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A Wee Fun Read,
This review is from: The Wee Free Men (Discworld Novels) (Hardcover)A great fan of the Discworld series, I decided to branch out into other Terry Pratchett genres, namely his children's fiction. I had read 'The Bromeliad' which I thoroughly enjoyed and then noticed 'The Wee Free Men' on a dusty shelf. Although it is a children's book, my expectations were still high and I must say I was not disappointed. This is another Discworld novel, but the place where the book is set seems so remote from anything Discwordly I know, it could almost pass for a corner of Wales. Except, of course, for witches, headless horsemen, an evil queen, a talking toad and blue, Scottish creatures called the Nac Mac Feegles (and the eponymous characters of the book).
The book is set on 'The Chalk' where the main character, Tiffany Aching, lives. Tiffany is a nine-year old girl who helps out on her parents' farm and has magical tendencies. When her brother is 'stolen', these skills are truly put to the test, and Tiffany embarks on a nightmarish adventure, with the help of the Wee Free Men, to find her brother. The story moves between The Chalk and Fairyland where dreams and nightmares can come true. Fairyland is not like the Fairyland of our childhood stories, nor of Tiffany's, and Pratchett really lets his imagination run wild to create a land that none of us would want to visit!
Although primarily a children's book, 'The Wee Free Men' works well enough on many levels to make it attractive to adults. Tiffany asks the questions that many of us older readers would, too. Who are we, what are we doing, what is the right thing or the brave thing to do? Quite abstract in parts, it is well worth a read and there is a nice touch of the more familiar Discworld at the end with the brief appearance of a favourite character from some of the other novels!