Witches Abroad: (discworld Novel 12)
- Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 12 November 1992
- Science Fiction
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While on the surface a fluffy bit of fairy-tale piss-taking, there's a deeper meaning to be found regarding goals, dreams, and what one can and cannot say about 'right' and 'wrong'.
One of the best! A godmother dies and leave Magrat her wand along with strict instructions on how a girl's future is to go, and also carefully instructs Margat not to let Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax "help". After the waving of this proverbial red flag, the three set off - the wrong way - to fly to Genua and stop the girl marrying the prince. It's not just Hans Christian Anderson's tales that have been mauled by an expert, someone is imposing happpy endings on people and Granny thinks she knows who. Sorting out the stories as they travel is easy, but when they arrive in the spick and span Genua life starts to get more interesting. It's not often that Esme gets as far as going "tsk tsk tsk", but when she does it's time to run for cover.I'm not quite sure what happened to Genua, the witches travel across various bits of countryside that obviously isn't central Europe at all, but Geneva the likely basis of the name, suddenly is transplanted to Louisiana, with Voodoo, Gumbo, and a swamp. And a chief character Gogol who doesn't appear to have anything to do with King Solomen's Mines despite the similarity of name, gender, age and profession. You may spot other characters that manage to appear despite having no part. Gollum for instance. However these are only minor quibbles. The puns, visual and verbal come quick and fast. although granny still can't tell a joke. At least I don't get it. Beneath all the humour though lurks a darker message, about black and white and shades of grey, and how easy doing something good with the best of intentions can still be bad, and doing evil so much more fun than being nice. Should you get what you need or what you want, never mind what you might deserve?! Much shorter than his later novels, the darker social commentary is more muted and the puns more obvious. Esme is still one of the most incisive charaters on the Disk.
Terry Pratchett is a god who walks among men. The entire Discworld series is a joy and only a strange mad creature cursed by gods and man would refuse to read and love these books!one of the best in teh witches series, this sees magrat,Ogg and Weatherwax in Furrin Parts, causing terror and fear as they cross the dsicworld. At the end they confront a very dangerous enemy indeed... a Weatherwax gone bad!
The usual witches are on a mission, and noone should prevent Granny Weatherwax from interfering in the narrative. Magrat inherits the job of fairygodmother; indeed, she sets poor standards in terms of magic. Travelling is not easy, but the action finally settles in an alternate bayou/Louisiana swamp place, with Mrs Gogol as the local voodoo witch. Despite their differences, Granny and Mrs Gogol will learn to work together to achieve a satisfying ending. The Story must go on!
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