Let’s face it, in times of trouble, stress and general craziness, we all need a bit of Terry Pratchett in our lives. The next Discworld adventure up on my to-be-read shelf was Lords and Ladies, which is the fourteenth book in Pratchett’s fantastical series, and the fifth to feature my personal favourites: the wickedly, fun witches, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat.
In Lords and Ladies, we return to the weird and wonderful Discworld, as something dark and persuasive is stirring at the ancient stone circle, in the kingdom of Lancre, high up in the Copperhead Mountains. No one is told about the stones, no one is told not to go near the stones, but everyone knows going there is just not the done thing… The wile Granny Weatherfax however senses mischief in the air and upon visiting the stones finds footprints… someone has been dancing up there and dancing calls them: the elves!
These aren’t the beautiful, airy-fairy, kind of elves you hear about in the stories. These are real elves, who are deceptive, wicked and cruel, and wish only to destroy and cause havoc. Now Granny and her small coven are the only thing that stand in the way of them returning. So strap yourself in for this fantastical parody of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a full supporting cast of dwarfs, wizards, trolls, Morris dancers and one orang-utan, and lots of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place!
Boy, is there a lot going on in this book, but somehow it just all works! I never really thought anything could come close to how much I love the madcap Wyrd Sisters, which is the first book to feature the witches and is also another Shakespearian parody, of Macbeth in this case. But apparently, Pratchett and Shakespeare must be a match made in heaven for me! I wonder if Sir Terry wrote any other parodies of the great bard’s work? If he has I will have to bump them to the top of Discworld to-be-read pile!
Otherwise I have been roughly working my way through Pratchett’s epic Discworld series: reading the books we already own or as we get our hands on them, in more or less publication order; with a few missed out here and there as we haven’t been able to get our hands on a copy of them (yet!). Thankfully, I don’t feel you necessarily have to read these in publication order, because the stories often follow various different groups of characters. In fact, a nice place to start would be to perhaps follow a favourite group through all their books, and I highly recommend starting with the witches!
So all in all, I thought Lords and Ladies was another hilariously fun read, which I laughed my way through whilst out basking in the early, Spring sunshine. Maybe if I start reading another Discworld book now, the sun will come back?! Next up on my pile is Soul Music. Great read.
Before you go, I would love to hear your thoughts: Have you read this? Or have you read any of the other 40 odd Discworld novels?