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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Wintersmith: (Discworld Novel 35) (Discworld Novels)
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on 29 October 2014
Just love it.
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on 2 May 2017
Another brilliant terry Pritchett book. Tiffany really gets into her stride.
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on 9 June 2017
As described good book
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on 30 January 2014
Love the witch stories.... And those Feegles.... Great fun & cheeky fellows. Still find it hard to read their language but enjoy the challenge!
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on 4 June 2017
I love these books!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 February 2008
This has become one of my favourite books. I've always loved the "witches" series and the "nac mac feegle" who appear in Carpe Jugulum invaded my brain, kicked a few bottles around and dossed down.

This is, as others have said, the third in the "Tiffany Aching" series. I admit I enjoyed the first, wasn't too struck with the second (to start with), but with this one Pratchett is back to his best. It hooked me from the start.

Pratchett's talent and skill is in the folklore and the facts which he uses in the books, the little things, like the old belief in summer and winter Gods, the laying out and sitting with the dead, etc. For me it is these small factual titbits that add to the story and make it more than your typical 'story book'. Some of the in-jokes seem to be based on this 'secret' knowledge and understanding (Da Vinci Code but much much better and not boring).

If you've never read Pratchett before then I would heartily recommend this series - Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith.

If you're unsure try the library first. Annoyingly this series tends to be found in the children's section of book shops and libraries - so if you're going in to a library to look at one, take a child with you, or do as I did, and borrow a friend's child.
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on 12 March 2017
This was a gift, so I can't really review it.
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on 29 September 2006
Tiffany Aching, the young witch from "the chalk" is back for her third adventure, a continuing delight. After entering uninvited into the steps of the Dark Morris Dance, which marks the end of summer and beginning of winter, Tiffany starts becoming confusable with the Summer Lady herself. Side-effects of this include becoming the object of the puzzled affections of the Wintersmith, being showered with snowflakes made in her image, being afflicted with a serious case of "fertile feet", becoming the proud owner of a cornucopia determined to overflow, and being responsible for the fact that summer, quite possibly, will never come again.

This book is a nice development of the Tiffany Aching series, which continues to be fresh and funny. Some more minor characters (such as Annagramma, one of the other young witches with whom Tiffany comes into contact) and young Roland (the baron's son) get a fuller treatment here, whilst "the secret of Boffo" is well worth discovering. The Wee Free Men are still round and about, and very funny too, in the company of a semi-sentient blue cheese capable of running, hiding and trying to sing. The slight young-teen embarrasment of Tiffany about both her friendship with Roland and the attentions of the Wintersmith is realistically portrayed, and not overdone, and certainly shouldn't be a barrier to the enjoyment of the book for intelligent pre-teens.

Tiffany herself is still caring and selfless enough to be admirable, whilst also just a little too intelligent and analytical to be simply "nice". This is certainly a good thing, since neither selfish nor "nice" is going to save the day when she needs to prevent the infatuated spirit of winter from spending his life with her... and, incidentally, creating a world in which the seasons no longer change...

Exciting and funny enough for kids, with a clear enough plot and big enough print for adults; very enjoyable.
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on 22 July 2007
The little blue men are back! In this book, Tiffany Aching is living with Miss Treason, who is 113 years old. After going to see the Dark Morris(the opposite of a morris dance) and not being able to control her feet, Tiffany finds herself the new goddess of summer. Which is a bit of a burden when you're only 13. How can she put things right again? The older witches aren't much help. Neither are the Feegles, although they try to be! They add a lot of humour to this witty book.
The god of winter is in love with Tiffany and wants to marry her. He makes giant ice sculpteres of her, puts her picture on every single snow flake, makes ice roses for her, writes her name on people's windows. What can she do? Nothing, it seems, until winter is over.
Side stories in the book are of Annagramma who takes over Miss Treason's cottage when the old witch dies, and who makes a dreadful mess of it. She thinks she is so great, but she's just stupid.
Overall, a good read- Terry Pratchet's books always are- and well worth its 5 stars.
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on 4 October 2006
Once again, Pratchett has excelled himself, with his new release Wintersmith.

Tiffany, is a trainee witch, who inadvertently dances with Wintersmith, yes, you guessed it, its the season winter. From then on, wintersmith gets a little confused, and falls for the 13 year old witch..sending her snowflakes,ice roses to wooo her! Bless! Things for Tiffany get out of hand, and with the help of the Wee Free Men! (Which, by the way, are wee little blue men..with attitude!) The book itself is an inspiring read, laughter from one page to the next!! Pratchett writes like no other. It is hilarious and funny, with a tag bit of romance and sadness....Buy IT!
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