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Wintersmith (Discworld) Hardcover – Oct 2006


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  • Hardcover: 323 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Reprint edition (Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060890320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060890322
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,856,415 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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"Pratchett's one-liners, the comic dialogue of the Feegles, the satire about teenagers and the credulousness of the ordinary folk make for a characteristically entertaining mix." -- Nicolette Jones Sunday Times "Terry Pratchett kicks the bejaysus out of JK Rowling...If you haven't read Pratchett before then give yourself a treat and buy this book." In Dublin "Exhuberant energy and humour..." Children's Bookseller "...charming in every sense of the word. Beautifully written and at times highly comic, it is an extraordinary achievement..." Books for Keeps "Wintersmith is not written and does not read as a "young adult" book, and succeeds all the more for that. Very enjoyable." Dreamwatch --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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The third tale 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE on 4 Nov 2006
Format: Hardcover
Let's be clear about this. If you're not already a Terry Pratchett fan, you're unlikely to be interested in this book. But if you've got as far as reading the reviews of it, you must at least have a smidgen of interest - so let's discuss why Wintersmith is such an excellent book.

The Nac Mac Feegle (a race of small, blue, vicious, kilt-wearing, boozing and ultimately hilarious men) were first introduced in the main Discworld novel Carpe Jugulum, but have since been expanded upon in the Tiffany Aching series, in The Wee Free Men and A Hatful of Sky. Nominally a series for younger readers, this series has been (up to now) every bit as enjoyable as the main books. Tiffany Aching, a junior witch, is the heroine again here, but the Feegles are the scene-stealers, reducing any reader to laughing out loud - you just can't help it.

In Wintersmith, in which Tiffany inadvertently attracts the attention of the title character (an elemental who creates winter, in short), Tiffany develops further as a character who could potentially feature in one of the main books. There is a welcome return for the unsurpassably funny Nanny Ogg, the formidable Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany's friend/beau Roland. All the ingredients are there for a fantastic read, and Pratchett doesn't disappoint. It's an easy read, difficult to put down, and I was quite sorry when it was all over because I could easily have carried on for another 500 pages.

So, anybody who disnae wanna fight Big Yan, buy this book wi' all its long werdy things, ye bigjobs scunners! (as Rob Anybody might say).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Lazzari on 1 Feb 2007
Format: Hardcover
The third in the Tiffany Aching & the Nac Mac Feegle series and so far the best of the three. Each has improved on the former and the characterisations are better formed as the main character, Tiffany, gets older. It's funny but as she grows and becomes more adult so do the tales and as a reader and consumer the journey becomes more and more enjoyable. I was not happy with the first in the series (Wee Free Men) I think mainly because to me it appeared that the story was looking for a good tale to tell. The idea was a good one - young witch , learning the ropes, assisted (if that's right) in her endeavors by the Nac Mac Feegle but the first one didn't do it for me and did not gel as a coherent as this one does. This is a great tale. Tiffany attracts the attention of the Wintersmith ( a Jack Frost / Lord of the Winter character). But it not Jack Frost as he's already made an appearance in The Hogfather and he doesn't seem a bit like the elemental Wintersmith - an altogether more malevolent being. As is usual in Pratchett's stories there are plenty of giggles and sniggers and I must admit that as I love the Lancre Witches it's great to see Mistress Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg make their appearance. For me they make the story work.
In conclusion; another gem from Mr Pratchett. While for me it doesn't reach the levels of Going Postal or Thud! (or the Hogfather) it's a must for fans and a very serious consideration for any discerning reader. Not a young kid's book but would be enjoyed by all ages - except perhaps the very young where it could frighten. As a parent of now adult kids I'd say from 10 onwards should be fine.
My score: 8.5 out of 10

Postscript: Have just read a couple of reader reviews and one minor complaint was the Feegles speech: As I'm a Geordie the language is very close to my home dialect and therefore nee bother ataall!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mj Grant on 27 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
I must start by explaining my circumstances with this book, when I finished A Hat Full of Sky in June, It was hard for me, not going mad for need of a sequel. The need for it was so strong at one point I nearly brought a proof copy, and I never buy proof copies. So I am sure you can understand why I was there on the day Wintersmith was released, and it was REALLY worth the wait. It was far, far better then I thought it could be.

I am sure you know the story from Amazon's handy synopsis so I will just tell you what I loved most about it. I loved the romance. I loved the descriptions. I love the sense of subtle menace and fear that managed to even make ME feel scared. It really doesn't read like most Terry Pratchett books, that although full of brilliance tend to get confusing. This although not confusing, was not straightforward either, you may need to read some parts twice to absorb them fully, but on the first read it is a wonderful exhilarating rush of beautiful writing.

All of the characters in this story are developed and explored more, you find out far more about Tiffany here, Tiffany the young woman, rather than Tiffany the rather solemn child. Not facts, just more about her as a person, her character. That's what I love about Tiffany, she feels like a living breathing person. Roland, looses the whining and complaining and grows a spine, and we see what may, just possibly, be a softer side to Esme Weatherwax. And of course there's the Wintersmith. The titular character, and boy is he a worthy subject for a novel, his story is very, very moving, by the time I got to the end I was close to tears. Although he could interpreted as the villain, he is such as sad, tragic character, that you just can't help but feel sorry for him.
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