This week’s book is Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.
What happens when you leave Terry Pratchett alone in a room with Macbeth and Hamlet? You get the Wyrd Sisters. Usurpers, lost heirs, a theater troop, and, of course, a coven of witches.
As the title suggests, the witches, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Margrat, are the stars of the story. Granny Weatherwax is making her second appearance here, and brings with her Pratchett’s concept of “headology”, which largely comes down to that if you insist that things work a certain way, most people will believe you, and if you’re stubborn enough about it, you can usually bully the universe into agreeing with you, too. Margrat is Pratchett’s usual “awkwardly normal-looking, even in the right light” heroine, and parodies the new age witches. Granny Ogg is… well, an old woman who likes to sing about hedgehogs when drunk.
I’ve read a fair share of Discworld books, and this is certainly one of them. It’s funny and clever, but never amazingly so. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t get into it the way I did some of the others. If you enjoy Discworld, this book is certainly worth reading, but if you’re limiting yourself to the “Best Of”, there are probably better candidates than this one.