I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38)
Somewhere - some time - there's a tangled ball of evil and spite, of hatred and malice, that has woken up. And it's waking up all the old stories too - stories about evil old witches . . .
I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth Discworld title to feature witch Tiffany Aching and her tiny, fightin', boozin' pictsie f...more
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5* Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
2-3* Johnny Maxwell trilogy
3* The Bromeliad Trilogy
3* The Dark Side of the Sun
3* The Discworld Companion
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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 Sha...more
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
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
This was a welcome visit back with a good friend.
Pratchett can't write fast enough for me, but I every time i get to read another of his books, I feel anticipation, happiness and satiety.
Gushing aside, I very much enjoy Pratchett's writing style. His characters and events are full of surprises. People (or feegles) act in a predictable way up to a point, but it always seems as if everyone's actions are driven by their individual thoughts, feelings, beliefs (and magic, of cour...more
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
I finally fell in love with her, mostly because of her second thoughts... and third thoughts... and the occasional fourth thoughts. :o)I always felt that Pratchett's books for children were a lot more serious and sombre than the average Discworld novel. And I honestly almost cried at the end...more
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
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
As she does for my friends, Nathan and Courtney, the young Miss Aching appeals no end; she is moral, caring, a thinker and understands that while she has a place in the world, it is often complicated by difficult or potentially unpopular decisions.
Though Pratchett originally wrote this subset of the Discworld novels for a younger audience, there's absolutely no reason they ought not be on the reading list of any Discworld fan. Nay,...more
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
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
I have read all of the previous stories and loved them as much as I have loved every book Pratchet...more
This time, I would *not* recommend it to younger readers at all. Some very dark things happen in this book, and even though they are not necessarily described in detail as they happen, what is going on is very clear and made me very uncomfortable. The enemy that Tiffany must defeat in this book is also much more evil and dangerous than anything she has faced before. It is most definitely the darkest book in the series, and fo...more
EDITORIAL REVIEW: It starts with whispers. Then someone picks up a stone. Finally, the fires begin. When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . . Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren’t sparkly, aren’t fun, don’t involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone—or something—is igni...more
This is probably not the end of the Tiffany Aching story, but it puts a nice cap on the cycle of Tiffany and Roland and their non-romance, and romance is definitely in the air here: It starts with a pregnant young woman who has lost her child to domestic violence, and e...more
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