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Preview — Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Wintersmith (Discworld #35)
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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....more
It made as much sense to Tiffany as anything else did. But she was certain of this: If you took all that stuff
I've read all of the Tiffany Aching series, including the Wee Free Men. Thinking back now, I can't really remember a lo ...more
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 ...more
When Terry Pratchett started the witch series in the Discworld universe I considered that as close as the w ...more
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 ...more
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) ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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...
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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, ...more