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A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld #32)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  33,800 ratings  ·  881 reviews
Tiffany Aching -- the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil -- is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

But as Tif...more
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Published December 14th 2004 by HarperAudio (first published 2004)
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Charity
The Nac Mac Feegles hae got me tawkin' lae 'em. Crivens! It's a wee bittie story o' hags right enough, the big wee hag o' the hills bein' the verra center o' it all, but it may gi' ye a bad case o' the thinkin'.

I dinna like tae stop readin'.

(To the the Bigjobs: Discworld just keeps getting better and better. Keep a sharp eye out and you will see many references to other stories hidden in the telling.)
Carrie
This is technically a young adult book (and yes, I do read grown-up books, I just went on a bit of a YA tear after my Powell’s extravaganza), but the only reason for so labeling it is that the main character is a teenager. It is hard to explain how great this book is if you haven’t read any Pratchett, but, then again, why haven’t you read any Pratchett? His books about the Discworld started out a pun-filled parodies of fantasy novels, and have evolved into satires on our modern world that usuall...more
Juanes
Freakin' Terry Pratchett rules. What in the world have i been doing with all my life? I have so many books to read! However i sit inspired by the bravery of Rob Anybody and, therefore, i shall fling myself head first with no helmet...one fearsome book at a time. A Hatful of Sky is a follow up to The Wee Free Men. It picks up just where the other left off and continues Terry's incredibly witty fantasy which clearly stand a bar above other fanatsy.
Valerie
For a children’s book it has more complexity than I would've expected. I remember after reading Tiffany Aching’s first book I thought it was just so strange and didn't get what was going on at the end. The climax in this one had a similar sort of the thing going but I understood it better this time around. Maybe it’s because I'm older or that Pratchett explained it easier this time, I don't know.

So here we have Tiffany in the beginning of her witch training and things are not going the way she...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've never t...more
Nicholas Karpuk
Aug 31, 2009 Nicholas Karpuk rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: You
I can not seem to convince anyone to try Discworld.

Damndest thing, I would think that his great stories, great insight, and amazing humor would be an easy sell, but I can't convince most readers I know to so much as read the first page in my copy of "The Colour of Magic," even if they're voracious fantasy readers.

Maybe it's the fact that I use the words "fantasy" and "funny" in the same sentence. Most fantasy writers are the most humorless artists imaginable, so it seems like the dissonance is t...more
Kaethe
2010 August 17
2004 August 20

Well, Voyage of the Dawn Treader is out, and Terry Pratchett is in for the read aloud. As fond as I am of the former, I'm perfectly willing to cast it aside. Tiffany Aching is a marvelous character who thinks all the time. As does Pratchett. Unlike Lewis, Pratchett's world is rich and detailed and it works. The Nac Mac Feegle are delightful low-comedy anti-fairies and a good foil to the thoroughly mundane business of sheep-farming.

As an aside, Pratchett has just descr...more
Arminzerella
Tiffany Aching is back in this sequel to Wee Free Men. This time she's going off to become an apprentice witch and learn whatever it is that witches do. The witch who takes her on is a bit of an anomaly, however, as she's a person with TWO bodies. Some people find this rather disturbing - her last several apprentices, in fact, couldn't handle it.

Danger lurks nearby in the form of a strange being known as a "hiver." It is drawn to Tiffany's power and enslaves her mind and body before the Nac Mac...more
Elina Zalkalne
Oh, the brilliance of this man; I just can't get over it.
It tore my heart when I found out he's suffering from Alzheimer's last week. It's still a blow when you realize how unfair life is, even for the millionth time.

This book.... goodness gracious, how do I put it in words? I liked the fact that Tiffany is now older as it gives allowance for the book to be darker, bawdier and more serious - and, if that's even possible, funnier. Her thought progression is lovely, as is the way she watches hers...more
Sherri
I almost gave this 5 stars but the Miss Level plot device bugged me. Even though he eliminated some of the gimmick it was still awkward and an unnecessary distraction.

Tiffany is a little older, she's still making cheese and in touch with the Feegles. The new kelda Jeannie is suspicious and slightly jealous of the "big wee hag" but she comes to accept Tiffany's role and importance to the Feegle. Tiffany is eagerly awaiting her apprenticeship with a real witch, Miss Level and looks forward to lear...more
Lauren
A Hat Full of Sky is entertaining and fun read about a young witch in training in the classic fairy style.

In the first Tiffany Aching book she rescues her little brother from the Fairy Queen and becomes the kelda of the wee free men. The macfeagle are not exactly like brownies in that if you leave them milk they won't help you do your chores. If you leave them whiskey they'll try to help but it won't be the sort of help you'd want. She realises she's a witch despite all prior claims by witches...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
I had mentioned, in my review for The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30), that I had been, for some reason, avoiding the Tiffany Aching series of Discworld but, after a bit of prompting, picked up Wee Free Men and enjoyed it and looked forward to continuing the series.

And I'm ever so glad that I did as I liked this installment even better than the last.

We see Tiffany a bit older and off to learn witching from Miss Level, a witch twice the usual breed, but finding herself a bit bored with what amounts...more
Amelia
I’ve wanted to read a Terry Pratchett book for some time now ever since I read about him in Eyeris‘, Daphne’s and so many other blogs. The first book I tried was his first in the Discworld series – A Colour of Magic. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past the first few pages and returned it to the library.

Some months later, I saw A Hat Full of Sky at one of the numerous warehouse sale I went to and decided to give Terry Pratchett one more shot. This was almost 6 months ago.
Last weekend, lounging on...more
Callista
Apr 03, 2011 Callista rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: magic lovers, Harry Potter fans, parents of daughters
A wonderful continuation of the story of Tiffany Aching. I love her interactions with Granny Weatherwax. Pratchett packs the story with so much--humour, wisdom, peril. The lessons tucked inside aren't overdone, in part because Pratchett reminds us of the complexity of existence. Being a good person doesn't mean that someone has to be all nicey-nice all the time. Sometimes you have to draw the line and stand up for yourself. Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do--the right things t...more
Twila Warner
I can not say enough about this series. Terry Pratchett is hilarious and the characters are both wise and endearing. Now that I've entered the witching world of Tiffany Aching, where she's watched over by little blue thieving, drinking and fighting pictsies, I'm having a hard time living in my world. For me that is the highest praise for any story, when I don't want it to end, when I want the fictional world an author creates to be real, and believe, on some level that it is real, somewhere beyo...more
Carol Nicolas
This book continues where The Wee Free Men left off. Tiffany Aching leaves home in order to study to be a witch, and ends up apprenticed to Miss Level, a woman with two bodies. Tiffany didn’t expect to be doing chores or caring for all the needy in the neighborhood. She thought being a witch involved something, well, a bit more glamorous. And when she meets with all the other apprenticed witches, they all use charms, spells, and they make the best shambles. Poor Tiffany can’t do anything like th...more
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Tiffany Aching is apprenticed to Miss Level, a witch with two bodies. While under her employ, Tiffany is possessed by an evil spirit, known as a hiver. Assisted by the hilarious Nac Mac Feegles, led by the aptly named Rob Anybody, she has to exorcise this demon and then outwit this enemy that cannot be vanquished. Meanwhile, she also allies herself with Granny Weatherwax, one of the premier witches of her day. Amusing romp, like the first book in the series.
Michael Clemens
As I've read through the Discworld series, I've commented many times on the impression that Pratchett is just as much hindered by his creation as inspired by it. Every book brings new characters, new stories, and new mythology into the Disc universe, giving the old characters less room to grow or develop. This is half of the reason the Tiffany Aching books are so refreshing, then: set in the same world, but well away geographically from the cities crowded with characters and history. A followup...more
bup
This is my favorite of Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books, and you don't need to have read "The Wee Free Men," or any Pratchett (I hadn't at the time), to enjoy it.

He does a great job treading the line between magic and the real world, making this seem *this* close to believable. Plus, you gotta love a bunch of drunk violent blue fairies.
Melbourne on my mind
I don't love this QUITE as much as I do The Wee Free Men, but it's still an excellent book. Tiffany's now eleven and heading off into the world to learn how to be a witch. This means leaving The Chalk and, by extention, the Nac Mac Feegle. Obviously, she gets herself into a crapton of trouble pretty much instantly.

The Nac Mac Feegle are, as always, hilarious. And there's a lot of pretty deep stuff about self discovery - learning about who you are, what's important to you, and how/when to stand...more
The Childlike Author
Well, I was right, and that makes me sad. I'm referring to my prediction of course. I predicted in my review of The Illustrated Wee Free Men that A Hat Full of Sky would not be able to match it. I was right, but I didn't get any satisfaction out of it. Most sequels just don't measure up (unless you're talking about The Empire Strikes Back), but that fact isn't any consolation. I wanted this book to be as good as the original, because the original was a masterpiece. Who wouldn't want to read ano...more
John
Tiffany Aching is starting her witch training. But in preparing herself, she attracts the attention of a hiver, a being who takes over other beings and unleashes their worst selfs. Can Tiffany learn what she needs to learn, while avoiding the searching of a deadly being who wants to control her, a being she doesn't even know is after her? Luckily, the Wee Free Men are aware of the problem and are more than willing to help her, if only their new kelda will let them.

All the Tiffany Aching books ar...more
Chibineko
Having just finished the first Tiffany Aching book, I eagerly jumped into this one almost immediately afterwards. (Hey, I waited a full two hours before I read it...) I wasn't quite sure if I'd like this one as much as I did the first one, and I have to admit that while I loved the heck out of this book I just didn't like it quite as much as the first.

The story picks up a short while after the events of the last book. Tiffany is being sent to study under the mysterious Miss Level, a witch who wa...more
Marija
In his Author’s Note to the reader, Terry Pratchett states that he just “had to write this book. In fact, other projects had to go on hold to let it past.” I can definitely understand that, since A Hat Full Sky is bursting with energy, fun and excitement. As a sequel, it’s just as good as the first book.

What I like about Pratchett’s fantasy world is that it greatly resembles normal, everyday life. Pratchett takes the common, normal aspects of life and offers an inversion of it, allowing the rea...more
Sarah
At just 11 years old Tiffany has the makings of a very powerful witch - but she still hasn't started her training. Working on instinct she has discovered how to step out of her body but she has no idea that she is leaving her body vulnerable to something that wants to get in. That something is called a Hiver and is drawn to power, it has no body of it's own and it has set it's sights on Tiffany. While Tiffany sets off to start her training she is being followed, but what will happen if the Hiver...more
Amanda
Following on from The Wee Free Men, this is another glorious story about Tiffany Aching. She's two years older now and the shift in her character, from the nine-year-old hag who saved the world in The Wee Free Men to a slightly petulant eleven-year-old discovering that with greatness comes hard work, is masterfully written.

As always, Terry Pratchett explores the world that exists inside people's heads in a way that is (in my opinion) unsurpassed. In this novel we even get to venture inside Tiff...more
Meo
The second novel about Tiffany Aching, and it has quite a lot of Granny Weatherwax in it as well. The story is one concerning Identity: how one acquires it, how to be Yourself and - above all - how to maintain it in the face of adversity. Tiffany finds a coven of young witches who bend to the will of the cruel Anagramma, is taken over by a creature of Identities and finds echoes of it left behind in herself. She learns about witchcraft, and humanity, and has to keep Rob Anybody NacMacFeegle unde...more
Fantasy Literature
Tiffany is not convinced when her peer Annagramma explains that magic is a power that signals one’s status. In Annagramma’s view, the witches study arcane and obscure subjects in order to set themselves apart from society, and all of the other young witches seem convinced by her reasoning. Tiffany may not admit it, but she is insecure about her status among the young witches. Secretly, she wishes to reveal her power to them. The hiver understands Tiffany, and when it takes over her mind, Tiffany...more
Jessica
Terry Pratchett is, as ever, a genius with words, but this book doesn't quite live up to its predecessor, The Wee Free Men. The plot lacked cohesion, and I don't think it ever found its center. There seemed to be a lot of hurried exposition so that loose ends could be wrapped up, and the grand solution seemed to come out of nowhere. What I appreciated most about The Wee Free Men was the through line--all the parts of the story fit together and related to one another with an end goal in mind. A H...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
Tiffany Aching is ably assisted by the Wee Free Men and Granny Weatherwax in this solid Discworld novel.

This book is a sequel to The Wee Free Men. I read The Wee Free Men years ago and really don't remember much at all... While it is possible to read A Hat Full of Sky A Discworld Novel without reading its prequel, I felt I missed small amounts of the story by not remembering the backstory.

I suppose the things I miss from the adult Discworld novels are a wider range of cultural references, and fo...more
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,...more
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