Book Review: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

March 31, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, Terry Pratchett 2

Book Review: Maskerade by Terry PratchettMaskerade by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #38
on April 04, 2003
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Satire
Pages: 285
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The show must go on, as murder, music and mayhem run riot on the night...

The Opera House, Ankh-Morpork...a huge, rambling building, where innocent young sopranos are lured to their destiny by a strangely familiar evil mastermind in a hideously-deformed evening dress...

At least, he hopes so. But Granny Weatherwax, Discworld's most famous witch, is in the audience. And she doesn't hold with that sort of thing.

So there's going to be trouble (but nevertheless a good evening's entertainment with murders you really hum...)


My Thoughts

Although this is a Discworld novel there are a lot of new characters in here. We get to see Agnus again (Perdeeta X. Nit) and a few others but the favorites are in this too! Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Greebo, Colon, Nobby Nobbs, and the Librarian! Sadly they are just side characters in this.

The real character is the Ghost! Finding out what and/or who he is is what this is all about. And the entire time Agnus refuses to admit that she wants to be a witch. She’s a gal doing her own thing!

Of course being a Terry Pratchett fan, I absolutely love, love, love this! I have to say, I think Greebo is one of my all time favorite characters. But I am an animal lover. He is just sooo cute! And the fact that when he is in human form he’s devilishly handsome is just awesome! And he forgets that he’s supposed to be a human and drinks milk and eats fish… he’s just fabulous!

The entire plot of this was great. I actually didn’t figure out the ghost until about half way through. There are many hints that I didn’t notice the first go around but listening to it a second time I was able to pick up on them. Even so the plot pacing is great and the humor in this is totally Terry Pratchett. There’s just nothing better!

The Author

Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children’s published Terry’s standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry’s latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.



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2 Responses to “Book Review: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett”

  1. Ichabod Temperance

    Hi Christina!
    Yay! I love this retelling of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’!
    As usual, Terry imbues every character with endearing charm.
    Thanks for the review. It allows me to go back and remember my favourite parts.

    • Christina

      Oh I just loved this one. It’s one I listen to every year and will re-listen around Christmas. So many great characters and fascinating intrigue. And Granny spending all of Nanny’s money. I just could not start laughing! I’m thinking that my daughter should read this one first. It’s so hard to choose but I want a good one for her. Hopefully this will bring her to the dark side!