Monthly Archives: May 2011

Maskerade

I sit here writing this long hang because our power is out for 5 days. It’s 8, so not only is the dusk till dawn curfew in place as per the National Guard, but I’m writing by candlelight. I and my family went through the Alabama tornados on April 2th and are staying, unlike several people in our neighborhood that have left for Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and some unaffected parts of Alabama. Pray for Alabama. But I digress.

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Maskerade by Terry Pratchett is a take off The Phantom of the Opera. The main character is Agnes Nitt, an incredibly fat girl with a skinny person named Perdita X hidden inside. She’s (sorta) in training to be a witch, but doesn’t like it so she runs away to Ankh-Morpork, the most well-known nearby big city. She gets a job at the opera house because she can sing higher and lower than the human ear can register, can throw her voice, and can sing chords. The opera house has recently been bought by a business man who has no clue how to run an opera house. He begins receiving notes from the opera ghost, often with maniacal laughter written out.

Putting it down to some pratical joke or prank, he ignores them. That’s when people start dying-more or less. Enter the other witches, Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax. They want to retrieve Agnes but get caught up in the same mystery as the rest of the opera. Who is the opera ghost?! Needless to say, much hilarity ensues. But at the same time, Terry Pratchett makes a really good point about the masks we wear in our lives. Oh, why can’t we study books like this in school.

Note: I’m writing this in late May because school got crazy. I know the Joplin tornadoes and Oklahoma tornadoes happened, but Alabama still needs help. Consider donating money or blood to the American Red Cross.

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The Light Fantastic

The Light Fantastic! One of the first Terry Pratchett books I ever read-because it’s one of the first that came out and that’s the order I tried to read them in.

The Light Fantastic

TLF is one of the most sequel-esque books of Discworld because it directly follows The Color of Magic and involves the same characters. The title refers to the 8th color of the rainbow (octarine) that is noted to be a disappointing purple. I always see it as purple-green.

The main character is Rincewind the wizard. Well, he’s supposed to be a wizard, but while studying, he accidentally got one of the 8 spells of the Octavo (the 8 spells that formed the world) stuck in his head, and he can’t learn anything else. At the end of TCOM, he fell of the world while serving as tour guide for the Disc’s first tourist, Twoflower. Twoflower is best described as oblivious. He doesn’t accept that human nature is anything other than kind and welcoming. Twoflower owns The Luggage. Made of sentient pear wood, the Luggage protects its master/owner and holds all his stuff. Twoflower is also oblivious to the Luggage’s violent means of protection (it eats people).

I love this book as I love all of Terry Pratchett’s books because of the humor, characters, and plot. TLF isn’t my favorite book though, because the main character is Rincewind who I personally don’t like. He’s such a coward. And I understand that cowardness is his character’s point, but I’m still not a huge fan. However, the Luggage does feature more prominently in TLF than in many other Terry Pratchett books and the Luggage is my favorite character aside from Commander Vimes. He’s so violently unobtrusive. Those are interesting adjectives to put together. 240 pages.

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