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Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.'Crivens!'Tiffany Aching put one foot wrong, made just one little mistake ...And now the spirit of winter is in love with her. He gives her roses and icebergs and showers her with snowflakes, which is tough when you're thirteen, but also just a little bit ... cool.If Tiffany doesn't work out how to dealLibrarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.'Crivens!'Tiffany Aching put one foot wrong, made just one little mistake ...And now the spirit of winter is in love with her. He gives her roses and icebergs and showers her with snowflakes, which is tough when you're thirteen, but also just a little bit ... cool.If Tiffany doesn't work out how to deal with him, there will never be another springtime ...Crackling with energy and humour, Wintersmith is the third title in a sequence about Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men - the Nac Mac Feegles who are determined to help Tiffany, whether she wants it or not....

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Wintersmith Reviews

  • Nicholas Karpuk
    2019-02-15 12:58

    I physically twitch in the presence of cheap irony. You know the sort of lazy humor, like saying it's weird that a cop hates donuts, or acting surprised that a jock is smart. The sort of glib, lazy attempts at humor and cleverness that usually make it on to bumper stickers just makes me cringe. It's the same school of humor as people who put, "My other car is a broomstick" on their bumpers.When Terry Pratchett started the witch series in the Discworld universe I considered that as close as the witty, funny man would ever get to that sort of humor. Turning the fairytale villain into the shamans of the mountain towns had that vibe of lazy irony (I'm looking squarely at you, Wicked the Musical), but being Pratchett, he made a good story out of it just the same.The reason the witch books never grabbed me had a lot to do with the main characters. They were very interesting but poor entry point for the reader. One main witch, Granny Weatherwax, is probably one of my favorite characters in Discworld, but she's smart, brutal, and rather unknowable, making her a poor protagonist in many ways. Nanny Ogg isn't much better, though her character is amusing.Through the earlier books Pratchett tried more than one third witch (because that how it works, Macbeth style), but he never seemed satisfied enough with the dynamic to keep using it.The fact that three Tiffany Aching stories have already been written indicate something that's clearly working for him, and I personally think it's some of his best writing to date.Tiffany is a pretty astute choice in protagonist. She's bright, inquisitive, and annoyed when people don't give her the information she's asking for. I imagine this is highly relatable to many of Pratchett's fans, myself included. What really impresses me is how the stakes keep getting raised over the books. In "Wintersmith" Tiffany makes a mistake that draws the attention of the elemental who controls winter. The beauty in this is that it's not the sort of plot motivating accidents and serendipity guiding series like Harry Potter, where characters are essentially powerless and shuttled through circumstances beyond their control. This entire story comes about because Tiffany screws up and must deal with the consequences.The atmosphere in this story is some of Pratchett's best, with a depiction of the mountain towns so vivid you can almost feel the cold and the rustling of wind through leaves. Having a antagonist who freezes everything to the point of collapse works quite well with this, giving the book a truly powerful sense of dread.What I like best about the Aching books as a whole is that they're a seldom talked about discussion of responsibility. The witches are essentially the last line of defense when things go wrong for these people, they're the justice in a cruel world, so for them saying, "it's not fair," is unnacceptable. Having control means fighting for fairness and losing the ability to whine about it.Few young adult books address themes as deep and meaningful as this, and almost none with such humor and warmth. Though, come to think of it, most books in general don't, making it a truly rare accomplishment.

  • Lyn
    2019-02-20 17:25

    A very original Discworld story, this one the third in the Tiffany Aching sub-series.First published in 2006 and the 35th in the Discworld bibliography, Terry Pratchett describes Tiffany as a young witch still in training but coming into herself and setting her sights on the kind of witch she will be (and not always in serviceable black.) As in others in this sub-series, the juxtaposition between Tiffany and the other witches (particularly Granny Weatherwax) makes this fun. Old Miss Treason (who refers to Granny as “the girl Weatherwax”) gives them all a run for their money as Pratchett has crafted a gem of a witch character in her.“Waily, waily, waily!”And the Nac Mac Feegles. Sir Terry’s Wee Free Men are again on riotous display and their antics make up the lions share of pings on the Pratchett-smile-O-meter.This time around Tiffany has an encounter with the Wintersmith, a kind of spirit of winter or an elemental. This kind of story would go one very predictable way in many made for TV movies, but of course Pratchett gives this one a life of it’s own and the reader will be pleasantly surprised by his treatment.While this one seems to me to be more on the YA scale of reading than the earlier two Tiffany Aching books, this is still another excellent Discworld adventure.

  • Kalin
    2019-02-09 12:10

    13 March 2015: To one of my dads in spirit:We remember you.And then one day a traveling teacher (...) talked about how some wizards had once, using very skillful magic, worked out exactly what a human being was made of. It was mostly water, but there were iron and brimstone and soot and a pinch of just about everything else, even a tiny amount of gold, but all cooked up together somehow.It made as much sense to Tiffany as anything else did. But she was certain of this: If you took all that stuff and put it in a big bowl, it wouldn’t turn into a human no matter how much you shouted at it.You couldn’t make a picture by pouring a lot of paint into a bucket. If you were human, you knew that.The Wintersmith wasn’t. The Wintersmith didn’t….(...) The words went around and around her mind as the borrowed broom plunged onward. At one point Dr. Bustle turned up, with his reedy, self-satisfied voice, and gave her a lecture on the Lesser Elements and how, indeed, humans were made up of nearly all of them but also contained a lot of narrativium, the basic element of stories, which you could detect only by watching the way all the others behaved….Wintersmith finally brought it home: what sets Terry Pratchett apart from most other contemporary novelists I know. It's compassion; and connectedness. It's his characters reaching to one another, setting their judgments aside and staring at the others, into the others, hard and long--until they see. (This may be one definition of a "witch," in fact.) Take for example Tiffany, swallowing her pride and pretending she's learning from Annagramma (not the other way round)--because that's the only way Annagramma can accept anyone's help. (To imagine the extent of Tiffany's achievement, bear in mind she is thirteen. At the very threshold when learning usually gets whacked by pride and goes into hiding, until much, much later.) Or take Tiffany's observations about common folks, which can be unflattering at times (wizened, she muses at one point, isn't the same as wise; it might just mean you've been stupid for a very long time)--yet do not prevent her from getting to know people better and caring for them, in ways that make sense to them. Or take this glimpse into Annagramma's heart, which is the pithiest description of the human condition (one especially irritating aspect thereof ;) I've read in a long time.(view spoiler)[(I stumbled upon this particular passage at a time when I really wanted to slap a friend of mine who seemed to behave just like Annagramma. It gave me pause; it gave me shame--for allowing myself to forget what we are beneath the surfaces; ultimately, it gave me the strength to carry on, smiling instead of slapping.) (hide spoiler)]What also sets Pratchett apart is that he's not contented with describing the human condition. His characters strive not only to see--but also to change. To improve: but only what they've first made sure they've watched hard and long enough. Starting with themselves. (If the folks you're caring for act foolish or unreasonable or plain nasty, do you leave them as they are? Sympathy with someone's plight may well turn into mockery if you just watch from the side.)In an age of aloofness and vertigo and sarcasm and outright cynicism (view spoiler)[(oh noes ... I'm sliding into my postmodernism rant--better wrap it up :/) (hide spoiler)], characters who strive to connect and change--and, what do you know, succeed!--bring home another insight: why I keep reading.Thank you, Terry.

  • Res
    2019-01-27 14:22

    The third book involving Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles -- the one where Tiffany dances with the Wintersmith and gets herself into the middle of the ancient romance of summer and winter.I love the witches, and I love the Feegles, and I love Tiffany, and it's always a pleasure to spend time with them. And yay for Roland growing up. And I loved the subplot involving Miss Treason and the slight improvement in Annagramma.Having said that, I had serious problems with this book. The most critical problem I have is that I didn't understand Tiffany getting involved in the dance in the first place. It was wildly out of character for her to do something like that, five minutes after someone has told her not to, without asking any questions; I couldn't see why she would *want* to; it wasn't well supported; I didn't believe it. And of course all the action of the book depends on that one act.The second problem is the way he's pulled the climax out of the book and used it as a prologue. When I encountered it for the first time, it was confusing and pointless; it didn't really increase suspense, because I couldn't tell what was going on. And then when I began to approach its right place in the book, it messed up the pacing; once Tiffany went back to the Chalk, I figured she would be fighting the big storm any minute, and so when she sat down to make a watercolor painting, I went, What? Doesn't she have something urgent to do?The Summer Lady hardly made an appearance until the last two chapters, which seemed odd -- and he never explained how she came to be imprisoned in the underworld in the first place, which made her rescue seem a little less a part of the story.The eight-year-old has read it, and she thinks it's hilarious.(2007 Locus poll: #1 YA SFF)

  • Наталия Янева
    2019-01-31 15:19

    Чудно как на човек му е най-трудно да опише нещата, които са го впечатлили най-много. Като че думите не са точни и не достатъчно силни да предадат усещането. Ако ви попитат защо обичате някого, отговорът ще удовлетвори ли вас самите? Не звучи ли слабо, твърде традиционно? В никакъв случай не описва защо всъщност обичате, няма думи за това.Понякога се питам как така някой писател сякаш надниква в душата ти, изсмуква всичкото ти внимание и то остава негово. В случая със сигурност не е темата – тя не е нищо нечувано (все пак въпросът „Сега за секс ли ще говорим?“ вероятно ще продължава да вълнува хората дори в някакво футуристично high tech утре, въпреки че написан така откровено при Тери Пратчет си звучи е особено). Дали е хуморът? Сър Тери е ненадминат в това отношение – може би единствените книги, на които се подхилквам на глас – когато издавам подобни звуци, баща ми винаги пита „А, нашия човек ли четеш?“ :). Това, което мен ме е накарало да заобичам Тери Пратчет (освен безжалостния хумор, който просто няма как да подминеш, дори да си пълно дърво), е начинът, по който пише този човек. Малките откровения, които ти предлага винаги, дори всред най-смешните ситуации, сред най-глуповатите реплики от страна на някой персонаж, неочаквани, истински – като самия живот. Имам чувството, че всяка дума е не просто написана с цел сега да бъде зарадван читателят, защото така се очаква, а че е била почувствана, осмислена, оголена и предложена в най-чистия си вид – така, както е била усетена. Противно на факта, че се числят към някакво пародийно фентъзи и сатира, което не звучи особено като за пораснали, книгите на модерния Гандалф предлагат много по-истински неща от доста „сериозни“ творби. Друго, което много ме впечатлява – когато Тери Пратчет прави заемки от някоя митология или религия, той винаги ти дава да разбереш това. Най-често нещата са директно взети от съответния източник, без излишни усуквания/разкрасявания/видоизменения и съответно най-често е запазено дори името на нещото (понякога в леко пародиен вид). Без заобикалки, без опити да бъде остроумен и да измисля базирана на митологията, уж различна, а всъщност еднаква ситуация. Когато нещо е негово – негово си е, в противен случай не прави нескопосани опити да го прикрие, претендирайки за оригиналност.Просто прочетете „Зимоковецът“. А преди това не пропускайте „Волният народец“ и „Шапка, пълна с небе“. За да разберете „защо“.

  • Clouds
    2019-02-09 13:04

    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 remember reading The Wee Free Men (the first in this Tiff Aching series) and not feeling terribly impressed, but I don’t actually remember much about the book. I find suspicious, as I generally have a better memory for fiction than reality. I don’t know if I had other things on my mind, or read it when I wasn’t sleeping well, or if I was just drunk – but the book didn’t stick. So I’m going to order a new copy to re-read soon.But whether that initial ‘unimpressed feeling’ was deserved or not, it put me off picking up Wintersmith. My wife owned a copy which I’d been eyeing up ever since our bookcases merged. But it’s the third in the series – surely I should read book two (A Hat Full of Sky) first?But it’s a Locus Young-Adult Award winner, and I needed something light between installments the two halves of Blackout/All Clear, so I grabbed it on the way to work and found myself thoroughly enjoying it!I don’t know why I was surprised, I love Pratchett’s writing. I was clearly just being a cynical douche about his y-a works!Tiff’s encounters with the Wintersmith are vivid and magical, beautifully visually examples of Sir Terry’s imagination at work. But the real gems of the book (for me) are the minor strands that fill out Tiff’s world within the Wintersmith framing device. The Nac Mac Feegles are great characters with an infinite supply of comedy dialogue and perspectives (quote below). Roland’s mission to awaken the Summer Lady in the underworld contained my favourite moment in the book – when he battles the wraiths with his imaginary sword! The interactions between the teenage witches are great, as are Tiff’s reflections on Miss Treason’s ‘Boffo’. And the cameos from Ogg and Weatherwax are a touch of class for us long-standing witches fans. A quick quote that made me giggle:“When a bull coo meets a lady coo he disna have tae say, "My hert goes bang-bang-bang when I see your wee face," 'cuz it's kinda built intae their heads. People have it more difficult. Romancin' is verra important ye ken. Basically it's a way the boy can get close to the girl wi'oot her attackin' him and scratchin' his eyes oot.'It’s a worthy addition to the Discworld canon and it’s encouraged me to re-read The Wee Free Men, and also grab a copy of Hat Full of Sky and I Shall Wear Midnight, but Wintersmith doesn’t quite measure up to the inspirational awesomeness of my favourites.After this I read: All Clear

  • YouKneeK
    2019-02-23 13:15

    Wintersmith is the third book in the Tiffany Aching subseries of Discworld. In this book, Tiffany has made a mistake that has put not only herself but also everybody she knows, and a whole bunch of people she doesn’t know, in danger. There really isn’t too much I can say about this book that I haven’t already said about the previous two. I’m still really enjoying the series, and I still really like the characters in it. In this book, two of my favorite characters from previous books got a decent amount of page time, so I was especially happy about that. (view spoiler)[And how could anybody not love the idea of Granny Weatherwax with a little, white kitten?(hide spoiler)]

  • Len Evans Jr
    2019-02-01 14:14

    What more can one say when your reviewing a book written by a master at the height of his craft? First off I have to say that I have yet to read a Discworld novel that I did not adore. Terry Pratchett was a treasure and has allowed me so so many hours of pleasure, laughing my way through book after book. I have read quite a few of his books more than once and enjoyed them each and ever time. I only have a few left that I have not read and have sorta put off reading all of them just because once I do there will be no more new ones. As for this book, starting with the Wee Free Men I have loved every one of the Tiffany Aching books. I think the feegles are awesome. This book was such an awesome take on the sort of myth that has been around jsut about forever. Told this time in Mr. Pratchett's unique iconic style. Reading it was a rollercosater ride of thrills and fun and one I am sure I will enjoy again and again in the future!

  • Nicole
    2019-02-10 16:03

    Another case of feeling whatever I could write in praise of this would be insufficient, so I'll just be brief in my Pratchett-worship. This is yet another fantastic Tiffany adventure, deceptively simple in some ways, very complicated and profound in others. The Wintersmith is both frightening and something to feel a bit sorry for. What it really takes to be a witch is the same thing it takes to be a responsible human being of any type--it's just the various embellishments that change people's perceptions. Tiffany is such a wonderful character. She is very much the product of decent, hardworking people, and she has an excellent moral compass and a formidable mind. But she's human and has her moments of frustration and resentment. She's an old soul but still enough of a young girl to appreciate roses made of ice and a dress made of aurora borealis made just for her. Her interactions with Granny Weatherwax (back in fine form), Nanny Ogg, and Miss Treason are great. There's a poignancy to the story because of the truths of existence within it, but there are Feegles along for laughs, too. Rob Anybody and the other Feegles are more delightful every time I see them; I love the way Pratchett renders their accents. I also enjoyed Roland's part in the story; he shares Tiffany's innate sense of what's right. The book left me with a smile on my face and a sigh in my heart. If you're not reading Terry Pratchett, you're missing out.I just have one complaint about the cover of this book and of the others in this mini-series: Feegles are not purple; they're blue!

  • Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
    2019-02-10 16:24

    Published: 27/09/2007Author: Terry PratchettRecommended for: fans of fantasy novelsThis is another amazing book in the Discworld series (number 35), in this book we meet the character Tiffany Aching. She is a really wonderful, likeable and funny character who adds a great amount of fun to the novel. In this book we go on the adventure with her when the spirit of winter (the wintersmith) falls in love with her! If she doesnt figure out a way to deal with him there will never be spring again, however she gets the help of the Nac Mac Feegles (whether she wants it or not!), they are determined to help her out.Terry Pratchett describes the characters in such great detail that you feel like they are actually real, the Nac Mac Feegles are so funny they will definately have you laughing! The way he describes the setting of the world they are in makes you feel like you are there with them, like it is a real place. It has great depth too it, it is a really good book to read and got lost it. It is one that is classed as 'young adult' but I think it doesn't matter what age you are when reading this book you will still enjoy it just as much!

  • Denise
    2019-02-04 10:09

    The wee Big Hag and feagles!

  • Shovelmonkey1
    2019-01-24 10:09

    I read this a long time ago, but not as long ago as I read all the preceding Pratchetts. Yes. I love all things Pratchett (mostly) and have accumulated an extensive Pratchett archive since about the age of thirteen. Sadly most of these books have been tucked away in my parents attic for the last twelve years but the wonder of encountering the Discworld has never been forgotten. I've read all of the Tiffany Aching series, including the Wee Free Men. Thinking back now, I can't really remember a lot about this story or the wintersmith or the Feegles. To be honest, they're not my favour clutch of Pratchett's characters - I'm more in the camp of Death and Sam Vimes. Not the wizards though. They're a bit annoying and I never had much time for Rincewind. I do love the cover of this book though and admire the person who came up with the genius money spinning idea of printing kids books with adults covers in order to instill some sort of adult gravitas on the reader and make them feel less ashamed to read kiderature rather than literature in a public place like on the bus or the tube. Well done corporate money spinning monkey - you provided the world with a great service. Although that said, the advent of the Kindle hides a multitude of reading sins and guilty pleasures so maybe your glory was short lived?

  • Linda
    2019-02-17 18:22

    Wintersmith is the third tale in the story of Tiffany Aching who found, at the age of 9, that she had inherited her grandmother’s legacy as a witch. Tiffany is now almost 13 and it is time for her to learn how to use her special abilities in the world as she finds herself in the house of Miss Treason who will guide her in her lessons. Oh, waily, waily, waily! Tiffany has attracted the attention of the spirit of winter himself and soon finds her likeness being etched in everything from the frost on the windows and the snowflakes that fall from the sky to the mountains of ice that float in the seas. She will need all the help she can get from her friends; the witches and witches in training, Granny Weatherwax and the fierce, fighting, blue-tattooed Scottish pictsies, known as the Nac Mac Feegle, as she tries to escape the attention of the Wintersmith. Stephen Briggs brings this book to life with voices that make you feel as if a number of people are tell-ing this tale rather than just one. His skill at bringing the Nac Mac Feegle to life will have you laughing so hard you’ll cry and you will be hooked. These characters are real human beings with a lesson – even when they are not quite human.

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2019-02-01 11:58

    I was hooked on these books in the late 1990's and I had to have every book that came out without fail. Unfortunately during the mists of time all the books have merged into one, but I still remember Death and Rincewind to this day and the over top adventures they had. But I have to admit my favourite novels were the ones that contain the city watch and the adventures of Sam Vimes, these novels still to this day stick out as the best of the series, but I never really got on with the books that featured the witches. But overall, with so many books this review is for them all and I will rate each book accordingly.Here is my collection, dusty and a little bit tatty but I still have them all!!

  • La La
    2019-02-07 16:20

    This is my favorite title of the four Pratchett's I have read! Now if anyone asks me where to start reading the series, I will say with the Tiffany Aching arc. This is very YA readership friendly, too. I buddy read this with Annemieke from A DANCE WITH BOOKS, and we are already planning on buddy reading I Shall Wear Midnight next month. We have to get our Tiffany fix!

  • Christopher
    2019-02-23 15:21

    Wintersmith is the third in Pratchetts sub series about Tiffany Aching and sees her growing up rapidly as she rapidly catches the attention of the Wintersmith when she jumps in quite unexpectedly amongst black garbed Morris Dancers and at the same time putting Summers (the elemental! :D Lol ) nose out of joint! :D Hijinks insure as the Wintersmith attempts to win her heart and proverbially and literally freeze it and the world but luckily Tiffany has her back up in the form of the of the Nac Mac Feegles, Horace the Sentient Blue Cheese and her fellow witches! :D Throughout the characterisation and humour is spot on with little anecdotes and running gags running throughout the book not to mention jokes that have started in previous books suddenly getting a humourous resurgence such as the witches antics involving free food and certain appetites and Weatherwax's feline companion! :D Lol At the same time the story firmly puts us in the shoes of Tiffany as she juggles everything that is going on as well as getting the other young witches as they are forced to help out Annagramma following her taking on a cottage and getting her face porcine patient stuck up a tree! :D This is also another running gag throughout the book that is used to great effect with Weatherwax being the master strategist behind events and Tiffany promises vengeance showing that they both have some very similar personality traits once again! :DAll the other characters, and returning ones, all get some time on print as well with the Feegles and Horace in competition with You the cat to steal the show as well as the witches with Nanny Ogg making everyone blush and Feegles green with envy at her managing to stick fifteen han rolls up her leg! :D This all add to an extremely feel good book with book with one funny instance sliding into another Tiffany's privacy notices comes to mind as well as a certain Goddess of Stuck draws! :D Lol We also get to see more of Roland as he and Tiffany are busily writing to each other while he holds out against his greedy thieving aunts something that is left undecided at the end but has Feegle intervention written all over it! :DThe book though throughout though never fails to have some observations on humanity, Elementals and assorted creatures with are very concise and drive points home though which will have you laughing and agreeing with in equal term which gives Wintersmith a very considered tone as well aminst all the antics and adventures that are taking place which gives the writing those tines we have come to expect but at the same time staying fresh and vivid! :DWintersmith is a real Rollercoaster of a ride which set things up for future adventures as well as setting Tiffany and various characters into new positions and is full of breakneck adventure and heroics and ends with Feegles taking on the most Heroic thing they can come up with and and a very funny note at the end! :D Crivens brilliant, humorous, fast paced and highly recommended! :D

  • Moira Russell
    2019-02-21 10:20

    I'm trying to write reviews again, instead of just ratings and status updates -- my problem is I always want to write The Exhaustive Review, and so wind up writing none. UH WHOOPS. I figure I'll start small with this book.I had real difficulty getting into the story -- I didn't like the tone of the combined narrative voice/Tiffany's thoughts very much (it felt sort of simultaneously dumbed-down and punched-up for the YA market, and I missed the usual sarcastic undercutting tone of the footnotes). Perhaps because this is the third book of a trilogy? and I hadn't read the first or second books (I know, I know. But the first Discworld book I read was Night Watch! and I didn't really read a lot of the rest in sequence. I think this is one of the few series where that actually works). I....really didn't like Tiffany as a character that much. I liked her interactions with Nanny and Granny, altho Nanny seemed terribly PG and Granny a lot more manipulative than usual....well, no, Granny's very manipulative, something about it just left a bad taste in my mouth here (and possibly it was supposed to). I did like the points made in other good reviews, that the Tiffany books are largely about responsibility, that Granny tests Tiffany possibly as a successor, and there are many and varied older female characters. A lot of the writing at sentence-level style is very good, there are striking and lovely images that turn into almost extended meditations on the book's themes, and I loved Miss Treason and You and Roland. But the book didn't really click for me enjoyably until about the last thirty or forty pages. (My very favourite part was Roland and the Feegles in the Underworld, especially when they started singing 'row row row your boat....') Perhaps part of the problem for me is that Wintersmith and Summer were, by definition, rather empty elemental archetypes. There are many charming and hilarious bits, but for some reason it just didn't all jell into a whole for me, and I never warmed* to it.Also, altho this is possibly very superficial, it bothered me that it was divided into chapters -- I got used to Discworld books just sucking me away into the world of the story and not spitting me back out til the tale was done, and altho Pratchett used narrative convention very skilfully (after umpty-ump very good books, he'd better), it just jarred on me constantly. Also also, I am the girl with a splinter of ice** in her heart, because I am apparently the one person on the planet who found Horace tiresome rather than amusing.*Yes, I did that on purpose.**Yes, I also did that on purpose.

  • Lauren
    2019-02-15 16:19

    I enjoyed Wintersmith, the third book in the Tiffany Aching series immensely. It took me over a week to read it as I kept it at work as a balm for my heart. It does get annoying dealing with know-it-alls for twelve hours five days a week. Terry Pratchett did more than provide me with entertainment and distraction in Wintersmith. Tiffany’s peer Annagramma is exactly like the insufferable woman I work with. Annagramma was introduced in A Hat Full of Sky, the second in the series. She is the prize student of Granny Weatherwax’s rival Mrs. Earwig.I loathe trying to train someone at my job when they claim to know everything. Thanks to Tiffany, I now have these handy tips in the future.“You know how to prepare placebo root, do you?” “Of course. Every one knows that.”I learned instead of asking them to show you, which would result in them pretending to be tired or calling in for “having a bad day”, this is what you should do:“Good, watch me and see if I’m doing it right.”My Coworker Annagramma would then say “Of course.”Pratchett had this spot on. People do tend to have faith in people who only pretend they know everything when in actuality they do not have a clue. The characters were delightful as usual. I busted my gut laughing at Miss Tick’s antics. Granny Weatherwax is unrivalled in her awesomeness.Tiffany gets in a jam after she steps in and dances with the Wintersmith. He now thinks he is in love with poor Tiffany and embarrasses her by making tiny snowflakes in her image.

  • Althea Ann
    2019-01-24 18:06

    As with most of Pratchett's books, I found 'Wintersmith' to be extremely entertaining, but not exceptional. Unlike many of the Discworld books, this novel will definitely be helped along if you've read some of the previous books in the series that deal with the same characters (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky).I've read the first, but not the second.The story deals with the teenage apprentice witch, Tiffany Aching, who is helped/hindered by her friends the Nac Mac Feegles (blue, Scottish-flavored 'Pictsies'), when, due to an ill-advised dance, the titular elemental spirit of Winter falls in love with her - with less than salutary effects on the climate.Engaging characters and witty writing, but a fairly typical coming-of-age-type story.

  • AO
    2019-02-01 16:21

    It took me...3 years to read this book, lol. But that's because it's the sort of book one can enjoy page by page - you can read it slowly. It's funny and ridiculous and deep and wonderful. I love all these characters so much! <3

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-02-03 13:27

    Wonderful, funny, and so informative! Are you aware that Limbo was called that because the door was so low?

  • rosamund
    2019-02-09 17:14

    It's wonderful to be back in Tiffany Aching's world. Meeting her, the Feegles, and Granny Weatherwax is like coming home to old friends. Though the book is full of the ridiculous -- an animate cheese, for example -- Pratchett's prose holds everything together with warmth and wisdom. He writes the best kind of comedy -- one that laughs with, not at, and highlights human errors like pride and selfishness. In this installment, Tiffany becomes entangled with the god of winter, and accidentally slights the goddess of spring. The premise is solidly build on the Persephone myth, and while it never reaches the heights of The Wee Free Men, Tiffany is always a delight.

  • Dakota★Magic in Every Book
    2019-02-08 15:28

    I love this series so much I'm not sure I could even write a coherent review about it!

  • MisterFweem
    2019-01-29 14:07

    Any book featuring the Nac Mac Feegle is a win in my world.But this, perhaps, is the bit I enjoy most from the book, and that's some of the hooptedoodle that Pratchett includes that's really not pertinent to the story, but oh-so-pertinent to developing his characters, which is a trait I admire in him:Marjory J. Boddice had got some things laughably wrong. Girls on the Chalk didn't often run away from a young man who was rich enough to own his own horse -- or not for long and not without giving him a chance to catch up. And Megs, the heroine of the book, clearly didn't know a thing about farming. No young man would be interested in a woman who couldn't dose a cow or carry a piglet. What kind of help would she be around the place? Standing around with lips like cherries wouldn't get the cows milked or the sheep sheared!And that was another thing. Did Marjory J. Boddice know anything about sheep? This was a sheep farm in the summertime, wasn't it? So when did they shear the sheep? The second most important occasion in a sheep farm's year and it wasn't worth mentioning?Of course, they might have a breed like Habbakuk Polls or Lowland Cobbleworths that didn't need shearing, but these were rare and any sensible author would surely have mentioned it.And these scene in chapter five, where Megs left the sheep to fend for themselves while she went gathering nuts with Roger . . . well, how stupid was that? They could have wandered anywhere, and they were really stupid to think they'd find nuts in June.Thanks, Tiff. I needed that writerly/readerly laugh.

  • Nigel
    2019-02-16 10:08

    Having read the final Tiffany Aching story I realised that among the Discworld books I'd missed were the earlier Tiffany Aching stories so I decided to start putting that right. Needless to say I'm reading them in the wrong order however this is Discworld...I guess my favourites stories in the early Discworld books tended to be the Witches books (Death ones aside) so finding that these "childrens" stories contain Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax make them worth reading for that alone. Pratchett's sense of humans and the way they behave is so well worked into these tales that they are great reads for me. Of course it is "good v bad" although this being Discworld some of these borders are a little doubtful however it is the minutiae of life that make the reading so good. I'll read the remaining ones when I get the time.

  • DeAnna Knippling
    2019-01-24 12:00

    A reread.Once again, Tiffany gets herself in trouble by doing more than she should, and other people suffer for it.I wish I could give this book to every girl starting to date.

  • Marta
    2019-02-21 14:25

    "Humans were made up of nearly all of [the Lesser Elements] but also contained a lot of narrativium, the basic element of stories..."Sir Terry puts Tiffany into the ancient tale of summer and winter, and she makes it her own. She has copious help from the inimitable Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, also the Nac Mac Feegles and Roland. I greatly enjoyed the addition of Miss Treason, and You, the white kitten in whom Granny Weatherwax (and Greebo) finally met their match. Annagramma's story was classic witching. The Wintersmith's story was bittersweet, steeped in a wonderful magical sadness but also hope.

  • Dash
    2019-02-02 11:13

    Do not ask me to review a Terry Pratchett book. They are a necessary aquamarine brilliance in a colourless world. They remind you, that magic, is in the smallest things, and magic, no matter how small, is the most wonderous thing.Recommend reading during an actual winter storm with something warm and full of milk.

  • Wastrel
    2019-02-20 11:23

    The most successful of the first three Tiffany novels, and an expertly polished and generally well-crafted Pratchett installment, which even goes into a bit of new territory here and there. There are, however some irritations: Pratchett's conservativism is really showing here, particularly in terms of gender and class essentialism, and it undermines some of his other themes.For my slightly fuller but rather incoherent review, see my blog.

  • Marija
    2019-02-01 12:04

    Imagine being able to witness a dance marking the change of the seasons—from summer to winter—all at once becoming mesmerized by the enchanting melody and rhythms of the dance… feeling its call, beckoning you to join the elemental spirits in their festivities. The pull is uncontrollable; but the result is utter chaos. Poor Tiffany finds herself in the midst of this chaotic entanglement, and has caught the unwanted attentions of the Wintersmith, who’s completely enthralled by this human girl who’s dared to dance with him. Yet the consequences of Tiffany’s choice are more widespread than personal—as it also affects the change of the seasons, with winter taking a commanding lead over the land.Pratchett’s tale is a very loose retelling of “The Snow Queen” and “Orpheus and Eurydice” interlaced with little comic bits, care of the Nac Mac Feegles, the witches and even Roland, our story’s “hero.” ;) What I really enjoyed about the story is that there really isn’t a true villain. Even though first appearances seems to portray the antagonist as the Wintersmith, that’s not an entirely correct assumption. Like its other two predecessors, this book is also about discovery and learning… taking responsibility for yourself as well as others—a take home message for each of the main players in this tale.I can’t end my review without a brief word about the Feegles, who basically steal the show—and considering their hobbies and main interests, that’s a description they’d probably love. In this installment, they have so many hallmark moments from discussions about heroes, writing and books, to love, romance and where babies come from—which Daft Wullie notes, “wuz verra interestin’, although a bit far-fetched tae my mind.” ;) Daft Wullie has definitely become one of my favorites. In the story, he also affectionately adopted Horace into the Feegle clan—a walking mumbling Lancre blue cheese with blue veins that resemble the blue tattoos of the Feegles. It’s so crazy and wacky, but when Horace is next seen sporting the clan’s kilt, with Daft Wullie attempting to wrap his arm around Horace in a friendly embrace—I wanted to squeeze them too. I also particularly love the final scene with Rob Anybody’s little sons staring up at their father “in silent astonishment” waiting for their father to read to them… that earnest excitement in their anticipation evokes such a great image. Some other hallmark moments also belong to Granny Weatherwax’s kitten, which she’s aptly named You. Love that name!