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    richard layman books are always a treat
    murder at witches bluff i think it is called its more of the cult ish witches
    "friendly fairy, witch, or fay fulfil the wish you wish to day" merry hallowe'en
    when black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam. may luck be yours on hallowe'en

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    Ann Rice has some great witch books several on the Mayfair witch lineage.
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    For non-fiction, The Penguin Book of Witches is coming out this fall. I got an advanced reader copy--it's edited by the same woman who wrote the Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. It's got excerpts from historical witchcraft documents going back to the 1400's. Some of it is kind of dense, but Katherine Howe does a pretty good explanatory introduction to each piece. And it's all stuff someone who's into witches might be interested in reading, but curated and edited down to a layperson's level of reading, not a historical scholar.

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    I don't even know how many times I've read A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night...but it's a lot. The Book of Life just came out so I've only read it once so far. I LOVE the All Souls Trilogy! I recommend those books wholeheartedly. Deborah Harkness is a historian, so the mix of fantasy and historical reference makes for a fun read.
    I agree with the Anne Rice comments. The Mayfair witch books started off great, but I liked each one after less and less. The Witching Hour was really good though.
    I enjoyed the first book of Witches of East End also. I haven't read the rest of the books...but am watching the show.
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    I'm in the middle of the second book of All Souls right now. I can't put the damn things down. I finished the first yesterday and am half way into the second. The vampire schtick is there, but not overly tiresome as the story keeps you plowing through it. The third book should arrive any day.

    Thanks for all of the other recommendations. When I'm done with these I will certainly pursue the others, save for the Mayfair witch stuff. Been down that path before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCIAG View Post
    The major novels featuring the witches are:

    Equal Rites 1987
    Wyrd Sisters 1988
    Witches Abroad 1991
    Lords and Ladies 1992
    Maskerade 1995
    Carpe Jugulum 1998
    The Wee Free Men 2003
    A Hat Full of Sky 2004
    Wintersmith 2006
    I Shall Wear Midnight 2010

    In fact I'd suggest ALL the Discworld novels they're so great. There's witches, wizards, Death, music, guards, just great writing & great fun.

    Here's a wiki on the witches:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witches_(Discworld)

    He's a great writer & may not be writing much longer since he's now got Alzheimers. But he's left us plenty of Discworld novels to read. Can you tell I'm a fan?
    I'm definitely going to look into these. Thank you.

    Also, The Penguin Book of Witches sounds good as well. Thanks for that, MsGris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostTown View Post
    I'm definitely going to look into these. Thank you.
    Well we'll see you in a couple of years because once you read one Pratchett you must read them all!! I haven't even read them all yet because there's just so many. He's very funny too. There's several TV specials & movies of his books, some better than others.

    And completely unrelated to witches is Good Omens co-written with Neil Gaiman. I can't recommend that one enough, it's just awesome & one of my faves.
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    Has anyone read Daughters of the Witching Hill or Dark Witch? I've heard very mixed things about Dark Witch, I'm afraid it has too much romance but I'm not sure and I've only heard good things about D of the WH but still haven't read it yet , was just wondering if anyone else had read them.
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    Woo, been waiting on the paperback of 'The Book of Life' and ended up with a signed copy. I have to agree, loved the All Souls Trilogy but felt like something was kind of missing at the end. Thanks for the introduction

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    I so loved the all souls trilogy, but wanted there to be more books , can not get enough of these characters!
    "I'm Wicked, and Wicked ALWAYS wins" the Wicked Witch, Once Upon A time http://pinterest.com/betheneg/boards/

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