Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
Review by Floresiensis
Lords and Ladies is one of fantasy author Mark A. Cropper's favourite books. Mark kindly took the time to tell FantasyBookReview.co.uk why he rates the book so highly. Mark is the author of the highly enjoyable epic fantasy novel The Wizard of Rainbows.
Terry Pratchett’s books have always been a bit of an enigma to me. On one hand they’re light, funny and almost poke fun at the Fantasy Genre. On the other; they often, if not always, contain a darkness which can be almost startling. My overall feeling about them is that he tends towards the former. It doesn’t stop me loving them but I often feel a bit cheated. Then there is “The Lords and Ladies”. Here he got the balance right. On the funny side, I’ll be forever jealous that it wasn’t me who solved the Schrodinger’s "cat in a box" puzzle. On the darker side, remember to always keep the iron horse-shoe over your door lest The Lords and Ladies come calling. You’ll have to read it to understand. Do. It will be more than worth your while.
The Lords and Ladies is one of a series of books about the Witches. “Equal Rights”, “The Weird Sisters.” and “Witches Abroad.” and after it come several more. All are worth reading and reading the three first will greatly add to the enjoyment of The Lords and Ladies. However, I reckon that this is the best of them though and actually I thinks it’s the best of all his Disc-World Books.
Ps, I think I might be in love with Nanny Ogg.
Karen from England
One of the best Discworld books, this has all the best characters both regular and intermittent (Count Casanunda, a work of genius) and most importantly, no bloody Rincewind (sorry, but he just gets on my nerves!!) P.S. Ridcully and Granny Weatherwax - it's really obvious when you think about it, isn't it?
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