(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1991
"Possibly the best of the Witches series"
Although Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are long-time favourites, my favourite 'series' amongst them is undoubtedly the Witches. We first met Granny Weatherwax in Equal Rites, but the full introduction of his sisters three comes in Wyrd Sisters. However, this has got to be the absolute pick of the bunch, as Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and well-meaning 'wet hen' Magrat Garlick team up to do some rather unusual fairy godmothering - and manage to shed an altogether new and hilarious light on both fairy stories and travel in 'forn parts' along the way (Nanny's postcards home are priceless !). And Granny's headology is put to its most stringent test yet in an ending with a definite twist....... Nigel Planer's narration is an absolute joy, capturing all of the characters to perfection, in particular the interaction between Granny and Nanny. Excellent all round.
"Once upon a time?"
This has got to be one of the best Discworld books ever, and defiantly the best one involving everyone?s favourite witches. Taking fairytales we all know and dealing with the bits that never quite fitted. How do pigs build houses when all they have is trotters? How does chopping his way through some brambles and kissing a princess prove someone will make a good husband/king? And is there really such a thing as ?Happily Ever After?? Regardless of whether you are a long time fan or someone having their first Discworld outing, this story is guaranteed to delight and entertain.
"Witches of Lancre"
This is one of my favourites with Granny and Nanny jousting. The touch, involving Greebo was an awesome twist. He plays a significant role in this outing. There are many cameo themes within the book. I find it incredible satisfying in trying to pre-empt the author while he plays out his story. I love this story and will read ad re-read this one.
A delightful Discworld tale with references to this world's fairy stories abounding on every page but cleverly distorted and revamped. I love these witches with interesting morals and ways of dealing with the unexpected. A good escapist tale often with laughter but occasionally thought provoking - I've never felt sorry for the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood before!
"Who could doubt the presence of witches?"
Not if you get a stern look from one of the witches created by Pratchett. There's something about these ladies that draws you into a world where tomcats are pinups and grannies are never what they seem. Every joke's a good one, every moment of drama or danger or simple fun is one that can't be ignored or avoided. You know you want to jump in, it makes sense. Go on, try it. You won't be disappointed.
Loved this book with the witches again and their different personalities Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick off on an adventure again but this time to foreign parts. Another well written book by Terry Pratchett with Nigel Planer really bringing the characters to life.
"Enjoy a happy ending - even if it wasn't planned"
This is a story about true nature of stories in their raw state: about the dubious pleasure of foreign travel with your friends and why dropping a house on a witch’s head is really not a good idea. This is a story about the real nature of cats and cats don’t get any more real than Greebo. Greebo with his roguish charm, handsome physic and feline guile who toys with vampires, seduces titled Ladies and fights for the honour of his owner, the glory of his kind and the sheer bloody Hell of it. Add a sprinkling of voodoo, a highly romantic dwarf and a couple of long held personal grudges and you soon come to realise that happy endings aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Oh and the bananas. Did I mention the bananas? Yes, drinks with bananas in.....Dearie, Dearie Me.
This is Terry Pratchett at his absolute best. It is a must listen when you are on holiday or alternatively a must listen for when you need a holiday but can only get away for a few hours.
"Stuck in a car driving? On a train? Here you go."
I've been through a few Pratchett/Planer audiobooks while driving up and down the country for work and think there's hardly anything better - wittily written, but in no way taxing.
In fact, having read one or two actual discworld novels, I got convinced that Planer's narration actually makes them way more entertaining, which is a rare case: usually I would choose the paper version wherever possible, but these are better in audio.
The reason why it's four star is because the ending is sort of dies down towards the end.
This is a lovely send-up of how some people behave when in another country and do not speak the language. Also includes many of the half remembered stories from childhood! Superb!
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