“Witches can generally come to terms with what actually is, instead of insisting on what ought to be.” As anyone who knows me can attest to, I tend to gush over Pratchett's books, with all his wit and wisdom and the ability to create incredibly clever and very serious humor rooted in uncomfortably deep understanding of human mind “Personal’s not the same as important People just think it is.” Lords and Ladies of the Lancre Witches subcycle of the Discworld books was the first Pratchett Witches book I've read a few years ago (I tended to read them out of order, whichever one the library happened to have in stock) and the book that immediately sealed my love for Granny Weatherwax and Co.These books are about a small coven of witches in a tiny mountainous country of Lancre, usually with a dab of William Shakespeare somewhere in the plot As anything by Sir Terry, they of course havelayers than a Chernobylsized onion: the wisdom, the traditions, the heart of the land, the nooks and crannies of hearts and minds, and of course the people with all their quirks and oddities and maybe even a bag of boiled sweets But at the heart of every one of these is a formidable figure of Esmerelda Granny Weatherwax, an old skinny prickly witch with personality of steel, will of iron, wisdom of the land, and a sure knowledge of when NOT to use her immense scary power She always knows who she is and why she is, and that's not something to take lightly “Other people would probably say: I wasn’t myself But Granny Weatherwax didn’t have anyone else to be.” Esme Weatherwax is a capitalW witch who knows that witching is farthan magic and power She knows that the place where she lives is HERS, with all the responsibilities that stem from it She knows that you don't need to be nice or loved or admired to be good at what you do And she knows very well, with selfassurance that is prone to sometimes slide into a bit of arrogance, that crossing her is not something to be taken lightly Does she have regrets about her life? Perhaps, to a point But her core of steel, the IroninherHeart goes deep, even when she was just a young woman always a step ahead of a pursuing young man Esme Weatherwax was always her own self, always knowing who she is “But what we have here is not a nice girl, as generally understood  Also, there’s a certain glint in her eye generally possessed by those people who have found that they areintelligent than most people around them but who haven’t yet learned that one of the most intelligent things they can do is prevent said people ever finding this out.” The focus of Lords and Ladies, insomuch as you can ever find a single overarching theme in a Pratchett book, is knowing the difference between what you wish things were and what they really are Be it quiet regrets about what could have been if perhaps you had let the young man from your past catch up with you even if it means letting go of something your core is made of, or a timid wish to steer your own life yourself even if it's already headed where you were hoping it would and not find yourself just another useless adornment in life, or being able to look past the alluring glamour and see that the easy way can indeed be much harder than the seemingly hard way “You mean you weren’t Chosen?”“Me? No I chose,” said Granny  “I chose, Gytha Ogg And I want that you should know this right now Whatever happens I ain’t never regretted anything Never regretted one single thing Right?” And assure that in the midst of all of it that you know exactly who and why you are.Even in the times like this, where things are not going right “There was a mind moving around in the kingdom, and Granny Weatherwax didn’t understand it.” It's that time again where boundaries between universes both parallel and parasite are becoming thin and crop circles are forming everywhere, and a ring of ancient ironloving stones is not enough to contain the titular Lords and Ladies (the Elves, decidedly not glamorouslyTolkienesque) “Elves are wonderful They provoke wonder.Elves are marvelous They cause marvels.Elves are fantastic They create fantasies.Elves are glamorous They project glamour.Elves are enchanting They weave enchantment.Elves are terrific They beget terror.The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.No one ever said elves are nice.” There is a royal wedding on a midsummer night's eve, and elves are loose in the world once again, and a unicorn is on a prowl while an ancient king is waiting for the iron in the hearts to be gone while a presentday king because of poor spelling gets a book on martial and very much not marital arts, and the Archancellor of the Unseen University may have had a past with the most formidable witch in perhaps the entire Discworld, and Magrat Garlick tries to come to terms with no longer being a witch but instead hopes to not fall into the useless queenly obscurity, and Nanny Ogg has caught an eye of the secondbest lover in the universe And it will take a village spearheaded by the witches to teach the invaders a lesson “When he’d gone, Nanny climbed up on the same table.“Well,” she said, “it’s like this If you go out there you may have to face elves But if you stops here, you definitely have to face me Now, elves is worse than me, I’ll admit But I’m persistent.” I love this book I love how Pratchett's writing never ceases to amaze me I love how no matter how tired, exhausted or deeply stressed I am all I need to feel better is to curl up with a book like this and have Granny Weatherwax sort the world out into what she knows it's supposed to be “Granny, her voice still quite calm and level “But this is a real world, madam That’s what I had to learn And real people in it You got no right to ’em People’ve got enough to cope with just being people They don’t need you swanking around with your shiny hair and shiny eyes and shiny gold, going sideways through life, always young, always singing, never learning.”“You didn’t always think like this.”“That was a long time ago And, my lady, old I may be, and hag I may be, but stupid I ain’t You’re no kind of goddess I ain’t against gods and goddesses, in their place But they’ve got to be the ones we make ourselves Then we can take ’em to bits for the parts when we don’t need ’em any, see? And elves far away in fairyland, well, maybe that’s something people need to get ’emselves through the iron times But I ain’t having elves here You make us want what we can’t have and what you give us is worth nothing and what you take is everything and all there is left for us is the cold hillside, and emptiness, and the laughter of the elves.”She took a deep breath “So bugger off.” i agree wholeheartedly, this is my FAVORITE of the Witch series I love Granny v Lily in Witches Abroad, but if you delighted in Mrs Weasley gettin all Sigourney Weaver on Bellatrix L in the last Harry Potter, YOU'LL LOVE the whole last third of the book i squirmed with glee as soon as Magrat put on that armor the principle of a cat in a box being any of 3 various states till you open the box: alive, dead, bloody pissed off is all i know about physics, or need to know. Elves on the Discworld.In Guillermo del Toro’s 2008 film Hellboy 2, the Elvin character Prince Nuada makes a point about humans remembering why they fear the dark These elves are dark creatures, thoroughly unfaeirie like and even unTolkien like.Terry Pratchett’s 1992 Discworld novel (the 14th) Lords and Ladies describes a similarly negative vision of elves I could not help wondering if del Toro gained some inspiration from Pratchett’s dark elves.Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Og and Magrat are just getting back to Lancre from their travels in Pratchett’s 1991 Witches Abroad and Magrat is getting married to King Verence and some precocious and misguided local girls are tempting fate by messing around with some local Druidic circles of vast power Turns out this is a portal to the elves dimension.What was especially attractive about this concept to me was Pratchett’s use of the elves as an alternate to aheroic model These elves are malevolent, arrogant and cruel – and also largely forgotten in the annals of time; so much so that ancient legends of them have focusedon the glamorous and magical than theaccurate description as evil aristocrats This kind of ironic twist is a ubiquitous element in much of Pratchett’s work and his fans will be pleasantly amused with his droll wordplay and inventive storylines.All this and a subtle retelling of Review to follow tomorrow, hopefully 😬So another fabulous, hilarious romp through the special world, that is the Discworld In Lancre, King Verence is getting ready for his wedding to the witch Magrat Guests have been invited, celebrations are being prepared, plays are being practised (which may not be a good thing) and Verence has sent away for a special manual on what to do on his wedding night, except he has spelt Marital wrong and passes on the resultant manual to his guard to learn Kung Fu (Martial ?? )In the meantime with the aid of some young foolish girls wanting to be witches, the Lords and Ladies are planning on escaping their prison amongst the dancing stones to create havoc on the kingdom With Magrat off getting married, it falls to Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax to save the day and oncedefeat the unnameable people But this time they are stronger than ever and with a play being performed near the stones the gateway to our world is even wider.With assistance from the Bursar from Unseen University, the Librarian (Oook) and the Chancellor, and of course members of the Ogg family, not to forget Magrat herself, the chaos that ensue might just be put right but at what cost ?Again Sir Terry has hit the proverbial nail on the head when it comes to a classic fantasy storyline with a huge dollop of humour He will be sorely missed.A solid 5 star read. Lancre, Granny's turf Very bad idea to invade here and challenge a certain witch BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.In this 14th volume of the Discworld series our three witches Granny Esme Weatherwax, Nanny Githa Ogg and Magrat return after their adventure in Genua to find all preparations made for a certain royal wedding Since I never much cared for Magrat, I also didn't really mourn her no longer being a witch but a queentobe(e) However, the festivities are first hindered by a pair of cold feet and then also slightly shall we say amended by crop circles showing up everywhere On the Disc, crop circles mean that the barriers between worlds weaken and what is trying to get to Lancre has not only been there before, but has also not been very nice the last time, no matter what folklore says nowadays Theywhomustnotbenamed indeed! So it is up to Granny and Nanny to save the day again though others are helping them, too, if they want them to or not.This wonderful installment not only has a nice ending to Magrat's participation in the coven but also elements from Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is my favourite of his And we get a larger cast thanks to a few wedding guests being there as well, making for a very nice and funny mix (not to mention some juicy information about Granny's younger years) Like I said, I was never a fan of Magrat's but she was definitely at her best in this one (especially the scene (view spoiler)[when she found the armory and put it to damn fine use (hide spoiler)] Another delightful tale in The Witches subsection of Prachett's amazing Discworld series, the fact that it immediately follows on from Witches Abroad made it evenenjoyable.I really love spending time with these characters in particular.There's so many aspects that make this series great and this case it was the appearance of crop circles that led to parallel worlds and in turn murderous elves!Pratchett's take on folklore is humorously horrific.While all the various mentions to A Midsummer Night's Dream just highlighted that I've touched any Shakespeare since school.But that is what is so magical about this series, as certainly elements will appeal to different readers. The great ReRead of Discworld continues with the witches :) This is a pretty direct followup from Mag's romantic adventure with the kingtobe and culminating in the grand wedding between the two As weddings go, every grand personage of the Discworld (or so it seems) has been invited to the wedding, but of course, things don't go all that well with all those crop circles and the E***S who must not be named.Pretty funny, all told, but it's Og and her suiter who steals the show And Old Weatherwax Again Mags well I've never cared much for her I just want my darling Tiff Where oh where is she? Why can't I care all that much that Mag is NO LONGER A WITCH?I complain, sure, but it's not a complaint because I think the novel is bad Far from it I just think it's slightly uneven in my enjoyment of certain characters NothingBut is it a fine story? You bet :) I'll even a throw in a horseshoe for you. My 1000th read here on GR and first 5 stars this year (not counting reread). A Discworld Novel It's a hot Midsummer Night The crop circles are turning up everywhereeven on the mustardandcress of Pewseyy Ogg, aged four And Magrat Garlick, witch, is going to be married in the morningEverything ought to be going like a dream But the Lancre AllComers 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 timeWith full supporting cast of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris Dancers and one orangutan And lots of heynonnynonny and blood all over the place*But with tons of style Part of the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group This book has Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick returning home to Lancre from their time away (see Witches Abroad) Magrat gets to finally resolve her situation with King Verence and begin dealing with her postWitch situation Granny and Nanny both have a lot going on as well, with the faculty of the Unseen University and Casanunda paying visits Oh, and an incursion into our reality by murderous Elves and their Queen.There's a lot of foundation being laid for the future of the Witches in this book I think that was part of the genius of Terry: fourteen books in and he's still writing foundational stories for his universe While I did love this, it's kind of a mess compared to other books in this subseries Really only let down by what precedes and follows it, and still would be brilliant if it had come from anybody else But I know he can do better (because he does later on).