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• "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 kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000W9393Y
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (October 13, 2009)
- Publication date : October 13, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 359 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 277 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,552 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That being said, it’s also the first time we meet Granny Weatherwax. A Discworld mainstay and one of the best characters that came out of this series. When the POV shifts to Granny, you pay attention because things start to get entertaining!
Equal rites is an early discworld novel and Pratchett's style and humour are still developing. At this stage the characters and millieu are fresh and developing. This is the first chance we readers have to meet Granny Weatherwax. The Unseen UNiversity should be familiar but will, like Granny, develop significantly in later books. This isn't the greatest witches book, nor is it the greatest wizards book but Equal Rites makes later books with Granny (especially Maskerade) so much better.
I loved it - no, I thought it was a masterly work. This is a book that every little girl should be given to read at around age 10. The title is a wordplay on equal rights of course, and this is the story of one Eskarina Smith, who wants the distinction of being the Discworld's first female Wizard. The ensuing quest that she goes on with her mentor Granny Weatherwax (a Witch) at her side has the usual doses of hilarity, profundity, and wackiness that I've come to expect from a Discworld novel.
As a fantasy fan, I should also say this is yin and yang done better (and in about one third the pages) than anything Robert Jordan managed in his Wheel of Time. The book gets quite Lovecraftian towards the end, and philosophical, but never takes itself seriously enough for that to become an issue. I was guffawing at the one liners through the most dramatic bits.
I'm quite properly hooked on Discworld now and cannot wait to start the next book - Mort.
A dying wizard comes to give his magic to the about to be born eighth son of an eighth son. Instead he gets a first daughter. This is the quest to get that lucky girl into the Unseen Wizard University before her magic becomes a problem. So she takes off with Granny Weatherwax to fight the system in person. Pratchett is definitely making a point, hence the title, but I never felt as though I was being hit over the head with it or lectured to which is important for me.
Granny's quite a fun character and the kid didn't get annoying which was good. The adventuring starts to get a little stale about the time they get the university so that worked out for the best too. I would have kept reading and will hopefully go back for more of their adventures which is probably the best thing to be said of any book.
Top reviews from other countries
Whilst it has the trademark TP humour throughout, which in some parts is very amusing, the story plays how very much like a child's Disney movie or similar. This is in no way a negative.
Ties into the previous books by the universe its set in and a specific location, but not so much in characters as far as i could remember.
Enjoyable read and i will continue to work my way through the TP books.
The themes of the book are quite robust and do give the impression that they will last throughout the series of books, I am looking forward to the development of the different issues Mr Pratchett explores.
There are worse things he could be reading than the Master.