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Maskerade (Discworld #18)

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The Ghost in the bone-white mask who haunts theAnkh-Morpork Opera House was always considered a benign presence -- some would even say lucky -- until he started killing people. The sudden rash of bizarre backstage deaths now threatens to mar the operatic debut of country girl Perdita X.
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Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by HarperTorch (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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Phrynne
Jul 12, 2013 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always love Pratchett's witches books and this one was as usual laugh out loud funny. Granny Weatherwax is a wonderful character and then Death made several cameo appearances too which is always good. Pratchett was a master of parody and some of his allusions to opera and to musicals were brilliant.
I think the Discworld will always remain one of my most favourite series and my number one "go to" books when I want to read something light, well written, smart and funny.
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
YouKneeK
Oct 25, 2016 YouKneeK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maskerade is the fifth book in the Witches subseries of Discworld. I usually enjoy the Witches books a little more than the others. I didn’t think this one was as uproariously funny as Wyrd Sisters or Witches Abroad, but I did enjoy it.

The story centers on some goings-on at an opera house. The opera house has always had a mysterious ghost with certain demands, but lately this ghost seems to have gone off the deep end. It's murdering people and leaving crazy notes with lots of exclamation points.
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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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SheriC (Portable Magic)
How I empathized with Agnes, cursed with a good personality and nice hair, instead of a trim figure and a pretty face. Knowing that she was always expected to be calm and sensible and capable, resenting it, and yet unable to help herself in always being the calm and sensible and capable one in a crisis. What young woman wouldn’t be horrified to see her own future in Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax? And yet, there is certainly power in embracing your true self.

I’m a little sad that there’s only
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David Sarkies
Oct 28, 2014 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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Tfitoby
May 16, 2011 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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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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Nicole
Mar 12, 2009 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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Vane
Sep 01, 2014 Vane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que bien me lo he pasado. Es uno de mis favoritos de las brujas.
Marina
Sep 15, 2016 Marina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, own
The Witches series continuous to be witty and hilarious, but all I can really say about it is that the book is good.

I guess it's hard for me to read and fully enjoy serial books without seeing some sort of significant growth in the characters. But while we do find out a little more about Granny's and Nanny's past lives, they're such small tidbits that I wouldn't call them revelations or development. They're still fantastic, hilarious, amazing characters but I want more.

Plus I had a hard time li
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Caroline Eising
I don't think this is one of Pratchett's strongest novels. There are times were the story seems structures just to fit in more jokes, instead of the jokes fitting into the story, and that led to a couple of eye-rolling moments for me, but there are witches! And as usual, witches save the day in their own way. Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax are near the top of the list when it comes to my favourite characters in the series, and they are at their best when thrown out of their usual element. High ...more
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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Kaethe
1 Jan 2000
19 July 2014
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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 th
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Paul
Jul 13, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
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
Oct 10, 2012 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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Jota Houses
Feb 06, 2017 Jota Houses rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Terry Pratchett la emprende con el fantasma de la Opera. y como armas utiliza a Yaya Ceravieja y Tata Ogg. Menos logrado que sus antecesores en cuanto a carga simbólica, pero igual de divertido que siempre; asistimos a la demolición de la mitología de la Opera, el Musical y el Folletín decimonónico en las peligrosas calles de Ank-Morpork.
Andree
Sep 11, 2016 Andree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, 2016
Back to the TP readthrough. Read this over the course of about a month. It was a reread. I remember really liking this the first time through. And there are some delightful bits. Hence the 4 star rating. I'm rating high, because part of me feels that I should have enjoyed this more, but I didn't. I feel like it might have been mood. This one has a lot of good stuff in it, but I struggled on this readthrough. And I don't know why.
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.
Diana
Jun 14, 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
Cyn Romero
Oct 06, 2015 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 21, 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 25, 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
Feb 17, 2011 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
Jan 28, 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
Rachel
Apr 17, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS WAS SO GREAT.

Following INTERESTING TIMES this felt like the biggest breath of fresh air ever. It also probably benefited tremendously from following what I would consider the worst Discworld book so far. Being back with the Witches, and following them on an adventure to Ankh-Morpork, was lovely.

I'm also really enjoying Agnes/Perdita, and feel hopeful she will be present in the next Witches outing. I REALLY hope she's present as someone who is fat and capable and wonderful. I hope Pratchett
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Gabriele
Sep 09, 2016 Gabriele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Granny Weatherwax meets the "Phantom of the Opera"- highly amusing!
HomeInMyShoes
Probably more like 3.5. Lots of good stuff in this one.
Lammoth
Apr 05, 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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