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A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld #32)

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Tiffany Aching -- the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil -- is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

But as Tif
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Published May 25th 2004 by HarperFestival (first published 2004)
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Cliff Jones, Jr. There is so much re-description of the Nac Mac Feegle in the beginning and general recapping throughout that I don't think you'll be lost if you start…moreThere is so much re-description of the Nac Mac Feegle in the beginning and general recapping throughout that I don't think you'll be lost if you start with this one. It's a stand-alone story in its own right, whether you know how Tiffany Aching got her start in witching or not.

That being said, you've really got to read The Wee Free Men, so if you choose to start with A Hat Full of Sky, it should only be because you're too impatient to wait until you can get ahold of a copy of The Wee Free Men.(less)
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Jun 13, 2008 Charity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Nac Mac Feegles hae got me tawkin' lae 'em. Crivens! It's a wee bittie story o' hags right enough, the big wee hag o' the hills bein' the verra center o' it all, but it may gi' ye a bad case o' the thinkin'.

I dinna like tae stop readin'.

(To the the Bigjobs: Discworld just keeps getting better and better. Keep a sharp eye out and you will see many references to other stories hidden in the telling.)
Jan 13, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is technically a young adult book (and yes, I do read grown-up books, I just went on a bit of a YA tear after my Powell’s extravaganza), but the only reason for so labeling it is that the main character is a teenager. It is hard to explain how great this book is if you haven’t read any Pratchett, but, then again, why haven’t you read any Pratchett? His books about the Discworld started out a pun-filled parodies of fantasy novels, and have evolved into satires on our modern world that usuall ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Dedicated to the memory of Sir Terry Pratchett, who passed away soon after I started reading the book.

I have made, over the past twenty years, many friends among the inhabitants of the wacky disc-shaped world sailing through space on the backs of four elephants, carried in their turn by a giant turtle. Starting with Rincewind, then with Sam Vimes and his Ankh-Morpork guards, Lord Vetinari, the wizards of the Unseen University, the banana loving Librarian, the sentient multi-legged Luggage, Moist
Mar 02, 2009 Juanes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Freakin' Terry Pratchett rules. What in the world have i been doing with all my life? I have so many books to read! However i sit inspired by the bravery of Rob Anybody and, therefore, i shall fling myself head first with no fearsome book at a time. A Hatful of Sky is a follow up to The Wee Free Men. It picks up just where the other left off and continues Terry's incredibly witty fantasy which clearly stand a bar above other fanatsy.
Sep 03, 2014 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
For a children’s book it has more complexity than I would've expected. I remember after reading Tiffany Aching’s first book I thought it was just so strange and didn't get what was going on at the end. The climax in this one had a similar sort of the thing going but I understood it better this time around. Maybe it’s because I'm older or that Pratchett explained it easier this time, I don't know.

So here we have Tiffany in the beginning of her witch training and things are not going the way she

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my LOCUS Y-A list.

I think I’ll always have a soft-spot for imaginative young-adult speculative fiction and as the good people at Locus did such a grand job with picking their Sci-Fi winners, I’ll trust them to single out some special y-a books too.

I've never t
Nicholas Karpuk
Aug 31, 2009 Nicholas Karpuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: You
I can not seem to convince anyone to try Discworld.

Damndest thing, I would think that his great stories, great insight, and amazing humor would be an easy sell, but I can't convince most readers I know to so much as read the first page in my copy of "The Colour of Magic," even if they're voracious fantasy readers.

Maybe it's the fact that I use the words "fantasy" and "funny" in the same sentence. Most fantasy writers are the most humorless artists imaginable, so it seems like the dissonance is t
I was going to say, this isn't what I should have been reading - I seem to have found myself with a to-do list as long as my arm at the moment - but it's exactly what I needed.

In A Hat Full of Sky, Pratchett tackles growing up in the sense of taking responsibility for things, and understanding the difference between the things you want, and the things you actually do. As someone who has spent quite a lot of the last six weeks howling "It must be so nice not to have to take the initiative/solve t
Sep 20, 2015 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are the best.
2010 August 17
2004 August 20

Well, Voyage of the Dawn Treader is out, and Terry Pratchett is in for the read aloud. As fond as I am of the former, I'm perfectly willing to cast it aside. Tiffany Aching is a marvelous character who thinks all the time. As does Pratchett. Unlike Lewis, Pratchett's world is rich and detailed and it works. The Nac Mac Feegle are delightful low-comedy anti-fairies and a good foil to the thoroughly mundane business of sheep-farming.

As an aside, Pratchett has just descr
Apr 29, 2016 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wee Free Men, while still entertaining, didn't catch me on reread quite like it did the first time through. A Hat Full of Sky on the other hand was pure magic and everything I remember it being. My favorite Aching book.
Mar 21, 2016 Raluca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I found my first Tiffany Aching book (it was I shall wear Midnight and bless Terry's soul for finishing The Sheppard's Crown before he crossed the great black desert) I realized I had found a friend. There's something truly magical in the way Sir Pratchett uses words and even the smallest keen observation to make a notion so different than it was before, to make you realize something that you knew perhaps all along but hadn't seen it properly until you read these words and I think that's wh ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Hat Full of Sky is entertaining and fun read about a young witch in training in the classic fairy style.

In the first Tiffany Aching book she rescues her little brother from the Fairy Queen and becomes the kelda of the wee free men. The macfeagle are not exactly like brownies in that if you leave them milk they won't help you do your chores. If you leave them whiskey they'll try to help but it won't be the sort of help you'd want. She realises she's a witch despite all prior claims by witches
Mary Catelli
The second Tiffany Aching book. spoilers ahead for the first one.

Miss Tick has arranged for Tiffany to work for a witch, to learn the tricks of the trade. (Her parents are assured she's being hired for her skill in cheese making.) Roland, the Baron's son, is awkward and infatuated when she leaves. The Nac Mac Feegle have acquired a normal kelda, Jeannie, who married Rob Anybody and does not entirely approve of Tiffany. Hag of the hills or no, after all, she was their acting kelda and engaged to
Michael Jones
Sep 29, 2015 Michael Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults and kids who can already deal with Harry Potter
Well, I'm giving this one 5, because if you like Nac Mac Feegles, to me, this is the funniest one of all! We listened to the excellent audiobook together, and it had us rolling for 15 minutes at a time with laughter.

For those of you that don't know them, they are little Celtic Scottish pixie guys who wear kilts and defend the clan to the death! They are the fiercest warriors 5 or 6 inches could ever pack into a body!

The other thing is that my family has been going through the book of Proverbs c
Jun 01, 2015 Melaslithos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children, humor
Pratchett is the perfect remedy when you are in need of a smile. Whatever I am doing, however busy I am, I will always drop anything for one of his book.

It was the case to for this one. I just couldn't drop it once I started. Good thing for me that it was on a Friday night, and that there wasn't too much consequence to going to sleep past 3:00 am because of it.

Tiffany Aching is great, and she is an even greater witch in the making. The Nac Mac Feegles are just so Nac Mac Feegly.

I read this book
Claudia L. R.
Aug 27, 2016 Claudia L. R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amo esta saga, amo la poesía y el humor de Pratchett, amo a Tiffany. ¿Qué más puedo decir? Si me demoré en leerlo fue por problemas personales, pero es una lectura maravillosa que recomiendo a todos.

Terry, sigues viviendo en nosotros.
Dec 26, 2010 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost gave this 5 stars but the Miss Level plot device bugged me. Even though he eliminated some of the gimmick it was still awkward and an unnecessary distraction.

Tiffany is a little older, she's still making cheese and in touch with the Feegles. The new kelda Jeannie is suspicious and slightly jealous of the "big wee hag" but she comes to accept Tiffany's role and importance to the Feegle. Tiffany is eagerly awaiting her apprenticeship with a real witch, Miss Level and looks forward to lear
Apr 28, 2012 Amelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I’ve wanted to read a Terry Pratchett book for some time now ever since I read about him in Eyeris‘, Daphne’s and so many other blogs. The first book I tried was his first in the Discworld series – A Colour of Magic. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past the first few pages and returned it to the library.

Some months later, I saw A Hat Full of Sky at one of the numerous warehouse sale I went to and decided to give Terry Pratchett one more shot. This was almost 6 months ago.
Last weekend, lounging on
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
I had mentioned, in my review for The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30), that I had been, for some reason, avoiding the Tiffany Aching series of Discworld but, after a bit of prompting, picked up Wee Free Men and enjoyed it and looked forward to continuing the series.

And I'm ever so glad that I did as I liked this installment even better than the last.

We see Tiffany a bit older and off to learn witching from Miss Level, a witch twice the usual breed, but finding herself a bit bored with what amounts
Tiffany Aching is back in this sequel to Wee Free Men. This time she's going off to become an apprentice witch and learn whatever it is that witches do. The witch who takes her on is a bit of an anomaly, however, as she's a person with TWO bodies. Some people find this rather disturbing - her last several apprentices, in fact, couldn't handle it.

Danger lurks nearby in the form of a strange being known as a "hiver." It is drawn to Tiffany's power and enslaves her mind and body before the Nac Mac
Elina Zalkalne
Apr 06, 2013 Elina Zalkalne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, the brilliance of this man; I just can't get over it.
It tore my heart when I found out he's suffering from Alzheimer's last week. It's still a blow when you realize how unfair life is, even for the millionth time.

This book.... goodness gracious, how do I put it in words? I liked the fact that Tiffany is now older as it gives allowance for the book to be darker, bawdier and more serious - and, if that's even possible, funnier. Her thought progression is lovely, as is the way she watches hers
Apr 03, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: magic lovers, Harry Potter fans, parents of daughters
A wonderful continuation of the story of Tiffany Aching. I love her interactions with Granny Weatherwax. Pratchett packs the story with so much--humour, wisdom, peril. The lessons tucked inside aren't overdone, in part because Pratchett reminds us of the complexity of existence. Being a good person doesn't mean that someone has to be all nicey-nice all the time. Sometimes you have to draw the line and stand up for yourself. Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do--the right things t ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Trice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I love thee, Terry Pratchett? Let me count the ways. It's the blending of poetry and satire, of honesty and magic. It's that seeking after the truth and the heart of the matter. And I've lost my thoughts, my sense of analysis here, because I'm still lost in this story. I just want to quote the last page because it truly is a heart of life... but then that might be a spoiler for some, while for others, they simply wouldn't be able to understand the depth of meaning in the small actions the ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As with the last Pratchett review I'm gradually filling in gaps in my Pratchett reading and I've had a copy of this book for a while now and just had the chance to read it. I started off as a fan of Rincewind and the luggage. I loved and still do, the "Death" books. However I've always been a fan of Pratchett's witches tales. For me Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are such great characters. Then I discovered Tiffany Aching. Pratchett's dialogues, internal as well as external, are so good and the ...more
Twila Warner
I can not say enough about this series. Terry Pratchett is hilarious and the characters are both wise and endearing. Now that I've entered the witching world of Tiffany Aching, where she's watched over by little blue thieving, drinking and fighting pictsies, I'm having a hard time living in my world. For me that is the highest praise for any story, when I don't want it to end, when I want the fictional world an author creates to be real, and believe, on some level that it is real, somewhere beyo ...more
This is my favorite of Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books, and you don't need to have read "The Wee Free Men," or any Pratchett (I hadn't at the time), to enjoy it.

He does a great job treading the line between magic and the real world, making this seem *this* close to believable. Plus, you gotta love a bunch of drunk violent blue fairies.
Петър Стойков
Как едно момиче ще има желанието и амбицията да учи, да направи нещо със себе си, ако през първите 15 години от живота й я заливат филми, книги, комикси и списания с принцеси и барбита?

Цялото ревю:
Nov 27, 2015 Phoenix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-reads
"That'll do."

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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,
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Discworld (1 - 10 of 41 books)
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  • Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
  • Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
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