But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is winter itself: snow, gales, icicles, all of it. When he has a crush on Tiffany, he may make her roses of ice, but his nature is blizzards and avalanches. And he wants Tiffany to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever.
Tiffany will need all her cunning to make it to spring. She'll also need her friends, from junior witches to the legendary Granny Weatherwax. Tiffany will need the Wee Free Men, too! She'll have the help of the bravest, toughest, smelliest pixies ever to be banished from Fairyland - whether she wants it or not. It's going to be a cold, cold season, because if Tiffany doesn't survive until spring...spring won't come.
©2006 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
"Yet another rollicking, clever, and quite charming adventure." (Booklist)
"Replete with dry and intelligent humor, this latest in the series is sure to delight" (School Library Journal)
Its been a long wait for the next Terry Pratchett and I wasnt disappointed. I loved it! The plot and sub plots are engaging, the characters are are well developed and the humor will make you laugh out loud. I listen while I'm working and there were a couple of close calls there when I got tickled. I'm a knifemaker, it could have been bad but the doctor says I ought to regain full use in a few weeks.
If you have read and loved any of Terrry's Discworld novels you'll love this one. If you've done the other two Tiffany Aching novels then you have no choice, you HAVE to have this one. Old friends return in the Wintersmith. Granny Weatherwax is as tough, wise and manipulative as ever. Ms. Tick is slightly over her head and Nanny Ogg is a disgusting old baggage. Tiffany is hard to sum up. A little sugar and spice but alot more steel than your normal 13 year old girl. What really made the story for me are the Feegles. Think of Braveheart only six inches high and slightly tipsy, OK strike the slightly.
The book may be aimed at adoles.. adulesc..kids but there wasnt anything at all childish about it. If I had to give this book a rating I'd give it a PG13 for some of the subject matter but there isnt anything racy about it.
The only question I have was why did they release a book that dealt with cold and ice and snow in january? I mean, jeez. It like 9 degrees F. out there. I could have done with it last august. Oh well thats ok I guess wearing 3 sweaters wasnt too much trouble. Thanks again Terry. Now get back to work, I want more
This book is great. It might be my favorite of the Nac Mac Feegle Discworld books. I'm really enjoying reading about Tiffany Aching's journey through adolescence with the (sometimes unfortunate) companionship of the Wee Free Men. Stephen Briggs's reading is fantastic as always. He is excellent at differentiating character voices without making them too ridiculous. He is always able to pace his reading style to match the urgency of the story. This SHOULD be a 5-star review.
Except for the twinkly, horrible music that pops up periodically. It doesn't fit with the tone of the book. It really takes me out of the story whenever it comes on. It doesn't even seem to fall at appropriate intervals, like chapter breaks. It just comes in, seemingly at random. I wish I could easily advance through it, but unfortunately, it often seems to overlap the storytelling. I want it to be gone so that I could fully enjoy this audiobook.
Once again we have a delightful story about Tiffany which will delight both the young listener and the adults... Where as in the written form these books are really for 9+ the Audible version can be easily enjoyed by the younger siblings. And if you don't have kids well no matter they are just as much fun for you too... I would suggest you start with the Wee Free Men and Hat Full of Sky, so you hear Tiffany's tale in order...
This book is great and the voices are great. However, in contrast to all the other Terry Pratchett books there is this bad eightys style magic music which is distracting. Great book cut out the music.
One has to wonder why in the world you would want would to have bad windchime music in the middle of a fabulous book.
Must say I love Pratchett and Discworld, Stephen Briggs is amazing as always unfortunately I feel the instrumental music in between chapters takes away from the storytelling
But please please please get rid of the super annoying chapter bumper music. Typically awesome Terry Pratchett. We really have lost one of the best writers ever.
I could probably have only the four (soon to be five!) Tiffany Aching books read by Stephen Briggs on my ipod and just cycle endlessly through them, never getting tired of them and always learning a little more about human nature, taking care of people, and being a decent soul. This one is perhaps the most insightful about human myth-making-----but no, I love them all and cannot choose a favorite!
This is the 3rd Aching novel and the best of them. The lead characters return and evolve. My favorite of the three books in the Wee Free Men series.
My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of Terry Pratchett's books about Tiffany Aching. As a middle school teacher and parent, I love the message that everyone makes mistakes--the important thing is what you do about it--and being smart is more about listening to other people than using big words. The humor makes the message completely palatable and opens the door for great conversations with your tween. Plus, it's hard to resist Rob Anybody, Daft Wully, and Wee Billy Big-Chin.
As a grown woman who clearly remembers my child/teenagerhood I'm always blown away by an old man's ability to write a young girl. I grew up wanting to see girls like this in stories, girls I could identify with. The references to her 'Not Crying', her reactions when she finally loses her cool, and being flattered by the attention of the Wintersmith are all brilliant.
I also think the plot and theme are handled with the brilliance that one generally expects from Mr Pratchett and everything feel polished and well constructed. I and my inner child absolutely identify with and adore this book.
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