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Equal Rites (Discworld Novel) (original 1987; edition 1987)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Equal Rites (Discworld Novel)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi Adult (1987), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 282 pages
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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (1987)

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Perhaps my favorite in the Discworld series. ( )
  crosbyp | Nov 14, 2015 |
The final Terry Pratchett came out, and, saddened by the thought it was the final Terry Pratchett, I decided I'd read all the Witches books again to get a good run up at it.

I loved Equal Rites when I was a teenager, time spent on the internet reading about Pratchett and women had made me fear it would have been visited by the suck fairy, but actually (while I am not saying there are no problems with the 'this isn't for women unless you're exceptional and weird' story) I still love it. I'd forgotten Simon, brilliant yet painfully shy, understanding the universe of numbers. It's weird reading early Pratchett, it isn't quite the same Discworld or the same Granny Weatherwax, you can see echos of things he'll do more strongly later (like the archchancellor / Granny Weatherwax hints) and I had almost forgotten how the early plots tend to be 'creatures from the dungeon dimensions want to get in and kill us all'. So many bits I enjoyed revisiting - I will always love Esk turning her brother into a pig, ( )
  atreic | Oct 14, 2015 |
This a light hearted satire on 80's sexual politics - not much has changed today.

Granny Weatherwax and Eskarina are both great creations. I can't help seeing Granny as Maggie Smith. It's the eyes I think. And Esk, well, I know a certain cheeky monkey very much like her.

The best thing about this book are the amazing special effects. You can see that some of the magic at the end is CGI but that opening scene is as good as Gollum. ( )
  Lukerik | Oct 1, 2015 |
What more can be possibly said about the late and great Terry Pratchett? I've yet to open a book bearing his name that I do not like, that does not amuse and delight, and does not leave me thoughtful and wiser.

Well, wiser at least in my own estimation. I'm sure Pratchett would have something to say about the narcissism of the self-assessment.

To Equal Rites itself: Eskarina was supposed to be born the eighth son of an eighth son, an auspicious combination that a dying wizard seeks out in order to pass along his powers. Pass them he does, as Esk is born, but Esk is a girl, not a boy, and she enters the world without regard for the expectations of men and wizards. And indeed, she aims to grow into her power without regard for wizard and men. As her

In a day and age when social justice messages of equality and diversity seem to win awards and accolades, Pratchett is a breath of fresh air. Using fantasy, satire and deft wordsmithing, he conveys minute truths and observations that are far more persuasive than heavy-handed and stilted stories to those who have eyes to see, but doesn't bowl over the less interested reader with contrived sermons and meaning.

Equal Rites is rife this light-hearted but insightful satire. Esk determines that she must become a wizard, not realizing that the world of magic is divided along gender lines (wizards are men, witches are women). She thrusts herself forward with all the courage and naivete of a child unafraid to ask "why" to the assumptions adults take for granted. It provides an easy foil for the pretensions of stuffy old men and conventions, to question why things are done the way they are done.

Pratchett's characters can are fully formed, fully realized, and every subtle description fills in the depth of their character. This starts from his hook as the dying wizard stumbles along towards Esk's home and continues with Granny Weatherwax and her penchant for wearing her entire wardrobe at once. Some books rely on a single hook to pull you in, but Pratchett continues to hook in each chapter, page and paragraph with characters that fly from the page more colorful than real life.

While Equal Rites is the third published book from Discworld, it's also the first of the Witches. ( )
  publiusdb | Sep 23, 2015 |
What happens when a wizard doesn't do a background check on the person he's passing his magic to? A newborn girl becomes the worlds first wizard - something that just shouldn't happen! Too bad for Discworld, but Esk doesn't know what's impossible so she'll do it anyway.

This was a recommendation from a friend with a rather eclectic sense of humor and interests. I can understand why he loves the author. I'm not as enthused about it even with my preference for underdog stories and trope breaking. I like the idea that Esk, not knowing what is 'impossible', can do things simply because she believes that she can. The byplay between Granny Weatherwax and Cutangle is adorable. What I dislike about the book is the author's tendency to waver off-topic. It's one thing to reference other works but to actually break the 4th wall gets annoying when you're at the climax. Good humor, bad timing. ( )
  cat8864 | Aug 12, 2015 |
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Thanks to Neil Gaiman, who loaned us the last surviving copy of the Liber Paginarium Fulvarum, and a big hallo to all the kids at the H.P. Lovecraft Holiday Fun Club.

I would like it to be clearly understood that this book is not wacky. Only dumb redheads in Fifties' sitcoms are wacky.

No, it's not zany either.
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This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn't pretend to answer all or any of these questions.
They both savoured the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were only ignorant of ordinary things.
For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.
Esk, of course had not been trained, and it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you are attempting can't be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a half-brick in the path of the bicycle of history.
... she was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don't apply to you.
It has already been revealed that light on the Discworld travels slowly, the result of its passage through the Disc’s vast and ancient magical field.
So dawn isn’t the sudden affair that it is on other worlds. The new day doesn’t erupt, it sort of sloshes gently across the sleeping landscape in the same way that the tide sneaks in across the beach, melting the sand castles of the night. It tends to flow around mountains. If the trees are close together it comes out of woods cut to ribbons and sliced with shadows.
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The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby’s sex…
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