Maskerade (Discworld #18)
This is one of the "witches" novels, and features Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax trying to retrieve Agnes Nitt, to be the third member of their traditional trio. But Agnes has an amazing voice and wants to be an opera singer; unfortunately for her, the fashion has changed and fat ladies a...more
This is the 5th in the Witches arc of the Discworld books that started with 'Equal Rites'. In this offering Granny Weatherwax and Gytha Ogg think perhaps Agnes Nitt could be their third witch: the maiden to their mother & cro...more
It's got its discworld-pratchett-esque wit, that even if it takes place in a far than out of the world fantasy world with logic that apply only to those who have their heads up in clouds, in some magical way it makes sense to readers. I'm still surprised that I find it quite relatable to me in this day an...more
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...more
Terry Prachett is a master storyteller- one of the best in any genre, I kid you not. Maskerade is yet another triumph from the Discworld series. For those who may not know, Discworld is a planet inhabited by witches, dwarfs, trolls, vampires... the usual fantasy suspects, but here, everyone has personality and they’re not afraid to show it.
In Maskerade, country girl Agnes Nitt escapes small town life for a chance at fame and fortune in the Ankh-Morpork Opera Hous...more
Anyway, so heres my second book review. I’m not feeling very creative tonight, so apologies for the poor writing. Enjoy, comment, whatever you feel like doing.
Author: Terry Pratchett
Young, and rather wide, Agnes Nitt leaves her home in Lancre to find stardom at an op...more
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...more
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...more
One of the compelling parts of this story is where Granny realized that she is not that different from the bad witch Black Alyss, and it is really only her choices that make her a good versus a...more
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...more
The book starts with Agnes Nitt from Lancre, who calls herself Perdita and has an amazing voice. She also has lots of body, though, which greatly hinders her career as a singer. St...more
So Dad was reading this one in the little time we had of sun, and told me to give it a go and thank you Dad! Coz it was great!!!!!
Love the characters, Agnes is my favourite, along with Nanna Ogg and Granny Weatherwax. I love witches and these two definitely keep my love of witches strong!
Their little antics with...more
The Ghost in the bone-white mask who haunts the Ankh-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. (nee Agnes) Nitt, she of the ample body and ampler voice.
Perdita's expected to hide in the chorus and sing arias out loud while a more petitely presentable soprano mouths the notes. But at least it's an escape f
Pratchett never ceases to amaze me in terms of how many things he can comment on without really seeming to comment on any of them; here he tackles the idiocy of a visually dr...more
The position of maiden is in need of filling. The matron fears without the third the crone will slide off into witch dementia (build a gingerbread house, lure children into ovens or perhaps fly off with geese).
However, the only candidate has gone off to the big city to be an opera star, and wants nothing to do with being a witch. The matron uses the ruse of due cookbook royalties to lure the crone to the city.
Enter another insta...more
La realtà è che non sono molti i libri dove tutti i personaggi importanti sono donne, che magari hanno così ta...more
It took a while for me to fall into the discworld mindset, and particularly to appreciate Nanny and Granny, I found them quite irritating and boring at first, like the author was trying and failing to be fun...more
They are missing a witch in Lancre, now Magrat is queen, she's not witching any more, leaving Granny and Nanny in a coven of two - and it just doesn't work. So Nanny decides to recruit a new witch in the shape of Agnes Nitt. Only Agnes (who decides that Perdita is far more interesting name and has a far more interesting life) has decided to try her hand at something else and has left Lancre to seek her future in the Opera in Ankh Morpork.
At the same time some...more
Terry Pratchett's humour gets talked about and praised all the time. O...more
Nowadays I don't get all that many opportunities to open a new Terry Pratchett book. Countless years of reading him has left me patiently waiting for his next effort. So the discovery of one that I've missed is a moment to be treasured. So now, ten years after I should have read it, I've had the delight of reading Maskerade for the first time. Even better, it's a Lancre witches tale, starring the indomitable Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg, the original Benny Hill.
"Wait," you exclaim, "Where's...more
If you wanted a quiet retirement, Mr Bucket, you shouldn't have bought the Opera House. You should have done something peaceful, like alligator dentistry.
'Before you criticize someone, Gytha, walk a mile in their shoes,' said Granny, with a faint smile.
'In those shoes she was wearin', I'd twist my ankle,' said Nanny, gritting her teeth. `I'd need a ladder just to get in 'em.'
'I am afr...more