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Read-a-Thon Progress

Posted on: September 14, 2009

First, I saw that I had a comment from the dashboard and was all excited, but then found out it was just spam for adult movies.  Oh, well.  The exciting news of the moment is that I’m halfway on my page count, yay!

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

I have yet to meet a Terry Pratchett novel I didn’t like.  This is the twelfth Discworld book, and features the Witches. There is a great breakdown of the books by which group of characters are primary, and the order of events here.

Magrat Garlick has inherited a fairy godmother wand, and instructions on a girl (Ella) who needs her help in far away Genua – oh, and instructions NOT to take Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg.  Naturally, Granny and Nanny insist on accompanying her to assist anyway.  The three travel through several towns, often finding situations that they need to correct – animals that think they’re human, dwarves who interrupt their mining to collect a pair of red shoes, and a girl fast asleep in a castle full of other people spelled to sleep.  Oddly enough, everywhere they stop people think they recognize Granny Weatherwax.

The situation in Genua is worse than even Granny Weatherwax feared – someone is making stories come true.  Toymakers are inprisoned for not whistling, singing, or telling stories while making toys.  Thieves are punished by beheading – so they will never think of stealing again.  And it’s all leading to one seemingly inevitable conclusion – Ella will have to marry the Duc, who is a man by day and a frog by night.  Unless Granny, Nanny, Magrat, and a local voodoo priestess named Mrs. Gogol can make the story stop.

As in all Terry Pratchett Discworld novels, there are references, parodies, and inspirations from our culture.  Fairy Tales are a major theme, and some that are used here are  the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the Frog King (aka the Frog Prince.)  Other things that pop up include the falling house from the Wizard of Oz, a village very like the one in the beginning of Dracula, and a definition of ‘Yen’ Buddhism.  There are lots of others, and funny little vignettes of many of the foreign cities that the witches travel through, such as “The Thing With The Bulls” and “Craps Suzette”.

Unleash Your Story Read-a -thon page count so far: 5005 / 10000

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