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Product Details

  • Series: Discworld Novels (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (September 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055215296X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152969
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was fifteen, 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, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 36 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these children's books, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). Terry's latest book, Nation, a non-Discworld standalone YA novel was published in October of 2008 and was an instant New York Times and London Times bestseller. Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire "for services to literature" in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 55 million copies (give or take a few million) and have been translated into 36 languages. Terry Pratchett lives in England with his family, and spends too much time at his word processor.  Some of Terry's accolades include: The Carnegie Medal, Locus Awards, the Mythopoetic Award, ALA Notable Books for Children, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Book Sense 76 Pick, Prometheus Award and the British Fantasy Award.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Shanshad VINE VOICE on November 18, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You know the story. The poor servant girl who gets to wear glass slippers and go to the ball marries the prince and lives happily ever after. That was before Terry Pratchett got ahold of the tale and put a few twists in it. Magrat Garlick, youngest member of a coven of witches, has just become a fairy godmother-wand and all. Though the wand seems to be hopelessly set on pumpkins for some reason. And she's got an assignment: to travel to the far away magical city of Genua and stop Emberella from going to the ball. Joining her on this quest is the earthy and often double entendre Nanny Ogg and the ever popular Granny Weatherwax.
Don't expect any kind of typical adventure tale here. Any one who has read Terry Pratchett knows that it won't be long until these three wyrd sisters traversing in "foreign parts" turn every familiar story topsy turvy in a combination of hysterical footnotes, hilarious reactions (check out how the witches deal with the running of the bulls) and sometimes downright poignant observations on humanity. Terry's humor is never devoid of the heart that keeps his work from becoming merely clever and slapstick. Instead, this book reads as an insightful look at human nature and the nature of stories, and how the two are intertwined.
This is Terry Pratchett's 12th Discworld novel and American fans who have been trying to get ahold of Pratchett's earlier work will be delighted to add this book to their collection. For new readers, (I'm a little envious of anyone discovering Pratchett for the first time) your journey into the wonderful, hysterical, whimsical and insightful Discworld novels has only just begun. There are more than twenty six tales of the Discworld to explore.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 16, 2012
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Until I started buying Kindle editions, I hadn't met a Terry Pratchett book I didn't like. One of the things which I enjoy most about his books are the frequent footnotes at the bottoms of the pages (sometimes crossing two or three page bottoms) which comment on, explain or make fun of something mentioned on the page. In the Kindle version, there is an asterix marking each footnote, but the footnotes themselves are at the end of the books, past the credits. They are not numbered or hyperlinked, there is no way to easily find the matching line in the body of the book.

The price of the Kindle edition is higher than the corresponding paperback book, one would expect something as simple as intelligent formatting. I won't be buying any more Pratchett books for Kindle.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat the wet hen, and Greebo cross the Disc to face off with the Fairy Godmother. Enroute, pumpkins rescue a trapped seam of gold, and a few dwarves, Greebo finds that vampires leave a bad taste in his mouth, the running of the bulls has to deal with the absinthe of witches, the headology of cards is explored, the relationship between princesses and pricks is considered, and the grande romance between Casanunder and Nanny Ogg is ignited. Greebo's personality is revealed and the mystical significance of gumbo and jambalya is made clear.

Fairy tales, travelogues, the true spirit of cats, and most especially, New Orleans are shamelessly lampooned, satired, and described pretty accurately.

I loved this one. Terry Pratchett was at the peak of form in Witches Abroad. It sparkled, it amused, it provided the pleasure of "spot the reference" that the Discworld series is best for.

Although Greebo was a supporting character in this one, he got great attention. His philosophy of happiness through a balance of "something to eat, something to fight, and something to mate with" is an inspiration.

Yes, this one made fun of New Orleans. But if you can know this and read this book and not have an itch to visit the Big Easy (or visit again), you need to read it again and accept that there is almost as much truth about the Cresent City in here as there is fiction, and you probably haven't guessed right about which is which.

Read it. Reread it. This is among the best of Discworld.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
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When the fairy godmother, Desiderata died, the discworld was short one godmother because she didn't train anybody to take her place. When digging around in her home, two witches, Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax fail to find the wand of the deceased. Later they find out that Desiderata had given her wand to a young witch named Magrat Garlick. Along with the wand, she is given a mission to travel to the city of Genua, on the other side of the discworld, and stop a marriage arranged by a rival fairy godmother, Lilith de Tempscire. All three witches embark on an interesting journey across parts of the discworld they have never seen. They encounter gnomes, gypsies, and kingdoms that were ruined by Lilith. When they arrive in the city, they end their exciting mission, meeting new and interesting people and meeting Magrat's goddaughter. This is a must read for anybody interested in fantasy. Terry Pratchett accomplishes a lot with his three main characters. He also adds in his share of comedy, which lightens the mood, and makes the book a more enjoyable read.
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