The Wee Free Men (Discworld #30)
Up on the Wold, there's a monster in the river and a headless horseman in the drive. And now Granny Aching has gone, there's only young Tiffany Aching left to guard the boundaries. To stop . . . things getting through.
It's her land. Her duty.
But it's amazing how useful a horde of unruly pictsies can be - as long as they are pointed in...more
I plan to use this book in the future as a strategic "weapon" for introducing my (future, hypothetical) daughter to the world of Terry Pratchett's imagination. Yes, I see it as a 'gateway drug' to addiction to Sir Terry's writing. And that's the addiction I'm happy to perpetuate.
After all, this book introduces Tiffany Aching whom I love to pieces and want to adopt to be my level-headed and practical little sister....more
"Yes! I'm me! I am careful and logical and I look up things I don't understand! Whe
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.
A toast from...more
I mean, funny-ish. Funny is so inc...more
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
There was a time when I was younger and I read a bit, enjoyed the story when i did read but I refused to read anything more than 100 pages although I don't think it mattered when i was being read to. This was the book that broke that tradition. I partly picked it up as a recommendation of my sister and the fact that she kept on calling me 'Daft Wullie' and...more
Tiffany Aching is such a wonderful character. She's brave, strong, clever-wait, those all sound like stock hero traits, don't they? Well, Tiffany makes it work. Maybe she is a little bit of a stock hero. But she's so much more. She's practical and curious and very, very angry if you mess with her stuff. She's the kind of girl who reminds you of yourself while you wish you were more like her.
Best of a...more
“just bags of bones, eyeballs, and teeth, lookin’ for new ways to die.”
there were times when things didn’t divide easily into “true” and “false,” but instead could be things that people needed to know at the moment and things that they didn’t need to know at the moment.
A law that is brake by siller or gilt is no worthwhile law.
Maybe the universe is a bit crowded and they have to put heavens anywhere there’s room?
First Sight is when you can see what’s really t...more
It could have been; nine-year-old Tiffany is unaffectionate and practical to the p...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
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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.”