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Total verhext (Discworld #12)

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'Things have to come to an end, see. That's how it works when you turn the world into stories. You should never have done that. You shouldn't treat people like they was characters, like they was things. But if you do, then you've got to know where the story ends.'

It seemed an easy job... After all, how difficult could it be to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a
Paperback, 319 pages
Published 1999 by Goldmann (first published 1991)
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Woo-hoo! Witches on a roadtrip!

The gals go on an adventure to stop a wedding, and end up learning what a pain in the posterior it is to travel by broomstick.

Along the way, they indulge in bananana-flavored cocktails and some riverboat gambling, enjoy the running of the bulls, and hop into some fairy tales where they proceed to right wrongs, fix obvious mistakes, and threaten woodcutters.

The three enchantresses may just be able to stop Emberella from attending the ball IF they can avoid the falli
Feb 06, 2017 Ivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best in Witches series so far. I won't bither with review instead here are some of my favorite quotes

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around

People whose wishes get granted often don't turn out to be very nice people.

Wisdom is one of the few things that looks bigger the further away it is.

You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it's just a cage.

Humanity's a nice place to visit, bu
Jul 31, 2016 YouKneeK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Witches subseries of Discworld. The last time I enjoyed a Discworld book this much was when I read the second Witches book, Wyrd Sisters. I’m not sure if I’m far enough into Discworld to proclaim my favorite subseries yet, but Witches is the top contender.

As with the previous Witches book, this story focuses primarily on the characters of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat. Through a series of events, the three are led to journey to a distant country to deal
Wiebke (1book1review)
Oh I forgot how much fun this book was. Traveling with the witches had me laughing nonstop while thinking about how travelers behave and appear to others. And all the things about stories and their desire to happen and end. So good!
Oct 09, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans, High Fantasy fans, Douglas Adams fan
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: previous books
Carrying on with this series and with my healthy exercises. I love reading this sub-series because I can relate so well with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. This time it seems that Pratchett was spoofing a number of fairy tales. Might not take me long to finish this book.

Day 13: Back to the excersising, and my husband calling out the exercises for me...
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Day 14: I hate that I have to have privacy to excercise. I used to be in Martial Arts and Self-defense, and have found out just how hard it is
May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical
Witches are abroad and they're sending the Disc's first postcards! Book twelve in the series and Pratchett turns his Discworld funhouse mirror on the matter of destiny and the nature of storytelling, and specifically the nature of fairy tales. The Disc's magic field does strange things with what we humans consider commonplace and every day ideas, so when the fanciful Disneylike idea of a Fairy Godmother germinates in the fertile grounds of Genua all bets are off! But then there isn't much that c ...more
Witches Abroad is the 12th Discworld novel by Sir Terry Pratchett. The thing about Discworld is that you don't necessarily have to read his books in order. They all take place in the same world, and all the characters pop up and make cameos in each other's stories, but it doesn't really matter. But of course, along with having that thing where I can't quit things, I also have that thing where I have to read things in order. One would think being at #12 would be an accomplishment, and one would n ...more
The Complete Discworld Reread

First things first, I must say my reading comprehension has gone up by quite a lot since I started reviewing all the books I read. For instance I know I have read ‘Witches Abroad’ a half dozen times in my life and never once realized that the ‘Cinderella’ of the story (Emberella) was of mixed heritage. In no way does this affect the story or the review, just jumped out at me for the first time.


Another book following Granny Weatherwax so you must know I am all
Steven Harbin
I've completed 6 Discworld titles so far (The Wee Free Men,The Color of Magic, Equal Rites, Mort, Sourcery,Wyrd Sisters) and I have to say this is my very favorite one thus far. I love the way Terry Pratchett takes things that most of us can relate to, such as traveling abroad, and turns them into hilarious and at the same time fantastic Discworld adventures. The three Lancre witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat are some of my favorite characters in the whole series, not to mention N ...more
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Sep 18, 2014 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

'This is a story about stories. Or what it really means to be a fairy godmother. But it’s also, particularly, about reflections and mirrors.'
When Desirata Hollow dies, she leaves her wand to Magrat Garlick. With it, Magrat inherits an obligation to help Princess Emberella not to marry a prince. What Magrat doesn't know is that the princess has two godmothers, one good and one bad. Another important thing in Desirata's will is whatever happens, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg must not help
Mar 13, 2015 Beatrice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all the witches, but Nanny was my favourite in this one. :) It is now my goal in life to become as good at foreign as she is.

Gooden day, big-feller mine host! Trois beers pour favour avec us, silver plate.

SheriC (Portable Magic)
More fun with Granny Weatherwax & friends as they travel to foreign parts to stop a fairy godmother from making people have happily ever afters, whether it’s wanted or not. Loved it.
Sep 13, 2016 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, own
I'm getting used to the fact that the Witches Collection is not a consecutive story like The City Watch was, at least not really. There isn't really one overarching theme, except to play around with story tropes, shake them up, traumatize and scare them, make fun of them when they cry and then send them back home with a lolly-pop.

The Witches series is hilarious. I love these characters and how much we're getting to know them and how comical and even slightly idiotic they seem, yet how poignant
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett July 24, 2014
Travel does broaden the mind. It enables you to see a greater variety of nuttiness. The witches are my favorite characters in Discworld.
***July 29, 2016Ten years ago I went on a business trip to Baltimore, and got to meet an until-then imaginary friend from the defunct book site Readerville. It was lovely, not least of what was so charming was meeting my friend’s adult daughter who was charming and witty and shared her mother’s taste in Pratchett boo
Olga Godim
Not my favorite among Pratchett’s books but it’s an OK novel.
The old godmother Desiderata dies and leaves her wand and instructions to the youngest of the local witches, Magrat. According to Desiderata’s will, Magrat must travel to Genua to stop a young girl from marrying a prince. Of course, the two older witches, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, tag along.
This tale is divided into two distinct parts. The first part is studded with empty chatter and surface humor. The witches visit ‘foreign p
Apr 18, 2013 Lammoth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Защото Вселената била изпълнена с невежество, а ученият я пресявал като златотърсач, надвесен над планински поток, за да отдели златото на знанието от чакъла на глупостта, пясъка на несигурността и малките осмокраки мустакати плаващи твари на суеверието."

"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
What happens when provincial professionals take a "business" trip and must reconcile the fact that things aren't quite done the same everywhere? This story shows that a good working knowledge and belief in oneself and abilities can adapt even when the language and lexicon

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
Sep 13, 2013 Vasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry Pratcett delivers yet another absoloutely fantastic sci-fi book. It's smart, and quick and funny and delivers a great message if you read between the lines and look past the one-liners. Also it gives a great-big punch to all those fairy tale cliches that we love to hate so if you're a fan of his work this is a great read .

Definitely a favourite among the Witches sub series of Discworld.

First off, i am quite certain that introducing Discworld into my reading by first tackling Mort series has greatly increased my enjoyment reading the rest of the DW books. Death has a unique way of interjecting himself into the plot always and i just smile and giggle and laugh out everytime he is in the pages of the book. He's such a charmer, the old bones. :)

This book follows Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick flyin
Carol Rodríguez
¡Me encanta! De lo más divertido que he leído de Mundodisco, y es que las brujas son insuperables. En este libro están completamente en su salsa y mostrando cada una sus particularidades y personalidades de una forma que me ha hecho disfrutar más que nunca con ellas. Es una parodia continua de los cuentos de hadas clásicos (incluido El Mago de Oz), con una mezcla de vudú y, por supuesto, muy mala leche, situaciones alocadas y conversaciones descabelladas. Me he reído un montón y además es un lib ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Kua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, b-top
Bello! Si ride molto con questo libro e si ride con un certo stile e questa è la cosa che mi è piaciuta di più. Quindi... comprerò tutti i libri di Pratchett! (o perlomeno tutti quelli della serie Mondo Disco):)
Oct 10, 2012 Roviragrao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #12)

Razones para darle 5 estrellas: Tata, Yaya, Greebo, vudú, cuentos y reflexiones sobre la bondad y la maldad. Sin duda la saga de las brujas es la que más puntos está ganando en la relectura.
Jota Houses
Jan 22, 2017 Jota Houses rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
La primera vez que lo lei me pareció bastante flojito. Una vez leido en inglés y comparadas las ediciones comprendo que se debe a la cantidad de chistes y dobles sentidos que el traductor se dejó por el camino. Las brujas de Pratchett abandonan su Shakesperiano reino de Lancre y viajan a Genua a hacer de hadas madrinas suplentes. Durante el viaje la personalidad de las brujas desborda la historia y de paso de mofa de Tolkien, los cuentos de hadas tradicionales y hasta los barcos del Misisipi. El ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, 2015-reads
"Witches Aboard" follows the Lancre coven across the Disc to the Big Easy, well Terry Pratchett's version of the Bayou, as they attempt to save the day by not allowing the servant girl to marry the Prince. The happily-ever-after and fairy godmother tropes do not survive either Pratchett or Granny Weatherwax.

I will be honest, the previous Witches' book (Wyrd Sisters) wasn't my favorite Disc book and so I had reservations when beginning. After what I felt was a stumbling start with numerous "mirro
Oct 22, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humour, discworld
I've read 17 of the Discworld books now and this might be the most laugh-out-loud funny of the bunch so far. It was just a non-stop barrage of amazing jokes and references to the world of fiction.

There were basically two halves to this book: the first half was an extended travelogue, which entailed the Lancre coven going from place to place and commenting snidely on things. Considering I love the three main characters, and Pratchett's dialogue is perfect, this was entirely amazing. The second ha
Jul 30, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
This is an extremely important piece of writing. Pratchett is dealing with the base of all our story telling, what was the phrase - the Ur Stories? What are these stories anyway, where do they come from and what role do they play in our cultural history? Are they inevitable in their endings or what? How close are good and bad? Any teacher doing a fairy tale unit should make sure to read this first because it's a lot more fun than the ethnological studies and makes more sense. We meet Red Riding ...more
Oct 04, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Wasn't all that keen on another Witches novel so soon. But I ended up enjoying this one very much. Mostly read it in the mornings. Just after waking. A few minutes each day. Waking up with Pratchett. It was a very good experiment in ways of reading. With interesting results.

A few minutes with Pratchett each morning really did set a tone for the day. The days I didn't do the reading were markedly less enjoyable days on the whole. Mornings with Pratchett gave me much better days, throughout the da
May 13, 2015 Cabezabajo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fantasy
Me ha encantado y si, es mi nuevo favorito dentro de esta rama de la saga. No sé que tienen estas brujas que me conquistan con tanta facilidad... quizá sea cosa de cabezología. No he sido capaz de llevar la cuenta de las miradas de WTF que mi novio me echaba cada vez que me daba la risa leyendo, cosa que habla por si sola.

Hay muchos motivos para amar a Pratchett y este libro es uno de ellos.

Y además Greebo es amor. Amadlo todos. Y punto.
Apr 17, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would consider this the best of the three Witches books so far- EQUAL RITES was very good as an early book, but seeing how much better Pratchett's work gets as I go through the Discworld, it pales in comparison to WYRD SISTERS which is wonderful and hilarious, and yet this book adds even more. You have the hilarity, you have even a similar device of taking a commonly known type of story and turning it on it's ear (WS was Shakespeare, this is fairy tales), but with this book you see more of Pra ...more
Oct 05, 2015 g33ksquared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more I read Terry Pratchett the more I appreciate him.
It's hard to look at the world in grays. It's hard to realize that the line between the "good guys" and the "bad guys"
Is strictly perspective.

***Begin Random Rant***

I never realized how much I disliked the promoted concept of Happily Ever Afters. It's not that I don't know how to have fun or be romantic- well that's besides the point. Little girls grow up with these Fairytales and their young minds have zero defenses for the barrel full o
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