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Wintersmith (Discworld #35)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  27,409 ratings  ·  916 reviews

When the Spirit of Winter takes a fancy to Tiffany Aching, he wants her to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever. It will take the young witch's skill and cunning, as well as help from the legendary Granny Weatherwax and the irrepressible Wee Free Men, to survive until Spring. Because if Tiffany doesn't make it to Spring—

—Spring won't come.

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2006)
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The third book involving Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles -- the one where Tiffany dances with the Wintersmith and gets herself into the middle of the ancient romance of summer and winter.

I love the witches, and I love the Feegles, and I love Tiffany, and it's always a pleasure to spend time with them. And yay for Roland growing up. And I loved the subplot involving Miss Treason and the slight improvement in Annagramma.

Having said that, I had serious problems with this book.

The most criti

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 remember r
13 March 2015:

To one of my dads in spirit:

We remember you.

And then one day a traveling teacher (...) talked about how some wizards had once, using very skillful magic, worked out exactly what a human being was made of. It was mostly water, but there were iron and brimstone and soot and a pinch of just about everything else, even a tiny amount of gold, but all cooked up together somehow.

It made as much sense to Tiffany as anything else did. But she was certain of this: If you took all that stuff
I read this a long time ago, but not as long ago as I read all the preceding Pratchetts. Yes. I love all things Pratchett (mostly) and have accumulated an extensive Pratchett archive since about the age of thirteen. Sadly most of these books have been tucked away in my parents attic for the last twelve years but the wonder of encountering the Discworld has never been forgotten.

I've read all of the Tiffany Aching series, including the Wee Free Men. Thinking back now, I can't really remember a lo
Наталия Янева
Чудно как на човек му е най-трудно да опише нещата, които са го впечатлили най-много. Като че думите не са точни и не достатъчно силни да предадат усещането. Ако ви попитат защо обичате някого, отговорът ще задоволи ли вас самите? Не звучи ли слабо, твърде традиционно? В никакъв случай не описва защо всъщност обичате, няма думи за това.

Понякога се питам как така някой писател сякаш надниква в душата ти, изсмуква всичкото ти внимание и то остава негово. В случая със сигурност не е темата - тя не
Nicholas Karpuk
Sep 14, 2009 Nicholas Karpuk rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, Pratchett fans, fantasy readers, you
I physically twitch in the presence of cheap irony. You know the sort of lazy humor, like saying it's weird that a cop hates donuts, or acting surprised that a jock is smart. The sort of glib, lazy attempts at humor and cleverness that usually make it on to bumper stickers just makes me cringe. It's the same school of humor as people who put, "My other car is a broomstick" on their bumpers.

When Terry Pratchett started the witch series in the Discworld universe I considered that as close as the w
Wintersmith is the third tale in the story of Tiffany Aching who found, at the age of 9, that she had inherited her grandmother’s legacy as a witch. Tiffany is now almost 13 and it is time for her to learn how to use her special abilities in the world as she finds herself in the house of Miss Treason who will guide her in her lessons. Oh, waily, waily, waily! Tiffany has attracted the attention of the spirit of winter himself and soon finds her likeness being etched in everything from the frost ...more
Another case of feeling whatever I could write in praise of this would be insufficient, so I'll just be brief in my Pratchett-worship.
This is yet another fantastic Tiffany adventure, deceptively simple in some ways, very complicated and profound in others. The Wintersmith is both frightening and something to feel a bit sorry for. What it really takes to be a witch is the same thing it takes to be a responsible human being of any type--it's just the various embellishments that change people's pe
Moira Russell
I'm trying to write reviews again, instead of just ratings and status updates -- my problem is I always want to write The Exhaustive Review, and so wind up writing none. UH WHOOPS. I figure I'll start small with this book.

I had real difficulty getting into the story -- I didn't like the tone of the combined narrative voice/Tiffany's thoughts very much (it felt sort of simultaneously dumbed-down and punched-up for the YA market, and I missed the usual sarcastic undercutting tone of the footnotes)
I enjoyed Wintersmith, the third book in the Tiffany Aching series immensely. It took me over a week to read it as I kept it at work as a balm for my heart. It does get annoying dealing with know-it-alls for twelve hours five days a week. Terry Pratchett did more than provide me with entertainment and distraction in Wintersmith.
Tiffany’s peer Annagramma is exactly like the insufferable woman I work with. Annagramma was introduced in A Hat Full of Sky, the second in the series. She is the prize
Any book featuring the Nac Mac Feegle is a win in my world.

But this, perhaps, is the bit I enjoy most from the book, and that's some of the hooptedoodle that Pratchett includes that's really not pertinent to the story, but oh-so-pertinent to developing his characters, which is a trait I admire in him:

Marjory J. Boddice had got some things laughably wrong. Girls on the Chalk didn't often run away from a young man who was rich enough to own his own horse -- or not for long and not without giving h
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Tiffany is now 13 years old and is living with witch Miss Treason to continue her training. The trouble starts when Miss Treason takes her to the winter dance (the opposite of a Morris dance). Despite the warnings she has been given Tiffany is caught up in the music and joins in with the dance - ending up with the spirit of winter (the Wintersmith) mistaking her for summer and falling in love with her. Now the Wintersmith has Tiffany in his sights it is up to her to find a way to stop him - and ...more
Given the high standard I've come to expect from Pratchett, it's no insult to say that this book doesn't quiiiiiiiite measure up to what the first chapter had promised. It starts off so exciting, so intriguing... that by the end I at least was left wondering why this otherwise consummate writer hadn't managed to hold up the energy for the big finale.

Still, I'm practically itching for him to release another book in the series. Can't wait to see more of Tiffany, of our new view on Nanny Ogg and G
Excellent book for both young people and adults. I love the Tiffany Aching novels because they depict a sensible, moral, and strong girl learning to grow up to be even stronger and responsible for her actions. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg have substantial roles, and Tiffany's interactions with Granny Weatherwax are some of the high points of the book. This series has Pratchett's usual dose of humor, and I wish we had more books of this sort to share with some of the young people in our lives. ...more
Scritto con la solita ironia che contraddistingue i racconti di Pratchett, devo però ammettere che mi è sembrato meno ispirato dei precedenti. La trama è comunque divertente: l'Inverno si innamora per la prima volta di un'umana, che per di più è anche una strega e cerca in tutti i modi di conquistarla. La vita per Tiffany, la strega in questione, diventa veramente difficile, soprattutto quando i fiocchi di neve che cadono dal cielo hanno tutti la forma del suo viso e la brina ghiacciata traccia ...more
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
Малко подло е от страна на Пратчет да започне книгата с края на историята, но пък се отплаща подобаващо със силна предистория.
Искрено се насладих на умението му да завърта героите си като в танц, на това как е хванал един мит и го е предъвкал през мирогледа на Света на Диска така, че ум да ти зайде, докато свят ти се вие.
Честно казано ми е любопитно каква част от хората, четящи Пратчет въобще познават игричките му с гръцката митология, народния фолклор и по-стари приказки.
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Kathy Davie
While I went a bit nuts with the quotes, I was actually quite restrained. There is so much that is funny in this third installment in the Tiffany Aching fantasy series about an apprentice witch (it's thirty-fifth in the overall Discworld fantasy series).

In 2007, Wintersmith won a Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel and was nominated for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Tiffany Aching books at KD Did It Takes
Michael Jones
The Wintersmith is basically a god (small g) who is in charge of some bad winter storms and things to do with snow. And he sort of mistakes Tiffany for a god. And.... starts making snowflakes in the image of Tiffany.

Very funny and packed with wit.

The deeper, very profitable part of these stories is that Tiffany has to deal with real people and their quirky personalities like we all do.

The old good grandmother witch dies. Much wisdom is passed on. Another witch which (sic) has no idea of how to
Re-read. Tiffany impetuously joins a Dark Morris dance and finds herself pursued by the (not a, the) Winter elemental. Granny Weatherwax comes off as a little too nice in this but there are still many, many great moments. And Horace the cheese.

Vintage lines:

"Like, when we come back from drinkin', stealin', an' fightin', Jeannie gives ye the Pursin' o' the Lips," Daft Wullie went on. A moan went up from all the Feegles: "Ooooh, save us from the Pursin' o' the Lips!" "An' there's the foldin' o' th
Петър Стойков
Цялото ревю:

За бога, ако имате дъщеря в тийнейджърска възраст, която знае английски, подарете й ги тия книги. С малко късмет, може да се осъзнае достатъчно, за да не се превърне в намазана с фондьотен и изрусена „принцеса“ чиято цел в живота е да си намери спонсор...
Talyseon Talyseon
This is one of the best and deepest of the Discworld novels, and it's written for Young Adults! Check out my full review: Wintersmith
This is my favorite Tiffany Aching novel - it has a bit of everything - love; death; adventure; Nanny Ogg, humor....

And its just a wonderful story.
Very amusing read with our 13 yr old junior witch heroine. Funny cast of other witches, small blue guys and elementals-
Mike (the Paladin)
Wonderful, funny, and so informative! Are you aware that Limbo was called that because the door was so low?
Laugh out loud funny and delightful. The tongue-in-cheek humor style of fantasy reminded me a lot of Patricia C. Wrede and the "Dealing with Dragons" series.

Tiffany is not particularly a winning main character, but she is enjoyable and rounded out by a cast of characters who are. The cadre of older witches and wee folk are delightful. I plan to read the previous and later books in the series to get a fuller picture of the world, but neither are necessary to reading this completely separately and
Wintersmith is my favorite Tiffany Aching novel to date. In this one, straight laced Tiffany gets herself into trouble because she disobeys her current witch teacher and joins in a supernatural dance. Now some have criticized Mr. Prachett because they have claimed this was out of character for Tiffany, but I say these people have obviously never been or raised teenage girls. Even the best most well behaved of them do stupid and unpredictable things at times. I was a good kid, and one time I got ...more
Fast-paced and funny, with all the spunk and practical wisdom I've come to expect from Tiffany Aching--who now, on top of facing pesky supernatural threats, quelling the Feegles' chaos, and helping people with not much more brains than their sheep, has to deal with Puberty and Boys. This book delves a bit deeper into what it really means to be a Witch: that beyond the pointy hat, the flashy spells, the warts--the "boffo"--there's a lot of unpleasantness, of sitting up all night with dying old la ...more
Another thoroughly enjoyable installment from Mr. Pratchett. Tiffany is a likable and smart heroine, and there were many moments in the book that were laugh out loud funny. The story worked well on its own, despite being part of a larger series, and it made me want to go back and read the first two. I have to say, I did enjoy knowing a bit about the Discworld mythos going in, because it made the mentions of people like Groat all the more amusing. Still, even for someone who is new to the Discwor ...more
This was my first ever Terry Pratchett book and if they're all like this, I could be spending many hours with this author in the near future.

The book never takes itself too seriously, which means the reader really can't either. But don't let that belie the solid craft and excellent story at work here. Pratchett has fun at the expense of many a trope or fantasy element and consistently underscores the point of Story: what we learn about ourselves as a result. I have an engineer's brain that likes
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