2008: 12. Equal Rites

“This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn’t pretend to answer all or any of these questions.”

Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett

Another day, another Pratchett.  I bought this, as I so often do with Pratchett’s work, to read in the airplane, flying home from a business trip to Atlanta, and enjoyed it immensely.  It’s an earlier work - it might just contain the first appearance of Granny Weatherwax - and it plays with the notion of gender in magic - you see, a dying wizard has left his staff to the seventh son of a seventh son, only to have that baby be a girl.  Now, you all know that girls can’t be wizards - only witches, so, of course, complications ensure.  Pretty clever to poke fun at the sexism so inherent in the fantasy genre, and pretty funny along the way.  

Of course, the real thing that I kept thinking about reading the book is the tragic news that Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers.  What a tragedy for anyone, but particularly for such a sharp minded clever, big hearted man. I wish him and his family the best, and mourn all of our loss if we lose this writer.

Date/Place Completed: 1/18/o8, Flying to D.C.

Categories: Fiction

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017