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Tiffany Aching 4-Book Collection: A Hat Full of Sky / The Wee Free Men / Wintersmith / I Shall Wear Midnight

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This collection includes all four Tiffany Aching novels in Terry Pratchett's beloved and bestselling Discworld series. The Wee Free Men: Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fie This collection includes all four Tiffany Aching novels in Terry Pratchett's beloved and bestselling Discworld series. The Wee Free Men: Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men. Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. . . . A Hat Full of Sky: Tiffany Aching is ready to begin her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic—not chores and ill-tempered nanny goats! Surely there must be more to witchcraft than this! What Tiffany doesn't know is that an insidious, disembodied creature is pursuing her. In the end, it will take all of Tiffany's inner strength to save herself ... if it can be done at all. Wintersmith: When the Spirit of Winter takes a fancy to Tiffany Aching, he wants her to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever. It will take the young witch's skill and cunning, as well as help from the legendary Granny Weatherwax and the irrepressible Wee Free Men, to survive until Spring. Because if Tiffany doesn't make it to Spring—Spring won't come. I Shall Wear Midnight: As the witch of the Chalk, Tiffany Aching performs the distinctly unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone—or something—is inciting fear, generating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Tiffany must find the source of unrest and defeat the evil at its root. Aided by the tiny-but-tough Wee Free Men, Tiffany faces a dire challenge, for if she falls, the whole Chalk falls with her. . . .


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This collection includes all four Tiffany Aching novels in Terry Pratchett's beloved and bestselling Discworld series. The Wee Free Men: Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fie This collection includes all four Tiffany Aching novels in Terry Pratchett's beloved and bestselling Discworld series. The Wee Free Men: Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men. Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. . . . A Hat Full of Sky: Tiffany Aching is ready to begin her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic—not chores and ill-tempered nanny goats! Surely there must be more to witchcraft than this! What Tiffany doesn't know is that an insidious, disembodied creature is pursuing her. In the end, it will take all of Tiffany's inner strength to save herself ... if it can be done at all. Wintersmith: When the Spirit of Winter takes a fancy to Tiffany Aching, he wants her to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever. It will take the young witch's skill and cunning, as well as help from the legendary Granny Weatherwax and the irrepressible Wee Free Men, to survive until Spring. Because if Tiffany doesn't make it to Spring—Spring won't come. I Shall Wear Midnight: As the witch of the Chalk, Tiffany Aching performs the distinctly unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone—or something—is inciting fear, generating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Tiffany must find the source of unrest and defeat the evil at its root. Aided by the tiny-but-tough Wee Free Men, Tiffany faces a dire challenge, for if she falls, the whole Chalk falls with her. . . .

30 review for Tiffany Aching 4-Book Collection: A Hat Full of Sky / The Wee Free Men / Wintersmith / I Shall Wear Midnight

  1. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Tiffany Aching Absolutely thrilling and entertaining and thought-provoking and side-splitting at times...love the little blue men. So interested to read what a "REAL" witch is...I like Pratchett's take on it very, very much. She is a healer. She is a doer of things for people that other people forget to do or never thought to do in the first place, like cut the toenails of the ancient old man who lives alone outside of town and can't do it himself. She is a carer. Tiffany is an admirable hero who Tiffany Aching Absolutely thrilling and entertaining and thought-provoking and side-splitting at times...love the little blue men. So interested to read what a "REAL" witch is...I like Pratchett's take on it very, very much. She is a healer. She is a doer of things for people that other people forget to do or never thought to do in the first place, like cut the toenails of the ancient old man who lives alone outside of town and can't do it himself. She is a carer. Tiffany is an admirable hero who fixes the problems she creates and saves the world too. I would recommend these books to anyone older than twelve EXCEPT for "I Shall Wear Midnight." It is very raw for a minute at the beginning, detailing Tiffany cleaning up the mess after a horrible instance of a father beating his teen daughter. It's not pretty. It's important to the story, but a little too much for my 12 year old, anyway. I haven't yet read even a 1/4 of Pratchett's work, but so far he's 1) hilarious; 2) cares very much about people; 3) is very observant about our often troubled race; 4) is very spiritually astute in the sense that he believes in humans as a race, their goodness, their badness, and their needs regardless. Favorite line from "A Hat Full of Sky" -Tiffany asks Granny Weatherwax (a very famous and skilled witch) why she, Tiffany, was sent to learn from Miss Level, a witch who seems to be slightly less than operating on all levels (ha ha)… "Because she likes people. She cares about 'em. Even the stupid, mean, drooling ones, the mothers with the runny babies and no sense, the feckless and the silly and the fools who treat her like some kind of servant. Now that's what I call magic--seein' all that, dealin' with all that, and still goin' on. It’s sittin’ up all night with some poor old man who’s leavin’ the world, taking away such pain as you can, comfortin’ their terror, seein’ ‘em safely on their way…and the cleanin’ ‘em up, layin’ ‘em out, making ‘em neat for the funeral, and helpin’ the weeping widow strip the bed and wash the sheets—which is, let me tell you, no errand for the fainthearted—and stayin’ up the next to watch to watch over the coffin before the funeral, and then going home and sitting down for five minutes before some shouting angry man comes bangin’ on your door ‘cuz his wife’s havin’ difficulty givin’ birth to their first child and the midwife’s at her wits’ end and then getting up and fetching your bag and going out again….We all do that, in our way, and she does it better’n me, if I was to put my hand on my heart. That is the heart, soul and center of witchcraft! The soul and center!” -- From “I Shall Wear Midnight” -“Ye know full well the meaning of life is to find your gift. To find your gift is happiness. Never tae find it is misery.” -“It seemed to her…that you didn’t need to grind the faces of the poor if you taught them to do their own grinding.” -”Knowledge is power, power is energy, energy is matter, matter is mass, and mass changes time and space.” -“And what are my weapons? She thought. And the answer came to her instantly: pride. Oh, you hear them say it’s a sin; you hear them say it goes before a fall. And that can’t be true. The blacksmith prides himself on a good weld; the carter is proud that his horses are well turned out, gleaming like fresh chestnuts in the sunshine; the shepherd prides himself on keeping the wolf from the flock; the cook prides herself on her cakes. We pride ourselves on making a good history of our lives, a good story to be told. And I also have fear—the fear that I will let others down—and because of fear, I will overcome that fear. I will not disgrace those who have trained me. And I have trust, even though I am not sure what it is I am trusting.” -“Your power is only rumor and lies, she thought. You bore your way into people when they are uncertain and weak and worried and frightened, and they think their enemy is other people when their enemy is, and always will be, you—the master of lies. Outside, you are fearsome; inside you are nothing but weakness.” -“Yes, sir, I know, sir, and they’re (the travelling teachers) are useless, sir. They teach facts, not understanding. It’s like teaching people about forests by showing them a saw. I want a proper school, sir, to teach reading and writing, and most of all thinking, sir, so people can find what they’re good at, because someone doing what they really like is always an asset to any country, and too often people never find out until it’s too late. …Learning is about finding out who you are, what you are, where you are and what your are standing on and what you are good at and what’s over the horizon and, well, everything. It’s about finding the place where you fit. I found the place where I fit, and I would like everybody else to find theirs.” Lots of wisdom there, folks. Can’t wait for the fifth.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nora

    I want to OWN this one and hug it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caris

    These books are all so amazing! A wonderful little aside in the Discworld Saga! Great characters with some fun cameos by guards, witches, and gods that we have met in other books. Also a great stand-alone series, but you'll want to read them in order. It gets confusing otherwise. These books are all so amazing! A wonderful little aside in the Discworld Saga! Great characters with some fun cameos by guards, witches, and gods that we have met in other books. Also a great stand-alone series, but you'll want to read them in order. It gets confusing otherwise.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I just re-read this entire four book series and I still love them all. Oh, to be a witch. . .

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    These books are decent and have some really great moments but also can be really irritating at times. They’re kind of like that one sibling who you love a lot (and who is sometimes really smart) but thinks that they’re better than you. The language is funny, and there are some pretty great characters and settings. They also have a good range as you can kind of see the main character grow up-which does mean that the last (best) book is a lot darker than the first. HOWEVER, they are cursed the same These books are decent and have some really great moments but also can be really irritating at times. They’re kind of like that one sibling who you love a lot (and who is sometimes really smart) but thinks that they’re better than you. The language is funny, and there are some pretty great characters and settings. They also have a good range as you can kind of see the main character grow up-which does mean that the last (best) book is a lot darker than the first. HOWEVER, they are cursed the same way all of Terry Pratchett’s books are cursed-they’re snobby and pretentious. The bigger lessons that you’re supposed to take away from these books often turn out to be: look how stupid ordinary people are! If you’re rude it means you have personality! Uneducated people are really stupid and racist! People are violent unless they’re special magical witches who are better than everyone else and whose special duty is to guide the uneducated masses! Also, consistently makes fun of a vaguely defined religion that DEFINITELY isn’t Christianity, portraying it as stuffy, ignorant, and made-up. Which is ok if that doesn’t bother you, I guess. I enjoyed this book more when I was younger and a lot of people aren’t as bothered as I am by its qualities, so don’t take my word for it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    These were so fun and lovely! Great characters, great stories. I wish they had been longer, but they were probably just about right. I have The Shepherd's Crown to read soon, which completes the series. These were so fun and lovely! Great characters, great stories. I wish they had been longer, but they were probably just about right. I have The Shepherd's Crown to read soon, which completes the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Veloza McCall

    This is a wonderful series for both YA and adults alike. Tiffany Aching is a wonderful character and I hope to read more!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Excellent Terry Pratchett combo of 4 books. Follow Tiffany's story! Excellent Terry Pratchett combo of 4 books. Follow Tiffany's story!

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Tinsley

    These books have the nac macfeegle in them. They are therefore awesome. Hide your ship linament.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Daven

    These are my favorite TP books. For me they are all the best of Disc World told thru the voice of a girl.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crisp

    One of my favorite cast of characters - maybe my favorite - from Terry Pratchett. It's been wonderful listening to the audiobooks on road trips with the kid. One of my favorite cast of characters - maybe my favorite - from Terry Pratchett. It's been wonderful listening to the audiobooks on road trips with the kid.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Denise White

    Worth reading if you love comedic witches with a touch of thrilling fantasy

  13. 4 out of 5

    C

    The late, great Terry Pratchett's delightful stories, supposedly for children, but really his gift to all of us. The late, great Terry Pratchett's delightful stories, supposedly for children, but really his gift to all of us.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carolina

    This series (consider this a broad review of the whole Tiffany Aching series up to this point) was recommended by a friend (is he a goodreads friend? I don't know) as part of a thank-you and tribute to Terry Pratchett at the time of Pratchett's death. The friend, who (like me) works as a pastor/minister/church leadership type, wrote about the Tiffany Aching series as his single favourite metaphor-for-ministry piece of literature. I was intrigued. I read the whole series during the month of May a This series (consider this a broad review of the whole Tiffany Aching series up to this point) was recommended by a friend (is he a goodreads friend? I don't know) as part of a thank-you and tribute to Terry Pratchett at the time of Pratchett's death. The friend, who (like me) works as a pastor/minister/church leadership type, wrote about the Tiffany Aching series as his single favourite metaphor-for-ministry piece of literature. I was intrigued. I read the whole series during the month of May and could not agree with him more. Such a beautiful, tender, passionate, wise account of what it is for one deeply caring, not-quite-fitting-in kid to take on a caring vocation with all its joys and costs. I am a sucker for a coming of age story anyway, but this series had me laughing and weeping and highlighting and nodding along in (sometimes rueful) recognition. I can see that it has faults, and I can't guess how it would go for someone for whom it did not feel like such a perfect encapsulation of their own vocation, but for me its beauty covers over its faults many times over. It is for sure destined to become a regular, maybe even annual, reread for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    I so love this series! Other Discworld books by Pratchett leave me cold, but this has such wisdom sprinkled throughout. Much of what he describes as witchy training is really true to modern Paganism. Clearly, Pratchett knew some real witches. Easy to read, hard to put down. Make sure to read "Shepherd's Crown", his final novel, which takes this story to it's conclusion. I so love this series! Other Discworld books by Pratchett leave me cold, but this has such wisdom sprinkled throughout. Much of what he describes as witchy training is really true to modern Paganism. Clearly, Pratchett knew some real witches. Easy to read, hard to put down. Make sure to read "Shepherd's Crown", his final novel, which takes this story to it's conclusion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Stoll

    Terry Pratchett is amazing. I love his imagination. His humor is deep and yet clean. There are jokes that you cannot explain to anyone who hasn't read his books. He is so clever the world lost someone great when he died. These books are great for young adults and I enjoyed them greatly. Terry Pratchett is amazing. I love his imagination. His humor is deep and yet clean. There are jokes that you cannot explain to anyone who hasn't read his books. He is so clever the world lost someone great when he died. These books are great for young adults and I enjoyed them greatly.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Perkins

    Excellent sub-series on DiscWorld. Read separately, though searched and found all four. Classic Terry Pratchett, his writing style draws you in with a balance of description and plot. The audio versions are so well read, I also look for the narrator and sample the books he's done. Excellent sub-series on DiscWorld. Read separately, though searched and found all four. Classic Terry Pratchett, his writing style draws you in with a balance of description and plot. The audio versions are so well read, I also look for the narrator and sample the books he's done.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    fantasy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christopher E Bova

    If Buffy was a witch in a world floating on the back of turtle she would be Tiffany. I dig this and hopefully someday my daughter will listen to me when I tell her she'll dig it too. If Buffy was a witch in a world floating on the back of turtle she would be Tiffany. I dig this and hopefully someday my daughter will listen to me when I tell her she'll dig it too.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jon Allor

    Really liked this one. Love the premise of the story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    I am right now reading the books again :-) Love them! Perfect combination between phantasy, action and humor!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Iveta

  23. 5 out of 5

    Owen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Boe

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Grayson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Louise Koeleman

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jon Kelly

  28. 4 out of 5

    David Roos

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ankur

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