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text 2017-03-18 19:32
Lords and Ladies - progress 10/374 pg
Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14) - Terry Pratchett

"This was octarine grass country. Good growing country, especially for corn. And here was a field of it, waving gently between the hedges. Not a big field. Not a remarkable one, really. I was just a field with corn in it, except of course during the winter, when there were just pigeons and crows in it."


I'm not sure why I find Pratchett's writing so funny. But I do, and this book is off to a good start. 

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review 2016-09-06 04:04
Review: Lords and Ladies (Discworld Book 15 of 53ish)
Lords and Ladies - Terry Pratchett

Lords and Ladies is the fourth book in the Witches subseries of Discworld.  I enjoyed it, but not as much as the previous two Witches books.  I thought the humor, while present, wasn’t nearly as strong as it was in the last two.


I think the humor seemed weaker because our main characters (Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat, of course!) were often off doing separate things, and a big part of what makes me laugh in these books comes from dialogue between Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg.  On the other hand, Magrat actually had some decent moments in this book, although I expect she’ll continue to annoy me more often than not in future books.


The story was pretty interesting, though, and I thought it was one of the stronger stories I’ve read so far in the Discworld series.  To clarify, I don’t really consider any of the Discworld stories to be that strong so I’m not saying this is a story that will keep people on the edge of their seats, but it did hold my interest.  I’m not sure how to describe what this one is about without spoiling the not-entirely-unexpected-but-still-interesting reveal about who the antagonists are, so I’ll just be vague and say that some wannabe young witches meddle with things they don’t understand and help certain unexpectedly evil and malicious beings gain a foothold into the world.

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review 2016-06-19 11:29
Lords and Ladies: Two Medieval Spanking Novellas - Korey Mae Johnson,Renee Rose

Cute short stories. 

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text 2015-08-01 17:39
2015 Reading Plan- July Update
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14) - Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Facing Justice - David Munson,Diane Munson
The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson

1) City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


2) Mythology by Edith Hamilton

3) Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett


4) Whistle Stop by Philip White

5) Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (re-read)

6) William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher


7) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 


8) Eric by Terry Pratchett


9) The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (re-read)


10) William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher


11) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


12) Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett


13) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (re-read) 


14) William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher


15) The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory


16) Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.


17) The Once and Future King by T.H. White


18) Outlaws of the Atlantic by Marcus Rediker


19) Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett


20) Witches Aboard by Terry Pratchett


21) A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (re-read) 


22) Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow


23) We Don't Need Roads by Caseen Gaines


24) Empire of Sin by Gary Krist


25) Small Gods by Terry Pratchett


26) Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson


27) Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett 


28) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (re-read)


29) Facing Justice by Diane & David Munson


30) The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson


31) Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett *started*


32) Legends edited by Robert Silverberg (includes re-read of The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin


33) Confirming Justice by Diane & David Munson


34) The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson


35) Soul Music by Terry Pratchett


36) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (re-read)


37) The Rise of the Great Powers, 1648-1815 by Derek McKay


38) The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson


39) Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett


40) A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (re-read)




41) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume One by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


42) The Art of War/The Prince/Instructions to His Generals by Sun Tzu/Niccolò Machiavelli/Frederick the Great (three-in-one book)


43) Maskerade by Terry Pratchett


44) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (re-read)


45) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume Two by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


46) A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich


47) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett


48) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (re-read)


Bonus- The Poetry of Robert Frost (reading a few pages every few weeks)

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review 2015-07-07 04:00
Attention Lords and Ladies, the Lancre Coven Is Back (Home)
Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14) - Terry Pratchett

The Lancre coven return home in time for Magrat Garlick's wedding, which is a surprise to her, and to find certain "Lords and Ladies" wanting to crash the event. Terry Pratchett returns to Discworld as the witches face off with faeries trying to make their way back into reality as Magrat tries to figure out how to be a Queen after finding her career as witch not going well while Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg just continue on with their witchy ways.


Having found the previous two witches books (Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad) not particularly to my liking compared to other Discworld installments, I was a bit hesitant when starting this book however that changed as Pratchett's story unfolded. Following not only the perspectives of the three witches but also Magrat's betrothed King Verence, two of Nanny's sons Jason and Shawn, and numerous wizards from the Unseen University. The use of magical quantum mechanics is better explained than "mirror magic" in Witches Abroad and feels like it is worked into the plot easier throughout the book. The main antagonist once against has a history with Granny, but this time the Faerie Queen and her minions just come off as more real than other antagonists the witches have faced. But the biggest thing that made this book better than the previous witches books was the character development of Magrat, who instead of seemingly remaining flat came into her own as the Fair Folk attached Lancre to be a real Queen.


The humor and engaging story of "Lords and Ladies" makes this one of the best Discworld books that I've read and major improvement over both Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad. If future Witches books by Pratchett are up to the standards of "Lords and Ladies" then I can't wait to read them.

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