Thursday, May 28, 2015

Discworld - Wandering Witches

With Witches Abroad, we return to the Witches of Lancre.  Aside from the main story there is still the building of the history of the kingdom and nearby places.  In this story about stories and the power of narrative on the Discworld, we learn more about the Disc's version of Maleficent: Black Aliss.  In Wyrd Sisters there is reference to her as the witch responsible for the Sleeping Beauty story as well as a hint that she went loopy and may have been the constructor of the gingerbread house in Light Fantastic.  When the witches encounter another sleeping castle, Nanny refers to it as a "Black Aliss job".  She even mentions being taken to meet her when she was still learning her craft.

It's things like this that Pratchett uses to gradually fill out the history of the Disc.  It helps to know that there have been things going on for years before the "present".  We've seen the creation and end of the universe, the creation of the Disc, the Tsortean War, the beginning of the Kingdom of Djelybeybi, and a continued the filling out of the previous generation of the Ramtops and even hints from Ankh-Morpork.
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Appearing in this book:


"A Witch should never stand between two mirrors."
"A Wizard's Staff Has a Knob on the End"
"The Hedgehog Song"
Ankh-Morpork
Belief and Creation
Black Aliss
Cripple Mr. Onion
Death
Dwarf bread
Emberella
Genua
Granny Weatherwax
Granny: Smiling/humming/ear cleaning/tch tch tch
Greebo and his Changing
Inspiration particles
Jason Ogg
Lobsang Dibbler
Magrat Garlick
Nanny Ogg
Ninj as a verb
Old Mother Dismass
Sean Ogg
Skund
Skund
The Assassin's Guild
The Chaos Butterfly
The Million to One Chance
The Morris Dance
The Ramtops
The Way of Mrs. Cosmopolite
The Weatherwax Family Being Good at Magic

Touch of Glod / Glod the Dwarf

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