Posted by: vikingsinspace | January 23, 2012

VI.18.03. Read Equal Rites

Date Accomplished: 15 Jan. 2011

Equal Rites: Corgi Books Edition

Pratchett Journal

“Time passed, which, basically, is its job.” (22)

“They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.” (79)

“Hilta laughed like someone who had thought hard about life and had seen the joke.” (100)

“He had the kind of real deep tan that rich people spend ages trying to achieve with expensive holidays and bits of tinfoil, when really all you need to do to obtain one is work your arse off in the open air every day.” (117)

“…she was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.” (127)

“…it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what your attempting can’t be done.” (132)

“…she was opposed to books on strict moral grounds, since she had heard that many of them were written by dead people and therefore it stood to reason reading them would be as bad as necromancy.” (163)

“It is well known that stone can think, because the whole of electronics is based on that fact” (188)

“She’d struck Esk once before – the blow a baby gets to introduce it to the world and give it a rough idea of what to expect from life.” (219)

Equal Rites

Equal Rites is the first of the ‘Witches’ series by Pratchett.  I never really cared for the witches novels myself (I still enjoy them, just not as much as some of the other ‘series’ like the City Watch novels), but this first one seemed to have some charm to it that I don’t recall seeing in the others.  What I had forgotten is that the focus isn’t on the witches (or just Granny Weatherwax in this case as the other witches have yet to be introduced) as on the young girl Eskarina Smith who would become the first female wizard on the Disc, and also a witch.  At the time I am writing this, Pratchett’s newest book, I Shall Wear Midnight, has an appearance by a character which I believe is Esk as an adult.  I had forgotten that she first made her appearance here, and it was fun to read this earlier story about her.


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