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WARNING: THIS BOOK CAN CAUSE UNSOLICITED LAUGHTER ON PUBLIC,
This review is from: The Wee Free Men (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)
There's something very special about that moment you open up the new Terry Pratchett book - it's a bit like putting on a pair comfortable slippers, settling down in your favorite armchair and having a nice cup of tea (hoping you won't laugh at the wrong moment and splutter it all over the place).
The Wee Free Men is set away from the hectic, sordid, big city life of Ankh Morpok and the pace and complexity of the story reflect this making it an altogether a more wholesome and pastoral reading experience. There are (in no particular order) shepherds, sheep, a dairy maid, a not so wicked witch, a toad, a cat, a prince (well, the son of a Baron so it counts) a Faerie Queen, a magic sword (well, frying pan) a clan of small blue pictsies (like a pixie but from the highlands favorite passtimes: fighting, stealing, drinking, shouting 'Crivens!', avoiding lawyers or any other form of unnecersary paperwork) and a happy ending. These elements are then turned around and upside down and mixed up to create a thoroughly modern fairy tale which touches on everything from careers counselling (if you want to be a witch) to bereavement .
We enjoyed this book, it's fun, intelligent and a good read aimed at the lower age range of Pratchetts usual readership but as usual that didn't seem to matter that much. Like 'The Amazing Maurice' 'The Wee Free Men' hits that happy point where it doesn't patronise the reader either old or young and has really funny moments that are appreciated by all.
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Initial post: 10 Feb 2013 21:13:01 GMT
Mr. Glen P. Livesey says:
I enjoy Terrys' books but have not yey read 'The Wee Free Men'. If you liked the book so much please tell me, why only 3 stars?
Posted on 21 Nov 2014 18:05:38 GMT
Mr. Martin Kennie says:
just to inform this reviewer that being from and living in the highlands ( as I do !! ) is not a pre- requisite to enjoy fighting , stealing and drinking , think on ?
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