October Books 19) Equal Rites, by Terry Pratchett

November is halfway over, and I haven’t finished bookblogging for October yet; so there follows a series of hasty write-ups for books which would have got longer reviews without travel and pressure of other work.

Equal Rites is the first really political Discworld book; The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic are forensic parodies of various fantasy tropes, but in Equal Rites Pratchett takes on the patriarchy in quite a subversive way, while at the same time working in his characteristic humour. He’s still developing at this stage – the book is less funny than the previous two, and the politics less deftly woven in than in later books – but it is still an excellent read and a good taster for things to come.

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