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Equal Rites ~Terry Pratchett

“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.”

There you have it the opening line of a truly Wonder Full book and a delight to share as we are doing at our next book group.   The book is perfect for those who love wizards and witches and flat world views and it’s even great for those who do not celebrate these things.

It will tickle your funny bone.  Do you like to hear children laugh with abandon?  I am sure this will do just that.

Be sure and share this whole series by Pratchett with your children, although at my house I found out that all my children already knew this group of books and this author’s peculiar and dancing way with words.

Pratchett  (at Amazon) has created quite a world here in order to create thinking modules around the area of who and want can and cannot do this or that.  It is about taking power into one’s own hands and using it to benefit the world you know and love.

A pearl of wisdom:

“ Animals never spend time dividing experience into little bits and speculating about all the bits they’ve missed.  The whole panoply of the universe has been neatly expressed to them as things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.  This frees the mind from unnecessary thoughts and gives it a cutting edge where it matters.  Your normal animal, in fact, never tries to walk and chew gum at the same time.”

So this is the story of the eighth son being born to the eighth son and what happens when someone does not check all the facts and that second eighth is a daughter!

“…it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you’re attempting can’t be done.  A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a half brick in the path of the bicycle of history.”

I so enjoyed Pratchett’s imaginative use of words and for the first time in a long while I had to use the dictionary function on my KINDLE to discovery just what game plan he had in mind.

If you like stories with strong, determined female characters who are about eight years old and about 4 feet tall, who are on a journey of discovery and working with a witch  READ THIS BOOK.

I am sure you will find yourself here and also some laugh out loud moments.

Have you read something that just boosted your imagination and translated a difficult subject into a new framework?   Hope you will share your favorite stories.

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14 Responses to “Equal Rites ~Terry Pratchett”

  1. Talon Says:

    Sounds delightful, Patricia. I’m definitely going to check this out. The play of the language alone intrigues me!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..The Mystical Meadow =-.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did – I think I will read more of the series. And I did so enjoy researching the author’s website also.

  3. Mark Says:

    Patricia,
    Sounds very interesting. I will check it out.

  4. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Thanks for the review… will add it to my list.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Why I Refuse to Own a Smartphone =-.

  5. Tony Single Says:

    Patricia, I have known about Mr Terry Pratchett for quite some time and still have not sampled some of his work. Shame on me. :(

    I will have to rectify this immediately as he has always seemed to be the kind of author that would be right up my alley.
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..Internet is the Great Satan =-.

  6. Davina Says:

    This sounds like something I could get into, Patricia (if I could settle into reading) that is. I started to read a book a couple of weeks ago and stopped halfway through. Argh… again! But I’m definitely a lover of fantasy works such as this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..9 Animal Totem Cards for Your Muse =-.

  7. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. he’s a very well known author here .. & has alzheimer’s .. and is campaigning for research etc.

    He’s been writing for years .. my brother loves his works and he’s got a huge following .. I haven’t read any – I probably should by the sound of it.

    Have a great weekend .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..The Okavango Delta – the perfect place to Safari or holiday? = Yes for me! Part 3/3 – Sights and sounds .. =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    Mark,
    This particular book is about gender bias. If you read Hilary’s comment you will see that sampling this writing is an important gesture. Lots of wisdom and definitely humor here.

    Vered,
    Definitely add this on to the list – it is a quick read and delightful while working on a big topic.

    Tony,
    I do believe you would enjoy reading this material – it would tickle your already funny imagination. Similar to the piano teacher taking piano lessons…

    Davina,
    It is hard for me to read when the sun is shining and I picked this one up for book group because I needed to keep my self at a slower pace that day….Laughing was good exercise and I do think this author is like Mozart – stimulates the imagination along with the laughter.

    Hilary,
    I think you would enjoy…my children were amazed I had not read any of his work before. I did so enjoy this read.

  9. Chris Edgar Says:

    It sounds like Pratchett is getting into more children’s oriented fiction, and I think his sense of humor is great for that — I used to be into his more adult-oriented Discworld series a while back. Thanks for this review.

  10. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! That book sounds delightful! I’m swamped with homework and all my reading time is “booked” (pun intended)! Hopefully one day I’ll have time for fiction again!
    hugs
    suZen

  11. Patricia Says:

    Chris,
    This book is part of the Discworld series but told through the eyes of a child – looking at gender roles Hilary says Pratchett has Alzheimer’s and is not writing much any more.

    suzen,
    This was a delightful, funny read – refreshing but I certainly do know about the stack of bookedness – nice pun!

  12. jannie Funster Says:

    I just read J.D. Mothers’ Day Post and that appealed very much to my imagination. So much fun to get to know him better in that post.

    Translated a difficult subject into a new framework? Hmmn, that’s pretty cerebral for me so early in the morning. :) Drawing a blank on that. Oh, I guess Elizabeth Kubler-Ross on the stages of grief.

    I will for sure have a look-see at this Prachett book — sounds very intriquing. First I’ve heard of him, I think.

    And…

    HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY, with love from l’il ol moi.

    xoxox
    kootchie-koo

  13. Michael Says:

    Translated a difficult subject into a new framework? Hmmn, that’s pretty cerebral for me so early in the morning. Drawing a blank on that. Oh, I guess Elizabeth Kubler-Ross on the stages of grief.
    +1

  14. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    Yep JD’s Mother’s Day post was very special and thank you for your kind wishes.

    The difficult subject in this particular book is about gender roles and identification – can a female be a wizard? The story is centered around a created world and how people make changes within traditions and first explorations all wrapped up in great humor and language.

    More about making changes in your life and surroundings than about the stages of grief.