Tuesday 31 May 2022

re3 - Wyrd Sisters

I have a feeling that I read this in my youth and I don't believe I liked it very much. I know I tried it and said I would try another Discworld novel, but it took over ten years or so for me to try going back into Discworld with Mort (meh), Reaper Man (which I loved and need to reread soon!) and Hogfather (which I would like to reread one day...)

So, Discworld. Big series with loads of lovers out there. A must for fantasy readers who like their stories to have humour, and Wyrd Sisters is the sixth book in the Discworld series and the second, I think, in the Witches collection.

Title and Author: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Corgi/Transworld Books
Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: eProof gifted by UK publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review/reaction, and bought audiobook. 

Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat are witches who, one night, as they meet round a cauldron, find themselves in the middle of a plot. A king is cruelly murdered by his ambitious cousin and his wife, and the true heir to the throne and the crown have vanished. 

Witches should not get involved, but they will and the three witches find out that get involved in royal politics is far more messy and complicated than what some well-known play writers would have you believed...

I'm going to be honest: this wasn't the book for me. I really enjoyed Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax so I am going to try again with these two characters. I believe I have an eProof of Equal Rites (the first Witches book where Granny Weatherwax makes her debut) and later Witches novel, Maskerade. But I'm, not exactly certain if the Witches collection is the best collection for me to read...

There were times, where it felt bogged down and I didn't feel the need to rush back to this book and these characters. Maybe it's because this month was a really bad month for my mental health and that's affected my reading (I have quit a ton of books the past few weeks and did a huge book cull on my kindle), but you can tell this is an early Discworld. I know from chatting to some fans that the early Discworld books aren't exactly the best and struggle to find its feet, but after a few titles, the series finds itself and goes full throttle. 

Plus, if there's a book that takes the mick out of Shakespeare (mainly Hamlet and Macbeth), so that's always a plus. 

I'm not giving up on Discworld. I have several on my TBR and I know once I have found the collection I like, I will devour them. But Wyrd Sisters didn't really work for me. It's ok, but didn't hit that sweet spot. 

(Oh, I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Indira Varma (with Bill Nighy reading footnotes and Peter Serafinowicz as the voice of Death) and I liked this style. I'm tempted to get another new, updated audiobook in this style... 

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