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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

Witches Abroad (1991)

by Terry Pratchett

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

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'This is a story about stories. Or what it really means to be a fairy godmother. But it’s also, particularly, about reflections and mirrors.' When Desirata Hollow dies, she leaves her wand to Magrat Garlick. With it, Magrat inherits an obligation to help Princess Emberella not to marry a prince. What Magrat doesn't know is that the princess has two godmothers, one good and one bad. Another important thing in Desirata's will is whatever happens, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg must not help her. We all know what 'mustn't' does when it comes to those two.
The three witches and one cat set out to help the poor princess. Their destination is Genua.

The first part of the book describes their journey. Along the way they notice a lot of weird things - creatures from different fairy tales roaming the country. Granny wouldn't be Granny if she didn't fix everything. Only Terry Pratchett could find a way to convince you to be on the opposite side to the one wanting a happy ending. Some of the scenes in this book broke my heart, but most are hilarious. Here you'll find different take on a lot of familiar stories. There is even voodoo. With Granny Weatherwax around every story gets a special treatment and her own brand of ending.

I loved everything from the fairy tales (each with a new spin) and their constant bickering to the choice of the villain. Even Greebo the cat is awesome. But what I loved the most is Granny, her reactions to the things they encountered. My favourite, the saddest is the moment when Granny meets the wolf.

If you can't stand a lot of bickering, three different witches being their own weird, funny and occasionally obnoxious selves, completely messed up fairy tales, then I suggest you skip this one.

The Death makes an appearance too. ( )
  Aneris | Apr 22, 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 |
The novels within Terry Pratchett's Discworld series feature different sets of characters. Some, for instance, focus on Commander Vimes and the motley crew that comprises the Night Watch. Others feature the even motlier crew of wizards who comprise the faculty of Unseen University. The figure of DEATH (the grim reaper whose speech is always transcribed in ALL CAPS) shows up in many of the novels; indeed, some focus on him and his unusual profession.
And then there are the witches. A friend says that, for her, these are the best novels in the series. I've been more lukewarm in my feelings toward those books.
Until I read WITCHES ABROAD. Perhaps I now need to go back and reread the Discworld witch-centered novels that I've previously dismissed. ( )
1 vote dickmanikowski | Dec 26, 2016 |
Magrat becomes a Fairy Godmother, for awhile, and with the 'support' of Nanny and Granny, goes head to head with the evil Godmother, who thinks that she is the good one. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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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.
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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