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Lords and Ladies: A Novel of Discworld Hardcover – 1 Oct 1995

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  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm); First Edition edition (Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061092169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061092169
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The fourteenth Discworld novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2009
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Returning to their home kingdom of Lancre after various misadventures elsewhere, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are disconcerted to discover a new, younger and more hip coven of young witches has arisen in their absence. Whilst they deal with the situation with their traditional patience and thorough levels of understanding, Magrat finds that arrangements for her marriage to King Verence are steaming ahead and the invitations have been sent out already. One recipient is Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor of Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork who decides to attend on a whim (and the prospect of excellent fishing), dragging the terminally confused Bursar, the simian Librarian and the very keen young Ponder Stibbons (whose favourite word is 'quantum') along for the ride.

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.
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Terry Pratchett's witches on top form. As a big fan of the Discworld novels, I can't really think of a single complaint about this book. The cover art is fantastic and the story itself is also fantastic.
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A fairytale themed novel which is one of the more important books in the series to help place characters for the later Witches themed books. Enjoyable read.
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If you read that, you don't need to read that.
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brilliant writer still to read
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Delightfully Terry Pratchett, as expected and appreciated. Not a stand-alone book by any means. To understand and know the leading characters well, do at least read Wyrd Sisters first; followed by Witches Abroad to gain more depth :)
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A good middle standard discworld novel. If you've read discworld as a kid, and you're now all grow'd up, do yourself a favour and read them again because you missed more than half of what was happening!
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