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Maskerade Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg the Discworld s greatest witches are back for an innocent night at the opera Naturally there s going to be trouble but at the same time there ll be a good evening s

  • Title: Maskerade
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780575058088
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, the Discworld s greatest witches, are back for an innocent night at the opera Naturally there s going to be trouble, but at the same time there ll be a good evening s entertainment with murders that you can really hum to.

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    1. Terry Pratchett

      Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983 In 1987, he turned to writing full time There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal A non Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 it is also available as a mass market paperback Harper Torch, 2006 and trade paperback Harper Paperbacks, 2006 In 2008, Harper Children s published Terry s standalone non Discworld YA novel, Nation Terry published Snuff in October 2011 Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.In Dec of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

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    1. Granny looked out at the dull gray sky and the dying leaves and felt, amazingly enough, her sap rising A day ago the future had looked aching and desolate, and now it looked full of surprises and terror and bad things happening to peopleIf she had anything to do with it, anyway.Agnes Nitt and her alter ego, Perdita X Dream, have joined the opera Agnes has a remarkable singing voice she can even sing harmony withherself , but unfortunately, she is a traditionally built woman So, she gets to sing [...]


    2. I always love Pratchett s witches books and this one was as usual laugh out loud funny Granny Weatherwax is a wonderful character and then Death made several cameo appearances too which is always good Pratchett was a master of parody and some of his allusions to opera and to musicals were brilliant.I think the Discworld will always remain one of my most favourite series and my number one go to books when I want to read something light, well written, smart and funny.


    3. The Phantom of the Opera on the Discworld.All of Sir Terry Pratchett s Discworld books are good but having an adventure with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Og makes it all the better Here we find Lancre s two most famous witches traveling to Ankh Morpork to find Agnes Nitt who has taken up in the chorus of the Ankh Morpork Opera house And of course they happen upon a Scooby Doolicious murder mystery surrounding the legend of the opera ghost.As in all of the Discworld books, Pratchett tells the fun [...]


    4. The last time we saw the Witches, they were ushering off their third member into the perils of marriage, and to a King, no less Anyway, Magrat s gone now, and things are going funny without a third to balance things out Nanny Ogg in particular is worried about Granny Weatherwax, who is terrifying under the best of circumstances They take a trip to Ankh Morpork after Granny learns that Nanny wrote a book that is a bestseller, but has gotten no royalties from the swindling publisher And hey, while [...]


    5. Right Let s do some good she said, to the universe at large.Need I say anything about the Granny Weatherwax, the speaker of this line She is still one of the best characters in fiction In Maskerade, Granny and Nanny are faced with the difficulty of being a coven of only two witches They need a third Because, as we know, two witches is not a coven, it s an argument There has to be a third to settle the argument or act as a buffer.Unfortunately, Agnes, the hopeful addition to Granny and Nanny, ha [...]


    6. anyway, you said you were at your wits end with thinking what you d do with the money Yes, but I d have quite liked to have been at my wits end on a big comfy chase longyou somewhere with lots of big, strong men buyin me chocolates and pressin their favors on me Money don t buy happiness, Gytha i only wanted to rent it for a few weeks Well, you are a witch Can t you do that thing with the cards and glasses Well, yes we could have a poker game, said Nanny Good idea Maskerade is Discworld s Terry [...]


    7. Maskerade is the fifth book in the Witches subseries of Discworld I usually enjoy the Witches books a little than the others I didn t think this one was as uproariously funny as Wyrd Sisters or Witches Abroad, but I did enjoy it.The story centers on some goings on at an opera house The opera house has always had a mysterious ghost with certain demands, but lately this ghost seems to have gone off the deep end It s murdering people and leaving crazy notes with lots of exclamation points As anybo [...]


    8. Perd neme Se or Pratchett porque al empezar el libro pensaba que no me iba a gustar mucho La serie de las brujas no es mi favorita y una historia ambientada en el mundo de la pera no era lo que me llamaba m s la atenci n.Pero lo que he descubierto ha sido una de las mejores novelas del Mundodisco Una parodia del teatro y la pera con acci n constante, gente entrando y saliendo entre bambalinas, decenas de personajes, misterios que resolver y un simio tocando el rgano Y todo perfectamente hilado p [...]


    9. The musical Phantom of the Opera used to drive me crazy All that foppish flopping around with Christine being the sad weepy and yet easily manipulated girl who would run off and do whatever the creep with the dinnerware stuck to his face told him I always figured if I were in the opera house and saw what was going on, I d try to make Christine see the light.Now, thanks to Agnes Nitt, I know that wouldn t have worked But thank heaven for Terry Pratchett and Agness Nitt for taking Gaston Leroux st [...]


    10. Pratchett takes us to the opera4 November 2014 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 that sh [...]


    11. 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 adven [...]


    12. 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 What young woman wouldn t be horrified to see her own future in Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax And yet, there is certainly power in embracing your true self I m a little sad that there s only one [...]


    13. 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.1 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 fit [...]


    14. 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 Agnes [...]



    15. 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 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 .Plus I had a hard time liking Agnes [...]


    16. I don t think this is one of Pratchett s strongest novels There are times were the story seems structures just to fit in 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 High society [...]


    17. So, my revisiting Terry Pratchett s back catalogue continues.I d forgotten about this one, until I found it buried at the back of my shelves Unlike a few of Pratchett s discworld books, like Mort and Going Postal , this one had somehow failed to register in my memory the first time I read it.Which is a pity, because it s a fantastic book, and I wish I d re read it earlier.Before I go any further, though, I probably need to offer a small confession, of sorts It s gonna hurt, too Here it is I kind [...]


    18. 1 Jan 200019 July 201413 Aug 2016This was one of the first Discworld books I ever read, and I wouldn t recommend it as a good place to start There s Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg and Greebo which is to the good, but Death makes only a token appearance, and it isn t very kind There s a fair amount of fat bashing, and the pretty girl is presented as an absolute idiot, and the dancers don t eat as if that weren t pretty much a condition of their employment Plus it s a riff on Phantom of the Opera [...]


    19. Pratchett s Discworld novels are my favorite light reading He takes bits of our society and our language and turns them upside down, inside out and sometimes backwards in time so he can hold them up to the reader with a conspiratorial grin Pratchett s satire is exuberant, good hud and, although it is wildly irreverent, doesn t feel disrespectful Most of all, Pratchett is funny I often find myself, well, not exactly laughing out loud, like snorting noisily through my nose sntmn at his outrageous [...]


    20. Relectura Mundodisco 18 Yaya Ceravieja y Tata Ogg van a la ciudad en busca de una tercera bruja para completar el aquelarre, y se ven envueltas en una trama de misterios y asesinatos en la pera.Como siempre nos encontramos brillantes reflexiones y ocurrencias por toda la novela, aunque su punto fuerte son los momentos protagonizados por Yaya y Tata, los personajes m s carism ticos Por contra, los secundarios me han parecido algo m s flojos que en otras novelas A veces Pratchett te gana m s por l [...]


    21. Terry Pratchett la emprende con el fantasma de la Opera y como armas utiliza a Yaya Ceravieja y Tata Ogg Menos logrado que sus antecesores en cuanto a carga simb lica, pero igual de divertido que siempre asistimos a la demolici n de la mitolog a de la Opera, el Musical y el Follet n decimon nico en las peligrosas calles de Ank Morpork.


    22. Back to the TP readthrough Read this over the course of about a month It was a reread I remember really liking this the first time through And there are some delightful bits Hence the 4 star rating I m rating high, because part of me feels that I should have enjoyed this , but I didn t I feel like it might have been mood This one has a lot of good stuff in it, but I struggled on this readthrough And I don t know why.


    23. Every time I feel bogged down by the things I m reading, I always know something that s going to cheer me up PTerry on excellent form A masterfully well put together mystery that kept me guessing longer than most The level of observation and writing style send shivers down my spine.


    24. I was hooked on these books in the late 1990 s and I had to have every book that came out without fail Unfortunately during the mists of time all the books have merged into one, but I still remember Death and Rincewind to this day and the over top adventures they had But I have to admit my favourite novels were the ones that contain the city watch and the adventures of Sam Vimes, these novels still to this day stick out as the best of the series, but I never really got on with the books that fea [...]


    25. Es posible que las brujas sea mi saga favorita de lo que llevo de Mundodisco Brujer as, sin ser de los mejores, ten a un par de golpes de humor gloriosos esas vendedoras de manzanas De ah pas bamos a la sucesi n de divertidas ocurrencias que era Brujas de viaje para, en Lores y damas, demostrarnos que tambi n hab a lugar para otros sentimientos y, de camino, terminar de encumbrar a Yaya Ceravieja.Despu s de esta estupenda progresi n Mascarada es un cierto paso atr s Es divertido, pero no destaca [...]


    26. I know this book is supposed to be a light hearted Discworld romp featuring the irrepressible Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg running around witching it up, and it really is I giggled repeatedly at their antics and the ridiculous Greebo the cat, who is occasionally a man The late, great Terry Pratchett played the English language like a finely tuned instrument built by aliens, and I approve so hard, seriously Still, as silly as it is, this book is fantastically filled with deep thoughts about th [...]


    27. Esta es la pen ltima entrega de las aventuras de Yaya y Tata Ogg, y est llena de escenas inolvidables y de personajes secundarios a la altura de las circunstancias Tata y Yaya se han quedado sin Magrat, y eso significa dos cosas la primera, que deben hacerse ellas mismas el t y las tostadas durante las reuniones La segunda, que el equilibrio del grupo se ha roto y las dos ya no tienen a nadie que las detenga de hacer sus locuras en el buen y el mal sentido, la tentaci n al lado oscuro de una de [...]


    28. I love Terry Pratchett.A few years ago I refused to read any of his books Kids stuff, I thought, ugly covers yes, I DO judge books by their covers There should be a club for that and too short for a decent story Then one night I was stuck at a pub while my ex boyfriend was working and one of the other guards let me sit in his car, drink his guarana caffeine drinks and fossick through all the crap on the floor And I found Men at Arms And because I was bored I read it then I read another one i fou [...]


    29. Over the past two decades, I ve read a number of Pratchett novels I don t know how this one escaped my notice, but it s so much fun Maskerade is a wonderful sendup of The Phantom of the Opera Having seen the musical four times and the Lon Chaney silent classic twice, this made it great fun indeed But also, I m an opera fan, not a huge fan, understand, not of the ceiling variety, but of the collapsible type that you d slip up a sleeve when no one was looking Maskerade does a great job of lampoon [...]


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