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Witches Abroad

(Discworld #12)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  78,645 ratings  ·  2,154 reviews
Be careful what you wish for...

Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which unfortunately left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when DEATH came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on b
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by HarperTorch (first published November 1991)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pratchett-terry
Watch the abyss behind the seemingly harmonic fairy tales while Magrat Garlick starts earning her reputation as one of the tightest young witches beside Tiffany Aching.

Pratchett uses postmodernism
to deconstruct, satirize, and exaggerate many of the stereotypical and unrealistic tropes of legends, mythology, economics, fairytales, fantasy, political science, and humanities. Subverting the opportunism and uniformity of moral and ethical codexes, witches, nig
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

This made me think of the 1988 John Landis film starring Eddie Murphy Coming to America. Not that either story are very much similar at all, except that the most charismatic part of each was the mesmerizing interaction between the characters. Just as Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall (who each played multiple characters) were the most enjoyable part of that otherwise mediocre film, so too does the dialogue between Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Og, and Magrat Garlick make this 1991 Pratchett Dis
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Best in Witches series so far. I won't bother with review instead here are some of my favorite quotes

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around

People whose wishes get granted often don't turn out to be very nice people.

Wisdom is one of the few things that looks bigger the further away it is.

You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it's just a cage.

Humanity's a nice place to visit, bu
Ahmad Sharabiani
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Witches Abroad (Discworld, #12; Witches #3), Terry Pratchett

Witches Abroad is the twelfth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, originally published in 1991.

Themes: Fairy tales, Fairy godmothers, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, New Orleans, Carnival / Mardi Gras, Swamps, Voodoo.

Following the death of the witch Desiderata Hollow, Magrat Garlick is sent her magic wand, for Desiderata was not only a witch, but also a fairy godmother.

Having given the wand to Magrat, she effectively makes Magrat the new
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Review to follow, soon, honest, I promise 😬

Ok so this is the last book I shall read and review this year, and what a way to end the year ( I shall wax more lyrical about my year in books in my "year in books" ha ha).

I first read some Discworld novels back in the early/mid 90s and thoroughly enjoyed them. I often wonder why I didn't read more of them or even continue reading them, but hey ho I didn't, and I suppose I should be glad I somehow (with nudges from GR friends) got back into them.
So rat
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd adventure with my favourite witches starring a colourful cast of characters such as the here introduced Mrs. Gogol as well as Mr. Casanunda (yes, it is who you fear) in addition to the almost always cheerful Nanny, the always grumpy but ultimately "good" Granny and the always dishevelled Magrat. And my favourite cat, of course.

A fairy godmother dies without having organized a successor so she wills Magrat her wand. This duty compells her to seek out her fairy godchild and ensure
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-shelf
Re-read 5/24/18:

Second read! And MORE WITCHES. Well, voodoo, too!

What happens when stories just INSIST that witches come over and to the other side? What, with all the wolves misunderstanding that they're not men and dwarves trying to steal Nanny Og's shoes and ALL THOSE MAGIC MIRRORS!

And in the end, it's just family rivalry. :)

Weatherwax really stole the show.

Yeah. Even more than that damn cat Greebo! :)

The novel is a great mish-mash of fairy tails with proper Discworld attitude. :) Better t
Wiebke (1book1review)
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!
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is also one of my favorites in all of Discworld, I think Nanny and Granny are at their height in this book as far as their back-and-forth dialogue. The two play so well off of each other in this one it still tickled me even though this must be my 20th re-read of this particular novel.

This book opens with the death of Desiderata Hollow, an older witch who like most witches, had predicted her own demise and knew exactly when she was going to die. This is handy most especially in her case beca
Allison Hurd
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
That was fun! I really like the witches and I especially like the rather sweet look at women's companionship. I would love to have a Gytha (let's be honest, I'm going to turn into a Granny Weatherwax well before I can achieve Nanny Ogg) in my golden years.

Check this out, unless you're super sensitive to certain forms of misogyny (like slut-shaming) or the use of voodoo in stories, I have no content warnings! It's about as un-objectionable as you can get in a book with more than 5 sentences in it
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
‘We’re her godmothers,’ said Granny.
‘That’s right,’ said Nanny Ogg.
‘We’ve got a wand, too,’ said Magrat.
‘But you hate godmothers, Mistress Weatherwax,’ said Mrs Gogol.
‘We’re the other kind,’ said Granny. ‘We’re the kind that gives people what they know they really need, not what we think they ought to want.’

The witches - Granny, Nanny, and Magrat - are being sent on a mission: the ward of Desidarata needs help to free herself from the malevolent influence of a mysterious force - it's to do with
Steven Harbin
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
As much as I love the Discworld series, I have to admit that there are several sub-standard entries early in its life (and by "early" I mean "the first 10 years") and I often think that the series might not have survived the publishing world today. Dare I say, new books might have come out too frequently, with two per year for most of the series' lifespan. Witches Abroad is one of those entries that would have benefitted from another revision pass or two before publication.

The main characters (
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans, High Fantasy fans, Douglas Adams fan
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: previous books
Dear Pretties,

Carrying on with this series and with my healthy exercises. I love reading this sub-series because I can relate so well with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. This time it seems that Pratchett was spoofing a number of fairy tales. Might not take me long to finish this book.

Day 13: Back to the excersising, and my husband calling out the exercises for me...
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Day 14: I hate that I have to have privacy to excercise. I used to be in Martial Arts and Self-defense, and have found out jus
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Part of the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group. This is an unusual book in this series for me as it was released at a very busy time in my life and I didn't read it as a new release, and in fact, I didn't read it until well after at least the next book in the Witches series came out.

The old witch Desiderata Hollow dies, leaving her role as one of a pair of fairy godmothers to Magrat Garlick and a job for all three of Magrat, Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax in the far-off country
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it

'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 hel
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars.

This is the third Witches book in Pratchett's Discworld series and delivers everything you would expect from a Discworld story; adventure, malapropisms galore, double entendres, a general air of silliness and an underlying lesson about the nature of life.

Granny Weatherwax is my favorite Discworld character, but Nanny Ogg is now a very close second with her ribald jokes and songs and her ability to hold her liquor. I've also become rather fond of Magrat, wet hen though she is. If you have
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 50%

This book is just childish and nonsensical. It's about three witches who travel 'abroad' and run into various fairy tale stories along the way like Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Wizard of Oz, etc. The witches are ridiculous and more than a little stupid, the plot is lazy, the writing is hard to follow. I wanted to finish but honestly it's not worth my time.
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It's not staying in the same place that's the problem," said Nanny. "It's not letting your mind wander."

Witches Abroad is one of the most entertaining Discworld novels so far, if reading chronologically, in which Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat set off on an adventure to stop a peasant girl, Emberella, from marrying a prince. Along the way the witches encounter many stories, including one with a girl in a red riding hood and a rather confused big bad wolf. Not to worry though, the
John McDermott
Loved it. Thank goodness for Sir Terry and his Discworld novels.There's nothing better than settling down to read about Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg on a dark,grey day with the wind howling outside and the rain lashing the window!Witches Abroad is now one of my favourite Discworld books. Highly recommended for all fans of Sir Terry! ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Humanity is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to stay."

Terry Pratchett's 12th installment of Discworld sees our three favorite witches on a whistle-stop tour of fairy tales on their way to stop a girl from marrying a prince. Lots of pumpkins are involved. There's also gumbo.

This is another great entry into the series, certainly one of the strongest, drawing on fairy tales and a few other things that should be fairly familiar to most people, but Pratchett puts his own spin on it and h
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first of the Discworld novels I have read (publication order, mostly, but I skipped Reaper Man and will be going back to that one next) that I have finished and immediately thought: "Everything about that was absolutely perfect".

The easy chemistry between Nanny and Granny is not only hilarious but unerringly truthful in a way that most fictional friendships aren't. How often do Nanny and Granny think something negative about one another but wisely keep their mouths shut about it in the mome
3.5 stars

I believe this is the third book to feature Granny Weatherwax. The previous books are not necessary to understand this one; they just introduce the characters. Some Discworld books are more plot-based and some are more of an excuse to fit in a bunch of jokes. This one is more plot-based.

In this one, Granny, Magrat, and Nanny take on a fairy godmother nemesis. This involves traveling to foreign parts and encountering various fairy tales. They travel through countries that vaguely resembl
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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.

Sep 13, 2016 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
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, 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, i

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