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A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld #32)

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Tiffany Aching, a hag from a long line of hags, is trying out her witchy talents again as she is plunged into yet another adventure when she leaves home and is apprenticed to a real witch. This time, will the thieving, fighting and drinking skills of the Nac Mac Feegle the Wee Free Men be of use, or must Tiffany rely on her own abilities?

This is the third novel in the juni
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Corgi Childrens (first published 2004)
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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.)
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
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
First read: 2004
Re-read: August 2015
The plot:
Almost two years have passed since the events of The Wee Free Men and the now eleven year old Tiffany leaves the chalk to become an apprentice witch to Miss Level.
However she is not alone; she has attracted the attention of the 'hiver' - a wandering, conquering mind that is desperately searching for its next body - and it has set its sights on Tiffany.

There is so much to love in this book. Pratchett has based his ideas of witchcraft on the historical
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.
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
Nicholas Karpuk
Aug 31, 2009 Nicholas Karpuk rated it 4 of 5 stars
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

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
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
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
Tiffany Aching is off to learn how to be a witch. She is going to apprentice with Miss Level, who is a witch with one mind but two bodies. Tiffany is leaving her beloved Chalk behind, but she knows she needs to learn to be a witch so she can come back and be the hag of the hills. Rob Anybody has a new kelda and Jeannie isn't too thrilled about Rob's concern for Tiffany. Afterall, Tiffany was kelda for a while and engaged to Rob even if that was just for show. But when the Nac Mac Feegle's realiz ...more
Michael Jones
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
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
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
Apr 03, 2011 Callista rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Carol Nicolas
This book continues where The Wee Free Men left off. Tiffany Aching leaves home in order to study to be a witch, and ends up apprenticed to Miss Level, a woman with two bodies. Tiffany didn’t expect to be doing chores or caring for all the needy in the neighborhood. She thought being a witch involved something, well, a bit more glamorous. And when she meets with all the other apprenticed witches, they all use charms, spells, and they make the best shambles. Poor Tiffany can’t do anything like th ...more
Namitha Varma
I thought this second Tiffany Aching book is better than the first one (The Wee Free Men). I can see some amount of Potterverse influence in this. The Tiffany books are about finding the magic in you (a metaphor for finding yourself, your confidence, etc.), and in realising the good and bad, the soul and centre of magicking (“If you don’t know when to be a human being, you don’t know when to be a witch.” “She cares about ’em. Even the stupid, mean, drooling ones, the mothers with the runny babie ...more
Tiffany Aching is apprenticed to Miss Level, a witch with two bodies. While under her employ, Tiffany is possessed by an evil spirit, known as a hiver. Assisted by the hilarious Nac Mac Feegles, led by the aptly named Rob Anybody, she has to exorcise this demon and then outwit this enemy that cannot be vanquished. Meanwhile, she also allies herself with Granny Weatherwax, one of the premier witches of her day. Amusing romp, like the first book in the series.
Michael Clemens
As I've read through the Discworld series, I've commented many times on the impression that Pratchett is just as much hindered by his creation as inspired by it. Every book brings new characters, new stories, and new mythology into the Disc universe, giving the old characters less room to grow or develop. This is half of the reason the Tiffany Aching books are so refreshing, then: set in the same world, but well away geographically from the cities crowded with characters and history. A followup ...more
'Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.'
What a difference from the first book, Tiffany has grown up and gone away to learn witching, but something is after her and obviously, the Nac Mac Feegle are not far behind.
These books feel so different from regular Discworld, at least from the Discworld I bega
I finished this today whilst waiting for a mole excision that I'd been incredibly anxious about, and afterwards I wrote this in my notebook. I think it says everything I want to say about this book at the moment. (I named the mole Effie because I wanted something elderly and officious.)

'I am so chilled just now and I was so scared of this, everything in me was twisting and prickling, thinking of all the things that could go wrong and worrying about what I'd not thought of ... I didn't leave room
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