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Equal Rites (Discworld) Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2013
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-- A. S. Byatt
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- "If you are unfamiliar with Pratchett's unique blend of philosophical badinage, you are on the threshold of a mind-expanding opportunity." --"Financial Times"
- "Persistently amusing, good-hearted and shrewd." --"The Sunday Times"
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From the Back Cover
Every world has its rules—even a flat onecarried by four elephants riding on a giant turtle. That's why a dying wizard is searching for an eighth son of an eighth son to bestow his wizardly powers upon before meeting Deathin six minutes. Unfortunately it is quicklydiscovered—though not quite quickly enough—that the newborn babe the wizard anoints just before bidding the Discworld adieu is, in reality,a girl! What's done cannot be undone—despiteold Granny Weatherwax's attempts to bringthe child into the witchy fold—and little Eskis now a wizard, through and through. And she's destined to bring chaos and confusion to the all-male faculty of Ankh-Morpork'sUnseen University . . . who are alreadyfairly addled to begin with.
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Tradition has it that wizarding ability is passed on to the 8th son of an 8th son when that child is born. So a dying wizard shows up at a remote town in the Ramtops to bestow his power on a newborn child of a blacksmith. But before they can explain that the baby is a girl, the wizard has passed along his power and his staff, and has died. But girls can't be wizards! Granny Weatherwax is called in to try to train little Eskarina to be a witch, but the magical power is too strong. So Granny takes her to Ankh-Morpork and attempts to get her into the Unseen University. When Eskarina is unable to demonstrate her ability, they just laugh her out of the building. She gets a job as a sweeper and uses her employment status to access classrooms and learn surreptitiously. Events in another plot arc come to a head, and it comes down to Esk and a stuttering boy prodigy to save the world. But it seems the more power they use, the more powerful their enemies become. How can they defeat the forces of evil and save the university? Read the book to find out.
There is a big turtle, it has four elephants on its back, who have a disc on their backs in turn, which is Discworld. There, in a the town called Bad Ass (it was not me who named it) a little girl is born who is destined for great things, for throwing burning stares at strangers), and for an adventure of a lifetime, namely, she goes seeking her fortune in the company of a fierce witch in disguise (in disguise because she is really very sweet and not fierce at all) Granny Weatherwax. They proceed changing wizarding rules, as women can't be wizards, it is known, it is in the lore, and it can not be questioned. Or else. Which actually what the book is about. About the "else". And carrots. Well, maybe also orangutans. Or librarian orangutans. Anyway, it's the third installment of the Discworld series (in order they were published) and I loved it, and I laughed every other sentence, to the point of belly aches. I am a transformed human being now, and if you read it, you will be transformed too.