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)
I love the Tiffany series and witch series of Disc worls. Really good story, I just thought it was a little awkward at the end.
If you're reading this, I'm assuming you're already familiar with Terry Pratchett. If not, go back and start with Small Gods or something else. I've read just about everything Sir Pratchett has written, and I can freely admit that some stuff was mediocre (Snuff), but when he was on his game, he was brilliant. I love Sam Vines and the Watch stories, but I was surprised to find Wintersmith is actually Sir Pratchett's best explanation of what police and other public servants do. The witches go tend the people everyone else would rather not think about. They are the ones called when someone dies alone, they are the ones who confront the dangerous creatures and stand up to the mobs. They are hated and feared for doing it, often scapegoated, rarely thanked. In this, the 3rd book with Tiffany as the star, we see her growing into her power and responsibly. There are of course some truly funny moments and the narrator does a good job of playing those dryly (though his Scottish accent is nonexistent). There is plenty of adventure and suspense, but I enjoyed this one because once again I found myself cheering for Tiffany and relating to her struggles. One step more relatable than Lords and Ladies, but just as fun.
Prachett weaves a great story with wit, humor, and compassion. The performer is hilarious and helps create clear characters and situations. The only odd thing is music cuts in--perhaps because this used to be in a different format when music was needed for transitions (like a CD change). I found it very annoy. Fortunately the brilliance and creativity of both the author and performer outweighs the music.
I began the Disc World series with 'I Shall Wear Midnight', which follows the adventures a young witch or "hag" named Tiffany Aching. Since, I have been completing other Disc World novels with the same character and I just can't get enough. Terry Pratchett's stories are not only hilarious but also parrallel real life conflicts we may have encountered with society or even conflicts we may have struggled with ourselves. So in a humorous way, there is always something to learn. Listening to Pratchett's audio books was incredibly easy and was so entertaining that I preferred to listen to his novels rather than watch television. The narrarator is so incredibly talented that I could even call him " a one man show". I felt completely immersed in the novel as another character through the narrator's spectacular acting. These are amazing stories from an amazing author with an amazing narrator. Terry Pratchett, although recently departed from this world, has left behind a legacy that will forever stay in our hearts and minds.
I wish I could afford to buy all the books at once! Yet another thrilling adventure with Tiffany Aching and her companions. I'm not sure how she manages not to slap the daylights out of Annagramma, but she is a bigger person than I.
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!
The story and performance were wonderful. one thing that could be done without, though, were the musical interludes which never matched the mood of the scene and were generally distracting
The third installment of the Tiffany Aching saga is as brilliant as the first two, The Wee Free Men, and Hat Full of Sky. The only thing that makes Terry Pratchett books better is Stephen Briggs's outstanding narration. In this story, Tiffany learns the ups and downs of "Boffo" and the strength of myth. Definitely a family favorite!
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