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Book Review: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

This was the second Discworld book I ever read after Hogfather, and it strengthened my ties to the series. Wyrd Sisters is an amazing mixture of Terry Pratchett’s world and Shakespeare, and a true opening for Granny Weatherwax. One of my favorite characters. And there is Nanny Ogg and Magrat. Those three women convinced me that this series is for life. (So this review like most of my Discworld reviews are biased.)

This is my fourth time reading the book through, and some of that initial excitement has diminished. It is because the story doesn’t hold surprises. If I’m honest, there is a few plots twist which I don’t care for, or it is the execution that doesn’t work for me. One of them is popping into Ankh-Morpork to get the actors. Their travel and the Fool’s exit and entrance made me grit my teeth. This part caused me to disconnect with Lancre and the witches and took me too far away from Granny. (I get scared if she is not around.) This is nitpicking and didn’t affect me at all first, second, or the third time around.

What I concentrated most this fourth time was how Pratchett played with the idea how words have the power to shape the world and narrative and how history is written by the winners. It is nice that justice gets served because of Granny, but that is not always the case in the real world. And it is something that happens in our own personal lives. Our family members, friends, coworkers, or others who we know shape the narrative to serve their own purposes and sometimes it isn’t easy to say: “that is not exactly how it went.” Not if you are the one who comes second to the story. This happens unfortunately often at workplaces with you-know-the-type. And if you don’t have Granny’s hardened nerves, you often enough let people get away with it. Anyway, it is a good reminder from Pratchett that words shape the narrative and they can be used for self-serving purposes.

Wyrd Sisters is a good book. And I think it, Guards! Guards! or even Hogfather is a good place to start.

Thank you for reading!

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