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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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    Peb 11-19-11
    Peb 11-19-11 Member Since 2014

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    "((I)) Shall Wear Midnight...."

    Forgive me for being blunt, pompous and brief, hopefully my brevity will impart far more than others with somewhat obese verbiage. I Shall Wear Midnight does not disappoint. Like other T.P. youth oriented books, adults will find this book witty, pithy, and absolutely worthy of their "uh hum" valuable time. Read through the less than 5 star reviews and you may find very wordy excuses for less than 5 stars, still they liked the book as well. You will laugh, you will muse over life's many oddities perhaps you will even shed a tear or two. While listening to this audiobook I felt a tremendous loss as not only the character passes through a life change but so does the author. At least we will always have the stories and the Author, He Shall Wear Midnight.

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    Elizabeth M. Behnke 11-10-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Tiffany Aching is Growing Up, sigh."

    I really like Terry Pratchett's sense of humor and his writing is delightful - he has a wonderfully light touch, a dry wit with just the right touch of crazed hilarity, and a nicely polished syntax. I have followed the tale of Tiffany Aching, the witch of the Chalk, from the beginning (never having read one, you understand, but having listened to all the audiobooks). However, starting with great writing and a wonderfully interesting premise, what really makes this book, and what has really made the prior books, is the narration by Stephen Briggs. He is the best narrator of all time. I could listen to the 'phone book if it were narrated by Stephen Briggs, because he BECOMES the story, he doesn't just READ the story, by which I mean that I totally forget that someone is reading it to me, I just sort of live it along with the characters when he is narrating. Briggs's voice, his exquisite timing, his precise diction, and his humorous sensibility combine to make a remarkable instrument and it is a pleasure to fall into a story that he is narrating. It is really hard to quantify what makes a truly great narration, but I hate narrations where I am made aware of the narrator by "overacting", lousy accents, or weird vocal tics used to denote character. Briggs doesn't do any of that, and his characterizations are natural even when the accent is extreme ("oh, aye, Crivens!!!"), and for that, I adore him. That said, I don't think this is the best book of this series from a story perspective - topping "The Wee Free Men" might be impossible (but then, that was the first one I listened to, so it has sort of a golden glow in my memory). The plot in "I Shall Wear Midnight" was a tiny bit predictable, and for some reason seemed somewhat clunkier than the plots in the prior books, but I guess I am not as picky as some reviewers whose reviews I have read on Audible, because I liked it all the same and it was an enjoyable listen, well worth the one credit.

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    katie houston, TX, United States 10-25-11
    katie houston, TX, United States 10-25-11
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    "Entertaining"

    This book is great, great story, great sense of humour, I laughed many times throughout this book.

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    Nicole 07-22-11
    Nicole 07-22-11
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    "Smug"

    I like many of Terry Pratchett's novels, but the Tiffany Aching novels have gotten worse and worse as time goes on. I Can barely make it through this smug pre-teen fantasy of being smarter than absolutely everyone around you. It is worse than twilight with this "main character is special because of her special specialness and everyone around her is dull and ordinary and stupid" It is boring to read for an adult. It probably does actual damage to a teenager who is already feeling isolated from the people around her.

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    D. ABIGT Leander, TX United States 03-05-11
    D. ABIGT Leander, TX United States 03-05-11 Member Since 2010

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    "There is no bad Discworld novel but"

    There is a feeling running through this story of tiding up loose ends that constantly reminds you that this series as well as others by Terry Pratchett are coming to an end. It is fully understandable under the circumstances but it does add a thread of sadness to an otherwise delightful book. If you are considering this as your first Discworld novel I would suggest you at least read/listen to the other witch novels of the series (Equal Rites is first book) first to get the many references to past events / inside jokes. Though I would highly recommend starting with the first book (The Colour of Magic) and if you like it then glide your way through all 38 books of this series.

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    Ruth United States 02-18-11
    Ruth United States 02-18-11 Member Since 2014

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "A Breath of Fresh Air"

    After some of the adult books I purchased recently on supposedly great reviews, this was a pure joy to listen to. I so love the feegles, Tiffany and the whole of her world. This book was very satisfying and so enjoyable. Tiffany is growing up and has to deal with more grown up issues, such as being taken seriously when she is only 16 years old. As always she comes thorugh with flying colors and great wisdom. I have listened to this series several times and view it as one I will listen to over and over. A book for any age person. My parents and my kids love these books. I think it wasn't maybe the best in the Tiffany series, but very satisfying just the same. The narrator couldn't be better for these books. I simply loved it.

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    E. Mccutcheon 02-17-11
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    "Another top-notch Pratchett classic!"

    Another top-notch Pratchett classic! Pratchett delivers once again...the next in a series of Tiffany the witch, full of comedy and literary wit.

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    Amazon Customer Santa Clara, CA USA 02-16-11
    Amazon Customer Santa Clara, CA USA 02-16-11 Member Since 2007

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    "His best book."

    I admit to some hesitation as I started the book ??? knowing how his brilliant mind is slowly being eaten away as I write this ??? but after just a few paragraphs the doubt disappeared.

    In short, I think this might be his best book ever. Starting on a very dark note he has the now familiar young witch deal with the hidden ugly side of village life. The story grows to embrace threads that were present from the very first book in the series (the old woman, outcast by the local people) and uses it to talk about the fear of the unknown and how outside forces can use this to break us apart.

    I'm sure everybody will read something different into what the dark man represents, but I don't think there is an exact target here; Pratchett is just warning us to be vigilant.

    The puns and obscure jokes are as thick as ever. It will take many passes through this text for me to get even half of them (as it should be). Even if he never writes another book (but please please do if possible) I am happy. I hope that Terry Pratchett gets to spend his endless summer running through the fields as a happy little boy once he passes through the door that mortals only pass once.

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    Patricia Tallahassee, FL, United States 01-17-11
    Patricia Tallahassee, FL, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2015

    I love Audible for their variety and number of options of books available. I can enjoy books, take care of my grandchildren and drive too.

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    "Pleasant Surprise"

    I was disappointed when I first listened to this book and it was announced that it was from Audible Children. I am glad I continued to listen because it was a funny and entertaining listen. My husband hates when I read a book or listen to my IPod and I laugh out loud so I have to turn my laugh into a cough. While I was listening to this book he actually asked me if I was coming down with a cold! Also, after finishing I immediately downloaded the previous books in the series and enjoyed them as well. If you have a sense of humor this series will keep you entertained.

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    L. Kirkman 01-01-11
    L. Kirkman 01-01-11
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    "A young adult novel"

    I didn't recognized until I had been listening that this is a follow up to "A Hat Full of Sky" which was aimed at young adults (as the protagonist is only 16). But like all Terry Pratchett novels it is quite fun and full of interesting characters and his rather fun quirky takes on "what everyone knows." Very enjoyable..

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