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Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, the Discworld's greatest witches, are back for an innocent night at the opera. Naturally there's going to be trouble, but at the same time there'll be a good evening's entertainment with murders that you can really hum to....

Title : Maskerade
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ISBN : 9780575058088
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 285 Pages
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Maskerade Reviews

  • Melki
    2019-06-30 09:02

    Granny looked out at the dull gray sky and the dying leaves and felt, amazingly enough, her sap rising. A day ago the future had looked aching and desolate, and now it looked full of surprises and terror and bad things happening to people...If she had anything to do with it, anyway.Agnes Nitt and her alter ego, Perdita X. Dream, have joined the opera. Agnes has a remarkable singing voice (she can even sing harmony with...herself...), but unfortunately, she is a "traditionally built woman." So, she gets to sing in the background while the skinny, attractive star "uses" her voice and gets all the acclaim. No one ever said life is fair, even in Discworld.But strange things are happening at the opera house. There are reports of a phantom hanging about, instruments have been smashed, and now, bodies are dropping from the rafters.I guess it's lucky that Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are in town. Since Magrat's absence, they've discovered that three witches are needed for a coven, AND to keep them from driving each other batty, so they've come to vet Agnes for the job. And while they're there, they might as well clear up all this phantom nonsense to boot.Maybe it was the predominantly female cast, but I enjoyed the stuffing out of this one.Granny gets to find out "What's Opera, Doc?" and Nanny provides possibly the best explanation of its charms that I've ever heard:"Well, it's quite simple reely," she said. "A lot of people are in love with one another, there's considerable dressing up as other people and general confusion, there's a cheeky servant, no one really knows who anyone is, a couple of ole dukes go mad, chorus of gypsies, etc. Your basic opera. Someone's prob'ly going to turn out to be someone else's long-lost son or daughter or wife or something."I also learned that opera would be a whole lot better if they sold peanuts and beer.Nanny and Granny are a great comedy duo. Normally, I'm a diehard Weatherwax fan, but I must say Nanny really stole the show in this one. She gets to utter my favorite line from the book as she elbows her way through a crowd to check out what all the fuss is about - "Let me through. I'm a nosy person."I think, Granny Weatherwax is the woman I'd like to be - a thin, wise, knows-when-to-keep-her-mouth-shut, Katherine Hepburn-type of woman. Nanny Ogg is the woman I am - a short, blowsy, doesn't-know-when-to-shut-up, Bette Midler-type of gal. Oh, well. She may be a bit sloppy and unkempt, but she gets the job done. Just what you'd expect from a nosy person. (Like me.)

  • Phrynne
    2019-06-24 10:03

    I always love Pratchett's witches books and this one was as usual laugh out loud funny. Granny Weatherwax is a wonderful character and then Death made several cameo appearances too which is always good. Pratchett was a master of parody and some of his allusions to opera and to musicals were brilliant.I think the Discworld will always remain one of my most favourite series and my number one "go to" books when I want to read something light, well written, smart and funny.

  • Lyn
    2019-06-24 11:39

    The Phantom of the Opera on the Discworld.All of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books are good but having an adventure with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Og makes it all the better. Here we find Lancre’s two most famous witches traveling to Ankh-Morpork to find Agnes Nitt who has taken up in the chorus of the Ankh-Morpork Opera house. And of course they happen upon a Scooby-Doolicious murder mystery surrounding the legend of the opera ghost.As in all of the Discworld books, Pratchett tells the fun surface story and then also delves into satirical observations about so much more. Here we explore themes of jealousy, greed, art and … the opera. Pratchett’s rapier wit comes through in full force in this extraordinarily humorous parody.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-23 11:54

    The last time we saw the Witches, they were ushering off their third member into the perils of marriage, and to a King, no less. Anyway, Magrat's gone now, and things are going funny without a third to balance things out. Nanny Ogg in particular is worried about Granny Weatherwax, who is terrifying under the best of circumstances. They take a trip to Ankh-Morpork after Granny learns that Nanny wrote a book that is a bestseller, but has gotten no royalties from the swindling publisher. And hey, while they're there, they might as well drop in on Agnes Nitt, a girl from home who's trying to make it as an opera singer, calling herself Perdita X. They know she's a witch in the making, but Agnes is determined to resist her fate, even if it does mean everyone thinks the one singing all those beautiful arias is the skinny beautiful blonde girl who faints like a pro. Meanwhile, the legendary opera ghost who has been such good luck has all of a sudden started killing people right and left. Of course Nanny and Granny (and sensible Agnes, with the great hair and the lovely personality) get involved, and do as only the Witches can do, making sense out of a whole mess of nonsense in every possible form.This is my eighteenth Discworld book, and I feel like I'm at the point in this series where Pratchett had just nailed his own style so hard that even the halfhearted books are pretty amazing. My least favorite Discworld books have always been the straight parodies of things, so I was a bit surprised that I ended up enjoying this one so much (although I do love Phantom of the Opera). It was also a bit more lightweight than my favorites, but the thing he does with masks was pretty great, and I really love Granny and Nanny, as well as reluctant Agnes. Also, I waited the whole damn book for (view spoiler)[the chandelier to fall (hide spoiler)], and it never did! Terry Pratchett, you dear departed tricky little man.[3.5 stars, rounded up]

  • BrokenTune
    2019-07-12 09:57

    Right! Let’s do some good!’ she said, to the universe at large.Need I say anything more about the Granny Weatherwax, the speaker of this line? She is still one of the best characters in fiction. In Maskerade, Granny and Nanny are faced with the difficulty of being a coven of only two witches. They need a third. Because, as we know, two witches is not a coven, it's an argument. There has to be a third to settle the argument - or act as a buffer.Unfortunately, Agnes, the hopeful addition to Granny and Nanny, has set her mind on pursuing a musical career, and not on becoming a witch. So, Agnes joins the opera where she is cast as the vocal lead. but as she is blessed with a good personality and nice hair rather than, erm, "looks", her choice may not be all that she hoped for. Also, there is the slight matter of unexplained deaths occurring at the opera. In a twist of previous books in the series, Granny turns into a quasi Miss Marple in Maskerade, and Nanny is at hand to explain Granny's use of headology to perplexed by-standers. What's not to like?

  • Melindam
    2019-07-13 07:34

    " '... anyway, you said you were at your wits' end with thinking what you'd do with the money.''Yes, but I'd have quite liked to have been at my wits' end on a big comfy chase longyou somewhere with lots of big, strong men buyin' me chocolates and pressin' their favors on me.''Money don't buy happiness, Gytha.''i only wanted to rent it for a few weeks.' "" 'Well, you are a witch!!! Can't you do that thing with the cards and glasses?''Well, yes ... we could have a poker game, ' said Nanny. 'Good idea.' " Maskerade is Discworld's / Terry Pratchett's answer to The Phantom of the Opera (which is the winner of my category: the most boring and pointless book ever). And what an answer it is: it's fun's and boisterousness' answer to boredom and staleness. It almost makes me forgive Gaston Leroux for writing the original.Letting the witches Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg on to the stages and behind the scenes of the Opera is just the ticket the story needed and Bob's your uncle, or maybe - in this case - Andrew Lloyd-Webber.I need to re-read the Witches-books of Discworld to give a final verdict, but this is certainly among my favourites.“Well, basically there are two sorts of opera," said Nanny, who also had the true witch's ability to be confidently expert on the basis of no experience whatsoever. "There's your heavy opera, where basically people sing foreign and it goes like "Oh oh oh, I am dyin', oh I am dyin', oh oh oh, that's what I'm doin'", and there's your light opera, where they sing in foreign and it basically goes "Beer! Beer! Beer! Beer! I like to drink lots of beer!", although sometimes they drink champagne instead. That's basically all of opera, reely.”

  • YouKneeK
    2019-07-11 09:43

    Maskerade is the fifth book in the Witches subseries of Discworld. I usually enjoy the Witches books a little more than the others. I didn’t think this one was as uproariously funny as Wyrd Sisters or Witches Abroad, but I did enjoy it.The story centers on some goings-on at an opera house. The opera house has always had a mysterious ghost with certain demands, but lately this ghost seems to have gone off the deep end. It's murdering people and leaving crazy notes with lots of exclamation points. As anybody who has read a few Pratchett books probably knows, multiple exclamation points are a sure sign of insanity!!!!! I’ve had very little exposure to the opera, so I’m sure there were some jokes that went over my head, but I felt like most of it was pretty accessible to me. As expected, there are a lot of Phantom of the Opera references as well as some fun-poking at opera in general. The story itself was entertaining, with a bit of a mystery feel to it, but the solutions to the mystery were predictable to the point where I suspect they weren’t really intended to be a surprise. Character-wise, Magrat is only spoken about and doesn’t show up personally. I was actually happy about that since I think she can be annoying. Granny and Nanny are there though, and they’re as much fun as always. Another character who we had met briefly in a previous Witches book took a major role in this story, and I liked her quite a bit. I definitely liked her more than Magrat.I was surprised to look ahead on the reading list and realize there’s only one more Witches book to go. I hope that won’t be the last of Granny and Nanny because they’re so much fun. The Tiffany Aching series seems to be a young adult offshoot of the Witches series, so hopefully they’ll show up at least a little bit here and there.

  • Jeraviz
    2019-06-28 08:36

    Perdóneme Señor Pratchett porque al empezar el libro pensaba que no me iba a gustar mucho. La serie de las brujas no es mi favorita y una historia ambientada en el mundo de la ópera no era lo que me llamaba más la atención.Pero lo que he descubierto ha sido una de las mejores novelas del Mundodisco. Una parodia del teatro y la ópera con acción constante, gente entrando y saliendo entre bambalinas, decenas de personajes, misterios que resolver y un simio tocando el órgano. Y todo perfectamente hilado para no perdernos entre tanto caos.Ya no volveré a dudar más de usted.

  • MisterFweem
    2019-06-27 14:04

    The musical "Phantom of the Opera" used to drive me crazy. All that foppish flopping around with Christine being the sad weepy and yet easily manipulated girl who would run off and do whatever the creep with the dinnerware stuck to his face told him. I always figured if I were in the opera house and saw what was going on, I'd try to make Christine see the light.Now, thanks to Agnes Nitt, I know that wouldn't have worked. But thank heaven for Terry Pratchett and Agness Nitt for taking Gaston Leroux' story and setting it in Ankh-Morpork, where the best satirist of the 20th century could have fun with it.Every bit of the story is comic, from Nanny Ogg's obscene recipes to the transformation of Greebo the cat into Lord Gribeaux. Esme Weatherwax is just as wise and cranky as ever as well.I remember my first read-through of this book, and how distressed I felt that Pratchett wasn't writing about his wizards. Now I look over my Pratchett collection and have to say my favorite books don't involve the wizards at all.

  • David Sarkies
    2019-07-03 14:53

    Pratchett takes us to the opera4 November 2014 Since Margrat Garlick has gone on to do bigger and better things (such as ruling) the remaining two witches are at a loss as to who would fill the missing spot in their 'coven'. They did settle on Agnes, however it seems that she also has better things to do, such as run off to Anhk Morpork to become a world famous opera singer. There are a couple of problems with this though (not that she is unable to become an opera singer, despite the suggestion that she can't sing, though acting ability is not really all that necessary since it is well known that opera singers don't act) and that is that first of all the theatre is so scared of bad luck that there is a plethora of rules that must be adhered too so that the show is a success (not that these shows are successful because they don't seem to be making any money), and secondly the opera house is haunted. This book is based upon Phantom of the Opera, a musical that I have not seen so unfortunately I am not all that familiar with it (I could have seen it when I was in London, but I decided to go an see Spamalot instead, which meant I missed out on seeing a Rowen Atkinson play, which I didn't realise was on until the day before I left, and that was the one night that there was no performance). However you don't really need to be familiar with the musical to appreciate this book – I certainly did (though there is a difference between a musical and an opera). Maskerade is sort of a mystery because along with the ghost there have also been a number of murders. This time, though, it is not the city watch that are investigating (though Noddy and Detritus do make an appearance) but Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. Of course they have to go undercover, so that means that Granny has to go and dress up as your typical opera goer, which means spending an awful lot of money, as well as turning Greebo back into a human so that she has somebody to accompany her. Unfortunately Nanny (who has all of the money) is relegated to the role of a serving maid. As the name suggests, this book is all about masks, though it explores masks in a similar way that many other forms of literature explore masks. In a way we all wear masks to hide our true selves from society at large, and this is taken up more so on stage where the actors put on the masks of the character that they are playing. Thus the actors are not only wearing multiple masks, but there is also the question as to their true identity. Of course, as we are probably aware, the phantom (or ghost in this book) also wears a mask so as to conceal his identity, but this works further to create a vastly different identity where the identity of the ghost, for a while, is thought to be somebody else. Of course, the ghost is not an actual ghost, as Granny points out, because ghosts are not interested in creating any more ghosts because it is already pretty crowded in Ghostland. I won't necessarily say I am getting bored with the Pratchett books at this stage, I still quite enjoyed this one, but I wonder how the series is going to maintain its standard since I believe there are over 30 books with more in the pipeline. I particularly enjoyed the scene with Death and the cow (and that is all I will say), and I always enjoy the antics of the witches as they move through Discworld with their own eccentric personalities and not really caring about what other people think. However, I am sure there are still many aspects of our world and our culture available for Pratchett to place in his satirical world.

  • Tfitoby
    2019-06-27 10:45

    So great to get back to a book with Pratchett doing what he did best after the poor punfest that was Soul Music and the silly adventures of Rincewind in Interesting Times, Maskerade is about the witches and you can't go wrong with Granny and Nanny running riot with things.Nanny is sick of making the tea, Granny is bored, they need a third (junior) witch to complete their coven and they need adventures to stave off the craziness that can envelope the mind of a bored yet powerful witch (see the adventures of Black Alice for case in point.) It just so happens that their preferred witch Agnes (Perditax) Nitt has run off to the big smoke to join the opera, an operation currently haunted by a murderous ghost. Hijinks ensues.The major difference between the witches books and the Rincewind books is that first and foremost Pratchett is concerned with telling an interesting and entertaining story about great characters as opposed to squeezing as many jokes per page as possible with a "plot" a secondary or tertiary requirement of the book. Granny and Nanny ARE great characters, they have interesting adventures and the stories are generally reused, reimagined, re-buggered about with, classics of literature i.e. established high quality structure with a fair bit of cunning imagination thrown in to the mix. Maskerade's take on The Phantom of the Opera is no exception to this, and there are still countless jokes that come naturally from the evolution of the characters and plot rather than slapstick humour forced in to scenarios as part of an unacknowledged joke quota.The promotion of Agnes from a minor character in Lords and Ladies to bone fide replacement for Queen Magrat Garlick is handled marvellously, life is breathed in to her previous caricature with nonchalant ease, bringing a new dynamic to Pratchett's world - a female character that is allowed to just exist on her own for a time without solely being a plot device or a two dimensional villain or a sounding board for Granny etc.Looking ahead at the rest of the series I think it's fair to say that this is the point where Pratchett became fully in control of his abilities with the pen and grasped the power of the world he had created over the past decade and Maskerade is a good example of what was to come.

  • SheriC (PM)
    2019-07-10 07:57

    How I empathized with Agnes, cursed with a good personality and nice hair, instead of a trim figure and a pretty face. Knowing that she was always expected to be calm and sensible and capable, resenting it, and yet unable to help herself in always being the calm and sensible and capable one in a crisis. What young woman wouldn’t be horrified to see her own future in Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax? And yet, there is certainly power in embracing your true self. I’m a little sad that there’s only one more book in the Witches series from the Discworld books. So far, this one is my favorite.

  • Brooke Banks
    2019-06-29 11:58

    I loved this book. Gee, I say that about every Pratchett book, don't I?Ah well, it can't be helped. Pratchett has his own unique wonderful style and is truly a master at his craft.So many things that I loved about this book.1. I love Agnes. Her struggles and voice was authentic for being an over-weight woman over shadowed by her skinny counter parts due to bias against over-weight people, especially women. I get the criticisms that her heaviness was talked about a lot, but that criticism doesn't fit here. I hate it too often in books with the portrayal of over-weight people and how their heaviness is all they are; you could slap a name tag on a bag of sand to stand in for the character and no one would be the wiser. In the case of Agnes, it really is just her having the everyday dealings with people about her weight and how she thinks of it so much because of being conditioned of thinking about it so much. Self-conscious since it's peoples first and last thought with her. It's the main reason she isn't allowed a personality beyond do everything say only nice things doormat. It's her wanting to be herself and speak out that actually comes up more than her weight. It's the reason she becomes Perdita X Dreams. That struggle for speaking your mind when you're put upon to be the dependable nice invisible unless noticed reasonable one is so realistic. It really is a struggle for a woman to do that unless you harness the Bitch label and own it. Agnes speaks to and for so many women's experiences so well that I'm amazed it was done by a man. I give Pratchett so much props and love for this. Finding a male author that doesn't drown everything in the male gaze when it's suppose to be a woman character looking is hard enough and I'm reveling in how great Agnes character is. 2. I like how Pratchett brought up the issues of weight, with women and especially in show business and the pressures women face to be nice. The Witches series in Discworld has to be my favorite because of the strong female leads and how it deals with feminist issues. I do think Christina was a cardboard cut out of a character. While wonderfully described with her talking and moving in exclamations and signaling fainting on purpose for attention, she really was an airhead. Some women are airheads and the people with "star quality" get enough attention as it is. Of course, it would have been nice to see some perspective on the pressures women have to face to be skinny, stay skinny, and be dumb on Christina's side of the fence. For the first time ever Christina wasn't the star of the show. However, I think a lot of attention is payed to that and it's not a real detractor to the book. It probably would have only made the book longer and gummed it up. 3. Pratchett brought up and dealt with "the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone" very well. On page 4, "Of course, it was nothing but an old superstition and belonged to the unenlightened days when 'maiden' or 'mother' or...the other one...encompassed every woman over the age of twelve or so, except maybe for nine months of her life. These days, any girl bright enough to count and sensible enough to take Nanny's advice could pull off being at lease one of them for quite some time. Even was an old superstition-older than books, older than writing-and beliefs like that were heavy weights on the rubber sheet of human experience, tending to pull people into their orbit." It becomes much more about needing another person in the group to be a witch and train, keeping Granny good than filling in the stereotypical roles of women. It points out nicely how stupid it is and how Granny fits all three anyways.4. I love Pratchett poking fun at opera and theater in general. It was quite fun. I'm not a fan of operas, musicals or theater, nor am I very well read on the subjects. Pratchett makes the parody of Phantom of the Opera and operas very friendly and understandable for even people like me, who don't get it. It's not snobby.5. Bucket is an excellent parody of business men, especially those of American's right wing that claims to be self-made while using daddy's money. He's a made man with his daddy's money and he's about to make a fortune in the opera business because of sheer dumb luck. I think it's rather funny how it shines a light on the stupid shit a lot of people say and believe without thinking and holds up a mirror for people to recognize it, while not being directly insulted. Like judging someone based on the firmness of the handshake and no body is self-made even if you only used your own money for business. We're social creatures and live in a society together, the self-made man is a work of fiction. Propaganda garbage like the fabled American Dream. Everything is a big "Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours". Bucket as a person and a parody is perfectly summed up on page 15,"I've been through the mill, I have,' Bucket began,'and I made myself what I am today-'Self-raising flour? thought Salzella'-but I have to, er, declare a bit of a financial interest. Her dad did, er, in fact, er, lend me a fair whack of money to help me buy this place, and he made a heartfelt fatherly request in regard to his daughter. If I bring it to mind correctly, his exact words, er, were:"Don't make me have to break your legs." I don't expect your artistes to understand. It's a business thing. The gods help those who help themselves, that's my motto.'6. The twist and turns of the story. Even with this being a parody of the Phantom of the Opera it grips you, it's suspenseful, keeps you guessing and laughing out load. It's enjoyable. It's a breeze to read and get involved in. Like the little Mouse Death and Death dealing with a swan that refuses to do a Swan Song, which are some of my favorite scenes, as weird as that may sound it fits perfectly and just adds more to the story. 7. It's Pratchett. His description and voice is unique and hilarious. Like on page 3, "Lightning prodded the crags like an old man trying to get an elusive blackberry pip out of his false teeth." and "the sound of Nanny Ogg cutting bread, which she did with as much efficiency as a man trying to chainsaw a mattress."Many pieces of awesomeness on every page, but to list a few things I wanted to pull out:Granny dealing with the theater in her own way, on page 59, "She didn't loathe the theater, because, had she done so, she would have avoided it completely. Granny now took every opportunity to visit the traveling theater that came to Landcre, and sat bold upright in the front row of every performance, staring fiercely. Even honest Punch and Judy men found her sitting among the children, snapping things like 'Taint so!' and 'Is that any way to behave?' As a result, Lancre was becoming known throughout the Sto Plains as a really tough gig."On technical advances in society of movable print on page 74Movable type was known in Ankh-Morpork, but if wizards heard about it they moved it where no one could find it. They generally didn't interfere with the running of the city, but when it came to movable type the pointy foot was put down hard. They had never explained why, and people didn't press wizards, not if you liked yourself the shape you were. They simpley worked around the problem, and engraved everything. This took a long time and meant taht Ankh-Morpork was, for example, denied the benefit of newspapers, leaving the population to fool themselves as best they could."On wearing black,page 87, That was the good thing about black. You could be nearly anything, wearing black.Mother Superior or Madam, it was really just a matter of the style. It just depended on the details.Granny and Nanny on page 141 "Well, he looks aristocratic-" Nanny began. 'He looks like a beautiful brainless bully,' Granny corrected her. 'Aristocratic,' repeated Nanny.'Same thing.'On page 142, I love the description of Corporal Nobby Nobbs, There was, indeed, a very short man in a suit intended for a rather larger man; this was especially the case with the opera cloak, which actually trailed on the floor behind him to give the overall impression of a superhero who had spent too much time around the Kryptonite."Andre and Granny squaring off Andre gave Granny a long look, like a man weighing up his chances. He must have decided they were bobbing along the ceiling.“I… hang around in dark places looking for trouble,” he said.“Really? There’s a nasty name for people like that,” snapped Granny.“Yes,” said Andre. “It’s ‘policeman’.”

  • Nicole
    2019-07-06 13:43

    This is a fun take on the world of opera, with lots of sly, punny references to various works, plus a cute twist on The Phantom of the Opera. I really liked how Pratchett stripped all the highfallutin aspects away to reveal the absurdity. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg took on the big city and the opera in fine form, hilarious and crafty as ever. I managed to guess the identity of the killer correctly, although I'd hoped I was wrong, since I rather liked the character. While it was clear that Agnes/Perdita was going to fight her fate and lose, I still felt a little sad for her. Pratchett went with realism for what becomes of the Agneses and Christines(!) of the world, and I know that tune all too well. But, overall, it's a fun book, packed with plenty of Pratchett's delightful storytelling, wry observations, and hilarious turns-of-phrase.

  • Vane
    2019-07-13 08:45

    Que bien me lo he pasado. Es uno de mis favoritos de las brujas.

  • Marina
    2019-06-17 10:03

    The Witches series continuous to be witty and hilarious, but all I can really say about it is that the book is good. I guess it's hard for me to read and fully enjoy serial books without seeing some sort of significant growth in the characters. But while we do find out a little more about Granny's and Nanny's past lives, they're such small tidbits that I wouldn't call them revelations or development. They're still fantastic, hilarious, amazing characters but I want more.Plus I had a hard time liking Agnes/Perdita because she was such a ... I don't know, maybe it's not her that I don't like, but her story. She at least tries to get out of the small time, tries to fight and achieve her dreams, but the world won't let her and no one wants her too. Granny and Nanny, don't particularly force her into anything and don't tell her what to do, just keep the door open for her but it's just so not fair that in the end, Agnes left the opera not because it was her choice... but because she wasn't really wanted there. Even though she was the best goddam singer there, no one wanted her because she is fat. And that was cruel... I mean, in most of his books, Terry always makes the ending - no matter how bitter - feel just and right in the end. And this one still felt wrong and bitter. No one will regret losing Agnes, there was no realization of losing the greatest opera singer in Discworld history... and that just didn't feel right.

  • Caroline Eising
    2019-06-21 12:46

    I don't think this is one of Pratchett's strongest novels. There are times were the story seems structures just to fit in more jokes, instead of the jokes fitting into the story, and that led to a couple of eye-rolling moments for me, but there are witches! And as usual, witches save the day in their own way. Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax are near the top of the list when it comes to my favourite characters in the series, and they are at their best when thrown out of their usual element. High society and culture are probably about as far out as you can get!My favourite part was a brief moment when we get to peer inside Detritus' head as he thinks through an usual situation. It isn't easy to write such... well, limited characters in a believable way, and though very short the passage was enough to establish his character and motivations as he struggles to keep up with a must smarter, fast thinking world. It reminded me of Grog from Critical Role - giving characters limits is tough, but it makes them much more defined. Pratchett's characters always come with their own limits, quirks and unique ways of thinking (such as the Ogg's view on possession of property) and that is what makes the characters so lively.Oh, and there are plenty of jibes about the opera. I'm sure I missed quite a few (not being a huge fan) but there were enough their for me to pick up many of them. Opera fans will probably be able to pluck out a few more.

  • Anthony Eaton
    2019-07-09 10:51

    So, my revisiting-Terry-Pratchett's-back-catalogue continues....I'd forgotten about this one, until I found it buried at the back of my shelves. Unlike a few of Pratchett's discworld books, like 'Mort' and 'Going Postal', this one had somehow failed to register in my memory the first time I read it.Which is a pity, because it's a fantastic book, and I wish I'd re-read it earlier.Before I go any further, though, I probably need to offer a small confession, of sorts. It's gonna hurt, too. Here it is:*I kinda like Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals*And, as a closet (okay, not so closeted anymore) 'Phantom of the Opera' fan (phan?) This particular Pratchett title, which manages to gently poke fun at both 'traditional' opera ("another thing I can't stand about opera... are the plots. They make no sense!! And no-one ever says so!!!") and also musical theatre ("An opera about Cats?' she said, 'Never heard of an opera about cats...") is a damn good read.It also contains his witches who, as I've mentioned in review of one of his other books, are among Pratchett's most masterful creations. Also Greebo the cat, and the less said about him, the better.So this one's worth a look in. Especially if you, like me, are a secret admirer of Sir Andrew and his ilk.

  • Kaethe
    2019-07-02 15:04

    1 Jan 200019 July 201413 Aug 2016This was one of the first Discworld books I ever read, and I wouldn't recommend it as a good place to start. There's Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg (and Greebo) which is to the good, but Death makes only a token appearance, and it isn't very kind. There's a fair amount of fat-bashing, and the pretty girl is presented as an absolute idiot, and the dancers don't eat (as if that weren't pretty much a condition of their employment). Plus it's a riff on Phantom of the Opera which isn't a favorite story or opera with me.There is some lovely stuff about the actual Opera House building which puts me in mind of many any old theater of my acquaintance, and how creepy they are without a lot of people in them. Against that you have to balance the business of pity toward Agnes. And everyone pities Agnes, despite her astounding voice, because there's just no way she's ever going to get a man. Probably even Pratchett realized how poorly he'd done by her, since he didn't try to give her a substantial role in another book.Personal copy.

  • Paul
    2019-06-26 13:00

    Pratchett's Discworld novels are my favorite light reading. He takes bits of our society -- and our language -- and turns them upside-down, inside-out (and sometimes backwards in time) so he can hold them up to the reader with a conspiratorial grin. Pratchett's satire is exuberant, good-humored and, although it is wildly irreverent, doesn't feel disrespectful. Most of all, Pratchett is funny. I often find myself, well, not exactly laughing out loud, more like snorting noisily through my nose (sntmn?) at his outrageous twists and turns. Maskerade, not new, but the latest to fall under my hand, doesn't disappoint. The sacred cow that Pratchett milks for this novel -- with the help of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg -- is the world of opera and musical theater. Great fun.

  • Roviragrao
    2019-06-30 10:52

    (Relectura Mundodisco #18)Yaya Ceravieja y Tata Ogg van a la ciudad en busca de una tercera bruja para completar el aquelarre, y se ven envueltas en una trama de misterios y asesinatos en la ópera.Como siempre nos encontramos brillantes reflexiones y ocurrencias por toda la novela, aunque su punto fuerte son los momentos protagonizados por Yaya y Tata, los personajes más carismáticos. Por contra, los secundarios me han parecido algo más flojos que en otras novelas. A veces Pratchett te gana más por la forma que por el fondo, y Mascarada es un buen ejemplo. Los diálogos brillan más que la historia en sí, pero no supone ningún problema ni impide que sea una novela muy disfrutable y divertida.

  • Jota Houses
    2019-07-03 14:42

    Terry Pratchett la emprende con el fantasma de la Opera. y como armas utiliza a Yaya Ceravieja y Tata Ogg. Menos logrado que sus antecesores en cuanto a carga simbólica, pero igual de divertido que siempre; asistimos a la demolición de la mitología de la Opera, el Musical y el Folletín decimonónico en las peligrosas calles de Ank-Morpork.

  • Andree
    2019-07-06 14:34

    Back to the TP readthrough. Read this over the course of about a month. It was a reread. I remember really liking this the first time through. And there are some delightful bits. Hence the 4 star rating. I'm rating high, because part of me feels that I should have enjoyed this more, but I didn't. I feel like it might have been mood. This one has a lot of good stuff in it, but I struggled on this readthrough. And I don't know why.

  • Fiona
    2019-06-24 10:56

    Every time I feel bogged down by the things I'm reading, I always know something that's going to cheer me up. PTerry on excellent form. A masterfully well-put-together mystery that kept me guessing longer than most. The level of observation and writing style send shivers down my spine.

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2019-07-06 09:55

    I was hooked on these books in the late 1990's and I had to have every book that came out without fail. Unfortunately during the mists of time all the books have merged into one, but I still remember Death and Rincewind to this day and the over top adventures they had. But I have to admit my favourite novels were the ones that contain the city watch and the adventures of Sam Vimes, these novels still to this day stick out as the best of the series, but I never really got on with the books that featured the witches. But overall, with so many books this review is for them all and I will rate each book accordingly.Here is my collection, dusty and a little bit tatty but I still have them all!!

  • Malapata
    2019-06-29 12:57

    Es posible que las brujas sea mi saga favorita de lo que llevo de Mundodisco. Brujerías, sin ser de los mejores, tenía un par de golpes de humor gloriosos (¡esas vendedoras de manzanas!). De ahí pasábamos a la sucesión de divertidas ocurrencias que era Brujas de viaje para, en Lores y damas, demostrarnos que también había lugar para otros sentimientos (y, de camino, terminar de encumbrar a Yaya Ceravieja).Después de esta estupenda progresión Mascarada es un cierto paso atrás. Es divertido, pero no destaca en ningún aspecto: ni por su humor, ni por su historia, ni por el toque tierno con el que a veces Pratchett nos desarma incluso en libros menores (estoy pensando en ese estupendo y lacrimógeno final que redime a El segador). Entretenido, cumple con su función, pero no deja poso.

  • Diana
    2019-07-03 14:47

    I know this book is supposed to be a light-hearted Discworld romp featuring the irrepressible Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg running around witching it up, and it really is; I giggled repeatedly at their antics and the ridiculous Greebo the cat, who is occasionally a man. The late, great Terry Pratchett played the English language like a finely tuned instrument built by aliens, and I approve so hard, seriously. Still, as silly as it is, this book is fantastically filled with deep thoughts about the politics of fat people, and as a tubby-ass bastard myself this is a topic near and dear to my heart.Arguably, the main character here is Perdita, nee Agnes, who is the subject of every fat joke you can imagine from the start of the book. It takes her outer edges longer to stop than the rest of her, yuk yuk; farmgirls from Lancre have to be sturdy to be really great examples of womanhood, and Agnes is definitely two women in comparison to women from other places, lolol, oh man, that's a great one. She's got a great personality! And really nice hair! (No joke, this made me cringe so hard from having heard these two specific things all of my life, along with "you have such nice skin!" It's probably because we can't stop talking to women about what they look like, we have to come up with something nice to say about people we don't think look nice at all, but that's probably beside the point.) What is not beside the point is that though Agnes is marginalized in every way by most of the other characters in the book, if you were to ask any sensible person which character they would want to be, I can almost guarantee that they would say Agnes. She's the only one with sense, courage, compassion; she's had to struggle for her independence, is incredibly talented but knows how to work hard; hell, she HAS to be fat, or else she'd be Mary Sue. Everytime the shallow, dim and selfish-yet-beautiful Christine showed up, I thought about what my mom always said: I may be fat but you're ugly inside. And I can always diet. And indeed, I think that's the point Pratchett was trying to make here. No amount of carrots are going to make you a better, more capable person. To be fair, there are a also several jokes made at the expense of the corps of dancers; how they're always hungry-looking, or in the lunchroom sharing a celery stick, and honestly the big joke here is at the expense of all 'crazy opera people', but bear with me. I'm on a roll. WITH BUTTER, YUKYUK.(view spoiler)[Of course, this thread is followed to its logical, real-world conclusion when the lovable, picked-on stagehand who turns out to be more than the dimwit he was assumed to be, but in the end when given the opportunity to be "normal" uses his newfound position to fawn on the same useless Christine because she looks better. Same with the undercover cop who was the only man to treat Agnes as though she were just another woman in the opera house until the case is settled and then he too inexplicably fawns on the helpless Christine. Agnes, seen again as the embodiment of good sense does the equivalent of a WTF headshake and leaves them to their own devices.(hide spoiler)]Interestingly enough, though I never felt sorry for or disgusted by Agnes, Enrico Basilica aka Henry Slugg, is the only truly fat man in the book, and he's the target for all of the things we secretly think about fat people-- he's gross, he can't stop eating even when he's about to go on stage, he's eaten ALL the food, he's taking uneaten portions from his manager, HAWHAW LOOK AT HIM GO, etc. He's the Monty Python "just a tiny teeny bit more" guy, and it's uncomfortable to watch. There's no sympathy for Henry here, and that's probably because there isn't a lot more to him than Food-In-Music-Out.Anyway, a true testament to Pratchett's ability to tell a real story and make some worthwhile commentary whilst telling a completely ridiculous whodunnit.

  • Cyn Romero
    2019-06-26 11:44

    Esta es la penúltima entrega de las aventuras de Yaya y Tata Ogg, y está llena de escenas inolvidables y de personajes secundarios a la altura de las circunstancias. Tata y Yaya se han quedado sin Magrat, y eso significa dos cosas: la primera, que deben hacerse ellas mismas el té y las tostadas durante las reuniones. La segunda, que el equilibrio del grupo se ha roto y las dos ya no tienen a nadie que las detenga de hacer sus locuras (en el buen y el mal sentido, la tentación al lado oscuro de una de ellas ya era una amenaza desde libros anteriores pero es ahora cuando empieza a cobrar más fuerza). Tata Ogg lo decide: necesitan a una nueva tercera bruja urgente, y sabe quién es la mejor candidata. El problema es que la elegida se ha marchado a la ciudad para probar suerte como cantante de ópera. Y en el Teatro de la Ópera se esconde algo terrible. La historia se divide entre el viaje y las travesuras de ambas brujas, y la historia del Teatro de la ópera, con el fantasma y la nueva bruja que espera escapar a ese destino. Hablo de Agnes Nitt, (de nombre artístico Perdita, a tal punto que su seudónimo ha cobrado personalidad propia y le habla desde su cabeza por momentos). El ritmo de la trama es intenso. Pratchett nos mantiene en vilo con un entretejido de historias que, como siempre, terminan uniéndose en una sola y provocando el desastre final. Porque todas las historias que incluyan a Yaya y a Tata tendrán un caos desatado en algún momento. Por otro lado, la temática de fondo fue de mis favoritas: la superficialidad, las máscaras que usamos todos y la facilidad con que juzgamos a los demás por sus apariencias y condenamos sin preguntar dos veces. La doble ironía de que el Fantasma solo se enamore de la chica hermosa es lo más divertido. También hay continuas referencias al detrás de escena de las compañías que realizan este tipo de espectáculos y a obras famosas con nombres ligeramente cambiados. He reído como loca, me he encariñado con el personaje de Agnes/Perdita y he extrañado a Magrat también. Como en ocasiones anteriores, la aparición de la Muerte se lleva algunos de los mejores momentos. Por ejemplo, la escena en que espera el último canto de un cisne antes de llevárselo al otro mundo y éste no quiere darle con el gusto. Y el dueño del Teatro de la Ópera, el Señor Balde, es muy gracioso con sus razonamientos de inversor que no ve un centavo de ganancia. En conclusión, este es otro gran acierto del autor, aunque se echa de menos la dinámica de las tres brujas originales. Y me dejó con ganas de terminar de leer el original, que lo dejé empezado en mi biblioteca.

  • S K Gillespie
    2019-07-03 10:01

    I love Terry Pratchett.A few years ago I refused to read any of his books. Kids stuff, I thought, ugly covers (yes, I DO judge books by their covers. There should be a club for that) and too short for a decent story. Then one night I was stuck at a pub while my ex boyfriend was working and one of the other guards let me sit in his car, drink his guarana + caffeine drinks and fossick through all the crap on the floor. And I found Men at Arms. And because I was bored I read it. then I read another one i found under some hungry jacks wrappers. I think it was Small Gods. By the time Barrett finished his shift (he didn’t get glassed or shot, unfortunately) I had read 2 1/2 Discworld novels and I was hooked.With the news that Pratchett has Alzheimers I am trying to read the series as slowly as possible in case there aren’t a huge amount of new ones available in the coming years, although he shows no sign of slowing down yet. Because I can’t put the book down once I’ve started it, i tend to wait a long time between reading discworld novels and I don’t read them in order. Maskerade“>Maskerade features Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax, two witches of Discworld. The two journey from Lancre to Ankh-Morpork, following the woman whom they hope will become the third in their little coven. Agnes is busy trying to become an opera star and while she has the voice for it, it seems she is sadly lacking in ’star quality’, an aspect which can not be taught. And the opera house is strange and dark and filled with superstition and death..Its impossible to give a good review of a Discworld novel that doesn’t border on being a thesis. There is too much humour, wit, satire, suspense and misdirection contained within and all is equally worthy of note. So I’ll just say you should go out and get your hands on a discworld novel (any one, i’m not particular) if you haven’t yet read one and if you have read them, then make sure you put maskerade on your list. It wont disappoint. Pratchett is a genius and I would love to be half as clever as him. Andre gave Granny a long look, like a man weighing up his chances. He must have decided they were bobbing along the ceiling. “I… hang around in dark places looking for trouble,” he said. “Really? There’s a nasty name for people like that,” snapped Granny. “Yes,” said Andre. “It’s ‘policeman’.”

  • Mark Cain
    2019-07-01 12:40

    Over the past two decades, I've read a number of Pratchett novels. I don't know how this one escaped my notice, but it's so much fun. Maskerade is a wonderful sendup of The Phantom of the Opera. Having seen the musical four times and the Lon Chaney silent classic twice, this made it great fun indeed. But also, I'm an opera fan, not a huge fan, understand, not of the ceiling variety, but more of the collapsible type that you'd slip up a sleeve when no one was looking. Maskerade does a great job of lampooning operas: the old, fat, ugly people who sing songs about being young and thin and beautiful; the nonsensical plots, etc. There is even considerable musing on just exactly WHY the show must go on.Two of my favorite Discworld characters, Esmerelda Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, witches out of the Ramtops, are the main characters. We even have a vapid Christine to ooh and ah over. This book is great fun, and I think it is perhaps in my top five favorites in the Discworld series. Read it.