Wintersmith (Discworld) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2006
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It certainly helps if you have a background understanding of the discworld and starting with the earlier novels helps build that foundation and familiarity quickly. I have not quite read them all (yet - lucky me) and certainly not in order, far from it in fact and it hasn't diminished my enjoyment of the discworld but in this case it would help if you have read the earlier Tiffany Aching stories first to fully appreciate this book. Lastly I wish reviewers would stop comparing each discworld novel and rating it against the others, it serves no helpful purpose. That's what TP has been trying to tell us all these years, we are all different, we will each relate to his stories differently dependent upon our own upbringing, opinions, outlooks and personalities. Every single one of TPs books will be someone's favourite.
Sir Terry Pratchett rightly deserves his place in literary history for more than just the discworld creation but for his social commentary, his humour, compassion, inquisitive spirit and honesty in documenting our human nature. A sincerely missed writer, scholar and gentleman, oh, and not forgetting most noble wearer of hats and facial hair.
Terry Pratchett describes the characters in such great detail that you feel like they are actually real, the Nac Mac Feegles are so funny they will definately have you laughing! The way he describes the setting of the world they are in makes you feel like you are there with them, like it is a real place. It has great depth too it, it is a really good book to read and got lost it. It is one that is classed as 'young adult' but I think it doesn't matter what age you are when reading this book you will still enjoy it just as much!
It's the beginning of a long, cold winter, and twelve-year-old Tiffany Aching has to save the lambs.
Tiffany's an apprentice at Miss Treason's, the very, very old (she's 113) and blind witch. She likes working there, helping around, even though she finds it slightly irritating when the witch borrows her eyes. There she also learns about the "Boffo".
One night in a clearing, they witness the Dark Morris and Tiffany's dragged into the dance. The Wintersmith falls in love with her, and starts making Tiffany-shaped snowflakes and icebergs. And he wants to become human, too. For sure the girl is flattered, but if she doesn't do something about it, winter will never end, springtime will never come again.
To cap it all, Miss Treason is about to die. She makes it spectacular though! And naturally now the young Lancre witches are competing for her cottage, and since Annagramma's the oldest, she's most likely to get it. The problem is, she thinks witching is about Magick, whereas it's more like settling quarrels between farmers and midwiving, really. Hopefully, Tiffany's here to help (but shh, don't tell the other witches).
Of course, the Feegles are always around to lend their big wee hag a hand.
True to the Tiffany Aching books tradition, this third volume is a perfectly balanced mix between the funny (the Nac Mc Feegle's appearances for example, or Horace the cheese) but also real-world-relevant sides of Discworld, and a more bucolic, pastoral, romantic and nostalgic hymn to Nature and simplicity. Have I said I really really love the Tiffany Aching books?