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I Shall Wear Midnight (Special Fans' Jacketed Edition) [Hardcover]

Sir Terry Pratchett
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2 Dec 2010

A fabulous unique fans' cover jacket - featuring the photos of over 2,000 fans - for this bestselling fourth Tiffany Aching Discworld novel - exclusive to Amazon.

A man with no eyes. No eyes at all. Two tunnels in his head . . .

It’s not easy being a witch, and it’s certainly not all whizzing about on broomsticks, but Tiffany Aching – teen witch – is doing her best.Until something evil wakes up, something that stirs up all the old stories about nasty old witches, so that just wearing a pointy hat suddenly seems a very bad idea.Worse still, this evil ghost from the past is hunting down one witch in particular. He’s hunting for Tiffany. Andhe’s found her . . .

A terrific Discworld title filled with witches and magic and told in the inimitable Terry Pratchett style, I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth Discworld title to feature Tiffany and her tiny, fightin’, boozin’ pictsie friends, the Nac Mac Feegle (aka The Wee Free Men).



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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (2 Dec 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0857530569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857530561
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"Teen witch Tiffany is one of Pratchett's most formidable creations yet" (Time Out)

"As Tiffany tackles domestic drudgery and the monstrous villain, Pratchett brings us reflections on the role of women, the dangers of religion and the follies of society. And, writing at the height of his powers, he makes us laugh a lot" (Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times)

"Pratchett's trademark wordplay and humor are much in evidence, but he's also interested in weightier topics, including religious prejudice and the importance of living a balanced life. Tiffany Aching fans, who have been waiting for this novel since Wintersmith should be ecstatic" (Publishers Weekly)

"There are suprising revelations about other acquaintances in this action-packed story with dark moments lightened by humour, not least from the wonderful Nac Mac Feegles" (Primary Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The fourth book in a gloriously inventive fantasy sequence of tales about Tiffany Aching - young witch - and the Nac Mac Feegle - the Wee Free Men. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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165 of 174 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiffneys Tales End. 3 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
The success of all the Tiffney Aching stories depend upon her ability to understand people (and monsters!)in the difficult moments of their lives, even when she thinks she doesn't( well, not completely anyway!). "Headology" is perhaps the most practical of all the "magics" and Tiffany came to be a successful witch by the most pragmatic of approaches in that she taught herself to become one. You see you don't have to be born a witch to be a witch.But some might argue it helps.
It has been a delight to watch her grow up over the series, and "I shall wear Midnight" is no exception to that rule.Its a much darker tale than any that I've read from TP, as Tiffany finally shoulders all the responsibilities of her "steading" ( a witches territory) and all the human failings within it, and some of those are very great indeed. The charm of this tale comes from her struggles to deal with them as humanely as she can,often against her own personal desires, and to resolve so many of them so successfully that by the end I'll admit I had a slight tear in my eye ( though I fear it was the last sentence in the story did that!). She matures to be a wise a woman as you could expect of anyone, a kind of medieval social worker that makes care in the community actually work.
I marvel at TP's ability to put true character into his creations and to get all of human nature, including the dark and the delightful, on to the page. There are greater truths spoken of lightly here than can be properly preached from the pulpit and, as with all of TP's tales, the virtues of simply being a good human being, be you patrician, policeman, practising witch or , ultimately, just a POP (plain ordinary person),come gleaming through, like a golden hare facing the flames (read the book and you'll understand why).
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Sir Terry 12 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found it hard to put down. I am a great fan of the Discworld books, and enjoy the ones aimed at younger readers as much as the others. I think you need to have read the other books about Tiffany Aching to really appreciate this one, and I personally have enjoyed seeing her grow up throught the series. The story kept me turning the pages and whilst because of time restraints I didn't read it at one sitting, I could easily have done so! I found the ending very satisfactory, and heartily recommend it.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Tiffany Aching books 14 Oct 2010
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This is called a children's book by many reviewers, and indeed by many newspaper best seller lists. If you want to call older teenagers "children" then, despite the dangers of such a description, you could be right. I would not offer it to a younger child for it has some dark moments, especially in the opening chapter which deals with a teenager who loses her unborn child after a brutal beating from her father which her mother did nothing to stop. This real violence, as opposed to the joke violence of earlier Discworld novels,is a new departure for Terry Pratchett but it is simply an indication of his growing maturity as a writer. It is certainly a book that can be fully enjoyed by adults. It is a fully fledged Discworld novel and many old friends make cameo appearances. Yes, there is also a good stock of one liners.

It is disappointing to read in some reviews that there is no character development. What on earth do these reviewers want? Have they ever read a novel? Quite a number of minor characters do develop markedly and not by magic but by facing up to difficult situations. Not just minor characters, but Tiffany Aching continues her development which was such a great feature of Wintersmith. She faces the type of challenge that helps to make us mature adults and develops as a consequence. I don't think I'm giving much away when I say that she does hardly anything we might call magic; that is anything that might be at home in the Unseen University. How she resolves situations, or at least comes to terms with them, really is magical.

Finally you experts on Sir Terry's Alzheimer's disease who can delicately discern his deterioration: you know nothing about the condition other than the usual prejudices. The condition is not all negative and may be instrumental in helping Sir Terry to branch out in his writing. As this development occurs enjoy what you have been given. As the author knows full well, it won't last forever.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wobbly start, perfect end. 29 Oct 2010
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Most of what I wanted to say has already been said by reviewers, so I won't repeat them. I'm a long-time fan of Pratchett and have been reading his books for over 20 years (gulp). I've seen his writing style change over time, as you would with any writer. When I started this book I was worried. It starts off a little clunkily, the characters feel awkward and the dialogue stilted. I was genuinely disappointed and actually put it down for a week. But, and it's a big but, then I picked it up again and the book quickly settled into its stride. Everything smoothed out, like a runner going through the wall, and the story developed into a satisfying conclusion. In fact, the ending is one of the most perfect endings I think I've ever read in any novel. It's a great end to the Tiffany Aching series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top banana 8 Nov 2010
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I Shall Wear Midnight

Tiff's back & how. Continuing the story of Tiffany Aching & the NacMacFeegle, takes Tiffany in to the Big Wahoonie, where she learns the truth about about Boffo, then back to the chalk, all the while being followed by a hare, something malicious & something else in the shadows....

Another cracking read from Pratchett, not the laugh out loud of previous Disc World novels, but well paced, plotted & setting up the next in the series.
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This is an excellent book, shame I read it before the earlier 3! Will be buying these now and wait for Book number 5 out soon, hopefully.
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Brilliant, as are all the Tiff books.
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