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Wyrd Sisters (Discworld #6)

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Kingdoms wobble, crowns topple and knives flash on the magical Discworld as the statutory three witches meddle in royal politics. The wyrd sisters battle against frightful odds to put the rightful king on the throne. At least, that's what they think...
Library Binding, 265 pages
Published May 9th 2008 by Paw Prints (first published 1988)
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Charlotte 'Wyrd Sisters' is - arguably - one of the easier Discworld novels to sink your teeth into the first time around, and it's a great introduction to many…more'Wyrd Sisters' is - arguably - one of the easier Discworld novels to sink your teeth into the first time around, and it's a great introduction to many of the key characters and concepts.

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Apr 22, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How have I never read Terry Pratchett before? He's like ... Shakespeare and Wodehouse and Monty Python all wrapped into one!

A student gave me this book while we were studying Macbeth in class. Wyrd Sisters is a sort of parallel story, which manages to poke fun at the play, revere the play, make inside jokes about the play, and ... well, generally turn the play on its head. All the while, you, the reader, get to feel very smart and superior for getting all the jokes and allusions.

And yet it manag
Aug 31, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shakespeare on the Discworld.

Truth be told, and all due respect to Rincewind, but I am partial to Sir Terry’s Discworld Witches. Granny Weatherwax returns from Equal Rites to star in another novel, this time in Pratchett’s 1988 entry into the Discworld universe, Wyrd Sisters, his sixth Discworld novel and the second to feature Weatherwax and her sister witches.

Nanny Ogg gives her a run for her money though.

Pratchett provides Granny Weatherwax with a return visit and introduces two of her sisters
Aug 03, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know the wizards have their fans, but for my money, NOBODY beats the Discworld witches.

Granny Weatherwax and her "cronies" try to dethrone an undesirable king in this adventure. To do it they'll need to mess around with time and even consort with...actors - gasp!

Here the gals summon a demon, with predictably Pratchett-like results:

The waters seethed a little, became very still and then, with a sudden movement and a little popping noise, mounded up into a head.
"Well?" it said.
"Who're you?" said
Aug 28, 2016 BrokenTune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
As the cauldron bubbled an eldritch voice shrieked: ‘When shall we three meet again?’ There was a pause. Finally another voice said, in far more ordinary tones: ‘Well, I can do next Tuesday.’

I just realised that I never finished writing a review for this one even though I absolutely loved it. Wyrd Sisters is the second installment of the Witches sub-series, and is Pratchett's version of what would happen if Hamlet and Macbeth had been set in the Discworld universe - which may just give you an id
Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
After reading three rather lackluster books in a row I was feeling rather down about the world of reading. Then I read the first sentence of Wyrd Sisters. I entered the world of witches, Shakespearean plots and a novel full of Terry Pratchett's wonderful, quirky sense of humour.
As the cauldron bubbled an eldritch voice shrieked: 'When shall we three meet again?'
There was a pause.
Finally another voice said, in a far more ordinary tones: 'Well, I can do next Tuesday.'
pg 1.

I think my favourit
Oct 13, 2015 Luffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The late Terry Pratchett was a hell of a writer. I thought one of my other favorite Fantasy authors, Brandon Sanderson, was barking up the wrong tree when he lauded Pratchett as a genius.

But, I realize now better not to distrust those in the know. It is clear to me that the author of Wyrd Sisters is a master of literature, with this book to prove it. A very great first half leading to a less than perfect second half makes me look forward to the Discworld books. It's queer how the first half em
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Hamlet and MacBeth had a baby, and it was a comedy.

3.5 stars.
Executive Summary: Started slow, but the second half kind of made up for the first half. And very quotable as always. 3.5 Stars.

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Well I made it! I did 5 Discworld books in the last few months. I was able to read this book in April for Sword and Laser without having to skip any books.

It's not my favorite of the bunch, but I definitely enjoyed it more than I did Sourcery. I think I might have enjoyed Equal Rites more though. I was warned that Granny Weatherwax was a bit different in th
Sep 20, 2016 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am warming up to Witches but so far City Watch is still my favorite Discworld series.
May 01, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comic
If the idiots of the world aren't careful, they'll find themselves being educated without knowing it. Reading Pratchett is like reading something written by someone who finds pretty much everything interesting, and wants to share it with you without condescending or being preachy. Oh, wait...

Here he tackles Macbeth in particular, and the power of the written and spoken word in general. How he manages to take something as epic and classic as Macbeth and simultaneously mock it and pay homage to it
Jun 16, 2013 Tfitoby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure entertainment from start to finish. Nanny Ogg is so similar to my own grandmother that I am drawn to her character first before the more famous Granny Wetherwax despite this being the grand dame of headology's first appearance as we would come to know her after the character exploration of Equal Rites. Taking two months away from reading and reviewing has really taken its toll, I can barely think of a thing to say. It doesn't matter though, this one has stood the test of time and in posteri ...more
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
I love this trio of witches.

Terry Pratchett has done it again - another fantastic tale of the Discworld.

The plot is hilarious and the characters even more so. But still there's a thread of romance, a sweet little side story.

This story has heart.
Wyrd Sisters was the very first Discworld novel that I ever read, back at the tender age of eight. A friend of mine got it as a present from her father. Like his previous gift of the collected novels of Jane Austen, this wasn't received with much enthusiasm. She tossed it over to me on one of our monthly 'let's raid one another's bookcases' events. I was intrigued by the slightly cartoony, slightly grotesque style of Josh Kirby's cover art, and took it away with me.

I read the whole thing in abou
Jun 26, 2011 Exoticbrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, fantasy
Terry Pratchett does Macbeth. This is my favourite Discworld book so far (I'm reading them in publishing order). The writing is brilliantly perfect and funny. The Fool is a great character, wrestling with the ill-fitting role he's been assigned in the Shakespearean-esque world he inhabits. The jokes all work, the story is clever, the bard references are inspired, and tipping it into another dimension of enjoyment is the always irreverent Granny Weatherwax. I loved it. I want more. Give me more n ...more
David Sarkies
Jul 09, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want a bit of a laugh
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: comedy
Pratchett takes a jab at Shakespeare's classics
31 October 2012

Well, here I am writing a commentary on Wyrd Sisters on Halloween. Okay, this book isn't about Halloween, but the three main characters are witches, and there are a lot of ghosts in this book as well, so it seems that it is quite ironic that I am writing about it now. Not that I particularly subscribe to Halloween though, since it is an American holiday, though that is a bit of a technicality since it is really only in America that i
Eva Ceravieja
Feb 26, 2016 Eva Ceravieja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He entrado en el Mundodisco con buen pie. Creo que voy a seguir con la saga de las brujas, y ya veré qué más tiene Pratchett más adelante.
Me declaro fan de póster de Yaya Ceravieja, ¡eso sí es una bruja! :D
Feb 22, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Macbeth Act 4, Scene 1

When Duke Felmet kills King Verence and names himself the new King of Lancre, Verence's ghost haunts the castle and his young son is smuggled out of the kingdom and taken to a coven of three witches for protection. These witches bestow three gifts upon the baby and place him with the owner of an acting troupe. The new king is an evil one, and the entire kingdom (animal, ve
Christine (weereader)
Nov 26, 2015 Christine (weereader) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Humorous fantasy is a genre that I thought I would never ever like, but Pratchett's writing is so brilliant that I can't help but love it more with every book of his that I read.
It's amazing the way that the author manages to write from the point's of view of a storm, a tree, a cat and a ghost in a way that adds to the story and isn't ridiculous. Every characters he writes is so well developed and realistic that I just can't fault it.
The world building is fantastic and I love learning more and m
Jan 15, 2008 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't my first Pratchett book -- that was Color of Magic -- but it is the book that sent me back to Pratchett and since drained my bank account. These days, I own everything written by Pratchett except Carpet People. And I'll probably add that some day. I picked up the cartoon version of Wyrd Sisters and ran it one night as I was wrapping Christmas packages. Halfway through listening to it and sticking myself to shiny paper, I started to chuckle and then to laugh out loud. Next day, I went ...more
Fantasy Literature
Wyrd Sisters is a fun, lively book. It’s definitely a bit on the light side compared to some of Pratchett’s later works – more parody and less satire, if you like – but there’s nothing wrong with a jocular, easy-going read. Indeed, while it perhaps lacks something of the punch one might find in Mort or Small Gods, this installment is probably one of the better entry points for DISCWORLD, readable and endearing.

This is of course especially true if you’re a Shakespeare fan, in which case Wyrd Sist
Apr 13, 2008 Dusty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
Monty Python meets Macbeth? Wyrd Sisters was my first foray into Pratchett's pulpy, popular Discword series, and, although I liked it ... I didn't quite love it. It was certainly a clever book -- I appreciated the offhand Shakespeare references -- but it felt rough around the edges to me, like Pratchett sent his manuscript off for publishing one draft too soon. It needs revising. Some paragraphs I reread several times, and not because they were challenging but because they barely made sense.

Maria Arazo
Nov 20, 2015 Maria Arazo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015
On my humble opinion, one should always be reading a Pratchett book, or reading them with a reasonable frequency. As I said once (on the last review, in fact), Pratchett’s sense of humour has some sort of soothing effect over anxiety, stress, or the simple lack of aliveness that one may acquire after several nights of sleep deprivation in front of a computer screen digging into the mysterious and dark ways of computational physics (or whatever one may be doing). In other words, it’s like sleepin ...more
SheriC (Portable Magic)
Snuck this one in between assignments this semester. I enjoyed it immensely, but have already forgotten all the clever things I wanted to say about it, except that Granny Weatherwax is my spirit animal.
Joshua Smith
May 30, 2016 Joshua Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
3.5 Stars. This book made me laugh a lot. Granny Weatherwax is who I aspire to be in life.
Part 6 in The Complete Discworld Reread

Let’s start with a protagonist who is a cranky, elderly woman who no one much likes, Granny Weatherwax. Give her a best friend, an overweight elderly lady with absolutely no personal inhibitions, one Nanny Ogg. Need a beautiful young lady to grab the reader’s attention? Too bad, you get shy, plain Magrat, third of the witches of Lancre. It is a fantasy novel so perhaps we need a strapping young man with a destiny? Nope, we get a lonely, miserable, court jes
Sep 10, 2016 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, own
The second instalment of the the Witches series of Discworld is utterly hilarious, punny, and a giant nod to Shakespeare's Macbeth and other plays.

I really love all the characters, but of course the Witches are my favorite. I love how at first glance they appear to he caricatures of the witches that we usually see in literature, but at the same time they are so well defined that they are very much their own characters. They own it. Plus, throw in Pratchett's humor and you have a recipe for great
Lee Broderick
Re-read of another edition 10/3/13 (or is it? I remembered absolutely nothing when reading this):

Terry Pratchett does Shakespeare! Perhaps the author realised that his Swords & Sorcery genre satires were beginning to fall a bit flat (see my review of Sourcery); maybe he felt more confident coming into this book, more comfortable with his authorial voice and readership; maybe he was inspired or maybe he just fancied a change. Whatever the reason though, it works.

Like the earlier 'Witches' Dis
Disk'in altıncı, Cadıların ikinci kitabı bu; ve aslında Shakespeare'in kim bilir kaçıncı kitabı!

DiskDünya'yı, KüreDünya'daki bilumum şeyi eleştirme, mizahileştirme ve ironileştirme amacıyla kullanan rahmetli Terry Pratchett'ın gündeminde bu kez hafif İngiltere tarihi, politika-din ekseninde ülke yönetimi ve Shakespeare var.

Kitaptaki Hwel isimli cüce, yerel bir tiyatro grubunun yazarı ve evrenin derinliklerinden gelip kafasına çarpan sayısız ilham zerreciği, ona İngiliz sahnelerinin en ünlü eserl
May 05, 2015 Roviragrao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relecturas
(Relectura Mundodisco #6)

Cuando empecé a releer las novelas del Mundodisco sabía que algunas me sorprenderían, y Brujerías ha sido la primera en hacerlo, porque es mucho mejor de lo que recordaba.

Lo mejor sin duda son las tres brujas: Yaya, Tata y Magrat. A Yaya ya la conocíamos de antes (Ritos Iguales), pero ahora crece muchísimo y se convierte en uno de los personajes clave en el Mundodisco con su particular visión de las cosas. Tata la complementa a la perfección, su humor socarrón y su forma
Mamen B.
Jul 08, 2016 Mamen B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, mundodisco

En la línea de lo que llevo leído de Mundodisco. Diálogos hilarantes entre las tres brujas, que te hacen cogerles muchísimo cariño, aparte de las adoradas notas al pie, que son para partirse.

Tengo entendido que este libro tenía algo que ver con las brujas de Macbeth de Shakespeare, pero no he tenido el honor de leer este libro, así que sólo hablo de oídas. El caso es que el teatro tiene mucho peso en la trama y tenemos un enano que es uno de los mejores escritores de teatro de la época.

Me h
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

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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  • Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
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