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Equal Rites (Discworld, 3) Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2013
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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"
- "Pratchett keeps getting better and better... It's hard to think of any humorist writing in Britain today who can match him." --"Time Out"
"Truly original....Discworld is more complicated and satisfactory than Oz.... Has the energy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the inventiveness of Alice in Wonderland....Brilliant!"
-- A. S. Byatt
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.
- Publisher : Harper; Reissue edition (January 29, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062225693
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062225696
- Lexile measure : 880L
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.51 x 4.21 x 0.77 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Equal rites is an early discworld novel and Pratchett's style and humour are still developing. At this stage the characters and millieu are fresh and developing. This is the first chance we readers have to meet Granny Weatherwax. The Unseen UNiversity should be familiar but will, like Granny, develop significantly in later books. This isn't the greatest witches book, nor is it the greatest wizards book but Equal Rites makes later books with Granny (especially Maskerade) so much better.
I loved it - no, I thought it was a masterly work. This is a book that every little girl should be given to read at around age 10. The title is a wordplay on equal rights of course, and this is the story of one Eskarina Smith, who wants the distinction of being the Discworld's first female Wizard. The ensuing quest that she goes on with her mentor Granny Weatherwax (a Witch) at her side has the usual doses of hilarity, profundity, and wackiness that I've come to expect from a Discworld novel.
As a fantasy fan, I should also say this is yin and yang done better (and in about one third the pages) than anything Robert Jordan managed in his Wheel of Time. The book gets quite Lovecraftian towards the end, and philosophical, but never takes itself seriously enough for that to become an issue. I was guffawing at the one liners through the most dramatic bits.
I'm quite properly hooked on Discworld now and cannot wait to start the next book - Mort.
That being said, it’s also the first time we meet Granny Weatherwax. A Discworld mainstay and one of the best characters that came out of this series. When the POV shifts to Granny, you pay attention because things start to get entertaining!
A dying wizard comes to give his magic to the about to be born eighth son of an eighth son. Instead he gets a first daughter. This is the quest to get that lucky girl into the Unseen Wizard University before her magic becomes a problem. So she takes off with Granny Weatherwax to fight the system in person. Pratchett is definitely making a point, hence the title, but I never felt as though I was being hit over the head with it or lectured to which is important for me.
Granny's quite a fun character and the kid didn't get annoying which was good. The adventuring starts to get a little stale about the time they get the university so that worked out for the best too. I would have kept reading and will hopefully go back for more of their adventures which is probably the best thing to be said of any book.
Top reviews from other countries
The themes of the book are quite robust and do give the impression that they will last throughout the series of books, I am looking forward to the development of the different issues Mr Pratchett explores.
Whilst it has the trademark TP humour throughout, which in some parts is very amusing, the story plays how very much like a child's Disney movie or similar. This is in no way a negative.
Ties into the previous books by the universe its set in and a specific location, but not so much in characters as far as i could remember.
Enjoyable read and i will continue to work my way through the TP books.