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Lords And Ladies

Terry Pratchett

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Victor Gollancz

Published : 1992

Copyright : Terry & Lyn Pratchett 1992

ISBN-10 : PB 0-552-138-916
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-552-13891-8

Publisher's Write-Up

It's a hot Midsummer Night.

The crop circles are turning up everywhere - even on the mustard-and-cress of Pewsey Ogg, aged four.

And Magrat Garlick, witch, is going to be married in the morning...

Everything ought to be going like a dream. But the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team have got drunk on a fairy mound and the elves have come back, bringing all those things traditionally associated with the magical, glittering realm of Faerie: cruelty, kidnapping, malice and evil, evil murder.*

Granny Weatherwax and her tiny argumentative coven have really got their work cut out this time... With full supporting cast of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris Dancers and one orang-utan.

And lots of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place.

*But with tons of style.

'I'm beginning to think that Terry Pratchett is the best humorist this country has seen since P. G. Wodehouse - less coarse than Tom Sharpe, less cynical than Douglas Adams, simply a pure joy.'

David Pringle, White Dwarf

'Terry Pratchett... just keeps getting better and better... Pratchett is at the peak of his powers; it's hard to think of any humorist writing in Britain today who can match him.

Dominic Wells, Time Out
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Review by Chrissi (300401) Rating (8/10)

Review by Chrissi
Rating 8/10
Now, you know how much I like the stories of the Witches, and here we are again. The witches have returned from Genua, and Magrat is about to get married to Verence, when they discover that someone has been dancing up at the Standing Stones. The stones were placed there long ago to prevent things from 'coming through', but so long ago that people have forgotten.

Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg both know the secret of the stones, but have not told Magrat because they think that she will not understand, being the romantic soul that she is. This is because TP is once again playing with something with which we are familiar, in this case, the elves (you can't say it loudly because they come if they are called, and you don't really want them to come because they are not nice).

Unfortunately, the euphemistically named Lords and Ladies (elves) are already making plans to get through the Stones, and have recruited someone to act against the Witches. Here we meet the new junior witches for the first time. Wearing black not just because it is practical, they are more like modern Goths, black nail varnish, fingerless gloves and more lace than Nottingham, they are aspiring, and believe Witching to be more than that practised by Granny and the others, resulting in a duel of Witchcraft.

I love the way that Terry Pratchett can take some normal fable and turn it on its head. He brings many of the woodland fable into this, mixing celtic mythology with children's fairy tales. They meld together so well though, it just goes to show that we all love a good bedtime story.
Chrissi (30th April 2001)

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