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Equal Rites (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites (Discworld) (original 1987; edition 2013)

by Terry Pratchett (Author)

Series: Discworld: Witches (1), Discworld (3)

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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.… (more)
Title:Equal Rites (Discworld)
Authors:Terry Pratchett (Author)
Info:Harper (2013), Edition: Reissue, 272 pages
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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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    The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (pwaites)
    pwaites: Tiffany Aching is similar in many ways to Esk.
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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (SandraArdnas)
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    Arky Types by Sara Maitland (BeckyJP)

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Not among the best Terry Prachett Discworld book, but this is the one where we can see the more than a few hints of what's in store: a beta version of Granny Weatherwax with her headology, and lots of attitude though not much taking on of fantasy tropes which is all for the better. ( )
  quondame | Jul 29, 2021 |
Another enjoyable escapist read from the Discworld series. Plenty of humour, puns and allusions to spice up a friendly tale - this time a little feminism in action as the first female wizard is accepted into Unseen University.
Three books down, 39 to go! ( )
  mbmackay | Jul 28, 2021 |
Equal Rites follows the story of what was assumed to be an automatic wizard--the eighth son of an eighth son--except... she's a girl. And everyone knows that women can't be witches... although no one can quite put a finger on why.

It's quite an enjoyable book, both exploring some of the parts of Discworld that we haven't seen as much yet (if you, like I, have only read the Rincewind books thus far) and gives a bit more heft to the ones we have seen. We see a lot more of the earlier wizards that we already saw in the first two Rincewind novels, but this time it's from an outsider's perspective, which is refreshing.

Speaking of outsiders, the characters in this book are hilarious. In particular, Granny Weatherwax, a witch, a master of Headology (yup), and an all around no nonsense sort of woman. Although she originally wants to ignore Eskarina's (the aforementioned eighthborn) wizardly leanings, once she learns that it's not possible, then that is that. If Esk is destined to become a wizard, than Granny is going to make sure it happens.

Overall, I'm greatly looking forward to reading this subseries next. I don't know if it follows Granny, Esk, or both, but I think any which way is going to be an interesting read.

Aside the first: I've been listening to the Discworld books on audiobook this time around. This is the first that's been narrated by a woman ([a:Celia Imrie|4588624|Celia Imrie|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1465312385p2/4588624.jpg]). It's quite well done.

Aside the second: While listening to Discworld, I've also been reading [b:Seventh Son|40290|Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, #1)|Orson Scott Card|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327295457s/40290.jpg|2771466] by [a:Orson Scott Card|589|Orson Scott Card|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1294099952p2/589.jpg]. Given that the latter is all about the seventh son of a seventh son, it's amusing reading them concurrently. They're very different books, however. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Gave up on Pratchett's Rincewind series, and really liked the first book of the Witches series. A dying wizard gives his staff to the eighth son of an eighth son, who turns out to be a daughter. Humorous look at how stupid sexism is. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Granny takes Esk to UU. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
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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 the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby’s sex…
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