Lords And Ladies: (Discworld Novel 14) (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 1 Nov 1993
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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 ... incredibly funny ... compulsively readable'" (The Times)
"'Pratchett is at the peak of his power; it's hard to think of any humorist writing in Britain today who can match him'" (Time Out)
"'The great Terry Pratchett, whose wit is metaphysical, who creates an energetic and lively secondary world, who has a multifarious genius for strong parody ... who deals with death with startling originality. Who writes amazing sentences'" (A.S. Byatt New York Times)
"'His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction'" (Mail on Sunday)
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The wedding suffers a series of complications of the kind that are to be expected and some that are not, most notably a full-scale invasion by beings from another dimension. Naturally it is up to the witches of Lancre (plus an annoyed orang-utan, a legion of ninja morris dancers and a terminally frisky dwarf in a wig) to rise to the occasion...
Lords and Ladies is the fourteenth Discworld novel and the third featuring the Lancre witches' coven (and the fourth to feature Granny Weatherwax). Despite the novel working perfectly well as a stand-alone, Pratchett was sufficiently concerned about the book's continuity ties that he provides a thorough synopsis of Wyrd Sisters and a somewhat briefer one of Witches Abroad before cracking on with the tale, which is a nice touch but unnecessary.
One interesting device Pratchett starts employing in these middle-era Discworld books is taking a concept or idea mentioned very briefly earlier in the series and fleshing it out into a full-sized novel.Read more ›
It also contains some fantastic scenes like the one in the elven realm and the search for Magrat in the castle.
If you only read a few Discworld books, read this one as it really will make you gasp, laugh out loud and all the rest. Comic fiction is never better then this.
This book was fantastic. It was a very interesting blend of comedy and grimness. In fact, it was probably the most mainstream plot that I've seen Pratchett produce. The conflict between the Elves and Magrat (and the Elf Queen and Granny) is very straightforward and almost chilling. The Elves are relentless in their pursuit of their victims. Magrat has to do some very harsh things to save herself from them. The Elves are almost unstoppable. Then, there is the Granny's confrontation with the Queen, which is very much like other confrontations between heroes and villains. Granny is captured and the Queen is just playing with her. They discuss what's going to happen to Lancre when the Elves take over. The Queen threatens her life. That sort of thing. These scenes are almost terrifying, and that's the first time I can ever say that Pratchett has done that to me.
However, that doesn't take away from the comedy. There are some truly funny scenes in this book that will make you laugh hard. The Archchancellor of the the Unseen University of wizards decides that he should come to the wedding along with a few colleagues (including the Librarian, an orangutan that used to be human before a magical accident). The scenes with the wizards, as usual, are just hilarious.Read more ›
Nanny has a dalliance with a dwarf, meets the Long Man. There is a crowbar involved.
Find out why the Morris dancers don't do the Stick and Bucket dance any more.
Read how Granny Weatherwax tames the unicorn, then tell me Terry Pratchett can't tell a fairy story!
More puns than a basket of strawberries.
Do not read this one to your children, until you've realised they're smarter than you.
Third of the trilogy. Not many Of Terry's Discworld books need to be read in chronological order but this is one of them. Read Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad first. Thanks Terry, 40 books to last a lifetime.
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My son is reading his way through the Discworld series as his school reading challenge. He reads me ten pages a day and Lords and Ladies is the fourteenth book in the series he has... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
This, with Night Watch, is the pinnacle of Terry Pratchett's writing. Funny, humane and edged with a seriousness, a darkness that reflects his deep concern for everyman... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DiveDoc
I would recommend this book because it is hilarious and exciting. It is also a good page turner. The EndPublished 2 months ago by Sally Teatherdege
If your reading this review i can only assume you haven't read a discworld book. So start from the first and thank me laterPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lords and Ladies is one of Pratchett’s earlier Discworld novels, and it’s an unfortunate sufferer of EPS – Early Pratchett Syndrome. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
I don't love the witches as much as other characters he has written but at the same time, it's a masterpiece of TP!Published 3 months ago by Katie S