Series: Discworld #14
Published by Corgi, HarperCollins on August 1st 2005
Narrator: Nigel Planar
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Reading Challenges: Author Love, British Books Challenge, Terry Pratchett - Discworld
A Discworld Novel. It's a hot Midsummer Night. The crop circles are turning up everywhere-even on the mustard-and-cress of Pewseyy Ogg, aged four. And Magrat Garlick, witch, is going to be married in the morning...Everything ought to be going like a dream. But the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team have got drunk on a fairy mound and the elves have come back, bringing all those things traditionally associated with the magical, glittering realm of Faerie: cruelty, kidnapping, malice and evil, evil murder.* Granny Weatherwax and her tiny argumentative coven have really got their work cut out this time...With full supporting cast of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris Dancers and one orang-utan. And lots. of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place.
*But with tons of style.
I’m excited to say that I finally read this after reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While this is very different, it does reference the play often, but in Terry Pratchett’s way of turning everything on it’s head.
When most people think of elves, they think of the marvelous, wonderful, beautiful beings that we hear lovely stories about. What the witches in this story know is the truth. That they are vile creatures that would sooner shoot your eye out, but just enough to keep you around to play with. Killing you too quickly wouldn’t be fun. These are the types of elves that are starting to invade Granny’s lands. And she’s not the witch to put up with such a thing.
This story is fun because it’s about a wedding and it brings together a lot of characters that Terry Pratchett normally doesn’t have together. Wizards and witches do not make it a habit of visiting each other. Which makes this even funnier than I anticipated.
What’s interesting is that many of the characters grow. This is book 14 for the Discworld, and there has already been some growth in many of the main characters, but seeing the witches in a way that makes them think even more outside of their box, and have to grow to beat figure out how to beat the elves, is wonderful. Magrat is a big part of this one as well, and I think that’s the only thing I don’t like about Granny, she seems so hard on Magrat, but even that is explained in this.
The story was as frightening as it was funny because these characters are up against forces that they haven’t seen in ages. And to make matters worse, they’re also young witches who think they know everything about everything. Which of course makes Granny frustrated, even though she used to be that younger witch! Nanny Ogg points that out often!
This is a funny book but it is darker than most of the Discworld novels. There are dark moments in some, but this is based around why we remember the fairy tales, and why we need to remember them truthfully, and see the tales as they really are, instead of adding in pixie dust and the like.
|Overall:||5 / 5|
Do you prefer reading your fairy tales and believing in magic or knowing what darkness (may) lay out there?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: