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Maskerade (1995)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld: Witches (5), Discworld (18)

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The Ghost in the bone-white mask who haunts theAnkh-Morpork Opera House was always considered a benign presence -- some would even say lucky -- until he started killing people. The sudden rash of bizarre backstage deaths now threatens to mar the operatic debut of country girl Perdita X. (nee Agnes) Nitt, she of the ample body and ampler voice. Perdita's expected to hide in the chorus and sing arias out loud while a more petitely presentable soprano mouths the notes. But at least it's an escape from scheming Nanny Ogg and old Granny Weatherwax back home, who want her to join their witchy ranks. Once Granny sets her mind on something, however, it's difficult -- and often hazardous -- to dissuade her. And no opera-prowling phantom fiend is going to keep a pair of determined hags down on the farm after they've seen Ankh-Morpork.… (more)
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It was more about the idiosyncracies of opera than Granny Weatherwax’s headology. I liked the beginning and ending best (the witches in Lancre), and the bits featuring Lord Gribeau and Death. ( )
  jd7h | Feb 18, 2024 |
How I empathized with Agnes, cursed with a good personality and nice hair, instead of a trim figure and a pretty face. Knowing that she was always expected to be calm and sensible and capable, resenting it, and yet unable to help herself in always being the calm and sensible and capable one in a crisis. What young woman wouldn’t be horrified to see her own future in Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax? And yet, there is certainly power in embracing your true self.

I’m a little sad that there’s only one more book in the Witches series from the Discworld books. So far, this one is my favorite.
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  Doodlebug34 | Jan 1, 2024 |
So refreshing! So hilarious! A wonderful escape to another world. Nigel Planer is an exceptional narrator! You notice his improvements if you read the text along with the audio. I'm still laughing at my memories of this great book. A much needed lift from the other things I was reading just before this. Thank you Terry Pratchett and Nigel Planer! You really made my day! I wish y'all could live forever! ( )
  njcur | Jul 7, 2023 |
Granny Weatherwax & Nanny Ogg travel to Ankh-Morpork and get involved with goings on at the Opera House. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Galian, Carl D.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindforss, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matthews, RobinPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLaren, JoeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nighy, BillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serafinowicz, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stone, MikeAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Varma, IndiraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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My thanks to the people who showed me that opera was stranger than I could imagine. I can best repay their kindness by not mentioning their names here.
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The wind howled.
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'Well, basically there are two sorts of opera,' said Nanny, who also had the true witch's ability to be confidently expert on the basis of no experience whatsoever. 'There's your heavy opera, where basically people sing foreign and it goes like "Oh oh oh, I am dyin', oh, I am dyin', oh, oh, oh, that's what I'm doin'", and there's your light opera, where they sing in foreign and it basically goes "Beer! Beer! Beer! Beer! I like to drink lots of beer!", although sometimes they drink champagne instead. That's basically all of opera, reely.'
The singers all loathe the sight of one another, the chorus despises the singers, they both hate the orchestra, and everyone fears the conductor; the staff on one prompt side won't talk to the staff on the opposite prompt side, the dancers are all crazed from hunger in any case...
Greebo could, in fact, commit sexual harassment simply by sitting very quietly in the next room.
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The Ghost in the bone-white mask who haunts theAnkh-Morpork Opera House was always considered a benign presence -- some would even say lucky -- until he started killing people. The sudden rash of bizarre backstage deaths now threatens to mar the operatic debut of country girl Perdita X. (nee Agnes) Nitt, she of the ample body and ampler voice. Perdita's expected to hide in the chorus and sing arias out loud while a more petitely presentable soprano mouths the notes. But at least it's an escape from scheming Nanny Ogg and old Granny Weatherwax back home, who want her to join their witchy ranks. Once Granny sets her mind on something, however, it's difficult -- and often hazardous -- to dissuade her. And no opera-prowling phantom fiend is going to keep a pair of determined hags down on the farm after they've seen Ankh-Morpork.

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Im Opernhaus von Ankh-Morpork huschen maskierte Gestalten durch die Kulissen und führen Niederträchtiges im Schilde. Zwei alte Damen beobachten den Kronleuchter und murmeln dazu Sätze wie: "Da wartet ein Unglück darauf, daß es passiert ..." Ja, Oma Wetterwachs und Nanny Ogg, die größten Hexen der Scheibenwelt, haben ihren Auftritt.
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