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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

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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This is the 3rd witches novel. You can read it by itself but it continues with the ideas of story and fairy tale begun in Wyrd Sisters. So here you've got the Quest, the Evil Twin etc, and of course the Three Witches. And it's there that the beauty of this little book lies, in the superbly drawn characters of the witches. Three more exact and well pictured people have rarely been drawn elsewhere in literature. ( )
  Lukerik | Nov 17, 2015 |
Love those witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat. ( )
  crosbyp | Nov 14, 2015 |
This is the first book in my new series: small paperbacks I can easily read on the commute between SF and Oakland (that I have to do everyday for my new job as cataloguer of rare books & manuscripts). The verdict? Terry makes rush hour Bart a little less terrible.
  Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |

'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. ( )
  Irena. | Nov 3, 2015 |
Love this book. Love the ideas about good and evil, love the ideas about the power of story, and love the great lighthearted funny-ness of the romp across most of fairytale and an entire continent. (It's probably terribly racist in bits. It's hard to do exotic without it, particularly once you're writing voodoo and swamps. If you're parodying you have to parody _something_, and that's always dangerous)

[Although, talking about stories in the cracks... This time was the first time I was struck by Lily's story. Written into the fabric of the narrative as the Bad Guy, but if you read what is actually said - kicked out by her family at 14, mostly for 'being a bit of a hussy'. Beaten by her dad. It's a bit ikky, when you read it with open eyes as a grown up. Fan fic needed, one feels...]

Not for being the bad one. But because after you left I had to be the good one. ( )
  atreic | Oct 14, 2015 |
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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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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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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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