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Terry Pratchett , Celia Imrie
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April 26 2001 Discworld Novels
A TALE FOR ALL SEASONS: COMEDY, TRAGEDY, RICHES, POVERTY, MAGIC, LOVE, HATE, REDEMPTION, DAMNATION AND MUCH MUCH MORE or, otherwise known as WYRD SISTERS Three witches on a stormy heath, a king cruelly murdered, a usurper on the throne, rivers of blood, lots of trees - is this beginning to sound familiar? Add to that a young prince adrift from his rightful inheritance, a travelling band of thespians, a fool who speaks the truth, and some jokes - and a play within a screenplay, and you have the essence of Shakespeare without having to read thirty-seven plays. In fact you have the unexpurgated screenplay of one of Terry Pratchett's funniest and most telling Discworld stories. Wyrd Sisters: The Illustrated Edition is the perfect accompaniment to the acclaimed Channel Four; Cosgrove Hall series of Terry Pratchett's bestselling novel.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Like Jonathan Swift, Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own, and like Swift, he is a satirist of enormous talent' - The Times. 'One of the perennial joys of modern fiction' - Mail on Sunday. 'One of the pleasures of the book is the way in which literary classics float effortlessly through them in a way that would be pounced on as inter-textual in another author but is never allowed to become strident or allenating in Pratchett's work' - Guardian" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Wyrd Sisters is the sixth novel in the Discworld Sequence - The funniest fantasy series ever. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great satire Jan. 27 2014
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The first novel about the witches of Discworld, I loved the story. Pratchetts strengths lie in taking the stories we all know at least by reputation and putting a fun spin on them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sisters are wyrd Nov. 25 2013
By Jude
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I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett, and some of my favourite characters are Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Magrat Garlick. Love a story about witches with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in! Great book, great author - what more could you want?
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Terry Pratchett has written some fantastic satirical works, and this certainly ranks among the finest. Not only are there many hilarious moments of Shakespearean satire (of more than one play), but the overall story is compelling, funny and very well written. For those who are avid readers of Pratchett, this is one book you have to read, and for those starting out it does offer a good jumping off point, with little or no background knowledge of the Discworld assumed. Overall a great introduction to some of the Discworld's most beloved characters. A must read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Truly wonderful escapism April 15 2012
By Lorina Stephens TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
We return to Granny Weatherwax in this installment from Discworld, and a hilarious parody of Shakespeare's MacBeth, of princes threatened and exiled, lost and then found, only to discover the play is the thing.

As always, imaginative, witty, often downright silly. Truly wonderful escapism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Continuing Story of the Witches Nov. 8 2001
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Wyrd Sisters continues the story of Granny Weatherwax, who we first met in the Discworld novel Equal Rites. In this book, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg have joined with another witch, Magrat, new to the Discworld novels, to form a coven. Magrat has some odd ideas of what witchcraft involves, such as rituals, candles, and herbs, but the other two humor her. We also get a visit from our old friend Death. We also get introduced to some new characters. The old ruler of the kingdom, Verence, was murdered and is stuck being a ghost, bound to the stones of the castle. Hwel is a playwright given the job of writing a play to make the current evil ruler and his wife look better in the eyes of the people. The witches get involved in the royal intrigue, despite wanting to not get involved in matters outside of the coven. The land is unhappy with the new ruler, and the witches know it. Wyrd Sisters abounds with references to Shakespeare, namely MacBeth. Filled with witty dialogue and amusing parodies, the Discworld novels keep getting better and better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob On The End Jan. 25 2007
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Terry Pratchett's first novel, "The Carpet People", appeared in 1971. "Wyrd Sisters" is the sixth novel in his hugely popular Discworld series and his second (after "Equal Rites") to feature Granny Weatherwax, the Discworld's greatest witch. It was first published in 1988 and was later made into a cartoon. Pratchett won the 2001 Carnegie Medal for "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents" and was awarded the OBE in 1998.

Granny Weatherwax is joined in "Wyrd Sisters" by the two other members of her recently formed coven. One, Nanny Ogg, is the raucous head of the Ogg clan based in Lancre town. (She also owns a fearsome, one-eyed tomcat with an unbridled libido called Greebo). The other is Magrat Garlick, who has a few fanciful ideas about magic that Granny doesn't altogether approve of - dancing, occult jewellery, runes and the healing power of colours, for example. The trio are caught up in Lancre's political affairs when Duke Felmet decides it's time for his cousin, King Verence, to 'retire' - and kindly plants a dagger into the King's back. The King's infant son and the Kingdom's crown are delivered into the witches' hands by an escaping servant loyal to the deceased King - who now haunts the castle, desperately longing for the ability to eat. The coven, in turn, christens the royal orphan 'Tomjon' and, for his protection, put him in the care of a travelling theatre. The new king, however, is such a disaster they realise Tomjon must return to the throne as quickly as possible.

Although "Wyrd Sisters" is most obviously a parody of Shakespeare's "Macbeth", you don't have to have read the Scottish play to enjoy the book. Having said that, even a basic awareness of the Bard's work should increase the number of laughs.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Although we first met Granny Weatherwax in Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters gives us the three witches—Granny, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick—in all of their glory. These are my favorite characters in the Discworld, and loud peals of laughter are always to be found when this remarkable coven of witches gets together. The story itself is a thoroughly Pratchett-like concoction of Shakespeare, fairy tales, satire, and infinitely rich comedy. The king of Lancre, much to his surprise, has been murdered by the Macbethian Duke Felmet, and he is not at all happy about this. No one, in fact, is happy, including the very kingdom itself, which physically shows its rage at having a new king who despises his own royal domain. The witches are also not happy, as the Duke works continually to discredit them among the people—Granny Weatherwax just doesn’t have any truck with that at all. Of course, in a story such as this, there has to be a long-lost child of the murdered king who will eventually come back to right the wrongs done his father and dethrone the regal malefactor—or something along those lines, anyway. Things are never quite that simple on the Discworld.
The antics of the witches are hilarious. Granny Weatherwax is a stalwart personality who never admits she might be wrong or that there is something she is not familiar with. Nanny Ogg is a rather worldly witch who enjoys nothing more than getting blasted and drunkenly singing about hedgehogs or the fact that a wizard’s staff has a knob on the end. Then there is young Magrat, quite plain in appearance, who believes the traditional ways of witchcraft are best and whose sometimes naïve, positive nature often conflicts with the thinking of her older cohorts; you have to love her, really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i laughed so hard people thought i was nuts!
While I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters is my all time favorite! I love the twists in the plot as well as it's parallels to THAT Scottish play. Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by "seagrrlz"
5.0 out of 5 stars A spot-on send-up of Shakespeare, witches and fairy tales
Although Terry Pratchett has abandoned non-stop satire in his Discworld books after "The Light Fantastic," "Wyrd Sisters" is as much a satire as it is a... Read more
Published on May 20 2002 by Beau Yarbrough
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best...
Well, frankly I didn't like it very much. It had some great moments in it but everything was kind a slowish... Read more
Published on Dec 24 2001 by Martin Hristoforov
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books Ever Written, Anywhere
Take the essence of Macbeth, give it a twist, sprinkle it with hilarious characters, dialog, and situations, and then throw in several parallel structures. Shake well. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2001 by David A. Lessnau
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny satire
If you've ready any of Pratchett's books you don't need anyone telling you to read another -- they are funny, witty -- not always the same thing -- and cheerful. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2001 by guy richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Kind of misleading, but still great Discworld.
I bought Wyrd Sisters expecting little. Equal Rites, for lack of better definition, [wasn't good]. I saw great potential in the characters, but I remember laughing only once or... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2001 by R. Kummel
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