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I Shall Wear Midnight | [Terry Pratchett]

I Shall Wear Midnight

Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.
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Publisher's Summary

It starts with whispers.

Then someone picks up a stone.

Finally, the fires begin.

When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . .

Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.

But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root - before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.

Chilling drama combines with laugh-out-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.

©2010 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    John Denver, Colorado, United States 12-26-10
    John Denver, Colorado, United States 12-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "I Shall Wear Midnight"

    I would advise you to read this. Terry Pratchett's fantasy novels are rarely stories about evil villains who are plotting to destroy the world, and this is no exception. This is a story about human defect with fantasy overtones. An evil ghost has returned to kill Tiffany, and has used its ancient hate to turn the people of the Chalk against her. This ghost exemplifies the worst in humanity. It is petty, it takes things out of context, it hates things which it loves. It is worse than the Queen, the Hiver, and the Wintersmith. The Clever Man is human.
    On other fronts, Tiffany has had to come to terms with and address the fact that time has brought a wedge between her and Roland, her almost boyfriend.
    The climax of this story is notably sad, and very dark. There is a happy ending, and I think that Tiffany was happy.
    Of all the Tiffany Aching books this is probably the only one I would not give to a under 12 year old kid to listen on their own. I would want to be there to explain things. Tiffany heals a pregnant girl who was beaten by her father to the point of miscarriage, she prevents a suicide, she has to deal with an entire town turned against her. She acts responsibly in the face off all this. I think that this is one of Pratchett's bests books, and am happy that this is wrapping up the Aching series, as well as the Witches series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Houston, TX, United States 12-14-10
    Amy Houston, TX, United States 12-14-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Crivens, it's an excellent book, ye ken."

    What can I say, I love the Feegles and this is an excellent addition to the series. Cheers, Sir Terry!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    kr los angeles, CA, United States 02-23-11
    kr los angeles, CA, United States 02-23-11
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    "Character, Not Plot-Driven"

    If you love Terry Pratchett already, you'll love this book. He has a rambling kind of social commentary that is indeed very clever. The narration is great and the characters are well-developed. But there's not a strong plot. I just came off reading Garth Nix (who has the opposite problem) and I found this book to be a bit TOO light. I kept waiting for key developments, then I realized it's about the journey through the characters lives. I don't dislike the book, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Stoneham, MA, United States 01-15-11
    Melanie Stoneham, MA, United States 01-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "More great work from Terry"

    He's back in the game - after Nation, I was afraid my favorite author was too discouraged about life to write any more of the joy-filled work I so loved. He's been proving me wrong ever since and I am heartily ashamed of myself for doubting him.

    Tiffany's adventures are perfect for young girls, unlike most fantasy marketed to young adults.

    Characters are well-drawn. The village and its culture on the Chalk feels like I could book a plane ticket there, it's so real. Magic is well-developed and believable, as are its limitations. Tiffany's strengths and flaws are balanced and leave her as a lovable, yet strong, young woman and a great role model, too. I also love Preston, one of several new characters, whose mind works in its own unique way - that's quite a feat of writing, in my opinion, to show us so clearly that one character is so different from another.

    In short, strongly recommended. Buy it for your niece, too, like I did!

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    Lynne montclair, NJ, United States 12-28-10
    Lynne montclair, NJ, United States 12-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "What a Christmas present!"

    Nothing better than some Tiffany Aching in your stocking. Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs truly make magic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Tully, NY, USA 12-31-13
    Daniel Tully, NY, USA 12-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I Shall Wear Midnight"
    Would you listen to I Shall Wear Midnight again? Why?

    Yes, Mr. Pratchetts works are funny and dense enough to almost always call for several readings/


    What other book might you compare I Shall Wear Midnight to and why?

    It is right there with the first Tiffany Aching novel. Very well done.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stephen Briggs is always a joy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, only because there is a lot going on and one should really sip, to taste it properly rather than gulp, and miss half the fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Read anything that you can get by Terry Pratchett. It will be one of the better things you can do for yourself. Always enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David D. Schneider 11-06-13

    Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.

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    "Captured and Held Attention!"
    If you could sum up I Shall Wear Midnight in three words, what would they be?

    Wierd Witch Discworld!


    What other book might you compare I Shall Wear Midnight to and why?

    The Discworld series in general by Terry Pratchett is full of such irreverant, reality stretching, comical romps through a flat world where anything goes.
    A fun book and a good listen.


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    MacKenzee heath, OH, United States 06-12-13
    MacKenzee heath, OH, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fanciful and smart!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book had me laughing from start to finish. I didn't want to miss a single word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 04-13-13
    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Pratchett Gem!"

    In this installment of the Tiffany Aching portion of Disc World Tiffany is neck deep in hagging when trouble comes her way. Pratchett developed some of the peripheral characters while adding some interesting new ones. The NMF follow Tiffany into the city, and become a pain in the King's... Neck. You'll appreciate that more after a listen. Briggs does another fine job bringing Pratchett's characters to life. Let's hope T.P. has another novel for Tiffany to sort out some trouble... perhaps it can involve a daughter.

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    M. Mitchell Tallahassee, FL 03-06-13
    M. Mitchell Tallahassee, FL 03-06-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Great Pratchett"
    Would you listen to I Shall Wear Midnight again? Why?

    yes I would, although I seldom reread stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Shall Wear Midnight?

    I loved the entire book.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    His performance captures the wit of the author and makes each character so distinct.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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