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Witches Abroad (Discworld #12)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  41,040 ratings  ·  930 reviews
'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
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 23rd 1998 by Corgi (first published 1991)
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Melki
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
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⊱ Irena ⊰
4.5

'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
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Tfitoby
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
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
Ashley
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
Nathan
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.

Anyway….

Another book following Granny Weatherwax so you must know I am all
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Kurtbg
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
changes.

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
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Vasia
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 .
Nayeomi
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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
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Lammoth
"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
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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
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Roviragrao
(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.
Kua
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):)
Kaethe
Travel does broaden the mind. It enables you to see a greater variety of nuttiness. The witches are my favorite characters in Discworld.
Matt
"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
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Amy P.
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.
Vlad
Witches Abroad is a decent, enjoyable entry in the Discworld universe, although it doesn't live up to the best works in the series.

It's the first book I've read in the series that takes place almost entirely outside of Ankh-Morpork. Desiderata Hollow, witch and fairy godmother, dies, and leaves her magic wand to Magrat Garlick, a young(er) and inexperienced witch, along with a quest. Of course, two older witches, the boisterous Gytha "Nanny" Ogg, and their leader, the austere Esme "Granny" Weath
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Tom
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
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Mary Catelli
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
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Helen
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
Kate
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
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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
Meghan
First, I have to confess I am listening to these out of order. I've already heard The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30) and the other Tiffany Aching books(run out and get them, now!). I also heard The Color of Magic but it was so-so ish. I thought I'd skip to the witch books, but after listening to the sample I concluded I'd rather listen to a six-year old, learning phonics, painfully struggle to read it aloud than hear that woman read so much as a page.

So I skipped ahead.. to this one.

The true tes
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Carrie
This book is both a mediation on the power of stories, and a spoof of fairy tales and intercontinental travel. It stars the fabulous witches, Granny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and poor put-upon Magrat. Magrat has become a fairy godmother, and the three need to travel to Genua (hence the travel spoof) and stop the beautiful maiden from marrying the handsome prince. I will say that while I (almost) always enjoy reading Pratchett, Witches Abroad made me laugh out loud in a few spots.* This book is a ho ...more
Io Nuca
Eram în clasa a X-a și făceam pregătire pentru Cambridge, la un centru de limbi străine din BM. În sala noastră erau câteva rafturi cu cărți în engleză, pe care bănuiesc că le aduseseră profesorii de acasă. Până atunci citisem doar câteva cărți în engleză, dar mă entuziasma ideea că puteam să împrumut oricând cărți de-acolo. M-am apropiat de raft și am ales cartea cu cea mai șui copertă: Guards! Guards!. Am luat-o acasă.

Nici acum nu-mi dau seama cum de n-am lăsat-o după câteva pagini. Primele t
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Sylvester
I've realized that part of the reason I love these T.P. books so much is that I've listened to an audiobook version of nearly every one I've read, and the readers have been so good - I mean, top notch - where the reader seems to become the book, that it has shown the books to their very best advantage. This one was no exception. The witches are my favorite of T.P.'s characters (okay, except for the Wee Free Men) and this is another tumbling of hilarity and sarcasm and wit - who does not like the ...more
D.L. Morrese
Re-reread April 2015.

I bought this Roc hardcover edition to replace my tattered and then lost paperback. It's a story of good and evil, a parody of almost every fairytale we remember, plus an account of what happens when an unstoppable object (Granny Weatherwax) meets an immovable object (her sister, Lily).
Vanessa
That different take on fairytales you always wanted and everybody refused to give you. Throw some travelling with Granny's crankiness and Nanny's excitement, some bananana-flavoured cocktails and you might find yourself in the best roadtrip of your life.
Katie
Who doesn't love a good story? Well, Granny Weatherwax has concerns.

http://cannonballread.com/2015/02/you...
Kat
Not the best of the Witches books, but certainly the funniest.
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

Discworld (1 - 10 of 41 books)
  • The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
  • Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
  • Sourcery (Discworld, #5; Rincewind #3)
  • Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
  • Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
  • Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1)
  • Eric (Discworld, #9; Rincewind #4)
  • Moving Pictures (Discworld, #10)
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1) Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1) Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1) Night Watch (Discworld, #29; City Watch #6)

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