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I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld #38)

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A man with no eyes. No eyes at all. Two tunnels in his head . . .

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' pictsi
Paperback, 414 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Corgi Childrens (first published January 1st 2010)
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Havelock I would recommend going back and reading the rest of the Tiffany books at some point, but in terms of the whole Discworld chronology, you can still…moreI would recommend going back and reading the rest of the Tiffany books at some point, but in terms of the whole Discworld chronology, you can still enjoy the books out of order.(less)

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Dan Schwent
Jun 23, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 25, 2011 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 17, 2011 Lightreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2011 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humour
It is with some sadness that I finished this knowing that Sir Terry will not write any more Discworld books. He writes in the voice of a 16 year old witch so brilliantly. Although Tiffany Aching is trying very hard to be grown up, she has to keep telling herself she is the witch of the Chalk and the people rely on her to be their witch. But now is no time to be unsure of herself. Something black and evil is hunting her down and putting bad thoughts about witches into people's heads. Tiffany is s ...more
Oct 29, 2010 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Melissa McShane
Aug 31, 2015 Melissa McShane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy, humor
I realized some ten pages into this book that I'd only ever read it once before, which is unusual for me; I go to Terry Pratchett's books in the times when I can't handle anything else. (This happens often.) It seemed appropriate, given that the US release of The Shepherd's Crown is Tuesday, and turned out to be exactly what I needed on a Sunday evening.

There were things I remembered: Tiffany's changed relationship with Roland, the Nac Mac Feegle in Ankh-Morpork, Letitia the very damp Duchess's
Jan 27, 2011 Jen3n rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Oct 02, 2010 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Magrat Ajostiernos
Mar 29, 2015 Magrat Ajostiernos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía, 2015
Porque necesito a Terry más que nunca…. T___T

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 S
Oct 12, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel Hartman
Apr 07, 2011 Rachel Hartman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2010 Nate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Aug 28, 2015 Azumi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado y se me ha hecho cortísimo. Al leer el epílogo casi se me han saltado unas lagrimillas y es que me ha dado la impresión como que Pratchett se estaba despidiendo ya del personaje de Tiffany, como si supiese que ese iba a ser el último libro que iba a escribir sobre ella y me ha dado mucha mucha pena :((

Por otro lado el título me parece precioso y más cuando conoces su verdadero significado al decir Tiffany que "cuando sea vieja se vestirá de medianoche".
Dec 20, 2010 Peterb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lee Battersby
Pratchett-by-numbers, with nothing memorable or engaging to tie the plot around. Characters and subplots are added for no good reason and resolved without the slightest sign of conflict or character change, the antagonist is poorly defined and, in the end, despatched with such ease that it leaves the reader wondering just what the fuss was all about-- if this thing has been the scourge of witches throughout the centuries then the witches can't have been very good at what they do to have been bea ...more
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
Apr 17, 2014 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Michael Jones
If you're the sort of person who doesn't mind changing diapers, even for the elderly (that really depends upon whether you are dependable), and you need a good laugh (or maybe cry) this book may be for you (that all depends).

What this book does is to bring out the "other side" of the lore surrounding witchcraft. Many of the women historically who were called "witches" were actually just women who knew how to use herbs and other things to affect healing and did not mind cleaning up after the dead
Aug 04, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing
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DeAnna Knippling
The fourth in the Tiffany Aching series.

I really can't evaluate this rationally :)

Update: bumped up a star, on a reread.
Nov 20, 2010 Kogiopsis rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Philip Nikolov
Чудесна книга, както всички останали на Пратчет.. Но колкото и да се усмихвам, докато дочитам последните страници, няма как да не избият сълзи в очите.. Сякаш, съзнавайки, че пише последните книги за любимия Диск, Пратчет се чувства длъжен да нареди всичко както трябва и да остави в добри ръце съдбата на всички, а по-подходящи ръце от тези на вещиците за тази цел няма. Тук са всички познати образи - Баба Вихронрав, Леля Ог, Маграт Чеснова, а и някои не толкова познати, или може би малко позабрав ...more
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
Oct 15, 2015 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, fantasy
Tiffany has grown up in this fourth book in the series. She is no longer learning to be a witch, but is the witch of the Chalk. Her home is now her steading and its people her charge. She is the one to take away their pain and heal their hurts, she births them and buries them, she sees wrongs and rights them. Does this come with a lot of rewards and accolades? Nope, sure doesn't. The people sort of respect her because she was born there and she is there, but they also kind of look at her sideway ...more
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Sep 02, 2016 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book had me worried in the beginning, it started out a bit slower then I'm used to and the eventual antagonist was not overly creative. At least that's how it started for me. It grew however into a page turner and even the antagonist's back story drew me in. Its incredibly original, fraught with comedy, lessons, morals, sadness, forgiveness, LOVE :). A pure treat to read.

As with all of Pratchett's books this has a lot of humor as well as some serious issue's. Early on in the story our Witch
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