The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30)
"Why?" said Tiffany.
"There's no one to stop them."
There was silence for a moment.
Then Tiffany said, "There's me."
Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk c...more
I mean, funny-ish. Funny is so inc...more
My friends have raved about Discworld for years...but every time I tried to read The Color of Magic I found myself dying of boredom.
One of my friends recommended that I start with The Wee Free Men...thank you! This was quite cute and I really enjoyed it. That's 1 Discworld down, only 5,895,986,856 to go.
Tiffany Aching is intensely curious and loves to both think and question everything around her, including the simple...more
I haven’t read one of Terry Pratchett’s books in quite a while, and in preparation for my Goodreads giveaway win—Pratchett’s latest novel and 4th book in the Tiffany Aching series—I wanted to read the three earlier books to the series. After reading The Wee Free Men, I must say that I’d completely forgotten how much fun these books are!
What I really li...more
Premise: A 9 year old proto-witch's little brother gets stolen by the evil Queen (or quin) of the Faeries. (what is with all the books with evil fae in them lately!). She has the makings of a powerful witch someday, but r...more
Pratchett takes all sorts of fairy tales and children's stories--including one of my faves, Peter Pan--and mashes them into his own tale about Tiffany, a nine-year-old witch in training. Tiffany is gutsy, smart (she's got First Sight and Second Thoughts; I need to develop both myself!), and ethical. In the same way I wanted to be Jo March when I first read Little Women, I can imagine any girl selecting Tiffany as a role model.
Pratchett never writes down to his reader;...more
Not a very good summary, but I can tell you that this is one...more
If you don’t know Terry Pratchatt’s Discworld novels, they are based in a world that’s like a warped mirror of our own, with magic in place of science...more
Mr. Pratchett's efforts to branch out his popular Discworld series into the arena of children and young adults really pay off in this first installment. We meet young Tiffany Aching young farm girl who makes great cheese, who is tryin...more
Oh. My. God. This is too much of a treat! I am so glad Mindi pushed me into reading this! Pratchett has too much fun, poking fun at everything and everyone, and I can't wait to go back and start with the first in the series, The Color of Magic . It will be an amusing adventure!
He certainly has fun with a number of stereotypes: the big-sister/pain-in-the-butt little brother who always has to be watch...more
A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality . . .
Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men.
Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen o
The Wee Free Men is actually the 30th book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. It had the fe...more
The plot felt tired--sending the heroine into the [Other]world to rescue her brother is hardly new, and there's nothing that makes this stand apart from, say, Labyrinth. Actually, there's this line from TV Tropes: Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) in Labyrinth won't give up he...more
1. It's by Terry Pratchett, people. He's a genius, and hilarious.
2. It has Tiffany Aching, one of my new all time favorite people. Yes, I know she's not real, but I'm not happy about it. Don't remind me. Here's some selections from the book so you can have a hint of her awesomeness:
-- "'I would like a question answered today,' said Tiffany.
'Provided it's not the one about how you get baby hedgehogs,' said the man.
'No,' said Tiffany patiently, 'It's about zoolog...more
Tiffany is the perfect Miyazaki heroine, too: tough, quick-witted, hard-working and at home with the land. She's also a bit superior, nosy, and has a hard time loving her bratty baby brother, Wentworth. This becomes the evil fairy Queen's incentive to kidnap the boy to her nightmare realm, and it's up t...more
Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching needs magic--fast! Her sticky little brother Wentworth has been spirited away by the evil Queen of faerie, and it’s up to her to get him back safely. Having already decided to grow up to be a witch, now all Tiffany has to do is find her power. But she quickly learns that it’s not all black cats and broomsticks. According to her witchy mentor Miss Tick, "Witches don’t use magic unless they really have to...We do other things. A witch pays attentio...more
Tiffany's bravado impresses a band of small, blue-skinned rouges that go by the name of Nac Mac Feegles, otherwise known as the Wee Free Men. When Tiffany's baby brother goes missing a few days later, they tip her off that he's been stolen by the queen of a nightmare fairyland that...more
The word play is amazing, the descriptions are vivid and the storyline flows well. Tiffany is a compelling character even at the age of nine. In search of her baby brother (whom she ad...more
But the plot felt a bit thin, and it dragged in places, especially in the dream world. I also thought the Nac Mac Feegles s...more
Tiffany Weh, ein 'Milchmädchen', das mit ihren Eltern und Geschwistern auf einer Farm im Kreideland der Scheibenwelt lebt, möchte eine Hexe sein. Nachdem ihr kleiner Bruder 'Willwoll' verschwindet, macht sie sich mit einer Horde tapferer, blauer 'Wir-sind-die-Größten'-Kobolde und einer Bratpfanne bewaffnet auf die Suche nach ihm. Leichter gesagt als getan, denn der von Süssigkeiten dauernd klebrige Bruder
wurde von einer Königin i...more
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“Will it cost me anything?”
“What? I just said it was free!” said Miss Tick.
“Yes, but my father said that free advice often turns out to be expensive,” said Tiffany.
Miss Tick sniffed. “You could say this advice is priceless,” she said, “Are you listening?”
“Yes,” said Tiffany.
“Good. Now...if you trust in yourself...”
“...and believe in your dreams...”
“...and follow your star...” Miss Tick went on.
“...you’ll still be beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy. Goodbye.”