poohcarrot wrote:It's a dead short book. Possibly the shortest after Eric.
It's still got plenty of stuff though.
I guess it's main theme is obviously gender inequality and the stereotypes that we make about men and women. Such as women (witches) being more in touch with nature, herbs and psychology (headology), while men are more ceremonial, elaborate, and ritual, and are better at mathematics ("jometery").
Terry makes an obvious reference to to Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy
"Only dumb redheads in Fifties' sitcoms are wacky."
The Liber Paginarum Fulvarum
is, like the Necrotelicomnicom
, a reference to Lovecraft's necronomicon
. Apparently, "Liber Paginarum Fulvarum" is Latin for "Book of Yellow Pages", although I've read that they got the shade of yellow wrong.
"RAMTOP" was the name of a system variable in the old Sinclair Spectrum computers. Wasn't Terry a computer programmer on an early type of computer?
The name Hoki ("'I've seen the thundergods a few times,' said Granny, 'and Hoki, of course.'") is a combination of 'hokey' (to be of flimsy credibility or quality) in combination with the Norse god Loki. The description of Hoki, however, is obviously the Greek god Pan.
We met Bel-Shamharoth in The Colour of Magic.
C'hulagen references C'thulhu.
"The Insider", is a reference to Lovecraft's "The Outsider".
"good fences make good neighbours." is probably my favorite pun in the book.
This is the book where Mrs. Palm is introduced (although we don't actually meet
her). I was unaware of it, but apparently "Mrs. Palm" is a reference to male masturbation.
When Treatle says "Alma mater, gaudy armours eagle tour and so on." it's a reference to an old student's drinking song "Gaudeamus Igitur"
I thought that maybe Ksandra (the university maid) was the princess from the Weyreburg, but apparently it's a reference to Cassandra (the psychic) whom the Gods gave the gift of prophecy and the curse of no-one believing a word she said.
"Granpone the White. He's going to be Granpone the Grey if he doesn't take better care of his laundry." is an obvious reference to Gandolf the Grey
"the Creator hadn't really decided what he wanted and was, as it were, just idly messing around with the Pleistocene." The Pleistocene was an age of dinosaures, and sounds like Plasticine, a brand of moldable plastic clay.
I thought the duel between Weatherwax and Cutangle was a reference to The Sword in the Stone
, but apparently it goes back farther than that, to an old song 'The Two Magicians'.
This book introduced the "Million-to-one chance" theory.
Cutangle's saying "red sky at night, the city's alight" sounded like the saying "red sky at night, sailor's delight", though perhaps Terry was thinking of the "shepherd" version.