Wednesday, October 4, 2017

T5W: Five Witchy Book Recommendations for October

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October 4th 2017 Topic:

Books Featuring Witches whether they are the main character or not

I love books about witches and could recommend many ^.^ but here's five.

Number 5
The Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Pratchett

These beautiful gift editions just came out this year.

The series follows Tiffany Aching on a coming of age journey from being a farm girl on the sheep herding planes of The Chalk, to becoming a Witch.  Tiffany makes many clever observations about the world around her as she expands her horizons.

She battles all kinds of magical creatures and learns much about the importance of doing the things that must be done in life.  Witchcraft in this series involves a lot of "Going 'round the houses" -- the mundane tasks which keep the elderly alive, bring new babies into the world, & mitigate family conflict.

The Tiffany Aching Series was the last that Terry Pratchett wrote.  The last book in the series, published in 2015, was released after his death.  This series is aimed at a young adult audience, but can be enjoyed by anyone.  

Number 4
"The Witches Story Arc" in Terry Pratchett's Discworld

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There are many books in the Discworld series.  One of the story arcs being about The Witches.  Like the rest of his work, these are full of satire and societal critiques.  Many of the witches featured here show up again in the Tiffany Aching series.  

The witches in this series can be arrogant, argumentative, and not very helpful at all--but in a funny way.   

“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.”
Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

Getting into reading in the Discworld is overwhelming.  There are many different routes in that one could take.  Here's a helpful map:

Number 3
Flying Witch by Chihiro Ishizuka

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This slice of life manga series is about a young Witch who moves in with relatives in the countryside.  Makoto may have a cat familiar, but she really does not know much witchcraft at all.  

Throughout the series she will learn to fly.  Learn basic magic spells.  And appreciate the nature found all around them.  We meet many different witches and other supernatural beings in this series.  These witches are tranquil, and friendly, but also few in number.  Witchcraft does not pay well anymore.

There is also a Flying Witch anime, which I highly recommend.  This story that celebrates nature really comes alive in color, and the music is extremely tranquil. 

Number 2
Toil and Trouble by Mairghread Scott

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This Graphic novel retells the story of Shakespeare's Macbeth from the point of view of the three witches.  It breaks down the drama between them and how they will use others to meet their goals.  Its violent and passionate.  The illustrations by Kelly & Nichole Matthews really set the tone.

Number 1
Atelier of Witch Hat by Kamome Shirahama

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My last witchy book recommendation is the new manga series Atelier of Witch Hat.  In this world witches draw magic with their fountain pen wands and magic ink.  Because technically anyone can use magic, and magic can easily be used for great evil, the witches have hidden magic away from the world.

Somehow a young non magic girl has been sold a magic pen and a book full of destructive spells.  There is something suspicious going on in this world.

This manga is not currently published in English.  Hopefully we will get either an English manga release, or an anime of this series.

Are you drawn to stories about witches?  I certainly seem to be.  Have you read any Terry Pratchett?  Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

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