Friday, March 5, 2010

Wyrd Sisters

Granny Weatherwax is truly a maven among witches. Although she's a bit suspicious about this whole coven nonsense, she decides to humor the young witch Magrat, who makes up in enthusiasm what she lacks in experience, when she asks them to form a group. Which is why Granny Weatherwax, Magrat, and Nanny Og happen to be standing together on the hillside when a soldier rides up with the infant son of the recently assassinated king of Lancre. Granny Weatherwax has reservations about meddling in the affairs of kings, but an infant in need is an infant in need, prince or no, and something must be done.

When she finds the little boy a home among some traveling players, she thinks that things have been well taken care of. But it turns out that the land of Lancre isn't thrilled about its new king - neither are the people, but it's the land itself that is dangerously displeased - and it makes its displeasure very clear to Granny Weatherwax. Once again she finds herself obliged to meddle - and when she breaks the rules, she does it dramatically and unforgettably. And if she isn't quite sure exactly what she's doing, well, she'll never let on to anyone else.

With its homage to Macbeth and to theater in general, this book is a delight from start to finish. I adore the witches, their relationships with each other, and the impressive way they employ "headology" to get things done. As always, I grinned, giggled and chuckled my way through the book, which is full of all kinds of twists, turns and delightful surprises. I look forward to continuing my way through this wonderful series. These are the kind of books that make me happy just to see them sitting on my bookshelf, because I know that with the simple turn of a page, I can stop back to visit any time I please.

Books in Discworld series:
1. The Color of Magic
2. The Light Fantastic
3. Equal Rites
4. Mort
5. Sourcery
6. Wyrd Sisters
7. Pyramids
8. Guards, Guards
9. Eric
10. Moving Pictures
11. Reaper Man
12. Witches Abroad
13. Small Gods
14. Lords and Ladies
15. Men at Arms
16. Soul Music
17. Interesting Times
18. Maskerade
19. Feet of Clay
20. Hogfather
21. Jingo
22. The Last Continent
23. Carpe Jugulum
24. The Fifth Elephant
25. The Truth
26. The Thief of Time
27. The Last Hero
28. Nightwatch
29. Monstrous Regiment
30. Going Postal
31. Thud
32. Making Money

33. Unseen Academicals

Wyrd Sisters (#6 in the Discworld series) by Terry Pratchett (HarperTorch, 1980)

Also reviewed at:
A Book a Week: "The deeper I go into Discworld, the happier I am to be there"
Carly's Bookshelf: What you will find is civic unrest, personal spite, international politics, romance, and every other human folly staged with the deft control of Shakespeare and the brutal criticism of Swift, only much, much funnier than either."

2 comments:

  1. Ha! "when she breaks the rules, she does it dramatically and unforgettably." So true! I love how Granny never does anything halfway. Totally committed to her course of action even if/when she starts to have doubts. It's one of her charms.

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  2. Kiirstin - I agree! I think we can all learn a little something from Granny. At least, it sure would make life a more interesting place! :-)

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