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Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

Lords and Ladies (original 1992; edition 2005)

by Terry Pratchett

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This is another excellent Discworld novel and perhaps Pratchett's best effort at character development. By the end of the book, you feel like you've really gotten to know Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Mustrum Ridcully, Magrat Garlick, the Ogg brothers, and various others. Well done, Sir Terry!

In this book, one of the Witches series, Magrat has quit her witching ways and is about to marry the King and become Queen of Lancre. Except she finds that it's boring being a queen and she misses being a witch. Meanwhile, these young witch wannabees are doing things they shouldn't be doing and open up a door to this world from another in which evil elves -- not the cute ones we envision -- appear to wreak havoc and even kill. The elves' queen is determined to take over and it's everything Granny and Nanny can do to stop her. Along the way, there's actually romance for the older witches (and a wizard and dwarf), a lot of phallic jokes, standard Pratchett humor, a funny scene when meek Magrat goes off and takes on the elves herself with a crossbow and sword. Even though this is one of the Witch series books, I think it could probably stand on its own, although I also think it would help to have read several others so that you're already familiar with some of the characters, such as Unseen University's Librarian, who's in Lancre with some other wizards for the wedding. This is actually kind of a dark book for Pratchett, humor withstanding, and free will is a topic that's explored here. I can find no fault with this book and I definitely recommend it. ( )
  scottcholstad | Oct 17, 2014 |
In Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett the witches of Lancre return from their travels to find that a lot has been going on in their absence. Magrat finds that her boyfriend, the king, has been arranging their wedding before even proposing to her. There's also a new group of young witches who are experimenting with magic without really knowing what they are doing. With Magrat busy with her wedding plans and trying to learn how to be a queen, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg must put a stop to this new young coven and undo the damage they've done.

This book is a hilarious parody that is a mix of The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream. It made me laugh a lot and I'd highly recommend it. Lords and Ladies takes place after Witches Abroad and while I would recommend reading that book first to understand some of the references, it's not entirely necessary. It might also help to be at least somewhat familiar with the Shakespearian plays mentioned and have some basic knowledge of quantum theories, but again it's not entirely necessary to enjoy this book. ( )
  Kythe42 | Sep 15, 2014 |
Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett is the fourteenth Discworld novel. It is one of many elf books I've been reading in recent months. It hasn't been a planned thing, just a recurring theme.

Magrat has a wedding to plan and lots of queenly duties to learn. She has decided to give up being a witch (though in Discworld that's easier said, than done). Meanwhile, somethings afoot at the Dancers — Lancre's Stonehenge.

Granny Weatherwax knows who is coming through and she tries to warn the others. Unfortunately everyone has forgotten the truth behind the stories and the meaning of the stones. And so into the chaos of a royal wedding, the lords and ladies make their escape.

In reading the witch stories after reading the Tiffany Aching books, I can see how they were the blue prints. Lords and Ladies felt like a mixture of Wee Free Men and I Shall Wear Midnight, especially when comparing nervous, pre-Queen Magrat to confident, Queen Magrat. There is also Granny Weatherwax's first attempt to communicate with a hive of bees. ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 29, 2014 |
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This book is very, very loosely based upon Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night Dream, and to be honest with you if he had not told me at the beginning of the book and at the end of the book I probably would not have realised it. The reason that I say that is because when I say loosely I mean really loosely. In fact the only thing about the book that seems to be connected to the play is that a group of working class people go a rehearse a play in the woods and get caught up in faerie land. The thing is that Pratchett did not use faeries in the story but rather elves, and I think that is were the problems arise because in the Shakespeare play faeries were used (and they are not very nice people in the play, in the same way that elves are no very nice people in this book), though in essence there is actually little difference between them in mythology (except for maybe their origin – elves come from Scandinavia while faeries come from the bottom of the garden).
Anyway, when we think of elves we usually think of this:

[Picture - Elves from Lord of the Rings]

or this:

[Picture - Santa's Elves]

when in reality they should more look like this:

[Picture - Evil Elf]

Now, Pratchett actually addresses this in his story through the use of this idea called glamour, but also through the idea that our memory usually hides the horrid stuff in our life and replaces it with good and nice stuff. The thing is that he is actually quite correct with that and there are plenty of psychological treatises that deal with the idea of suppressed memories. In Lord and Ladies we have this idea in that over time the really bad thing about the elves is forgotten and the only memories that remain are of good and beautiful things. Still there are aspects of their bad side that are left behind, such as the horseshoes (which are wards against the elves because they are made of iron and elves hate iron), that people actually forget the reason as to why they are there, but keep them there because they have been doing so for centuries and see no reason why they should stop.
Now, the idea of beauty is explored in this story, and that is through the concept of glamour. This is something that is very much the case in our world, namely that people equate beauty with goodness and if you are beautiful then you are automatically considered good. Isn't it funny that a lot of the villains in much of our literature are portrayed as being ugly. For instance, consider this guy:

[Picture - Dr Evil from Austin Powers]

Okay, this is taken from a comedy movie, but this is still my case in point. Or, to point to something a little more serious, consider this guy:

[Picture - Goblin King from the Hobbit]

As you can see, both of these characters are villains, and both of these characters are ugly. Okay, not all villains are ugly, but generally when we create a villain, one of the aspects of the villain is the fact that they are repulsive. However, why is it that we always equate evil with ugliness and beauty with goodness. For instance, with this particular person:

[Picture - Paris Hilton]

what is the first thing that comes into your mind? I bet you that it has nothing to do with villainy. With me, I simply groan and say that I really do not want to have anything to do with that person or the company that she represents (though I have been told that she has been cut out of the will). However, I guess my idea of beauty has moved on significantly from that of your average teenager. My concept of beauty simply cannot be portrayed in a picture because you simply cannot portray the beauty of the soul in a picture. Okay, I could put a picture of my brother up, but the only pictures I have on him are on Facebook, and even then a photo of him simply does not do his beauty justice.
Therefore, if there is a moral of this story, I would simply be that beauty of not skin deep, and if we look a outward beauty, then we are opening ourselves up to an awful lot of grief. ( )
  David.Alfred.Sarkies | Mar 5, 2014 |
A lovely fantasy with the three witches in the forefront. I wanted this book to go on for ever. Lots of other Discworld stars find their way into this story, even William Shakespeare gets a sort of look-in. Wonderful stuff, maybe one of the best Discworld yarns ever, but don't read this book if you're an elf.... .... .... ( )
  Novak | Sep 18, 2013 |
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Granny Weatherwax and her tiny coven are up against real elves.

It’s Midsummer Night.

No times for dreaming…

With full supporting cast of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris dancers and one orang-utan. And lots of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place.
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Although they may feature witches and wizards, vampires and dwarves, along with the occasional odd human, Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld novels are grounded firmly in the modern world. Taking humorous aim at all our foibles, each novel reveals our true character and nature.

It's a dreamy midsummer's night in the Kingdom of Lancre. But music and romance aren't the only things filling the air. Magic and mischief are afoot, threatening to spoil the royal wedding of King Verence and his favorite witch, Magrat Garlick. Invaded by some Fairie Trash, soon it won't be only champagne that's flowing through the streets ...

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Elves threaten the human kingdom of Lancre and the wedding between King Verence and witch Magrat Garlick, and it is up to three witches, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat, to save the day.

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