This thread is for discussing Lords and Ladies in some depth. If you haven’t read the book then read on at your own risk – or, better still, go and read the book and join in the fun.
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Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
Originally published 1992
Introduction by Jan Van Quirm
Jan Van Quirm wrote:
They've done the 'when shall we three meet again' miffic drama thingie and the fairytale narrative causality wossname - now it's Time (note capitalisation - s'important ) for Granny, Nanny and Magrat to get down and dirty with planes of unreality, young generation shock troops and the 'glamorous' Gentry, not to mention the Queen and the Big To... King because...
... IT'S CIRCLE TIME AGAIN!!!!!
Now you may think this has all happened before and, in a way it has, but - well this time it's personal and far too close up for several people including Hodgesarrrgh and some rude mechanicals. So remember that the play's the thing, that dreams can come true and most of all that the Horseman's Word is bound in iron.
That and thank whatever god(s) who does it for you that there are Morris Men who really know how to do the Stick and Bucket Dance, 'cos the Lords and Ladies are coming and preconceptions are about to get totally mislaid in any number of alternate realities across the expanse of the multiverse!
I’ve always enjoyed this book, which was published the year after Reaper Man, or last discussion book. This time I think I enjoyed it even more.
It’s great to see Granny’s triumph (with a lot of help from Nanny) and Magrat’s determination to save her husband and her kingdom. She stops being a “wet hen” and prods to serious buttock.
The elves are genuinely menacing and, of course, we get to meet Agnes for the first time. Added to that, Ridcully and co. and the back story of what could have been between him and Granny and it all adds up to a fine story.
But what did you think?
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