I came across the challenge of this wonderful Read-a-Thon over on The Bookworm Drinkith Blog. Nicole, said drinkith(ing) bookworm, has teamed up with Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky. Together they have started a sort of Terry Pratchett reading group. If you’d like to join then DO!! See HERE for more details!
For this month, the book was Wyrd Sisters. I LOVED IT! I’m sad that I won’t be able to join in the read-a-thon for Jan., time is a crunch. But, I will absolutely be jumping back in soon. Terry Pratchett is a gem!
MY REVIEW, 5 stars:
This book is adorably unique, as Terry Pratchett was really at the top of his authentic dry-humor game on this one. Up until this point I’ve only read a few of the Rincewood tales, so to dive into a witches adventure was a real treat! There is so much going on at all times in this book, and it’s all braided together into this funny magical mess… as it usually is on the Discworld.
There are three witches who live fairly close to one another, by means of trying things out as a coven of sorts, like witches used to do in the good ol’ days. They are completely different, yet their personalities are the perfect counterpoint to one another. There’s a snarky old broad, a fancy-pants refined type, and a easy-going yet oddly no-nonsense type. They spend just the right amount of time together, and for the most part they follow the unspoken rules/guidelines that any proper witch should. Their witty banter with each other as well as everyone else is hilarious!
Then there is the kingdom they find themselves mixed up in. They live in a forest that is under the ruling thumb of a new guy, after the old king had himself a run in with DEATH (who really is a phenomenal character in and of himself. I love DEATH, as weird as that sounds.). The new guy is dicey, mostly because his wife is a bitter heartless hag.
There is also a mater of a secret child, and a ‘lost’ crown. As a baby, this child wound up in the arms of the witches, and as casually as one would have a dinner outing the three managed to stash him away with a new family who happens to have no clue where he came from. This was actually my favorite part of the entire book. The witches went to a theater, and their utter irreverence throughout the show is magnificent. SO funny! One doesn’t understand the concept of acting, she thinks it’s real, one is trying to explain the whole scenario and that it’s fake, and one is trying to enjoy the show. The have no regard for the actors, or for anyone else watching the show. The scene is absolutely packed with personality, I loved it!
There is also a mater of the kingdom as a whole… as in the forest itself in protest of the new ruler. This is where things get tricky and the witches get pulled into the nonsense of the not so regular humans on the Disc. The land is in protest, and trying it’s damndest to convince the reluctant witches to intervene. Despite the explanation that Granny Weatherwax (possibly my favorite of the witches) gave to the army of forest animals who found themselves at her front porch in a trance, that magic wasn’t the answer, they still wound up in quite the predicament.
I loved this book! Hands down the best Discworld book I’ve read so far!
Terry Pratchett’s fantasy classic Wyrd Sisters, a novel in the Discworld series, is the story of Granny Weatherwax, the most highly regarded non-leader a coven of non-social witches could ever have.
Generally, these loners don’t get involved in anything, mush less royal intrigue. but then there are those times they can’t help it. As Granny Weatherwax is about to discover, though, it’s a lot harder to stir up trouble in the castle than some theatrical types would have you think. Even when you’ve got a few unexpected spells up your sleeve.
Granny Weatherwax teams with two other witches — Nanny Ogg and Margat Garlick – as an unlikely alliance to save a prince and restore him to the throne of Lancre, in a tale that borrows — or is it parodies — some of William Shakespeare’s best-loved works.