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Equal Rites (Discworld #3)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  73,716 ratings  ·  1,645 reviews
The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son.Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby's sex... ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 283 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Corgi (first published 1987)
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Manny
The problem with Terry Pratchett is that you keep wanting to read the good bits out loud.

In this particular case, I'd just reached the line "Her dress would have been both clinging and revealing, if it had had anything to cling to or reveal." Too late, I realized that not all the people around me were going to find this equally funny. I'm still embarrassed. Damn.

Melki
Similar in spirit to the first two books in the Discworld series, once again we have a delightful duo on a journey, encountering many a merry mishap on the way. This book is not as funny as its predecessors, though the plot seems more cohesive and a little less meandering.

Despite the distinct lack of trolls, this is probably my favorite so far. I really enjoyed the "Girl Power" theme to the book. At least I think I did. It could just be those darned witches using their "headology" on me.
Rob
Executive Summary: Not as funny or as quotable as The Light Fantastic, but very enjoyable for other reasons.

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I had to double check the year this was written. This book still feels very relevant today.

Wizards can only be men. Witches can only be women. Their magic is different and shouldn't be mixed. A women has no place learning to be a wizard. Witches "have their place". Does any of this sound familiar?

As someone who works in a field that is far too lacking in women the idea that ce
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Lyn
If I was not already a Terry Pratchet fan, I most definitely am now.

Equal Rites, Sir Terry’s third installment in the Discworld series is a peach of practical magic. Telling the story of a young girl’s conflicting talents for wizardry and / or witchery.

In the Discworld, men are wizards and women are witches – at least that is how it has been up to the point when young Eskarina Smith sort of becomes – both. Pratchett spins a deliciously tangled web about the age-old contest between the men and th
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Gary
Fun reading

This is book one of the Witches segment of Discworld. The characters are lively and likable. The magic system is comedic with a dark bite. Mixed into the slapstick silliness is a grain of philosophy and social commentary that is often highly quotable and thought provoking.
The story reads like Wicca meets Harry Potter meets the theory of relativity meets The Dark Crystal. I found myself slowing down and rereading sections of the story to make sure I followed it correctly. A lot happens
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Olga Godim
A mediocre novel, at least for this writer. He’s still stretching his wings, and it shows: this earlier tale contains too much verbal clutter but almost no humor, which is abundant in his later novels. I like the idea of this one – a female should be allowed to be a wizard. Oh, yeah, I’m all for equal rights. I dislike the execution though.
Why did the author make Esk, the protagonist, an 8-year-old girl? She is too young to behave the way she does and to know everything she is supposed to know.
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David Sarkies
Mar 14, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes a good laugh
Recommended to David by: Stewart
Shelves: comedy
Granny takes on the old boys club
4 August 2012

There are a few things that I have to say before commenting on this book as such. Firstly this is the second time that I read it, but I have listed it as a read book because when I read it the first time the friend who had lent it to me then proceeded to tell me all of the jokes. In fact, every Discworld novel that he ended up encouraging me to read generally came with a running commentary, and as such I ended up getting put off of them quite quickl
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Tfitoby
A brave move from Terry Pratchett as he moves away from his established characters and takes a shot at world building.

I've been listening to the audiobook for the reread of this one as part of my exercise regime and it was quite the good distraction from the pain.

The third in the now long running Discworld series moves away from Rincewind, The Luggage, Twoflower and the parodies of generic sword and magic fantasy epics. After the success of the first two I imagine this must have been a brave mov
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Kaitlin
This is book 3 (publication order) of the Discworld books and after having read and enjoyed both The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic last year I was quite looking forward to getting into some of the books which major fans of the series say are good. I can definitely say that this one is a lot better then The Colour of Magic in both writing style and ease of understanding. By this point it seems the Pratchett had really honed and perfected his tone of voice and writing style, just the rig ...more
Molly
First in the Witches series, and another great Discworld story.

Drum Billet, a wizard knocks on the door of Smith the smithy of Bad Ass, a small village up in the Ramtops. The smithy's wife is about to give birth to her eighth child and the wizard wishes to transfer his powers (before parting with his life) as tradition demands, to the eighth son of an eighth son. Little did he know that the new addition to the smithy's family was gonna be a girl... because you know, only men can be wizards, and
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Fiona
Last night I had a migraine. All the painkillers, then, and medicinal Celia Imrie reading Pratchett, in a darkened room at the lowest possible still-audible volume.

That'll do nicely.

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Yes; perfect; wonderful. More of the same, thank you. Proto-Weatherwax is exactly what I wanted.
Leslie
Wyrd Sisters was my first Pratchett, and such a bliss-out that I am forever partial to any Discworld narrative that involves witches. Especially if the witch in question is Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax. And Granny is front and center in Equal Rites.

I won't go into details of the plot except to say that the punny title alludes to the (in this case) magical battle between the sexes which provides much of the story's conflict. See, women can be witches and men can be wizards, but you absolutely ca
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Robyn
This is where we really start to see the real meat of the Discworld series, and the wonders to come.

It's easy to read the first two books of the series as an exercise in pure iconoclasm. Pratchett came onto the scene, a gleeful jester in the genre, poking fun at the tropes, breaking them down and reassembling them minus a few screws, so that they did something a bit unexpected. With this book however, he lets us know that he's not just doing it for the sake of tinkering with the status quo, he'
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Kaethe
The thing I really noticed this time is the way Pratchett makes up for his earlier omission of women at Unseen University by acknowledging how many it takes to keep the university running. And I continue to love how Granny Weatherwax supports herself in Anhk-Morpork and how she gets around the wizards. That Esk is nine doesn't surprise me: she's definitely a predecessor of Tiffany in the competence department. I'd really love to see Esk again, more grown-up, more used to being a first and only.
Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
I've had the first Discworld book patiently waiting on my iPad for months and haven't gotten to it, but per Deborah's strong recommendation (see her review and Emma Sea's comment #1 at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) I skipped past the first two books and went straight to the third, Equal Rites, to begin my Discworld experience.

A dying wizard passes his wizardly powers and magical staff to the newborn 8th son of an 8th son (why not 7th? I guess Discworld just has to be different). He d
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Stephen
2.5 stars. A disappointment after really enjoying The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic. I love the Discworld setting and will certainly read more in the series, but I did not love this installment.
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
What more can be possibly said about the late and great Terry Pratchett? I've yet to open a book bearing his name that I do not like, that does not amuse and delight, and does not leave me thoughtful and wiser.

Well, wiser at least in my own estimation. I'm sure Pratchett would have something to say about the narcissism of the self-assessment.

To Equal Rites itself: Eskarina was supposed to be born the eighth son of an eighth son, an auspicious combination that a dying wizard seeks out in order to
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Sarah
Wizards always know when they're going to die and Drum Billet is determined to pass on his staff, and his magic, to someone worthy. He has heard that a baby is about to be born, the eighth son of an eighth son, and therefore someone who should be incredibly powerful when they come of age and he has decided that they'll make a worthy heir. Unfortunately he forgets one tiny matter - to check that the baby is actually a boy before he makes the exchange. It's a well known fact on Discworld that girl ...more
Graham
Pratchett’s third Discworld novel dispels with Rincewind and the various other assorted characters we met in the first two books, instead introducing one of the series’ most memorable characters: Granny Weatherwax, the sharp-tongued witch. Unfortunately, Granny is embroiled in a rather slow-moving tale that doesn’t really go anywhere for a hundred pages, before finishing with a rip-roaring conclusion that’s full of amusement, excitement and excellent writing. It’s just a shame that Pratchett did ...more
Celise
"'Million-to-one chances,' she said, 'crop up nine times out of ten.'"

This wasn't nearly as funny or nearly as engaging as the first two novels, and that may be due to the absence of the original cast of characters. However, Eskarina, the first female wizard, and her old Granny, a witch, were still entertaining and enjoyable. My only complaint is that this book seems a bit discontinuous from the previous one.

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terpkristin
A little bit of a slow start, but once I got invested in Esk and Granny Weatherwax, I really got into it (once I had a physical copy since the Kindle copy was so fubar, an issue I never got resolved). I even stayed up late on a work night to read, then came home from work and went right back to reading to finish it.

It seems relatively inadequate to describe the book using words, when so much of the book was how words have many meanings, and it's all really about intent. The book was also about c
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Darlene
May 05, 2009 Darlene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Discworld lovers, witch lovers, women's libbers
Recommended to Darlene by: Cherylllr, Yvensong, Kay kuns
Shelves: i-ve-read, pratchett
I am having a lot more fun with this one than the other two. I can't seem to put this one down! Too bad real life gets in the way of reading! :)
Nathan
Part 3 of the Complete Discworld Reread

Men are wizards and women are witches, and that is the way it is. But when a dying wizard tries to pass his magical staff on to a newborn boy, someone should have checked with the midwife on the baby's gender. Now Granny Weatherwax has a problem. She can teach young Esk all about witchcraft, but the raw magic flowing from her is going to need training in wizardry. Sure the rules say only a man can be a wizard, but for Granny, rules are for everyone else to
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Mortalform
She understood babies. You put milk in one end and kept the other end as clean as possible. Adults were even easier, because they did the feeding and cleaning themselves. But in between was a world of experience she had never really inquired about. p 21

but a hint was to Esk what a mosquito bite was to the average rhino because she was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don't apply to you. p 70

The problem is people intereste
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Roviragrao
(Relectura Mundodisco #4)

Tercera novela del Mundodisco y primera que no protagoniza Rincewind. En esta ocasión la protagonista es Esk, una niña de ocho años, octava hija de un octavo hijo, y por lo tanto maga de nacimiento. El problema es que jamás ha habido una mujer mago. Los hombres son magos y las mujeres brujas, y siempre ha sido así, aunque no lo ponga en ningún sitio.

Con esta premisa, Pratchett vuelve a remover los tópicos de la novela fantástica, quizá no siempre de una forma tan paródi
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Kat
Basic Plot: in a world where only men can be wizards, the power of a wizard is accidentally given to a baby girl. Somehow, she has to get into the Unseen University for training.

This book was amusing, but not as giggle-out-loud funny as the first two. that said, I love the character Granny Weatherwax. She amuses me greatly, almost as much as the bumbling Rincewind did. There's a definite relation to feminism in this novel (the cover even says so!). I am always leery when a man decides to write a
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Cherie
I am soooooo glad that I did not send this book back to the library unread! I would have missed out on such a great story and the beginning of the Witches Series under the Discworld books.

I felt like I had begun to get burn out on Terry Pratchett. I am reading the second book of the last series that he wrote and have been bouncing around from book to book in the Discworld series. I never set out to read the Discworld series straight through. I was going to read only two of the series and have e
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Qt
Another fun Discworld book :-)
As with the other two Discworlds I read, this one was funny, but also rather thoughtful. I liked how the author even incorporated some physics into the action :-) It took me a bit to get into it, but I did enjoy it very much and found it a great deal of fun!

Matthew Hunter
The Discworld series keeps getting stronger. Equal Rites is my by-a-mile favorite thus far. Pratchett's humor remains silly at times, but there's a subtlety to his delivery now. I can't remember rolling my eyes a single time.

Best of all for me, Pratchett's not just a funny guy. He uses his Discworld universe to comment on our own crazy world. Why are there so few women wizards in high fantasy? Why do old boy networks exist, exclude, and often belittle the contributions of women? Why do we burn w
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Erin Stuhlsatz
"Esk gazed down defiantly. Granny glared up sternly...But Granny had spent a lifetime bending recalcitrant creatures to her bidding and, while Esk was a surprisingly strong opponent, it was obvious that she would give in before the end of the paragraph."

"'So', said Granny, 'how goes the life?'
"The other witch shrugged...'Like the hurried lover, it comes and goe--' she began...'Not bad, not bad.'"

"Goats did have names for themselves, she well knew: there was 'goat who is my kid,' 'goat who is my
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  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
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