Wintersmith (Discworld, #35)
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Wintersmith (Discworld #35)

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At 9, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland.

At 11, she battled an ancient body-stealing evil.

At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. And boys can be a bit of a problem when you're thirteen. . . .

But the Wintersmith isn't "exactly" a boy. He is Winter itself--snow, gales, icicles--"all of it." When he has a crush on Tiffany, he may make her roses out of...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2006)
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Clouds

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
Res
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...more
Shovelmonkey1
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...more
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 е...more
Kalin
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 and put it in a big bowl, it wouldn’t turn into a human no
...more
Linda
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
Callista
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...more
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)...more
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...more
Arminzerella
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Lauren
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...more
Sarah
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
MB
1st read: 12/12/08

2nd read: 10/8/13 Not my favorite Tiffany Aching, but still great. This one is nice in showing the witches interacting as well as more about the 'business' of being a witch.

Another thing I noticed this time around, and just realized that I really admire about Pratchett: Almost nothing is made, or said, about Tiffany's looks in these books. How rare is that?!? Tiffany's impact on her world comes from her abilities, and her strength of character-- not from her 'beauty' or lack o...more
Macie
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
Kua
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.
Още>> http://knig...more
John
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...more
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
Sarah
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.
Marian
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?
Laney
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...more
Cassandra
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
Peter
Wintersmith
Terry Pratchett

Doubleday
ISBN 978-0-385-60984-5

Tiffany Aching is almost thirteen, she live on Disc World, and is a trainee witch. Tiffany has voices in her head that help her, and us, see what is really going on. She is also frequently surrounded by very small blue men, they are called the Nac Mac Feegles. They have a duty of care over Tiffany, although they would not necessarily express it like that, so when ever she's in trouble they are watching over her and do their best to help. T...more
MisterFweem
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...more
Lizzie
There's something odd about this one. It felt a lot different to read than the first two books. Specifically, this book feels much younger than the others -- which is awfully weird, since Tiffany is a teenager by this book. But both the content and the tone come off lighter and sillier in this story, and ultimately feel less thoughtful. The earlier books are immensely thoughtful, and I missed that deeply-knowing undercurrent. This one is kind of just a... book. A totally fine book, but. No one l...more
Chris
I walked into my local bookstore, saw this on the shelf and snapped it right up. I think Terry is now the only author I'll do that for. As much as I love Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, Robert Jordan, they're not automatic buys. Pratchett is.

Anyway, this is the third of the Tiffany Aching books, stories about the young witch of the chalk. She's the granddaughter of a great witch, Granny Aching, and studies under some of the most powerful witches of Lancre. In addition, she has the undi...more
Marija
Imagine being able to witness a dance marking the change of the seasons—from summer to winter—all at once becoming mesmerized by the enchanting melody and rhythms of the dance… feeling its call, beckoning you to join the elemental spirits in their festivities. The pull is uncontrollable; but the result is utter chaos. Poor Tiffany finds herself in the midst of this chaotic entanglement, and has caught the unwanted attentions of the Wintersmith, who’s completely enthralled by this human girl who’...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
3.5

Not my favorite in the Aching series, but still a good entry. It had touches of Hogfather and Small Gods, what with all the god making and whatnot. And it was cool to spend some time with Nanny Ogg, who's often overshadowed by Granny Weatherwax who was, of course, an important part of this story.

I like how Tiffany is sort of coming into her own, that mix of confidence and doubt. If anything, though, my biggest complaint about the book is that there's quite a lot of her going around in circles...more
Maurizio Codogno
Tiffany Aching cresce, e compie tredici anni. Da buona preadolescente, si mette immediatamente nei casini, facendo in modo che l'Inverno si innamori di lei, scambiandola per l'Estate. In questo libro a metà tra il Discworld per ragazzi e quello standard, la storia parte piuttosto lentamente, e la prima metà del libro non è nulla di eccezionale. Fortunatamente nella seconda parte ingrana molto bene, e Pratchett, oltre che fare vedere come al solito il mondo in maniera diversa da quella a cui siam...more
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