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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
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Witches Abroad (1991)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld (12), Discworld: Witches (3)

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Another fun time with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Og. ( )
  2wonderY | Jun 16, 2017 |
This is my favorite of the 'Witches' sub-series so far. Pratchett finds his footing in terms of the characters of Nanny Og and Granny Weatherwax in this book, and with Margrat as the third in the trio. I especially loved Granny Weatherwax, who proves that 'good' doesn't mean 'nice', and in fact may not be preferable.
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  msemmag | Jun 14, 2017 |
Stories are dangerous things. As they flow through the world, they cut their paths into the fabric of reality, each time strengthening its shape. As time passes, it becomes harder and harder for a new story to diverge from the old one. In time, every seventh son of a seventh son will become a hero, and every put-upon stepdaughter will be blessed with a fairy godmother. But surely that’s all right? Fairy godmothers are always good, aren’t they? They make sure the story ends as it’s supposed to. But who says what the end should be? Someone in the exotic city of Genua is twisting reality to make it suit the stories, and the three witches of Lancre aren’t having any of that. Despite their fear of ‘forn parts’, they ride out to put things right...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2017/04/16/witches-abroad-terry-pratchett/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jun 3, 2017 |
Always worth rereading and a fortunate choice for a trip that involved a two hour delay at the Greyhound station. The theory of narrative inevitability should take its rightful place with other great literary theories while citizens should learn to beware of leaders who seem determined to fit them into stories. It rarely turns out well. ( )
1 vote ritaer | Mar 24, 2017 |
(7/10) This was my first adventure in Discworld and I can safely say it won't be my last. After years of nagging by my sister I can now see why she loves Pratchett's writing so much, he has a magical way with words that will leave you snorting out loud at metaphors you would never have thought of yourself!

I was a good 50% through before the story really stated to grab me but after it did the pages flew by almost as quickly as the witches fell through and trampled all over a fantastic assortment of fairytales. Even though Death only made a fleeting appearance in this book I can tell I will love the books centred on him and I can't wait to dive back in to this delightful series! ( )
  LiteraryReadaholic | Mar 8, 2017 |
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Perhaps because the novel's picaresque structure seems commodious rather than contrived, one reads with less of an obtrusive sense of stage machinery being wheeled into place. Still, Pratchett's taste for complicated climactic scenes remains, so that his novels, rather than coming to a point as much comedy does, tend to blow apart like a firecracker.
 

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Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dedicated to all those people - and why not? - who, after the publication of Wyrd Sisters, deluged the author with their version of the words of 'The Hedgehog Song'.
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This is Discworld, which travels through space on the back of four elephants which themselves stand on the shell of Great A'Tuin, the sky turtle.
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Nanny Ogg quite liked cooking, provided there were other people around to do things like chop up the vegetables and wash the dishes afterwards.
Genua had once controlled the river mouth and taxed its traffic in a way that couldn't be called piracy because it was done by the city government.
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It seemed an easy job…After all, how difficult could it be to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince?

But for the witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, travelling to the distant city of Genua, things are never that simple...

Servant girls have to marry the prince. That's what life is all about. You can't fight a Happy Ending.

At least - up until now…
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061020613, Mass Market Paperback)

Be careful what you wish for...

Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which unforunately left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when DEATH came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to ensure the servant girl doesn't marry the Prince.

But the road to Genua is bumpy, and along the way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling house (well this is a fairy tale, after all). The trouble really begins once these reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and must outwit their power-hungry counterpart who'll stop at nothing to achieve a proper "happy ending"—even if it means destroying a kingdom.

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Three witches must prevent a servant girl from marrying a prince; but they're up against the malignant power of the Godmother herself, who has struck a deal with Destiny that will ensure a happy ending.

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