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Yrs sincerely

The Opera Ghost

– (Terry Pratchett, Maskerade)

Hilary has finally started on Terry Pratchett (that only took 6 years of advocacy and whining in my part). And while I can’t say much about Monstrous Regiment – well written single themed book typical of what Pratchett attempts when he tries to tackle social issues and/or trends (c.f. Small Gods, Moving Pictures, The Truth etc) – I can’t say enough good things about Maskerade.

Maskerade is by far my favourite book of the Discworld and involves Music, Witches, Ghosts, Food, Cats, Revenge, Death, Girls in various shapes and various states of undress and of course Murder most foul. So it is, rather obviously, about Opera.

I have the UK Hardback, US Paperback and ISIS Unabridged Audio editions. The audio edition is read by Nigel Planer (Neil from the Young Ones) and is far superior to the abridged verstion, which is read by Tony Robinson. Not necessarily because Planer is a far superior narrator, but mostly because it is unabridged.

While reading Maskerade as a stand alone book is a worthwhile endavour of itself it really comes into its own as part of the Witches Sequence of books: “Wyrd Sisters”, “Witches Abroad”, “Lords and Ladies” then “Maskerade” (even if you don’t read any other books read “Maskerade”) and “Carpe Jugulum” and most recently “The Wee Free Men”and “A Hat Full of Sky”, which are childrens books but also fit in with the whole Witches/Lancre series.

On its own Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg (and Greebo) are more or less introduced in media res as fully mature characters – which is good in itself, but Maskerade is so much funnier when you know how they have developed/evolved in the earlier books. Likewise for Nobby Nobbs and Detritus and even for Agnes/Perdita who is a minor character in “Lords and Ladies”

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  1. Jamie Says:

    The best thing about Maskrade is reading it the week before seeing the Phantom of the Opera film. I couldn’t stop thinking “oh, I know what happens next…” only to realise that Granny Weatherwax was not going to appear in this version of the story!

  2. Hilary Says:

    It was good but this does not mean I’m going to be a regular Terry Pratchett reader.
    There just aren’t that many interesting books left in the house….

  3. mgb Says:

    You should come to our house, there are lots of interesting books waiting to be read. And lots of non-interesting ones presumably. I won’t know until i have read them ;-)

    The number of books to be read will probably increase somewhat after my trip to Edinburgh this weekend.

  4. Jamie Says:

    oh yeah! I seem to remember an absolutely huge comp-sci and AI section in a bookshop near the university… if that’s you sort of thing ;-)

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