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Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett

This is my second Discworld novel, after Equal Rites, and I found this to be the more mature and interesting of the two. Wyrd Sisters is a very funny book of a trio of witches – the indomitable Granny Weatherwax, the bawdy Nanny Ogg, and the misty-eyed Magrat – meddling in royal politics, with echoes of Hamlet and Macbeth and a cartload of ridiculousness.

 

The story moves along briskly (and many section breaks make it easy to dip in for just a few pages at a time), with lots of humor, and oddball but endearing characters, and whack-a-doo plot points, and a satisfying ending. I enjoyed the read, but this book, like most parodies and novels built around humor, was a little too weightless to get me truly invested. I was happy to read it but felt no particular urge to pick it up again after putting it down; and I’d happily read more Pratchett and more about the witches, but am not in any rush to do so. Still, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good dose of comedic fantasy.