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Witches Abroad (original 1991; edition 2002)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Witches Abroad
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett (1991)

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I enjoyed the witches journey abroad. Laughed all the way through their dealing with the foreign food, cultures and language on their travels. The way they dealt with the various "stories" along the way was also fun. I've always distrusted mirrors, so you know that part was very believable. I will be reading this again. ( )
  MrsLee | Oct 27, 2014 |
In Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett an old fairy godmother dies and passes on her wand to the young witch Magrat. She travels, with the other two witches in her coven, to a far off city to complete the work her predecessor started. The trio encounter lots of strange events on the journey and things get even stranger once they reach the city. Someone's been making stories out of people's lives and they must be stopped before it's too late. This story is basically a retelling of Cinderella done Discworld style with a bunch of other fairy tales thrown in for good measure. There's lots of laughs on this adventure, and as always the footnotes are very amusing. I'd definitely recommend this book to fans of Discworld, British humor, and fairy tales. ( )
  Kythe42 | Jul 21, 2014 |
I've read this multiple times at this point. It's probably close to the point where Pratchett really turns philosophical in the Discworld series. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 6, 2014 |
A good book, but not as solid as some of Pratchett's other stories and a bit too dependent one the quick and easy joke. ( )
  CBrachyrhynchos | Feb 4, 2014 |

Take your basic fairy tales -- all of which have a witch contained within them. Now, add older witches, a younger Godmother-in-training, a "bad Godmother, and a Voodoo priestess. Sprinkle with visions of Cinderella. Stir in a liberal amount of bad jokes, puns, bad spelling (written by one of the characters). Top this off the way most Americans try to handle vocal transactions when on vacation in countries where they don't speak the language -- and you end up with "Witches Abroad" -- one of the most entertaining Pratchett novels I have read yet. ( )
  TommyElf | Jan 5, 2014 |
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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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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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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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