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Witches Abroad (Discworld, #12) by Terry…

Witches Abroad (Discworld, #12) (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Terry Pratchett

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Be careful what you wish for... Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills-which unforunately left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when DEATH came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to ensure the servant girl doesn't marry the Prince. But the road to Genua is bumpy, and along the way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling house (well this is a fairy tale, after all). The trouble really begins once these reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and must outwit their power-hungry counterpart who'll stop at nothing to achieve a proper "happy ending"-even if it means destroying a kingdom.… (more)
Title:Witches Abroad (Discworld, #12)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:ROC / The Penguin Group, Hardcover, 252 pages
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Tags:altoona-library, fantasy, comedy, i-might-try-it-again-some-time

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett (1991)


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JFC the end of each story killed me. JFC. ( )
  thewanlorn | Feb 24, 2020 |
no. not really ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
By this twelfth book, I've still not taken to the Discworld as much as I expected I would, but even by my indifferent standards, Witches Abroad was a chore. The two main ideas – provincial witches grumbling about being in 'foreign parts', and how stories have a way of just 'happening', come hell or high water – do not have as many jokes in them as you would expect, and neither of them landed for me. The story was difficult to follow and the plot non-existent, as though I was clattering down a track without my cart ever getting in line with the runnels. It had one or two moments – particularly Greebo in the final third of the book – but on the whole, I was glad to have finished it. A worrying amount of the Discworld series so far has been about endurance to reach the best ones in the series, and I am told that the next one, Small Gods, is among the best. I hope so, because this one was like a shopping trolley with a dodgy wheel. ( )
  Mike_F | Sep 13, 2019 |
Although there were parts of Equal Rites and Wyrd Sisters that I really enjoyed, they are not my favourite Discworld of the novels and I was unenthusiastic about the witches travelling to foreign parts. Was that going to be funny or tedious? But this isn’t just about Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat going abroad, it’s about them taking on fairy-godmothering and it’s excellent. Exactly the sort of commentary on fairytales that I like.

“You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it’s just a cage. Besides you don’t build a better world by choppin’ heads off and giving decent girls away to frogs.” ( )
1 vote Herenya | Mar 6, 2019 |
Another great episode about the witches. Magrat becomes a fairy godmother and is tasked with NOT letting Emberella be forced to marry the prince. The other two witches stick their warty noses in. ( )
  Griffin22 | Feb 20, 2019 |
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Perhaps because the novel's picaresque structure seems commodious rather than contrived, one reads with less of an obtrusive sense of stage machinery being wheeled into place. Still, Pratchett's taste for complicated climactic scenes remains, so that his novels, rather than coming to a point as much comedy does, tend to blow apart like a firecracker.

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Dedicated to all those people - and why not? - who, after the publication of Wyrd Sisters, deluged the author with their version of the words of 'The Hedgehog Song'.
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This is Discworld, which travels through space on the back of four elephants which themselves stand on the shell of Great A'Tuin, the sky turtle.
Nanny Ogg quite liked cooking, provided there were other people around to do things like chop up the vegetables and wash the dishes afterwards.
Genua had once controlled the river mouth and taxed its traffic in a way that couldn't be called piracy because it was done by the city government.
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It seemed an easy job…After all, how difficult could it be to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince?

But for the witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, travelling to the distant city of Genua, things are never that simple...

Servant girls have to marry the prince. That's what life is all about. You can't fight a Happy Ending.

At least - up until now…
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