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I Shall Wear Midnight: (Discworld Novel 38) (Discworld Novels) Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens; First edition (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385611072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385611077
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

"The final adventure in Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series brings this subset of Discworld novels to a moving and highly satisfactory conclusion. Tiffany, now nearly 16 years old, is forced to do battle with the hate-filled ghost of a long dead witchfinder, the Cunning Man, who has become obsessed with the young witch and is gradually turning her own community against her. As ever, Tiffany is ably supported by her loyal, intensely fractious, and totally amoral companions, the Nac Mac Feegles, whose leader, Rob Anybody, believes, "After all, ye ken, what would be the point of lyin' when you had nae done anything wrong?" She must deal with the heavy workload of a professional witch (birthing babies, training apprentices, and the like), fight evil, and come to terms with her former boyfriend's impending marriage. 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 (2006), should be ecstatic." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

"Although he knows how to weave a story, the real fun of Pratchett's books is the line-by-line inventiveness: the jokes, aphorisms and insights. This book brings back the young witch Tiffany Aching, now 16 and much in demand helping the sick, the poor and the old, using her special power to alleviate pain. As she exhausts herself doing good, a new wave of suspicion about witches spreads, stirred up by an eyeless monster whose power is "rumour and lies". Tiffany, aided in her tasks by the hilarious, belligerent, little, kilted Feegles, also confronts issues of the heart, as her friend Roland, the baron's son, is about to marry a frilly girl who is not all she seems. 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)

"funny" (Oxford Mail)

"... everything gets very funny" (Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle)

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A new Discworld novel eagerly anticipated by both adult fans and teenage readers of Terry Pratchett's exuberant fiction.

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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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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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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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I have every one of TP's books. He is far and away the best author on the planet, and probably off it as well - IMnsHO.. And, for all that he says he is a humanist, what he doesn't know about spirituality (not to mention quantum physics, human nature, psychology, philosophy and just about every other subject) is not worth knowing.

I love all his Discworld books to a greater or lesser degree - but I adore the Tiffany Aching books, there is something that truly resonates for me with each one, despite me being closer in age to Granny Weatherwax than Tiffany!

This book - it's a really good story. Un-put-downable in fact - but there is something indefinable that is different. Something small and subtle. It's not that it has darkness - there is darkness in most of the books, particularly involving the witches. But this time I felt that something was just a tiny bit different, compared to the earlier ones. Not in the story, but in the telling of it. And I can't intellectualise it - all I can say is that it felt different. When I read a good story I move in and live it while I read - most of us do. Good books engage you at that level of feeling and connection - and, while this one also engages you, it felt different to the others, and it was a difference I missed. And maybe that says more about me than the book - I have no idea!
I certainly recommmend it - and all of his books. They are astonishingly beautiful in ways even TP would probably never imagine.
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