Wyrd Sisters Mass Market Paperback – 2000
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A jealous relative has killed the King of Lancre, who is now stuck (literally) haunting his castle. But his infant son has been delivered into the care of three witches, including the formidable Granny Weatherwax, who refuse to meddle in politics. Well, that's what they say, anyway ...
As a Shakespeare enthusiast, I found the parodies of both plays spot on and very fun -- elements of it hold up very favorably next to "Shakespeare in Love" -- and as a fan of fantasy novels, I was delighted to see how Pratchett handled the problem of needing (REALLY needing) to get a usurper off the throne with an heir to the throne who's not even potty trained.
A word of warning: The hamhanded marketing copy in the back pages of the book promoting the Discworld series gives away the end of this novel. I'm not sure what they were thinking there ...
Although I mostly prefer the Unseen University novels, "Wyrd Sisters" is easily one of my favorite Discworld novels, and indeed, novels in general. Whole-heartedly recommended to fans of Discworld, Shakespeare or fantasy with a sense of humor.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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All the dysk is but a stage....where fools don't rush in and the 'magic' of the coven works through the natural forces of nature. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jim Miles
I really love the book it was hilarious very amusing this series of Discworld it is probably the best books I've ever readPublished 12 months ago by tarotlover
I always enjoy Pratchett's stories. Sometimes, you can't help but laugh out loud. I have read other stories by Pratchett that I enjoyed more though.Published on June 4 2014 by Daniel Dyck
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.Published on Jan. 27 2014 by Cass M.
I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett, and some of my favourite characters are Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Magrat Garlick. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2013 by Jude
Terry Pratchett has written some fantastic satirical works, and this certainly ranks among the finest. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2013 by spinningplate
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... Read morePublished on April 15 2012 by Lorina Stephens
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 morePublished on March 16 2004
Well, frankly I didn't like it very much. It had some great moments in it but everything was kind a slowish... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2001 by Martin Hristoforov