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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites (original 1987; edition 1988)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Equal Rites
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Signet / New American Library (1988), Mass Market Paperback, 254 pages
Collections:Fantasy/SciFi, Your library
Tags:Fiction, Fantasy, Discworld, Read, Reviewed, Own

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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (1987)


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The third instalment in the Discworld series. This is the first book that doesn't have Rincewind the fumbling wizard. I enjoyed this story even though it's quite simple and didn't particularly have anything special to note. I enjoyed the Granny Weatherwax character and hope to see her in other stories down the road. ( )
  briandarvell | Feb 24, 2015 |
Continuing my read-through of Pratchett's Discowrld novels....I'm so glad to see the world start to broaden beyond the first two books. It's clear that he took a big step back with this one, assessed what he would like to do with this series, and decided to just cast as broad a net as he could. I don't remember Granny Weatherwax from my sporadic readings in Discworld, but she's a classic Pratchett character. Sharp, unexpected, and full of slightly sideways moments presented matter-of-factly. She's a model for women everywhere. "I can see you are getting ideas below your station." Indeed, Granny. Indeed. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |
Fun read, not as funny as the previous two Discworld novels, but no less interesting. Hope someday Pratchett interweaves Esk and the Witch novels into Rincewind and Twoflower novels. Don't tell me if you've read the entire series. ( )
  utbw42 | Dec 8, 2014 |
Statt wie es der Tradition entspricht, sein Erbe dem achten Sohn eines achten Sohnes zu vermachen, fällt die Wahl des Zauberers Drum Billett auf die erste Tochter des Schmiedes nach sieben Söhnen. Kein leichtes Los für die kleine Eskaterina, denn Zauberinnen gibt es nicht und hat es auch noch nie gegeben. Doch mit Hilfe der Hexe Oma Wetterwachs, die, wenn auch nur widerstrebend, das Zauberinnenschicksal Esakterinas akzeptiert hat, machen sie sich auf den Weg in die Unsichtbare Universität, wo aber der Tradition gemäß nur Zauberer ausgebildet werden.
Im Gegensatz zu anderen Romanen von Pratchett läuft diese Geschichte hier eher ruhig ab. Nur wenige außergewöhnliche Figuren (die sonst immer die Scheibenwelt bevölkern) tauchen auf und die geschilderten Abenteuer bleiben bis auf das Ende eher verhalten. Auch der Wortwitz ist nicht in der Menge wie in anderen Scheibenwelt-Büchern vorhanden, aber trotzdem liest sich das Ganze ausgesprochen amüsant, unter anderem auch da die Parallelen zur 'echten' Welt unübersehbar sind. Eskaterinas und Oma Wetterwachs' Eindringen in diese jahrhundetealte Männerdomäne kommt einem ebenso wie die dazugehörigen Argumente sehr bekannt vor: Tradition steht über allem, es gibt keinen Präzedenzfall, es war schon immer so, so etwas ist noch nie geschehen.
Richtig schöne Unterhaltung! ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
On a rereading, you can see what Pratchett changed from the early books. ( )
  MikeRhode | Nov 12, 2014 |
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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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"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 theI chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-bom baby's sex..."--Back cover.… (more)

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