Equal Rites

Equal Rites 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 c

  • Title: Equal Rites
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780552131056
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Equal Rites

    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.This is a third hilarious adventure by the author of The Colour of Magic aThe 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.This is a third hilarious adventure by the author of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic.

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    1. Patrick

      I just recently re-visited this book after a couple years away from it. What's more, I've just recent re-read several of the more recent Witch novels from Pratchett, so they're fresh in my head. Granny Weatherwax is one of my favorite characters of Pratchett's, and as an author, it does me good to see how she began as a character. This book has some rough edges. There's nothing wrong with it, mind you, but it was still very early on in Pratchett's career, and it doesn't have the smoothness of hi [...]

    2. Manny

      The problem with Terry Pratchett is that you keep wanting to read the good bits out loud. In this particular case, I'd just reached the line "Her dress would have been both clinging and revealing, if it had had anything to cling to or reveal." Too late, I realized that not all the people around me were going to find this equally funny. I'm still embarrassed. Damn.

    3. Lyn

      If I was not already a Terry Pratchet fan, I would be after reading this exceptional book.Equal Rites, Sir Terry’s third installment in the Discworld series is a peach of practical magic. Telling the story of a young girl’s conflicting talents for wizardry and / or witchery.In the Discworld, men are wizards and women are witches – at least that is how it has been up to the point when young Eskarina Smith sort of becomes – both. Pratchett spins a deliciously tangled web about the age-old [...]

    4. Bradley

      The Great Pratchett Re-Read Continues!The third book begins the "real" development of the whole Discworld mythos, and rather than focusing on setting, it goes whole-hog (or Witch) into character and a rather deep social issue.It is, at its core, a novel about breaking down the walls that the sexes tend to put up to keep the other side out. Witches can be wizards and vice-versa. :) I didn't appreciate this as much the first time although I got the whole social bit perfectly and mainly that was be [...]

    5. Trish

      This was a blast! Introducing:Witch supreme (or that's what I'm calling her) - and that only because of her stare, to say nothing of her actual magical talents. And yes, I can totally see Maggie Smith playing her in a movie!Esk, 8th "son" of an 8th son (on the Discworld, 8 is the most magical number), who inherits the staff of a pretty powerful wizard because - instead of listening to Granny - he is eager to pass on his wizard's staff before he dies and assumes that Esk is going to be a boy.The [...]

    6. Murat Dural

      40'ın üzerinde kitaptan oluşan bir "Fantastik Seri" denilince "Diskdünya" bana okunması zor, birbirine bağlı, içine girdiğim zaman çıkamayacağım bir evrenmiş izlenimi vermişti. Bu önyargıdan sadece sondaki önerme, "içinden çıkamayacağım" kısmı gerçek oldu. Seve seve kaldığım bir diyar oldu. Fikrine çok güvendiğim dostlarım (Özellikle Ozancan Demirışık ve Hazal Çamur) bazı kitapların bağımsız olduğunu, istediğimden başlayabileceğimi, muhakkak okumam [...]

    7. Melki

      Similar in spirit to the first two books in the Discworld series, once again we have a delightful duo on a journey, encountering many a merry mishap on the way. This book is not as funny as its predecessors, though the plot seems more cohesive and a little less meandering. Despite the distinct lack of trolls, this is probably my favorite so far. I really enjoyed the "Girl Power" theme to the book. At least I think I did. It could just be those darned witches using their "headology" on me.

    8. Phrynne

      This was a reread for me but it is years since my first read and I did not remember much of it!Loved that Death popped up right at the beginning and then Granny Weatherwax made her first appearance. Of course this book is vintage Discworld and these two, along with others, appear again and again later in the series and develop into much more rounded characters. Nevertheless Pratchett's humour is here in full force along with his wonderful descriptions and clever stories. These early books are li [...]

    9. Lindsay

      I'm fairly sure that this is only my second time reading this book since I first devoured the early books of the series back in the late 80s. Like The Light Fantastic it's forced a re-evaluation of my opinion of the early Discworld books and in a positive way.A dying wizard passes his staff to a destined wizard, the eighth son of an eighth son. Only he was a little careless and the eighth son is actually a daughter. Eskarina Smith grows into her magic young under the watchful eye of the witch Gr [...]

    10. Rob

      Executive Summary: Not as funny or as quotable as The Light Fantastic, but very enjoyable for other reasons.Full ReviewI had to double check the year this was written. This book still feels very relevant today.Wizards can only be men. Witches can only be women. Their magic is different and shouldn't be mixed. A women has no place learning to be a wizard. Witches "have their place". Does any of this sound familiar?As someone who works in a field that is far too lacking in women the idea that cert [...]

    11. seak

      For some reason I thought I wouldn't like this book all that much. It's one of the first in the series, so for many people I talk to that's already a point against it, and I had it in my head that I will like other sets of characters better than the witches. So far, of the 3 discworld books I've now read, this was easily my favorite. Granny Weatherwax is amazing and I had some great fun with this book. I'm glad to hear this series only gets better (as it has already) and this is why I'm glad I'm [...]

    12. BrokenTune

      "There are storms that are frankly theatrical, all sheet lightning and metallic thunder rolls. There are storms that are tropical and sultry, and incline to hot winds and fireballs. But this was a storm of the Circle Sea plains, and its main ambition was to hit the ground with as much rain as possible. It was the kind of storm that suggests that the whole sky has swallowed a diuretic. The thunder and lightning hung around in the background, supplying a sort of chorus, but the rain was the star o [...]

    13. Veronique

      4.5“ is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done.” I started this book yesterday and found myself snatching any time I could to get back to it, even staying up late to finish it. This was a surprise. I'm always a little reluctant when starting what is branded as a funny book, worried that it wouldn't work on me, which is why I usually go for the audiobook version - the performance and intonations of the voice artists being invalua [...]

    14. Gary

      Fun readingThis is book one of the Witches segment of Discworld. The characters are lively and likable. The magic system is comedic with a dark bite. Mixed into the slapstick silliness is a grain of philosophy and social commentary that is often highly quotable and thought provoking.The story reads like Wicca meets Harry Potter meets the theory of relativity meets The Dark Crystal. I found myself slowing down and rereading sections of the story to make sure I followed it correctly. A lot happens [...]

    15. Suzanne

      “Everything was a different color in those days.” “That’s true.” “It didn’t rain so much in the summer time.” “The sunsets were redder.” “There were more old people. The world was full of them,” said the wizard. “Yes, I know. And now it’s full of young people."Boy ain't that the truth.Terry Pratchett is so very quotable. I enjoyed this introduction to Granny Weatherwax. I've "met" her in some of the later Discworld books, and she's a great character. This book looked [...]

    16. Olga Godim

      A mediocre novel, at least for this writer. He’s still stretching his wings, and it shows: this earlier tale contains too much verbal clutter but almost no humor, which is abundant in his later novels. I like the idea of this one – a female should be allowed to be a wizard. Oh, yeah, I’m all for equal rights. I dislike the execution though. Why did the author make Esk, the protagonist, an 8-year-old girl? She is too young to behave the way she does and to know everything she is supposed to [...]

    17. Anushree

      This was <3 The town's name is Bad Ass.The University's name is Unseen University. Esk has so much spunk. Granny Weatherwax makes me laugh and proud at the same time. I loved this sheer joy of a book. Looking forward to reading the entire Discworld series over a period. <3

    18. David Sarkies

      Granny takes on the old boys club4 August 2012 There are a few things that I have to say before commenting on this book as such. Firstly this is the second time that I read it, but I have listed it as a read book because when I read it the first time the friend who had lent it to me then proceeded to tell me all of the jokes. In fact, every Discworld novel that he ended up encouraging me to read generally came with a running commentary, and as such I ended up getting put off of them quite quickl [...]

    19. Kaitlin

      This is book 3 (publication order) of the Discworld books and after having read and enjoyed both The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic last year I was quite looking forward to getting into some of the books which major fans of the series say are good. I can definitely say that this one is a lot better then The Colour of Magic in both writing style and ease of understanding. By this point it seems the Pratchett had really honed and perfected his tone of voice and writing style, just the rig [...]

    20. Olivia

      Mediocre, but not bad. I can definitely understand why others like Pratchett's writing so much. I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm not a Discworld fan. I just don't appreciate Pratchett's humour as much as I would like to. Or maybe I don't like that humour takes the centre stage in his novels and I prefer a good story. Pratchett's world is charming but not for me. After 4 novels, I'm giving up on the series.

    21. Tfitoby

      A brave move from Terry Pratchett as he moves away from his established characters and takes a shot at world building.I've been listening to the audiobook for the reread of this one as part of my exercise regime and it was quite the good distraction from the pain.The third in the now long running Discworld series moves away from Rincewind, The Luggage, Twoflower and the parodies of generic sword and magic fantasy epics. After the success of the first two I imagine this must have been a brave mov [...]

    22. Mangrii

      Tercera novela de Mundodisco y la primera de la saga de las Brujas. En esta ocasión un mago moribundo cede su cayado mágico a un bebe recién nacido, Eskarina Herrero, una octava hija de una octavo hijo. El problema es que la magia de magos solo pasa de magos a niños; y las niñas en cambio solamente pueden ser brujas, ya que su magia es totalmente distinta. A pesar de sus peros, la bruja Yaya Ceravieja decide velar por Esk, ayudarla a convertirse en bruja y también en mago; llevándola hast [...]

    23. Marta Álvarez

      Como me viene pasando siempre con las novelas de Pratchett, esta es una historia que se disfruta muchísimo ya no tanto por la trama sino por la ambientación única y el estilo divertidísimo e inigualable del autor. Por algo será que, de julio a ahora, he pasado de no haber leído ninguna novela suya a haber leído cuatro. En Mundodisco, Pratchett se salta todas las reglas de la coherencia narrativa; hace lo que le da la gana y le sale bien. Pues chapó.En concreto, de ritos iguales me llevo [...]

    24. Ivan

      My first venture into Witches series and I don't know why it took me so long. Although this book isn't on par with my favourite Discworld books (Small gods, Jingo, Hogfather, Interesting times ) it has all the charm, humor and cynicism of a proper Discworld novel. Eskarina is great character but Granny Whetherwax wasn't nowhere nearly as interesting.Anyway, I am eagerly continuing the series and I plan to do with Witches what I haven't done with any other Discworld series. Read it in order.

    25. Kaethe

      December 10, 2009The first female wizard is exceptional, of course. It was never meant to be. Hahahahahahaha.***November 9, 2011Veronica's been feeling a little under the weather this week, and when that is the case, she likes me to read aloud. And she couldn't locate the book we had been reading, so she decided on Pratchett instead. They both seem to like it so far.***June 28, 2014The thing I really noticed this time is the way Pratchett makes up for his earlier omission of women at Unseen Univ [...]

    26. Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)

      Published: 13/09/2005 (first published 1987)Author: Terry PratchettRecommended for: fan's of fantasy novelsFirst of all I love Terry Pratchett books, alothough this book was incredibly well written by one of the most talented fantasy writers, it isn't my favourite one in the 'Discworld' series. This book features Granny Weatherwax, The Librarian, and Eskarina Smith. Eskarina was born a wizard even though it is very very rare for there to be a female wizard, Eskarina wants to become one and with [...]

    27. ❀⊱Rory⊰❀

      I loved this book! And I've read a lot of Magical-Person-Comes-Of-Age books. Funny, touching, original, this one has it all. If you haven't read it, get thee to the library!

    28. somuchreading

      Τρίτος μήνας, τρίτο βιβλίο από το Discworld του Terry Pratchett που διαβάζω και γράφω στο PopCode. Εντάξει, μόνο 38 μείνανε ακόμα.Βρίσκετε όλα τα μέχρι τώρα [και όλα τα υπόλοιπα που θα ακολουθήσουν] κείμενα στην εισαγωγή μου για τον Discworld και να και όσα έγραψα για το Equal Rites.Όσο προχωράμε πιο βα [...]

    29. Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton

      What more can be possibly said about the late and great Terry Pratchett? I've yet to open a book bearing his name that I do not like, that does not amuse and delight, and does not leave me thoughtful and wiser.Well, wiser at least in my own estimation. I'm sure Pratchett would have something to say about the narcissism of the self-assessment.To Equal Rites itself: Eskarina was supposed to be born the eighth son of an eighth son, an auspicious combination that a dying wizard seeks out in order to [...]

    30. Molly

      First in the Witches series, and another great Discworld story.Drum Billet, a wizard knocks on the door of Smith the smithy of Bad Ass, a small village up in the Ramtops. The smithy's wife is about to give birth to her eighth child and the wizard wishes to transfer his powers (before parting with his life) as tradition demands, to the eighth son of an eighth son. Little did he know that the new addition to the smithy's family was gonna be a girl because you know, only men can be wizards, and wom [...]

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