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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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I have a love/hate r'ship with the Discworld books. I
I enjoy every encounter I have with Rincewind, the Luggage, and the Librarian.
Carrot is mildly interesting
Bits of concepts throughout the series are clever.
Pretty much the rest of the characters, and books, annoy and/or frustrate me. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
An old witch dies and passes her wand to Magrat, and some instructions that mean the three Discworld witches must travel abroad. An amusing story of foreign travel and fairy tales, with a lot of laugh-aloud humour, as well as some deeper forays into the myths behind children's stories. Very enjoyable. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
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Even though Desiderata knows when she's going to die since she's both a witch and a fairy godmother, death does seem to creep up on her before she has time to train her successor. So she leaves her fairy godmothering wand to Magrat, the youngest of the witches in the local coven, along with instructions to travel to the far off city of Genua in order to help Emberella, a poor servant girl who most definitely does not want to marry the prince. Two older and more experienced witches, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, insist on going with Magrat as soon as they're told they can't, and hilarity ensues in typical Discworld fashion.

As they travel, they find themselves entering into quite a few different stories: Little Red Riding Hood, The Wizard of Oz, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, to name a few. They realize that someone is trying to control the stories instead of letting them take their natural paths. And if all that wasn't enough, they even encounter the occasional vampire, werewolf, and zombie. Will everyone live happily every after? Or for that matter, does anyone really want to live happily ever after?

I think this may have knocked Reaper Man out of second place in my list of favorite Discworld novels (Small Gods is number one, if you were wondering). Granny and Nanny are so funny, and just when you least expect it, they utter some really deep words of wisdom (remember, always get the young man's name and address). I'm also in love with Nanny's cat, Greebo, who can take on and beat any creature in the multiverse. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
This is a review of the audiobook read by Nigel Planer.
I may have liked this book better the second time. It has some wonderful moments, mostly involving Esme cleaning her ear. There's one brilliant quote from Magrat about good people creating justice and the bad inventing mercy.
Someone's fairy godmother is about to die. Desiderata's a witch by trade, so she knows when she will die and prepares for it carefully. In many fairytales, there can be more than one fairy godmother at a time and this is the case here. Desiderata knows that the wand must be handed on to someone else, to balance out the power, and her choice is soppy Magrat Garlick, knowing full well that Esme Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg will horn in on it. The three witches head for Genua, a thinly disguised New Orleans/Disney World amalgam - with perhaps a touch of Oz thrown in.
On the way they meet with fairy tales imposed on real life, notably a wolf that talks and seems intent on eating a granny but doesn't understand why.
Lots of good humor and fun in this.

I learned an interesting fact, that Pratchett based this on the contrast between a Disney theme park and the real thing - as in New Orleans. Some people have a wonderful time at theme parks and when I was a kid, I would have found that fun. But then you grow up and want to appreciate the grittier things in life.
  marfita | Jan 8, 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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Pratchett, LynAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary 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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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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