'I thought: opera, how hard can it be? Songs. Pretty girls dancing. Nice scenery. Lots of people handing over cash. Got to be better than the cut-throat world of yoghurt, I thought. Now everwhere I go there's...'
Death, to be precise. And plenty of it. In unpleasant variations. This isn't real life - it's worse. This is the Opera House, Ankh-Morpork...a huge, rambling building, where innocent young sopranos are lured to their destiny by a strangely-familiar evil mastermind in a mask and evening dress, with a penchant for lurking in shadows, occasional murder, and sending little notes full of maniacal laughter and exclamation marks. Opera can do that to a man.
But Granny Weatherwax, Discworld's most famous witch, is in the audience. And she doesn't hold with that sort of thing. So there's going to be trouble (but nevertheless a good evenin's entertainment with murders you can really hum...). And the show MUST go on....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