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on March 14, 2000
OK. You have to fight the badest, meanest and glamorous representation of evil: AN ARMY OF ELVES! Yes, you read right. How would you do such a thing? Well, you can rally a bunch of men armed with iron that are more afraid of Nanny Ogg (protected by her dwarf date, who knew, huh?) that of beautiful elves; in front you put the "queen to be" Magrat in full iron armor and chain mail and a battle axe (who wants to save her future captured husband and King), bodyguarded by three seniors wizards from Unseen University, (who where invited to the wedding, and went only to breath some fresh air), one fo them the oragutan librarian himself. Maybe you think that's chaotic enough. THINK AGAIN. Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully is shooting arrows from its magical crossbow trying to save the greatest witch in Discworld and his only love: Granny Weatherwax, who happens to be involved in a word debate with the Elf Queen. And just to put some flavour on the mix, millions of bees are very, very angry and are looking for something to sting, while a lonely unicorn is hunting Granny to introduce her to Death itself. And to finish, a Horned God finally return to the surface. Need I say more?
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on November 21, 1998
Thank you, Terry Pratchett, for reminding us that substance is, in the end, more important than style (although Granny's headology is a bit of both, wouldn't you say?)! To those who disparage this book because they think Mr. Pratchett was being unfair to the Fair Folk, I'd like remind them of a few things: leave the milk out -- or else; don't eat the food, or you'll be stuck there forever; keep an eye on your babies, because they might be taken and changelings left in their place... The list goes on, folks. And I hardly think that the question of whether or not They are our friends was the point of the book, was it? This is one of the most insightful books Pratchett has written. If all women (and men, perhaps)could grow to know what Granny Weatherwax knows about the importance of knowing who and where you are, we would all be a lot better off! Come back to Kansas, Dorothy -- if you can't find it in your own backyard (or even better, make it yourself), you sure as hell won't find it by meddling in things more powerful than you might think -- and that you certainly can't control! As usual, Pratchett has written a cautionary tale that will make you cry with laughter. He gently reminds us of the small truths that help us to find the good in the world, without ever being judgmental. He is a treasure, and we are fortunate to have him.
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on October 1, 1998
I read it when it came out. I loved it. I read it again later on. And recently I read it again and I still think it is my favourite Discworld book. The depiction of elves (a contentious issue from the other reviews) is in the older style as being selfish, manipulative and cruel rather than the Tolkien based depiction of fair, wise and gentle creatures. The elves here are like Rude Mechanicals on Mean-Speed. Actually, if you really want to get an appreciation of this book, (and half the jokes) read Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream first.
Of course, Granny, Nanny and Magrat are here again as well as Ridcully, the Bursar (who may never recover) and the Librarian, whose adventures outside the safety of Ankh-Morpork make for the sorest abdominals you have had in your life!
The book has sex (in the form of Casanunda and NANNY OGG), death (great gobs of it) and well, not rock'n'roll, but elvish singing... which might be worse. It has a new feminist icon, an insight into the geneology of words and a belly laugh a page.
UNBEATEN.
PS. Go look up what a quark is, if you don't get the joke about up, down, sideways, etc...
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on January 6, 1997
Pratchett has the rare gift of writing humor that is not
only funny, but literate, well-crafted, and sneakily
wise and compassionate. Unlike many authors, he says the
serious things he wants to say not by inserting a lecture,
but by a deft turn of phrase, or simply by telling the
story of what happens to his characters, A reader will not
only end up rolling on the floor laughing, but thinking.

In this story, elves (who have a power to control human
thinking that puts even television and public relations
execs to shame) take over the small kingdom of Lancre, while
Magrat and King Verence are uneasily stumbling towards
marriage. Magrat, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg,
together with such assorted characters as Casanunda the
lecherous dwarf and Jason Ogg, the smith whose head is about
as thick as his anvil, fight to stop them. Granny
Weatherwax, who knows that there's no point making a big
entrance unless you're also prepared to make a mess, is
also involved in a battle of wills with Diamanda, who thinks
that witchery is something you do, rather than something
you are.

You'll definitely laugh. Guarantee. You might cry if you
happen to feel like it or if you get so distracted reading
it that you let someone drop something heavy on your foot.
Or, of course, if the elves start eyeing _your_ life as a
good thing to muck about with.
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on October 1, 2000
The first Discworld book I read. I was on holiday in Italy, and so wreatchedly ill I had too stay in my tent. A fellow camper lent me "Lords and Ladies". Its cheered me up no end!
I have since read the other witches novels, but I still think this one is the best. A great parody of midsummer nights dream with extra imagination. The Ogg family are brilliant, and the morris men and Wizards make a welcome appearence. I love the bit were Magrat fights off the elves in the castle. Those elves were such chilling villians- bring them back Terry!
"Before we go back to those dark old ways I'll see you nailed!" My favourite quote- those words certainly did slice the air. If you like the Disc this novel is essential. I would also recomend "Guards,Guards!", "The light Fantastic" and the one I reading at the moment-"Soul music"- which is turning out to be the best one I've read so far!
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on January 22, 1998
Ever wondered what a swarm of bees feels like? Read this and get a lesson on Grannys idea of 'out of the body' experiences. The only flaw of this novel was that it had me scared senseless for the latter half, because Granny 'felt' she was going to die. And as we all know, a witch ALWAYS know when her time is about to come. Right? For an agonizing long evening reading I kept praying, and sending more then one hateful thought towards Mr. Pratchett for NOT planning on giving us a sequel to our beloved witch trio. I swore I would never buy another of his books, I swore I would get even, I could not enjoy the book fully for fear....it would be the last. Little did I know about the Weatherwaxes headology. Dying is all relative. I will now NOT spoil it for you: ENJOY, Granny will continue to bully us, or so I hope :)
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on March 2, 2000
Most people do. They remember them for their beauty, grace, and magic. Which they do have. However this is all a matter of perception. The power of the elves lies in them making you think that they are better than you will ever be. They have Class. They have Style. And you are animals. The truth is elves are unbeliveably cruel. The only reason why they dont kill things right away is because it is so much fun to tourture them. They are cruel. They are selfish. They take and take and give nothing back except their merry laughter at how pathetic you are. But all people remember is their beauty. Granny Weatherwax is smarter than most though. She knows elves for what they are and would rather die than see them take over her town. Buy the book to see how the story turns out. I give it 5 stars :).
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on November 5, 2001
This is one on my favorite Terry Pratchett novels , with loads of characters, a great plot, and one of the best narrations ever. The story goes on like this: Elves, who are able to deceive humans about their looks, decided to take over the peaceful kingdom of Lancre. But the Elves face problems: The people of Lancre are not going to give in without a fight. Cause Granny Weatherwax is leading them. Technically. And to top it off, a group of wizards and a very Casanova-like dwarf happens to be there. And so all the ingredients for a total slaughter is there, ready for you.
A great story, and I especially like the Wizards' coach journey towards Lancre. Bound to make you laugh. It WILL make you laugh.
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on December 2, 2001
This is easily one of the best Discworld novels to date. While trolls and dwarves have been dealt with during the series, elves have been left out...until now. The novel follows the witches just as they are returning from their journey chronicled in Witches Abroad. Magrat is faced with the prospect of actually marrying the King of Lancre, nee the Foole. Meanwhile, Granny begins to question her sanity and to feel her own mortality. Without giving too much away, the novel builds suspense to a level not yet seen in the Discworld series. To further complicate matters, Granny also finds herself face to face with a person from her past...a name which will be very familiar to avid Pratchett readers.
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on October 11, 1999
It is wonderful to see the delopment of Magrat from being a Wet Hen to being a woman who defends herself, her friends, and her husband to be from the vicious elves. Granny Weatherwax is wonderful as always, and the sub-plot with Ridcully is wonderful.
Cassanunda and Nanny are made for each other:
"I wants your body, Mrs Ogg"
"I'm still using it"
That is, for certain, one of the best pick up lines and responses I have seen in a fantasy novel. And Cassanunda's reaction to the Long Man is great.
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