2007: 176. Maskerade

“The wind howled.  The storm crackled on the mountains.  Lightening prodded the crags like an old man trying to get an elusive blackberry pip out of his false teeth.”

Maskerade, Terry Pratchett

It’s been a goodish while since I have read any Pratchett, and I have to say that I really, really enjoyed reading this one.   This is a witches book, the last one that I hadn’t already read, and I always enjoy spending time with Mesdames Ogg and Weatherwax.  Plus, I like Agnes “Perdita” Nitt more than Magret, who really is a bit soppy, and the whole thing is a take off on 1) The Phantom of the Opera, and 2) opera generally (which Jon and I are just starting to get into), so I enjoyed it to bits.  All the good stuff - goofy puns, silly set ups, Granny Weatherwax pulling it together in the end - who could not find it charming?? If I have one complaint its that this mid-period Pratchett doesn’t have the underlying messages such that it’s really about something like late period Pratchett does, but it is a dashed good read, and I am not actually complaining...

Recommended for: Those people who, despite my urging, have not yet read a book by Terry Pratchett; people who think The Phantom of the Opera is a little soppy itself...

Date/Place Completed: 11/15/07; D.C.

Categories: Fiction

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