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Heksen in de lucht (Discworld #12)

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'Hoezo een spiecholologie?' zei Magraat. 'Heb je soms een boek gelezen?'
Ootje deed of ze het niet hoorde.
-'Nou moet je uitkijken,' zei ze. 'Zo dadelijk gaat ze vast van "tsj-tsj". Dat komt altijd dat orengepeuter. Door de bank wil dat zeggen dat ze wat zit uit te broeden.'

Het leek een fluitje van een cent. Het hoefde toch geen kunst te zijn om ervoor te zorgen dat een dien
Paperback, 230 pages
Published 1995 by Het Spectrum (first published 1991)
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Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Jul 31, 2016 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
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Samantha Tolleson
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans, High Fantasy fans, Douglas Adams fan
Recommended to Samantha by: previous books
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 just how hard it is
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
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
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
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Sep 18, 2014 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
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 t
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
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2015 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.

SheriC (Portable Magic)
More fun with Granny Weatherwax & friends as they travel to foreign parts to stop a fairy godmother from making people have happily ever afters, whether it’s wanted or not. Loved it.
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
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett July 24, 2014
Travel does broaden the mind. It enables you to see a greater variety of nuttiness. The witches are my favorite characters in Discworld.
***July 29, 2016Ten years ago I went on a business trip to Baltimore, and got to meet an until-then imaginary friend from the defunct book site Readerville. It was lovely, not least of what was so charming was meeting my friend’s adult daughter who was charming and witty and shared her mother’s taste in Pratchett boo
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
Apr 18, 2013 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
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 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 .
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-sub
Durch den 12. Band der Discworld-Reihe war ich dank seines Wortwitzes und meiner drei liebsten Hexen Oma Wetterwachs, Nanny Ogg und Magrat Knoblauch ruckzuck durch.
Die gute Fee Desiderata Hohlig stirbt und macht ausgerechnet Magrat zu ihrer Nachfolgerin, indem sie ihr ihren Zauberstab hinterlässt und ihr den Auftrag erteilt, nach Gennua zu reisen, um dort die Hochzeit zwischen dem Stubenmädchen Elsa und dem dortigen Prinzen zu verhindern. Natürlich machen sich Oma und Nanny samt ihrem Kater Gree

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
Nov 03, 2011 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):)
Oct 10, 2012 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.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry takes on fairy tales... And beats them...
Faith Rivens
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2017
It's been too long since I read a Discworld novel and what a wonderful way to return to the universe. So much love for this one. And Granny Weatherwax is perfectly created. A blend of humour and honour! The play on fairy tales is especially brilliant. If you discovered the magic of Pratchett's writing, you're missing out!
Dec 31, 2013 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
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La Stamberga dei ...: Streghe all'estero di Terry Pratchett 1 11 Sep 24, 2012 06:43AM  
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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.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,
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