Title: Equal Rites
Author: Terry Prachet
Series: Discworld #3, Witches #1
It is known as the Discworld. It is a flat planet, supported on the backs of four elephants, who in turn stand on the back of the great turtle A’Tuin as it swims majestically through space. And it is quite possibly the funniest place in all of creation.
The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby’s sex…
Terry Pratchett turns his acute satirical eye on sexual equality and chauvanism in his hilarious third Discworld novel.
Recently I decided to get back into the Discworld books. I have been eyeing up the collectors library editions from Gollancz for some time and after some research about the best reading orders I have taken the plunge. I love the Discworld, I will always enjoy Prachett’s dry and witty sense of humour. He has this fantastic weird and wild style to his writing filled with world play and innuendo and such great observations of human behaviour all set in a fantastic fantasy land. Granny Weatherwax was an awesome character, she is just one of those formidable old ladies that have so much punch to their character. She is both stuck in her ways and believes them to be best but she also won’t stand for any sexist nonsense. I really liked how she played off of all the other characters, her love for Esk, her backhanded ways around problems and how she took no shit from the wizards. I even loved the little bit of geriatric flirting! Esk is aslo an awesome character her free spirit just carried you through the book. The plot itself is a little simple, but is filled with all the weird and wonderful asides and world building that Prachett tends to have. I am really looking forward to continuing with the Witches and diving into the Discworld again.