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Which is a shame, because she's actually already left to pursue a singing career in the Ankh Morpork Opera. A short foray into fortune-telling later and the witches are one the way to Ankh Morpork to find out just what's wrong at the Opera and why so many people are dying there Part of the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group in A short foray into fortune-telling later and the witches are one the way to Ankh Morpork to find out just what's wrong at the Opera and why so many people are dying there.

And what has the Ghost of the Opera got to do with it? We've had a lot of the Witches by this stage in the series and Pratchett has absolutely nailed the characters of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg by this stage. My only criticism of it though is that it isn't quite as good as some of the other Witch books, and I feel it drags in places. The action never feels quite as madcap as it probably should, mainly because neither Granny Weatherwax or Nanny Ogg are ever really challenged here.

It's a mystery as to what's going on, but at no point do any of our main characters feel at risk. That's a very different story in the next Witches book. How I empathized with Agnes, cursed with a good personality and nice hair, instead of a trim figure and a pretty face. Knowing that she was always expected to be calm and sensible and capable, resenting it, and yet unable to help herself in always being the calm and sensible and capable one in a crisis. And yet, there is certainly power in embracing your true self. So far, this one is my favorite. Shelves: comedy. Pratchett takes us to the opera 4 November Since Margrat Garlick has gone on to do bigger and better things such as ruling the remaining two witches are at a loss as to who would fill the missing spot in their 'coven'.

They did settle on Agnes, however it seems that she also has better things to do, such as run off to Anhk Morpork to become a world famous opera singer. There are a couple of problems with this though not that she is unable to become an opera singer, despite the suggestion Pratchett takes us to the opera 4 November Since Margrat Garlick has gone on to do bigger and better things such as ruling the remaining two witches are at a loss as to who would fill the missing spot in their 'coven'. There are a couple of problems with this though not that she is unable to become an opera singer, despite the suggestion that she can't sing, though acting ability is not really all that necessary since it is well known that opera singers don't act and that is that first of all the theatre is so scared of bad luck that there is a plethora of rules that must be adhered too so that the show is a success not that these shows are successful because they don't seem to be making any money , and secondly the opera house is haunted.


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This book is based upon Phantom of the Opera, a musical that I have not seen so unfortunately I am not all that familiar with it I could have seen it when I was in London, but I decided to go an see Spamalot instead, which meant I missed out on seeing a Rowen Atkinson play, which I didn't realise was on until the day before I left, and that was the one night that there was no performance. However you don't really need to be familiar with the musical to appreciate this book — I certainly did though there is a difference between a musical and an opera.

Maskerade is sort of a mystery because along with the ghost there have also been a number of murders. This time, though, it is not the city watch that are investigating though Noddy and Detritus do make an appearance but Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. Of course they have to go undercover, so that means that Granny has to go and dress up as your typical opera goer, which means spending an awful lot of money, as well as turning Greebo back into a human so that she has somebody to accompany her. Unfortunately Nanny who has all of the money is relegated to the role of a serving maid. As the name suggests, this book is all about masks, though it explores masks in a similar way that many other forms of literature explore masks.

In a way we all wear masks to hide our true selves from society at large, and this is taken up more so on stage where the actors put on the masks of the character that they are playing. Thus the actors are not only wearing multiple masks, but there is also the question as to their true identity. Of course, as we are probably aware, the phantom or ghost in this book also wears a mask so as to conceal his identity, but this works further to create a vastly different identity where the identity of the ghost, for a while, is thought to be somebody else. Of course, the ghost is not an actual ghost, as Granny points out, because ghosts are not interested in creating any more ghosts because it is already pretty crowded in Ghostland.

I won't necessarily say I am getting bored with the Pratchett books at this stage, I still quite enjoyed this one, but I wonder how the series is going to maintain its standard since I believe there are over 30 books with more in the pipeline. I particularly enjoyed the scene with Death and the cow and that is all I will say , and I always enjoy the antics of the witches as they move through Discworld with their own eccentric personalities and not really caring about what other people think. However, I am sure there are still many aspects of our world and our culture available for Pratchett to place in his satirical world.


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  7. So great to get back to a book with Pratchett doing what he did best after the poor punfest that was Soul Music and the silly adventures of Rincewind in Interesting Times, Maskerade is about the witches and you can't go wrong with Granny and Nanny running riot with things. Nanny is sick of making the tea, Granny is bored, they need a third junior witch to complete their coven and they need adventures to stave off the craziness that can envelope the mind of a bored yet powerful witch see the ad So great to get back to a book with Pratchett doing what he did best after the poor punfest that was Soul Music and the silly adventures of Rincewind in Interesting Times, Maskerade is about the witches and you can't go wrong with Granny and Nanny running riot with things.

    Nanny is sick of making the tea, Granny is bored, they need a third junior witch to complete their coven and they need adventures to stave off the craziness that can envelope the mind of a bored yet powerful witch see the adventures of Black Alice for case in point. It just so happens that their preferred witch Agnes Perditax Nitt has run off to the big smoke to join the opera, an operation currently haunted by a murderous ghost. Hijinks ensues.

    The major difference between the witches books and the Rincewind books is that first and foremost Pratchett is concerned with telling an interesting and entertaining story about great characters as opposed to squeezing as many jokes per page as possible with a "plot" a secondary or tertiary requirement of the book. Granny and Nanny ARE great characters, they have interesting adventures and the stories are generally reused, reimagined, re-buggered about with, classics of literature i. Maskerade's take on The Phantom of the Opera is no exception to this, and there are still countless jokes that come naturally from the evolution of the characters and plot rather than slapstick humour forced in to scenarios as part of an unacknowledged joke quota.

    The promotion of Agnes from a minor character in Lords and Ladies to bone fide replacement for Queen Magrat Garlick is handled marvellously, life is breathed in to her previous caricature with nonchalant ease, bringing a new dynamic to Pratchett's world - a female character that is allowed to just exist on her own for a time without solely being a plot device or a two dimensional villain or a sounding board for Granny etc. Looking ahead at the rest of the series I think it's fair to say that this is the point where Pratchett became fully in control of his abilities with the pen and grasped the power of the world he had created over the past decade and Maskerade is a good example of what was to come.

    Aug 17, Brooke Banks rated it it was amazing Shelves: content-fun-funny , favorite , content-sjw-progressive , ratingstars , age-adult , before-blogging , content-kickass-heroine , series , written-reviews , genre-fantasy. I loved this book. Gee, I say that about every Pratchett book, don't I?

    Ah well, it can't be helped. Pratchett has his own unique wonderful style and is truly a master at his craft. So many things that I loved about this book. I love Agnes. Her struggles and voice was authentic for being an over-weight woman over shadowed by her skinny counter parts due to bias against over-weight people, especially women. I get the criticisms that her heaviness was talked about a lot, but that criticism doesn't I loved this book.

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    I get the criticisms that her heaviness was talked about a lot, but that criticism doesn't fit here. I hate it too often in books with the portrayal of over-weight people and how their heaviness is all they are; you could slap a name tag on a bag of sand to stand in for the character and no one would be the wiser. In the case of Agnes, it really is just her having the everyday dealings with people about her weight and how she thinks of it so much because of being conditioned of thinking about it so much.

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    Self-conscious since it's peoples first and last thought with her. It's the main reason she isn't allowed a personality beyond do everything say only nice things doormat. It's her wanting to be herself and speak out that actually comes up more than her weight. It's the reason she becomes Perdita X Dreams.

    That struggle for speaking your mind when you're put upon to be the dependable nice invisible unless noticed reasonable one is so realistic. It really is a struggle for a woman to do that unless you harness the Bitch label and own it.

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    Agnes speaks to and for so many women's experiences so well that I'm amazed it was done by a man. I give Pratchett so much props and love for this. Finding a male author that doesn't drown everything in the male gaze when it's suppose to be a woman character looking is hard enough and I'm reveling in how great Agnes character is. I like how Pratchett brought up the issues of weight, with women and especially in show business and the pressures women face to be nice. The Witches series in Discworld has to be my favorite because of the strong female leads and how it deals with feminist issues.

    I do think Christina was a cardboard cut out of a character.

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    While wonderfully described with her talking and moving in exclamations and signaling fainting on purpose for attention, she really was an airhead. Some women are airheads and the people with "star quality" get enough attention as it is. Of course, it would have been nice to see some perspective on the pressures women have to face to be skinny, stay skinny, and be dumb on Christina's side of the fence.

    For the first time ever Christina wasn't the star of the show. However, I think a lot of attention is payed to that and it's not a real detractor to the book. It probably would have only made the book longer and gummed it up. Pratchett brought up and dealt with "the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone" very well.

    On page 4, "Of course, it was nothing but an old superstition and belonged to the unenlightened days when 'maiden' or 'mother' or These days, any girl bright enough to count and sensible enough to take Nanny's advice could pull off being at lease one of them for quite some time. Even so It points out nicely how stupid it is and how Granny fits all three anyways. I love Pratchett poking fun at opera and theater in general. It was quite fun. I'm not a fan of operas, musicals or theater, nor am I very well read on the subjects.

    Pratchett makes the parody of Phantom of the Opera and operas very friendly and understandable for even people like me, who don't get it. It's not snobby. Bucket is an excellent parody of business men, especially those of American's right wing that claims to be self-made while using daddy's money. He's a made man with his daddy's money and he's about to make a fortune in the opera business because of sheer dumb luck.

    I think it's rather funny how it shines a light on the stupid shit a lot of people say and believe without thinking and holds up a mirror for people to recognize it, while not being directly insulted. Like judging someone based on the firmness of the handshake and no body is self-made even if you only used your own money for business. We're social creatures and live in a society together, the self-made man is a work of fiction.


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    6. Propaganda garbage like the fabled American Dream. Everything is a big "Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours". Bucket as a person and a parody is perfectly summed up on page 15, "I've been through the mill, I have,' Bucket began,'and I made myself what I am today-' Self-raising flour? Her dad did, er, in fact, er, lend me a fair whack of money to help me buy this place, and he made a heartfelt fatherly request in regard to his daughter. If I bring it to mind correctly, his exact words, er, were:"Don't make me have to break your legs.

      It's a business thing. The gods help those who help themselves, that's my motto. The twist and turns of the story. Even with this being a parody of the Phantom of the Opera it grips you, it's suspenseful, keeps you guessing and laughing out load. It's enjoyable. It's a breeze to read and get involved in. Like the little Mouse Death and Death dealing with a swan that refuses to do a Swan Song, which are some of my favorite scenes, as weird as that may sound it fits perfectly and just adds more to the story.

      It's Pratchett. His description and voice is unique and hilarious. Like on page 3, "Lightning prodded the crags like an old man trying to get an elusive blackberry pip out of his false teeth. Granny now took every opportunity to visit the traveling theater that came to Landcre, and sat bold upright in the front row of every performance, staring fiercely. Even honest Punch and Judy men found her sitting among the children, snapping things like 'Taint so!

      They generally didn't interfere with the running of the city, but when it came to movable type the pointy foot was put down hard. They had never explained why, and people didn't press wizards, not if you liked yourself the shape you were. They simpley worked around the problem, and engraved everything.

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      This took a long time and meant taht Ankh-Morpork was, for example, denied the benefit of newspapers, leaving the population to fool themselves as best they could. You could be nearly anything, wearing black. Mother Superior or Madam, it was really just a matter of the style. It just depended on the details. Granny and Nanny on page "Well, he looks aristocratic-" Nanny began. He must have decided they were bobbing along the ceiling. What a wonderful trip with Granny and Nanny to Ankh-Morpork to go and visit the opera. I loved how the idea of seeing what is really there was explored as well as pointing out superficiality in people in general and in star quality in particular.

      The Witches series continuous to be witty and hilarious, but all I can really say about it is that the book is good. I guess it's hard for me to read and fully enjoy serial books without seeing some sort of significant growth in the characters. But while we do find out a little more about Granny's and Nanny's past lives, they're such small tidbits that I wouldn't call them revelations or development.

      They're still fantastic, hilarious, amazing characters but I want more. Plus I had a hard time li The Witches series continuous to be witty and hilarious, but all I can really say about it is that the book is good. I don't know, maybe it's not her that I don't like, but her story.

      She at least tries to get out of the small time, tries to fight and achieve her dreams, but the world won't let her and no one wants her too. Granny and Nanny, don't particularly force her into anything and don't tell her what to do, just keep the door open for her but it's just so not fair that in the end, Agnes left the opera not because it was her choice Even though she was the best goddam singer there, no one wanted her because she is fat. And that was cruel I mean, in most of his books, Terry always makes the ending - no matter how bitter - feel just and right in the end. And this one still felt wrong and bitter.

      No one will regret losing Agnes, there was no realization of losing the greatest opera singer in Discworld history Mar 12, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-satire. This is a fun take on the world of opera, with lots of sly, punny references to various works, plus a cute twist on The Phantom of the Opera.

      I really liked how Pratchett stripped all the highfallutin aspects away to reveal the absurdity. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg took on the big city and the opera in fine form, hilarious and crafty as ever. I managed to guess the identity of the killer correctly, although I'd hoped I was wrong, since I rather liked the character. While it was clear that A This is a fun take on the world of opera, with lots of sly, punny references to various works, plus a cute twist on The Phantom of the Opera.

      Pratchett went with realism for what becomes of the Agneses and Christines! But, overall, it's a fun book, packed with plenty of Pratchett's delightful storytelling, wry observations, and hilarious turns-of-phrase. Another cheesy 'theme' work by Pratchett, set in an Opera house this time with some allusions to Singing in the Rain and many an undeserving flattering note on Weber the jelly faced prick. Surprisingly little Opera though. It's less irritating than Moving Pictures , has a better plot than Soul Music and was fun to read. While ultimately disposable and with a very misused heroine, Granny Weatherwax is definitely on top, bitchy and smart form here.

      I don't think this is one of Pratchett's strongest novels. There are times were the story seems structures just to fit in more jokes, instead of the jokes fitting into the story, and that led to a couple of eye-rolling moments for me, but there are witches! And as usual, witches save the day in their own way. Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax are near the top of the list when it comes to my favourite characters in the series, and they are at their best when thrown out of their usual element.

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      High I don't think this is one of Pratchett's strongest novels. High society and culture are probably about as far out as you can get! My favourite part was a brief moment when we get to peer inside Detritus' head as he thinks through an usual situation. In such circumstances, life has obviously reached that desperate point where the wrong thing to do has to be the right thing to do Terry Pratchett. Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic , was published in In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books.

      His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March Our Lists. View all online retailers Find local retailers. The eighteenth Discworld novel. About the Author Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic , was published in Also by Terry Pratchett.

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