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Author: Terry Pratchett
Out of the many Pratchett books available this is the second that I have read – and (naturally) both of them follow the witches series of the Disc World. Pratchett seems to have a remarkable ability to tell a story where next to nothing actually happens and yet it’s still engaging, delightful and the absolutely PACKED with witty humour.
Witches Abroad essentially follows witch and newbie fairy godmother Magrat (apparently spelling is important when naming children) and elderly witches Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax as they adventure through foreign part of the Disc World (because anywhere is foreign that ain’t quite home) leaving behind a floury of traumatised inn keepers and cooks in their tracks. With a wand that has a tendency towards pumpkins and indestructible dwarf bread that has the remarkable ability to make anybody want to eat anything else available the majority of this story takes place in the memorising characterisation of our trio as they make their way to Genua – a strange city where stories have a way of becoming reality.
I found myself constantly pausing to share parts of this books charm with my friends and instantly laughing and smiling as soon as I opened the pages. However this ability to tell a perfectly entertaining story where nothing really happens left me feeling bored in the parts where a plot actually took shape. It seems that during the parts of the story where something actually happened – I found myself checking how many pages were left followed by a sigh. Although this only left about 30 boring pages in the whole book as Pratchett plays this his strengths in his unique and brilliant way of story telling.
I give this book 4 stars