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Witches Abroad (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, 288 pages
Published December 23rd 1998 by Corgi (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
Wiebke (1book1review)
Mar 25, 2016 Wiebke (1book1review) rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 04, 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
Aug 11, 2014 Tfitoby rated it liked it
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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Nov 13, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 .
Nov 26, 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.


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
Jul 25, 2015 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.
Feb 15, 2015 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):)
Travel does broaden the mind. It enables you to see a greater variety of nuttiness. The witches are my favorite characters in Discworld.
Apr 12, 2016 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
Jan 13, 2015 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
Jun 14, 2016 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
Jan 01, 2016 Cabezabajo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discworld, 2015
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.
Read: September 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars; best of 2016

The Discworld series is my favourite series of all time. And from that series, Witches Abroad is my favourite book. Therefore Witches Abroad is my absolute favourite book ever. I have read it more times than I can count and I can’t possibly write a critical, balanced review of it.

Instead I will just copy down a passage from the beginning of the story that I love:

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way aroun
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
Aug 18, 2015 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
Mary Catelli
Jan 16, 2015 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, humor
Technically this is the third Witches book, after Equal Rites and Wyrd Sisters, but Rites doesn't really fit in the same continuity, written when he was still getting a grip.

In this one, a witch dies. With her fairy godmothering duties undone. So she leaves Magrat her wand, despite its tendency to fixate on pumpkins, and sternly forbids the other two to interfere. Which is how they all set out to foreign parts to bring a tale to completion. On the way, they find that someone is out to force ever
Apr 30, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 12 of the Discworld series sees a return of Granny Weatherwax. This time, with her partners, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, they go travelling. Their aim: to stop a servant girl from marrying a prince. Based around fairy tales, namely The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella, the three witches travel abroad to fight mirror magic and happy endings.

As usual, Pratchett has delivered a treat. I love the Discworld books. None of them have disappointed me. Pratchett writes in a way that draws you in; he is
Lucy Furr
The more I read about the witches of the Disc, the more I like them. When I first started reading Discworld books, I was skipping around, focusing on books that had characters I liked and I skipped the witch books because I thought, much like a lot of other authors, Terry Pratchett might let me down in the area of female driven stories. It seems as though many an author thinks "strong female character" equates to "bitchy and opinionated" and I was very happy to find out that Terry Pratchett does ...more
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