Wintersmith (Discworld Book 35) by Terry Pratchett (MOBI)

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Ebook Info

  • Published: 2009
  • Number of pages: 336 pages
  • Format: MOBI
  • File Size: 0.77 MB
  • Authors: Terry Pratchett

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ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice * ALA Notable Children’s Book“Pratchett’s unique blend of comedy and articulate insight is at its vibrant best. Full of rich humor, wisdom, and eventfulness.” —Horn Book (starred review)By beloved and bestselling Terry Pratchett, this is the third in a series of Discworld novels starring the young witch Tiffany Aching.When the Spirit of Winter takes a fancy to Tiffany Aching, he wants her to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever. It will take all the young witch’s skill and cunning, as well as help from the legendary Granny Weatherwax and the irrepressible Wee Free Men, to survive until Spring.Because if Tiffany doesn’t make it to Spring, Spring won’t come for anyone.

User’s Reviews

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⭐Tiffany Aching books are such fun reads. I actually read this one seven years ago and I still love it. I feel like I got even more out of it this time around. The changing of the seasons are an interesting thing but not to be messed around with. When you put the witches and the wee free men together you are guaranteed an interesting story. The underlying storylines tie so well into the main story and provide so much more that can contribute in further books. I am eager to get to next book in this series as I near the conclusion.

⭐This is the section of the Discworld series where young readers should not fear to tread. However, even little angels should be warned to tread very carefully when selecting this book, mainly because of all the adults stampeding to get their copies of book three of the Tiffany Aching adventures.The story picks up a couple of years after A Hat Full of Sky, with Tiffany attending a performance of the Black Morris, the secret dance that welcomes winter. The music soon has her toes tapping, and before long, her feet follow suit and she joins the dance, realizing too late that this is a big no-no.Unknowingly, Tiffany cuts in to an age-old dance between winter and summer, and finds herself in a seasonal love triangle when her dance partner, the Wintersmith, goes Rodgers & Hammerstein on her:”We’ve just been introduced,I do not know you well,But when the music startedSomething drew me to your side.So many men and girls,Are in each others arms.It made me think we might beSimilarly occupied.”*So now the Wintersmith, an elemental, has a huge crush on a human, and starts doing all the dopey things that are done when love is in the air, except that his love tokens ultimately result in a cold shoulder. With all the large and small gods looking on at the entertaining spectacle, the Wintersmith decides to take it further, and armed with a children’s nursery rhyme, he channels Westlife as he sets about assembling the components he needs.”Tell me what makes a manWanna give you all his heartSmile when you’re aroundAnd cry when you’re apart”Tiffany realizes that she has to deal with her mistake, which is spiraling out of control, and with a little guidance from the elder witches, she learns to cope with little inconveniences like flowers blooming where she walks and the unheralded arrival of the horn of plenty. Realizing that she needs some help, the elder witches enlist the Nac Mac Feegles (because these stories wouldn’t be any fun without them) to find someone who can, namely – a hero.”I need a heroI’m holding out for at hero ’till the end of the nightHe’s gotta be strongAnd he’s gotta be fastAnd he’s gotta be fresh from the fight”**They do find the hero, even though at first it seems unlikely that he measures up to the requirements, and whisk him down to the underworld to retrieve the only hope for saving Tiffany.Packed with all your favorite characters and some new ones, and even Horace the cheese, the main story is neatly ensconced between humorous supporting stories of witches and warts, and a whole load of Boffo!***This book is highly recommended for young readers up to the age of approximately 99, give or take a few years, but reading the other two books first is strongly encouraged, just because they are also really, really good.Amanda Richards, January 12, 2008*From The King & I, but you already knew that**Bonnie Tyler, but you knew that too***You’ll know what this is when you read the book

⭐but the fire is so delightful. And since we’ve no place to go. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”And snow it does in Terry Pratchett’s delightfully funny and thoughtful latest book, Wintersmith. I have to admit that I ordered Wintersmith because it was by Terry Pratchett. I did not notice that it is targeted as a Discworld book for younger readers. Adult fans of Discworld or of the genre generally should ignore this fact and step up and read Wintersmith. It is fun and should appeal to “children of all ages!”The plot is summarized quite nicely in the book description and I won’t waste anyone’s time repeating that summary. What isn’t summarized is Pratchett’s way with words and with characterizations. Here we have Tiffany Aching. Not only is she a 13-year girl entering her angst-filled teen years with a lot to learn about becoming an adult, but she is also learning how to become a witch. The witches in Macbeth sum this situation up nicely when they chanted: “double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.” Pratchett has a keen ear for Tiffany and he manages to convey these pangs of adolescence with an empathy that would be too sweet if it wasn’t interspersed with humor and a nod and a wink. Pratchett knows how to keep the cauldron bubbling and those bubbles contain some of Pratchett’s famous set-pieces.The Wee Free Men (the miniature version of Cohen the Barbarian multiplied by a factor of five hundred) provide some of those `fun’ moments. Two examples bear repeating. At one point early on Daft Wullie goes on (with more than a wee bit of Scottish brogue) about the problem of being married and having to deal with “the Pursin’ o’ the Lips”, the “Foldin’ o’ the Arms”, and “not tae mention the Tappin’ o’ the Feets”. It is left to Rob Anybody to explain the art “o’ the husbandry”. A little later Tiffany’s beau-in-waiting Roland wonders if he is too clever by half. Roland is relieved to hear that being too clever by half is preferable to “bein’ too stupid by three quarters!” Out of context these may seem to be nothing more than throw-away bits of fun writing. In context they seem a bit more than that.Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg provide Tiffany with what can best be described as an inimitable (if off-kilter) support group. They are recurring characters on Discworld and they are in fine fettle. Rounding out the cast of characters is Wintersmith. This representation of Winter itself, who falls in love (in a boyish sort of way) with Tiffany, is a great counterbalance to Tiffany’s character. If Tiffany is a young girl struggling to learn to be a woman, Winter is something approaching a boy struggling to learn what it is to become a human and then a man. It is a funny and touching portrayal. Looking at Tiffany (and her fellow teen witches) and Wintersmith and Roland was a lot like looking back at high school. Even in the alternate world that is Discworld – some things just don’t change.Wintersmith was a fun book to read despite the fact that I am decades (sad to say) removed from my teen years. This is a great book to pass throughout the family and one of the reasons I read Wintersmith so quickly was the fact that my own teenager was doing the Tappin’ o’ the Feets and the Foldin’ o’ the Arms until I’d finished it. Highly recommended for youngsters – even those with grey hair such as me. Enjoy. L. Fleisig

⭐A wonderfully captivating book feeding us folklore, mythology, headology with several other ‘ologies’ thrown in for good measure. The character development of Tiffany Aching is masterful as she adapts to the changes presented to her and her handling of the (almost) unwanted affections of an Ethereal entity; or a minor god in other words. There is comic genius, not just in the one line jokes; though there are still a few, but in the characters themselves. The adolescent fumblings of boy and girl, one trying to impress, the other unsure what to make of it all is very well observed. The wonderful Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax, as wise and entertaining as ever, the Nac Mac Feegle just as comic but behind it all is the struggle of Tiffany, Petulia, Annagramma and the rest of the coven to grow up trying to do the right thing, learning to understand human behaviour and emotions and finding their place in the world. It strikes me as incredibly accomplished that as a man TP could write so convincingly from a woman’s perspective – well at least convincingly to me, I often wonder what women readers think, is he as convincing as I think he is?It certainly helps if you have a background understanding of the discworld and starting with the earlier novels helps build that foundation and familiarity quickly. I have not quite read them all (yet – lucky me) and certainly not in order, far from it in fact and it hasn’t diminished my enjoyment of the discworld but in this case it would help if you have read the earlier Tiffany Aching stories first to fully appreciate this book. Lastly I wish reviewers would stop comparing each discworld novel and rating it against the others, it serves no helpful purpose. That’s what TP has been trying to tell us all these years, we are all different, we will each relate to his stories differently dependent upon our own upbringing, opinions, outlooks and personalities. Every single one of TPs books will be someone’s favourite.Sir Terry Pratchett rightly deserves his place in literary history for more than just the discworld creation but for his social commentary, his humour, compassion, inquisitive spirit and honesty in documenting our human nature. A sincerely missed writer, scholar and gentleman, oh, and not forgetting most noble wearer of hats and facial hair.

⭐I bought a cheap kindle version, but had bought the book in hardback on its release. Wintersmith is the third of the Tiffany Aching strand of the Discworld series and is where Tiffany properly merges with the Lancre witches. It combines the YA aspects of the Tiffany strand with the more adult characterisation of the older witches, but also with growth and development of Tiffany and the younger witches.This book demonstrates the sophistication of Pratchett’s writing as the mature writer returns to characters he had created decades earlier and blends them within newer narrative structures. It includes the strong visual style and humour of Pratchett at his peak. Despite being notionally a YA strand this is as sophisticated as any of the “adult” discworld book, and one of my favourites.

⭐Another Tiffany Aching story. Amazon seems to be doing a special offer on these at the moment, if you have a Kindle – snap them up at 99pPossibly the best teenage witch?There is a dance between summer and winter – the summer dances out, then the winter sleeps. Six months later they dance again, and summer sleeps. Until the day when the teenage witch joins the dance.Which would tend to explain the weird weather we’ve been having, if you don’t believe in climate change

⭐Tiffany Aching makes a mistake and the Wee Free Men work to get her out of trouble. May the gods protect the Discworld from the Wee Free Men’s good(ish) deeds! Someone had better also check that all four Elephants are still in the right place, after all, the Wee Free Men might be tired of sheep all the time…An ideal book for reading on a snowy winters day, you really feel as if you’re in the story as the snow falls outside.

⭐Another of the young adult Tiffany Aching novels reflecting her growing life as a witch on The Chalk Downs of Discworld.As a storyteller, Terry Pratchett simply became more adept with age, and this is a gloriously written, inventive, yet comforting story firmly embedded in uncommon common sense, with the added delight of the Nac MacFeegle and cameos from Nanny Ogg and Mistress Weatherwax.Read this, and weep that the author had died without writing more…

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