A Hat Full of Sky
The second in a series of Discworld novels starring the young witch Tiffany Aching.
Something is coming after Tiffany. . . .
Tiffany Aching is ready to begin her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic—not chores and ill-tempered nanny goats! Surely there must be more to witchcraft than this!
What Tiffany doesn't know is that an insidious, disembodied creature i...more
That being said, you've really got to read The Wee Free Men, so if you choose to start with A Hat Full of Sky, it should only be because you're too impatient to wait until you can get ahold of a copy of The Wee Free Men.(less)
I don’t often gush for a book, but this one was very good. Pratchett’s 2004 Discworld story Hat Full of Sky (and second featuring Tiffany Aching and her friends the pictsies – the Nac Mac Feegle wee free men) was a joy to read.
I’d like to see this made into a film just to see how a clever and talented director handled Miss Level. Like all of Pratchett’s Discworld books, this is wryly funny and sardonically playful and he takes on some heavy themes like family, tradi ...more
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.)
[First read: 8th June, 2013. 4 Stars.
Second read: 23rd July, 2018. 4 Stars.]
The second of the Tiffany Aching series on Discworld came quickly after the first, with only one other Discworld novel separating them. Tiffany is now a few years older and is off to sta ...more
I have made, over the past twenty years, many friends among the inhabitants of the wacky disc-shaped world sailing through space on the backs of four elephants, carried in their turn by a giant turtle. Starting with Rincewind, then with Sam Vimes and his Ankh-Morpork guards, Lord Vetinari, the wizards of the Unseen University, the banana loving Librarian, the sentient multi-legged Luggage, Moist ...more
This exploit brought Tiffany to the notice of the Witches, under the leadership of the formidable Mistress Weatherwax. Now they’ve arranged for her to be apprenticed to Miss Level, who lives in the mountains and is considered a bit “odd” even by witch standards.
Tiffany l ...more
Before I get into the review, the obligatory free plug. I write too Mainly fantasy and folklore.
Right! Apologies for that. Onto the review. I read this to my daughter Emily. Ever since I told her about the Wee Free Men she was fascinated and after reading her the first book she's a convert. We've already started Wintersmit ...more
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
Tiffany still has first, second and third thoughts.
“First Thoughts are the everyday thoughts. Everyone has those. Second Thoughts are the thoughts you think about the way you think. People who enjoy thinking have those. Third Thoughts are thoughts that watch the world and think all by themselves. They’re rare, and often troublesome. Listening to them is part ...more
In A Hat Full of Sky, Pratchett tackles growing up in the sense of taking responsibility for things, and understanding the difference between the things you want, and the things you actually do. As someone who has spent quite a lot of the last six weeks howling "It must be so nice not to have to take the initiative/solve t ...more
So here we have Tiffany in the beginning of her witch training and things are not going the way she ...more
I ATE'NT DEAD
. . . and you have to believe it when it's written down like that."
^^^basically, the entire book
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
In this book our Tifany is two years older and she is finally star ...more
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
In this book, Tiffany is now eleven and she leaves her home on the chalk for the first time so she can learn how to be a proper witch. She travels to the mountains where she’ll serve as an apprentice for a witch named Miss Level, who is a bit unusual. Meanwhile ...more
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
Something I've never noticed about Discworld books before but realized here, Pratchett at times gives ...more
*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in ...more
And? I loved it! It had so many of my favorite people: Tiffany, Granny Weatherwax, and Death! If you have someone in your life that would be willing to share reading this book out loud with you, I highly recommend it, not only because you can laugh at each other's Nac Mac Feegle dialect pronunciation.
This isn't as good as The Wee Free Men, which isn't so much a criticism as a statement, because TWFM is pretty brilliant. Also, I remembered almost nothing about the plot of this book between now and when I first read i ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i ...more