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L'Arte Della Magia (Italian Edition) (original 1987; edition 2010)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:L'Arte Della Magia (Italian Edition)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:TEA (2010), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fantasy, mondo disco, ironia

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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (1987)

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    I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (MyriadBooks, ijustgetbored)
    MyriadBooks: For the appearance of Eskarina Smith.
    ijustgetbored: To find out what becomes of Esk.
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    Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett (bethielouwho)
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    The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (pwaites)
    pwaites: Tiffany Aching is similar in many ways to Esk.
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    Arky Types (Methuen Modern Fiction) by Sara Maitland (BeckyJP)
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Con esta relectura he recordado por qué abandoné Mundodisco y me pasé a Discworld... Muerte hablando en minúsculas nada más empezar el libro ¬¬
Por suerte, más adelante mejoraron las traducciones.

Por lo demás, como siempre, brujas y Mundodisco WIN :) ( )
  Minimissplaced | Jul 21, 2016 |
As always, there’s an touch of real-world satire in the goings-on of Discworld. Too bad the humor’s about what you’d expect from a book with a pun in the title. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
A very enjoyable (re)read, but not vintage Pratchett, as he has not yet climbed to the heights he was to scale later in the Discworld series.
When Pratchett really works, you cannot quote small sections, as it is the overall effect that warms your cockles. However his genius can be glimpsed in quotes such as:
‘What’s an elephant?’ ‘A kind of badger,’ said Granny. She hadn’t maintained forest-credibility for forty years by ever admitting ignorance.

The whole panoply of the universe has been neatly expressed to them as things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks. This frees the mind from unnecessary thoughts and gives it a cutting edge where it matters. Your normal animal, in fact, never tries to walk and chew gum at the same time.

He had the kind of real deep tan that rich people spend ages trying to achieve with expensive holidays and bits of tinfoil, when really all you need to do to obtain one is work your arse off in the open air every day. ( )
  CarltonC | Jun 24, 2016 |
I have a love/hate r'ship with the Discworld books. I loved this book, and Esk.
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 |
A step backwards in terms of trying to get me to become a Discworld fan, Equal Rites was nevertheless a fun read. It has quite a few laughs (or rather, chuckles) and a nice storyline at first. Somewhat ironically when you consider that The Colour of Magic suffered from the lack of a well-defined plot, the problem in Equal Rites is that the plotting takes over by the end.

The best bits are in the first half of the book, as the young and completely adorable Eskarina causes havoc wherever she goes with her new magic powers. There's a little spark of a theme about the equal rights of women (hence the title and the storyline itself), but this does not really have the ambition to expand beyond just saying 'why can't women be wizards?' Maybe this was a selling point of the book in the Eighties, but in today's hypersensitive culture regarding gender issues it seems rather tame. Nevertheless, Esk is an endearing character and we want to know what happens with her.

Unfortunately, the book becomes less about Esk's journey and turns into another 'save the world from evil' extravaganza. Maybe this wasn't so common back in 1987, but in today's superhero-movie-saturated culture it's become so stagnant and overdone that I was reluctant to engage with it. Esk becomes a bit of a plot device – her own journey is wrapped up quickly in a few lines of dialogue – and thrust aside in favour of resolving this save-the-world story. The supporting characters, including Granny Weatherwax, lack definition throughout, but this only develops into a problem in the later stages. With Esk somewhat marginalised, we lack investment in the story; Simon, in particular, was underdeveloped and a letdown considering how important he became to this plot.

Consequently, by banishing a promising coming-of-age/triumph-over-adversity story that would otherwise have been the book's main strength, Equal Rites disappoints even if it remains a fun and quirky little read. But lacking the newness of The Colour of Magic or the globetrotting and adventure-romping of The Light Fantastic, this third book in the Discworld series still leaves me searching for that Rubicon instalment that will win me over unreservedly. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jun 3, 2016 |
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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.
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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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