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Terry Pratchett
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1 Sep 2004 Discworld Novels (Book 6)

Things like crowns had a troublesome effect on clever folks; it was best to leave all the reigning to the kind of people whose eyebrows met in the middle.

Three witches gathered on a lonely heath. A king cruelly murdered, his throne usurped by his ambitious cousin. A child heir and the crown of the kingdom, both missing. The omens are not auspicious for the new incumbent, for whom ascending this tainted throne is a more complicated affair than you might imagine, particularly when the blood on your hands just won't wash off and you're facing a future with knives in it...


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552152633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152631
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Like Jonathan Swift, Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own, and like Swift, he is a satirist of enormous talent" (The Times)

"One of the perennial joys of modern fiction" (Mail on Sunday)

"One of the pleasures of the book is the way in which literary classics float effortlessly through them in a way that would be pounced on as inter-textual in another author but is never allowed to become strident or alienating in Pratchett's work" (Guardian)

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The sixth Discworld novel.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lancre's coven exposed! . . . er, revealed! 17 Oct 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
Parodying Shakespeare is a cottage industry among novelists. Few, however, have the talent to weave sound philosophy within the narrative. Pratchett introduces some thoughtful notions along with his compelling characters. From the introduction of Esme Weatherwax in Equal Rites, he fills out the coven residing in the kingdom of Lancre with her cohorts. Each brings a highly unique style to the craft. Esme, acknowledged but undeclared head witch, is traditional, effective and highly sensitive to what's "good for people". Magrat Garlick, well-read, modern and innocent [if you can reconcile those viewpoints] personifies perfectly the modern "Wiccan" mystic. Nanny Ogg almost oozes practicality - having gone through three husbands and is served, if resentfully, by her phalanx of daughters and daughters-in-law. The story itself, however, concerns another matter - one far more pertinent to today's world.
What is, or should be the role of monarchy in modern society? Pratchett uses the Hamlet example to examine this question in a new and penetrating manner. Kings can rise and fall through many means. Duke Felmet, desirous of disciplined rule, fells the incumbent. According to Pratchett, assassination is a "natural cause" of death for monarchs [as is execution, but that's elsewhere in the series]. The coven, aware that the former King Verence of Lancre has been murdered by a potential usurper, becomes protector of the heir. It "protects" him by shipping him off with a troupe of mummers. Thus Shakespeare as example is supplanted by parody of the playwright and his work. The coven, however, senses what Shakespeare never expressed - monarchy's role in regard to the land and the people.
In Shakespeare's day, Elizabeth, the ruling monarch, expressed her love for "her people" and "the country".
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vintage wine improves as it gets older 2 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
I read this book soon after it was first published 14 years ago, and I have just re-read it.
It's as funny as ever (provided you really know Macbeth), but the really impressive thing is that, even when you have read all the other novels in which the characters have subsequently developed, they remain consistent. Granny Weatherwax is still gloriously herself - never confusing being good with being nice - and Magrat the junior witch is a recognisably immature version of Queen Magrat. The gags never get in the way of the personalities.
The Discworld books may be funny, and they may have started as spoofs on swords-and-sorcery literature (of which I read more than I care to remember when I was an adolescent), but this is *real* literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Discworld Spins Ever Onwards 15 April 2008
By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Terry Pratchett has become one of the most popular authors alive today and his popularity is richly deserved. But not even with his fertile mind could ever have envisaged the heights to which his Discworld series would rise. This book was first published in 1988 and is number six in the Discworld novels.

You would think that a fantasy world full of trolls, zombies, witches, vampires would be an alien concept to most readers. Werewolves and dwarves in the Ank Morpork city watch. Wizards running a university. All this born in the mind of one of the funniest minds writing today. Surely this style of writing would have a limited readership? But no the books are loved by anybody and everybody and are read by people who would not normally allow fantasy fiction anywhere near their book shelves. This is the Discworld of Terry Pratchett.

In this episode Granny Weatherwax and her fellow coven members are meddling in politics, the royal kind, which Granny Weatherwax thinks is the worst kind of all. The Wyrd sisters as they are known battle to put the right king on the right throne, at least that's the general idea. After all what are witches for . . .
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Although we first met Granny Weatherwax in Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters gives us the three witches-Granny, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick-in all of their glory. These are my favorite characters in the Discworld, and loud peals of laughter are always to be found when this remarkable coven of witches gets together. The story itself is a thoroughly Pratchett-like concoction of Shakespeare, fairy tales, satire, and infinitely rich comedy. The king of Lancre, much to his surprise, has been murdered by the Macbethian Duke Felmet, and he is not at all happy about this. No one, in fact, is happy, including the very kingdom itself, which physically shows its rage at having a new king who despises his own royal domain. The witches are also not happy, as the Duke works continually to discredit them among the people-Granny Weatherwax just doesn't have any truck with that at all. Of course, in a story such as this, there has to be a long-lost child of the murdered king who will eventually come back to right the wrongs done his father and dethrone the regal malefactor-or something along those lines, anyway. Things are never quite that simple on the Discworld.
The antics of the witches are hilarious. Granny Weatherwax is a stalwart personality who never admits she might be wrong or that there is something she is not familiar with. Nanny Ogg is a rather worldly witch who enjoys nothing more than getting blasted and drunkenly singing about hedgehogs or the fact that a wizard's staff has a knob on the end. Then there is young Magrat, quite plain in appearance, who believes the traditional ways of witchcraft are best and whose sometimes nave, positive nature often conflicts with the thinking of her older cohorts; you have to love her, really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
Good condition came promptly and a really good read, well worth any one buying if they want a bit of suspense as well as a laugh.
Published 18 days ago by Gillian Whalley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
The usual brilliant Pratchett offering. Entertaining, witty and even thought provoking. His take on life as expressed through his books demonstrates a fun loving and dry humour.
Published 2 months ago by pj
5.0 out of 5 stars Wyrd Sisters
If you like Terry Pratchett Discworld novels you will like this one. I have read a lot of them so far and this is one of my favourites. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett rules
Well done to Amazon. I decided to purchase all the discworld books in hardback because its a series that deserves it, and I was able to source most of them through Amazon at very... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gid
5.0 out of 5 stars Witches Trilogy
This is an excellent Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. It is witty, lively, funny but also very deep, clever and thought provoking. This is definitely a good read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars introducing granny weatherwax
granny weatherwax and nanny ogg are such delicious characters, they remind me (slightly) of both my grannies. this is so well written and one of pratchett's classics
Published 4 months ago by garbogarden
4.0 out of 5 stars Wyrd sisters
Love prachett's discworld series!! This one didn't disappoint. The only reason I gave 4 stars is because I found it a bit harder to read in a digital version, but I was to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laura Gentles
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh
If you like a good laugh at 3 witches that are so thick and stupid the take some time to read this book. It can be strange but that is the styles that Terry Pratchett writes in.
Published 4 months ago by carol lamerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Enjoyed hearing this so well read by Tony Robinson ,if you have read the books yourself its great being able to hear them in the car
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. N. E. Faulks
4.0 out of 5 stars ~Pratchett's best
This is definitely my wife's favourite Terry Pratchett novel and I now see why, I must admit that I had not read it before but I am very glad that I did, it is already a firm... Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. E. Sneddon
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