Equal Rites Paperback – Sep 13 2005
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• The first seven Discworld titles are being reissued with stunning new covers, publication coincides with 21 years of Discworld anniversary and the hardback publication of The Celebrated Discworld Almanak and Going Postal.
• "If you are unfamiliar with Pratchett's unique blend of philosophical badinage, you are on the threshold of a mind-expanding opportunity." --Financial Times
• "Persistently amusing, good-hearted and shrewd." --The Sunday Times
• "Pratchett keeps getting better and better... It's hard to think of any humorist writing in Britain today who can match him." --Time Out --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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"A sequence of unalloyed delight" - Guardian
"Truly funny books are very few and far between. Equal Rites is not only fizzy and hilarious, but is also a wonderful story well told ... This is his best book. Highly recommended" - The Good Book Guide
"A delightful. yarn, logically illogical as only Terry Pratchett can write. He's delightful, an utter nutter and funster-punster" - Anne McCaffrey
"You won't stop grinning except to chuckle or sometimes roar with laughter. The most hilarious fantasy since - come to think of it, since Pratchett"s previous outing" - Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Just don't say it out loud around Granny Weatherwax, since she's prob'ly the midwife who delivered that man when he was very young, and the mother wasn't male either. We all get along just fine as long as the women have things their way, and the men have things their way too - the women's way, that is.
No one has the bad taste to comment on this arrangement until Eskarina is born, and a wizard makes a silly mistake. Could happen to anyone really - his dying moments unwittingly infuse the baby girl with wizardly, male magic.
In time, this brings the wrath Mistress Esmeralda Weatherwax down on the fortress of male magic, which is invaded and defeated never even knowing it was engaged. Saves a lot of work and running aroung that way, y'know. But Esme's real problem is that little girl, and her real problem is a little boy, and his real problem is -- unreal.
Neither the womanly witches nor the male mages are quite ready for this little girl with tomboy magic. Nor is she quite ready for herself.
As in Pratchett's other tales, the fun is in the telling. This battle of the sexes, like so many others, is fought to a draw - there will be cultural exchanges, visiting rights and such, and jittery kind of peace. All end up happy enough, but it's still one world with two peoples in it, male and female.
Except maybe for that girl and that boy. Male and female yes, in a child's way, but they have much too much in common.
I enjoyed this novel, but it didn't seem to have the magical aura of most Pratchett books. Young Esk was too willful and erratic, and I never understood why she kept wandering away from Granny Weatherwax on the journey to Ankh-Morpork since Granny was trying to fulfill her dream of becoming a wizard. I also thought the character of Simon, a stuttering but brilliant young wizard, should have been developed more fully; he formed an important part of the story, but I never knew him well enough to strongly like him or dislike him.Read more ›
This book is the third in the series, but the first to leave the bustling city of Ankh-Morpork and explore the rest of the disc. It starts in the high mountaintops of Lancre when a dying wizard passes on his staff of power to a newborn baby. On closer examination, said baby is female, which causes a dangerous paradox. You see, witch magic is for women, all herbs and healing and psychology. Wizard magic, playing power games with the universe, is decidedly masculine -- but now this baby is both a wizard AND a witch.
Despite a somewhat anticlimactic finish, this is a good jumping-on point to get a feel for Pratchett's signature style. That style is at once fantasy and a parody of the fantasy genre, with elements of social satire and cosmic sci-fi thrown in. The description you'll often here is Douglas Adams does fantasy, which is just about right. I'd be inclined to put Pratchett a notch higher for his characterization and ability to keep a plot moving while making jokes (and that he hasn't written a travesty like Mostly Harmless).
Definitely pick up this book, and join the league of the obsessed.
That said, this is still a great book, and any fan of Discworld would do well to read it. It seems at this point that Pratchett was still filling in the gaps and trying to decide on characters and setting, as well as just what exactly the otherworldly beings of magic actually are and can do. This book answers some fundamental questions about why the disc is like it is, and thus moves forward the whole mythology underlying the strange things that happen in the individual books.
Further, the parallels with the modern world do continue in fine style, this time centering on the young girl wishing to become a wizard - a males only profession. One wonders if the young lady entering the Citadel had to endure the presence of a librarian-turned-primate in order to further her study. Regardless, it's fun and interesting.
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It's a Terry Pratchett book. That's all you need to know :)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Classic Terry Pratchett. Funny hilarious and everything in between. So far this is my second favourite book in the Disc World Series. Read morePublished 5 months ago by GeeGee
The crossroads between cosmology, witchcraft, and magic, where universes meet and blend...and where women's lib first made its appearance in the hallowed halls of Unseen... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim Miles
Loved the casual humour. Really enjoyed his goofy turns of phrase. And just the right length for this kind of story. Nice work.Published 14 months ago by Robert Kelly
Unfortunately didn't tickle my Mother's funny bone. She is in her 80s though.Published on Sept. 4 2014 by T. Lowe
Seriously one of my All Time fave books. Love Pratchett! Great condition and perfect reading buddy for any given night.Published on Feb. 5 2014 by Lesowski
The first two books did a great job of holding the attention and Nigel Planer was a *perfect* reader. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2002