19 March, 2012

Wyrd Sisters

Title: Wyrd Sisters
Author: Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld
Genre: Fantasy/ Comedy Fiction
Audience: Adult
Format: Kindle

From Goodreads: Meet Granny Weatherwax, the most highly regarded non-leader a coven of non-social witches could ever have. Generally, these loners don't get involved in anything, mush less royal intrigue. but then there are those times they can't help it. As Granny Weatherwax is about to discover, though, it's a lot harder to stir up trouble in the castle than some theatrical types would have you think. Even when you've got a few unexpected spells up your sleeve.

What I thought: Whenever I need a read that will guarantee I will laugh out loud, I turn to Pratchett. The man is pure genius! In Wyrd Sisters we get to meet three witches from the Ramtops. Granny Weatherwax, a woman who gets out of the way for no one or nothing (witches don't get out of the way, things get out of the way of them!), Nanny Ogg a witch who is the matriarch of a large clan (so many she's not even sure who they all are) and Magrat the youngest of the three who is trying (fairly unsuccessfully) modernise the coven. Throw in a murdered king, a hidden prince and a travelling theatre troupe and you've got a rollicking read.
It doesn't take long to realise Pratchett has drawn much inspiration (fodder?) from Shakespeare and half the fun of this book is recognising which plays are being sent up. I know this  isn't the last book that stars the witches and I can't wait for more!

Challenges: Ebook Challenge