I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38)
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I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38)

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Teen witch Tiffany Aching returns for a new Discworld adventure -- along with her ever-present allies, the Nac Mac Feegle.
Tiffany Aching, the young witch from The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith is back in a new adventure featuring Discworld characters both familiar to fans (like Granny Weatherwax) and new (meet Wee Mad Arthur, the Nac Mac Feegle on the Ci...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published July 4th 2011 by Corgi Books (first published 2010)
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Dan Schwent
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Mariel
Jan 25, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who's ever had to grow up
I didn't become a Terry Pratchett fan until 2009. My twin sister told me numerous times that it would be a very good idea for me to read him. I do listen to my twin, it's just that particular urgency to heed her advice hinges on many factors: did she tell me too much (in the interest of fairness, I do this more to her than she does to me), was I feeling a loner and left out of hyper enthuasism... Probably that last one. Everything good about Terry Pratchet you've probably been told or read (or s...more
Lightreads
This is more of the same for this subseries – which is a good thing! More adolescent witch adventures, more growing up too fast, more dry humor with teeth underneath.

Critics go on about how magic in fantasy novels is a metaphor for political power or social power or insert power here. Which is usually a really unsatisfying reading to me because fantasy novel magic is so often inborn, inexplicable, a random or genetic gift. Which is a good metaphor for social power, often, but it’s not very inter...more
VickiWithNoE
I would read the phone book if Terry Pratchett wrote it. I have read all his books; including the ones for kids and young adults. I've given away a fortune in his YA and kids' books at schools.
I am only a short way into the book but it is already filled with Pratchett's signature wit and (yes) wisdom. No one uses the English language like Pratchett. If I sound like FanGirl, it's because I am, absolutely. Pratchett makes Tiffany "feel" like a real 16-year old girl; with all the confusion and ang...more
Carol
Oct 29, 2010 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anglophiles, folklore fans, anyone who needs a good laugh, fans of the other Tiffany Aching books
Terry Pratchett is a genius! This book is the fourth in the Tiffany Aching Adventures, and my favorite so far, I think. Tiffany is a sixteen-year-old witch, self-assured and very wise beyond her years, yet still down to earth (or, in her case, chalk) and still sixteen. She is once again joined by her small, blue, kilted, ale-drinking, fist-fighting, hygienically challenged, oft-invisible clan of Nac Mac Feegles who provide the story's comic relief. Her nemesis this time is the Cunning Man--the p...more
Jen3n
I still feel weird putting these under the heading of "children’s books." They aren't, really, and never have been. Even when the main character was just a ten year old girl.

So. This is the last of the Tiffany Aching books and the last time we will ever hear of Granny Weatherwax or Nanny Ogg ever again, thanks to Mr. Pratchett's disease. I am given to understand that most of this book was, by necessity, dictated.

And it's not a bad book. Quite good, given the circumstances. But a lot of character...more
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 read I Sh...more
Chris
I Shall Wear Midnight is supposedly that last novel about the young witch from the Chalk, Tiffany. In some ways that knowledge colors the book.

Tiffany has done with her education and is back home serving as the Chalk's witch. Sadly, strange things seem to be happening, more than just what happens with an senient cheese named Horace, a lawyer who is frog (but who can be paid in beetles) and the Feegles around.

In some ways, the novel feels like a good-bye, if not to the Disc than to Tiffany. This...more
Rachel Hartman
Bah. Made me cry. Curse you Terry Pratchett!

Hat Made of Sky is still my favourite of the Tiffany Aching books, but I might even put this one second. The plot wasn't as tight as he (historically) has been capable of, and the menace of the villain didn't live up to its potential, quite. But there was so much other stuff here to love, and be moved by, and remind me of other things, that I didn't really care.

For the first half, seriously, I could only read about forty pages at a time because then I...more
Nate
Sometimes I feel like there's not enough joy left in the world. Then Sir Pratchett publishes another gem like this, and it makes me feel better.

Tiffany Aching is 16. In a world that looks a lot like our 19th century, that's taking the 'young' out of Young Adult. This is a book with genuine terror, truly adult situations, and more joy and laughter than you'll find almost anywhere.

Tiffany is now the true witch of her Chalk; she's bandaging wounds, helping the old and sick shuffle off their mortal...more
Peterb
I Shall Wear Midnight is Terry Pratchett's final book in the Tiffany Aching series. While clever, thoughtful, and well-constructed, it suffers from the same problem Pratchett has had in his other recent books: he has fallen too much in love with his characters to truly hurt them. Compared to the latent menace that suffused, for example, The Wee Free Men, we never feel here that Tiffany is at any risk that she can't overcome through prodigious application of witch-bourne moxie. This is a drawback...more
Callista
4 1/2 stars. My objection to teenage marriage, even in a pseudo-18th century fantasyland, prevents me from finding this book perfect. But it's close.
I stalled a bit in getting to this one because it's the last of the Tiffany Aching books, and I hate to see a good thing end (even though I can re-read the books at my leisure). Tiffany, as I've said in previous reviews, is a wonderful character. She's a far better person than I am, but somehow I relate to her--in part because she continually ends u...more
Nathan
I don't find many books that I'd gladly give to my girl and say "this, this is what being human is". In the Tiffany Aching series, Pratchett nailed it and in this, the final book (which can be read alone), Pratchett nails the story too. The others have featured metaphors-come-to-life as antagonists, but they were very active antagonists. In this book, the antagonist is more in the background: he exists, there's pursuit, but it's all playing second fiddle to Tiffany's battle with her feelings and...more
Libby
This book is the crowning jewel in the Tiffany Aching series. It tells the story of growing up - complete with all its ugliness and beauty. Tiffany is sixteen, back in the Chalk and must fully embrace her calling as The Witch, ready or not. It’s a wonderful adventure that brings this amazing character’s life full circle.

Terry Pratchett remains my favorite author for his ability to weave humanity into his books. I can’t think of any other word for it – his books are absurdly funny but also heartf...more
Kris P
Despite this book supposedly being aimed at younger readers I am sure that there are plenty of us old'uns who have also enjoyed this. I do actually find the Tiffany Aching series much better than the Moist van Lipwig series which the 'grown-ups' are meant to read. Perhaps it is the inclusion of some of my favourite characters which added to my enjoyment, but I do so enjoy the witches, and hope that they will again feature prominently in books. For those who have never read any of this series ple...more
An Odd1
In "I Shall Wear Midnight" by (Sir!2009) Terry Pratchett, witch Tiffany, at 16, wants to don black only when old. Yet, for her home Chalk, she already decides life or death, such as when a drunk villager attempts suicide after beating his pregnant daughter to birth. She's wise beyond years, even advising on "passionate parts" as fun fact rather than salacious description, so the rating is not x, restricted.
An evil witch-hunter spectre infects and inhabits the most susceptible. (I miss any menac...more
Anila
Nov 20, 2010 Anila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Pretty much everyone; but start with the first book, naturally.
In much the same way as I grew up with Harry Potter, I have grown up with Tiffany Aching. Though our ages have never exactly matched, neither have mine and Harry's; the true parallel is the level of maturation of the characters, and of the reader, and in both cases those have matched almost exactly.
This said, the two are vastly different. If read as commentaries on growing up and becoming an adult, Harry Potter approaches it as an epic quest, full of destiny and the necessity of accepting the in...more
Clodia Metelli
This book started off in a deceptively simple fashionin which, initially, I felt rather too much was being told rather than shown. This simplicity soon, however, gave way to stark and sober horror, as young witch Tiffany is faced with an everyday situation of family violence and abuse. The suggestion of violence, ignorance and cruelty is a keynote of the book, as Tiffany faces an enemy darker and more real than any Queen of the Fairies - an embodiment of those worst aspects of human nature that...more
Sesana
There's just something about the Discworld books. I pick one up, thinking to myself that I'll read a few pages, and surface an hour or two later having read hundreds. I devour them, or they devour me. This last Tiffany Aching book is no exception at all.

I find myself unable to write a review of a Discworld book. I have fallen so deeply in love with the entire world that I just can't manage it. One thing I will say: I got the feeling, reading it, that this would be the last Tiffany book, just as...more
Jen
Wow. I was making happy meeping noises at the end, which caused my husband to ask whether I was happy or sad. This was a valid question, as 20 minutes earlier I'd mentioned that I really should be getting to bed, but I needed to know how it all worked out RIGHT NOW.

Totally worth it. If this is the last Tiffany book ever, I'll be a little sad. I'd love to see her make the jump from YA to Adult books and see what she does with her life. Still, this was a wonderful story and I'm so glad I had the c...more
Ellie
I always think there's a great fondness when Pratchett writes about the Chalk though maybe that's because it is obviously modelled on his current home of Wiltshire (if you were in doubt, the appearance of a giant with no trousers clinches it). I think Tiffany Aching has grown up quite considerably from when she first appeared and I wouldn't have automatically said this was a young adult book. Lots of charming, funny and tender moments makes this a fantastic read whatever age you are.
Michael
I propose that PT only writes Discworld novels about Tiffany Aching and the Watch from now on. None of the others (re: Wizards, Moist) are quite as good. I really loved this one. I have to ask - what makes this YA novel fundamentally different than the "adult" books in the series? The difference isn't obvious to me.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Tiffany Aching is growing up, or really, has grown up. Being a witch isn't all glamorous, or maybe glamorous at all. This was a nice finish to the subset of the Discworld novels, and would be a good read for anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter.
Eh?Eh!
Surprised me by addressing some harsher realities of how awful people can be and mildly abrasive realities of how people treat each other.
Jasun Chelat
It was funny, and funny's good.
And wise too. Like a five year old with an old soul.
Rachel
Tiffany Aching's fourth adventure brings her up to the level of her predecessors. She's previously taken on the Queen of Faerie with a frying pan, contended with an immortal spirit out to give her everything she could possibly want (and nothing at all that she needed), and melted an amorous Winter, but now she has to face life as a jilted lover...oh, and deal with the persistent idea that keeps cropping up every few centuries: witches must burn.

There's a lot of detail about what witches do that'...more
Michell Plested
There are a few authors I always read. I watch for their books and buy them as soon as I can when released. Terry Pratchett is one of those authors.

There is something about his writing that strikes a chord with me. Perhaps it is the subtle humor and brilliant story-telling. It might be the inherent snarkiness that shows through at times or perhaps the relevance to the world we live in. All of those things combine to make an enjoyable reading experience for me.

With all that said, you will not be...more
Arminzerella
Tiffany Aching awakened something evil when she kissed winter (unbeknownst to her), and her rival, Roland's fiance, Letiticia (an untrained witch) has made things worse by enabling the evil something to track Tiffany through a jealous spell she cast on Tiffany's likeness. The Cunning Man is now completely focused on finding Tiffany and taking her over – body, soul, and powers – and Tiffany is at the brink of exhaustion in her efforts to keep him at bay. The other witches gather and hover, waitin...more
Jennifer
Another wonderful installment in Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series. We read it for bookclub and I will definitely read the rest of the series! I normally post favorite quotes in my Notes section on FB, but I'm unable to do so for this book because every page contains wonderful, humorous or thought-provoking lines. Not only is it a light, fun read with the hysterically funny Nac Mac Feegles creating chaos, but the characters are well developed and the primary antagonist is a living metaphor of ul...more
Emily
Um- how did I miss this book? With all of the book sleuthing I do, I had no clue that this had been released. Will be ordering it on Amazon....today!

I just finished this fourth Tiffany Aching adventure. Two Words: Printz Award. This is the best YA book I have read this year. This is the best Pratchett book I have read - better than Nation. It helps that I love Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegle. These characters do not disappoint. The best part is that they have grown and developed - yes, even Rob A...more
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