What better way to flush out a ghost than with a witch? Or even two! And Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg happen to be in Discworld's capital city trying to recruit a third (since three witches make a coven, and two make only an argument).
Enter the Opera's newest diva, the alarmingly fetching Perdita X. Nitt, who has such an astonishing range that she can sing harmony with herself, and is so agreeably large that she hangs out with the elephants in the cellar.
They say that inside every fat women there's a thin woman struggling to get out (or at least dying for chocolate). In Perdita's case, the thin woman is more ambitious, since she would also dearly love to be a witch.
Beginning to get the picture? One would hope so. For this isn't cheese. It's opera, which runs on a Catastrophe Curve. And to further complicate matters, there is a backstage cat named Greebo who occasionally becomes a person just because it's so easy. Not to mention Granny Weatherwax's old friend, Death, whose scythe arm is sore from so much use.
And who has been known to don a Mask......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