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.
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