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 unforunately 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 br...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
‘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 ...more
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.
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...
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 ...more
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 ...more
'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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Gooden day, big-feller mine host! Trois beers pour favour avec us, silver plate.
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 ...more
I own a lot of the Discworld books and I've enjoyed some of them quite a lot, while others I find to be just OK. The Witch books thus far have been better than most, although I'd probably rank them behind both the City Guard series (although I've only read 1 of those) and the Death series.
I started this on a plane last month re ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i ...more