The Ghost in the bone-white mask who haunts the Ankh-Morpork Opera House was always considered a benign presence -- some would even say lucky -- until he started killing people. The sudden rash of bizarre backstage deaths now threatens to mar the operatic debut of country girl Perdita X. (nee Agnes) Nitt, she of the ample body and ampler voice.
Perdita's expected to hide in the chorus and sing arias out loud while a more petitely presentable soprano mouths the notes. But at least it's an escape from scheming Nanny Ogg and old Granny Weatherwax back home, who want her to join their witchy ranks.
Once Granny sets her mind on something, however, it's difficult -- and often hazardous -- to dissuade her. And no opera-prowling phantom fiend is going to keep a pair of determined hags down on the farm after they've seen Ankh-Morpork....Continua
Not my favourite Discworld novel, nor my favourite Lancre Witches novel.
I don't know if it's because I don't know the opera that well, but it seems to lack something.
I liked Andrè though.
One of the best Pratchett books in the Witches series: Nanny and Granny meet Opera. Extra funny! :)
The novel that moved the balance of my preferences from the "City Watch" sub-series to the "Witches" one!
While I adore anything by Terry Pratchett, I admit that this may be my least-favorite of his works. Though his parody of "The Phantom of the Opera" is masterfully done, I found the conclusion disappointing, but inevitable. Another reason to love Terry Pratchett - he presents reality in a fantastic setting, but he presents it truly. No sugar-coated, inorganic, cut-and-paste happy ending in the Discworld. He looks at the world and tells it like it is....Continua