Maskerade

The witches are back! Or at least Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. Magrat’s off being queen or somesuch.

Short version of the plot: Phantom of the Opera, Discworld style.


Carpe Jugulum

“Carpe Jugulum,” read Agnes aloud. “That’s… well, Carpe Diem is ‘Sieze the Day,’ so this means-”

“Go for the throat”


Lords and Ladies

Lords and Ladies continues more or less directly the events of Witches Abroad. It follows the trials and tribulations of the witches Weatherwax, Ogg, and Garlick.

This time around, a decent chunk of the book is dedicated to the Discworld idea of the Fae–which are just about as terrifying as they should be.


Witches Abroad

The witches are a lot of fun to read about, especially in how they interact with one another. Granny is hilariously no-nonsense, but too stubborn to admin when she doesn’t know something. Nanny Ogg is much more worldly (for a witch) and a good counterpoint. Magrat is the young witch, still learning, and has the advantage of not knowing quite so well as the two older witches just when something is supposed to be impossible.

Plotwise, we get a story that is basically a pile of stereotypical fairy tales (mostly Cinderella) tossed into a blender with a heaping helping of Discworld for seasoning. It’s kind of bizarre, but in a greatly entertaining way. Even better, given that half the time the witches seem to realize they are living out storybook tales and half the time they are amusingly unaware.


Wyrd Sisters

Witches, take two.

Upside: more of Granny Weatherwax! She remains as awesome as she was in Equal Rites.


Equal Rites

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.