we...more
part of my love for terry pratchett's writing comes from his use of words. the way he twists them, the way he uses them in unexpected ways, the way he uses them to tell a story, and to give that story depth and meaning even when on the surface it's just a great little fairy tale. another reason i love terry pratchett's writing is for the times when he doesn't use words, and...more
Other people would probably say: I wasn't myself. But Granny Weatherwax didn't have anyone else to be. (p. 53, 18%)
This may be my new favorite Discworld book, and that's saying something. Then again, I am a complete and utter sucker chump for all things Granny Weatherwax, and that's that.
HERE THERE BE POSSIBLE SPOILERS I DUNNO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
"I don't hold with paddlin' with the occult," said Granny firmly. "Once you start paddlin' with the occult you start bel
Pratchett embellishes The Fairy Story with Northern European folk beliefs and his own trademark humour which, whe...more
In this particular installment of the Discworld series, Pratchett pits the aforementioned witches against the elven lords and ladies who have come to Lancre. The elven Queen plans to marry King Verence -- who has different plans, as he is affianced to the youngest of the witches.
Much hilarity ensues, as is often the case with the...more
Multiverses are cleverly skewered.
"Much human ingenuity has gone into finding the ultimate Before. The current state of knowledge can be summarized thus: In the beginning, there was nothing, which exploded. Other theories about the ultimate start invo...more
Terror that I'm possibly halfway through already of one of the greatest libraries of inventive fantasy, literature and comedy in human language.
Terror that I'm not getting at least fifty volumes of the adventures of the Witches and their novels.
Terror of the whole world of stories that can't speak to me the way books like these do.
Much like the multiverse theory somewhat touched upon in this volume, this book filled me not only with the joy of itself...more
When an infestation of Faerie Trash invades the Kingdom of Lancre, upsetting the royal wedding plans of King Verence and his favorite witch, Magrat Garlick, it's up to the witches, led by Granny Weatherwax, to deal with the vicious little things. Reissue.
Although they may feature witches and wizards, vampires and dwarves, along with the occasional odd human, Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld novels are grounded firmly in the modern world. Taking humorous aim at all our foib
I was pleased to get back to the witches, they are my favourite characters of the Discworld novels. I enjoyed Witches Abroad slightly more than this one, but this was still a good read none the less. It was great to see Magrat step out of her comfort zone in this one, just goes to show we can all do things we don't think we can.
The mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the cat, alth...more
Then came the scene where Granny Weatherwax and Mistrum Ridcully see each other again.
Not only did I laugh aloud, I couldn't STOP laughing. I laughed so hard I...more