Title: Wyrd Sisters
Author: Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #6, Witches #2
Witches are not by nature gregarious, and they certainly don’t have leaders.
Granny Weatherwax was the most highly regarded of the leaders they didn’t have.
But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more difficult than certain playwrights would have you believe…
This is Pratchett’s retelling of Macbeth combined with corruption of Fairytales of evil witches and lost princes. I really enjoyed it. I Loved the different styles that each of the three witches had, from the simplified natural magic, the matriarch who mainly just has the magic of keeping everyone going, and the overly ritualised filled with symbols and specifics of modern witchcraft. They all intermingle so well and make for some amazing descriptions of scenes that allow Pratchett to play with words in the effortless way that he does.
As ever Pratchett’s writing is just joyous in its format. The jokes and double entendres just flow. We get so many subtle references in this one, in terms of theatre, comedy giants and fairy tales. He had a way of breaking down all these well known entities such as for example the Marx Brothers, to the bare essentials to still remain recognisable and then building them back in the Discworld so that us the reader are still in on the joke. It just makes these books so much fun to read. This is double so for the political intrigue and Shakespeare references in this book as it is such a fresh and funny take on the bard.
I am now fully in love with Granny Witherwax and her no nonsense attitude to people and life, and can’t wait to see what further annoyances and inconvenient crises on the Disc land at her door to bother her peace.