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Wyrd Sisters Mass Market Paperback – February 6, 2001
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Terry's Pratchett's profoundly irreverent novels are consistent number one bestsellers in England, where they have catapulted him into the highest echelons of parody next to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.
Meet Granny Weatherwax, the most highly regarded non-leader a coven of non-social witches could ever have. Generally, these loners don't get involved in anything, mush less royal intrigue. but then there are those times they can't help it. As Granny Weatherwax is about to discover, though, it's a lot harder to stir up trouble in the castle than some theatrical types would have you think. Even when you've got a few unexpected spells up your sleeve.
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The plot asks the question, "What happens when a country gets a king who doesn't love it?". Well with the help of Granny and Co you'll get to find out. In many ways this is an exploration of the Nanny and Granny axis that featured in later books and shows some of Granny's power and her limitations. If you love the witches this is where it really begins. MacBeth didn't desreve the reputation that Shakespeare gave him and this won't help much either but you'll laugh all the way to the end.
King Verence is stabbed by his cousin, and his baby boy, the prince, is being rescued by the aforementioned witches, together with the crown, and given over to the troupe of actors. Lovely place to store the crown, of course. The witches think they are done, but alas, the kingdom itself gets very angry at the whole affair, at how the new king treats it, and they must interfere, employing spells and time turning and flying theatrically on their brooms and in general trying to understand what is this thing, theater, and how come actors play plays, and just why would people do such a thing, and how silly it is, and how those silly words seems to have power over people. That's the interesting bit. This whole book seems to be about the power of words, only masquerading as satire, in the way Terry cleverly weaves it in and out of dialogue. The mere idea of the play being remembered more than the actual truth is constantly manifested, together with obscure nods to Shakespeare.
I enjoyed every bit of it, and now I have gotten to reading PYRAMIDS, and then GUARDS! GUARDS!, which many swear is their favorite Discworld book of them all. We shall see. I'm off to reading.
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I read this as part of a book club pick. I have heard that most of Pratchett's books can be read as stand alone stories.Read more