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A lighthearted and fun entry in the Discworld series providing several hours of entertaining listening However, I didn t engage with it in quite the same way as some of the others, and while I loved the narrator s voice, I did not enjoy the unnecessary and odd choice of interval music that played at the beginning and end of each disc. The third book involving Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles the one where Tiffany dances with the Wintersmith and gets herself into the middle of the ancient romance of summer and winter.I love the witches, and I love the Feegles, and I love Tiffany, and it s always a pleasure to spend time with them And yay for Roland growing up And I loved the subplot involving Miss Treason and the slight improvement in Annagramma.Having said that, I had serious problems with this book The most critical problem I have is that I didn t understand Tiffany getting involved in the dance in the first place It was wildly out of character for her to do something like that, five minutes after someone has told her not to, without asking any questions I couldn t see why she would want to it wasn t well supported I didn t believe it And of course all the action of the book depends on that one act.The second problem is the way he s pulled the climax out of the book and used it as a prologue When I encountered it for the first time, it was confusing and pointless it didn t really increase suspense, because I couldn t tell what was going on And then when I began to approach its right place in the book, it messed up the pacing once Tiffany went back to the Chalk, I figured she would be fighting the big storm any minute, and so when she sat down to make a watercolor painting, I went, What Doesn t she have something urgent to do The Summer Lady hardly made an appearance until the last two chapters, which seemed odd and he never explained how she came to be imprisoned in the underworld in the first place, which made her rescue seem a little less a part of the story.The eight year old has read it, and she thinks it s hilarious 2007 Locus poll 1 YA SFF FREE PDF ☲ Wintersmith ☻ Tiffany Weh Ist Eine Hexe In Ausbildung Und Im Besten Teenageralter Da Sie Sich Ungern Etwas Verbieten L Sst, Schon Gar Nicht Das Tanzen, Kann Sie Sich Auch Bei Der Feier, Die Den Bergang Vom Sommer Zum Winter Markiert, Nicht Zur Ckhalten Und So Passiert Das Unvermeidliche Der Winterschmied Selbst, Herr Ber Eis Und Schnee, Wird Auf Tiffany Aufmerksam Und Verliebt Sich In Sie Von Stund An Bersch Ttet Er Sie Mit Schneeflocken, Und Tiffany Muss Sich Schnell Etwas Einfallen Lassen, Wenn Es Jemals Wieder Fr Hling Werden Soll Auf Der Scheibenwelt 13 March 2015 To one of my dads in spirit We remember you.And then one day a traveling teacher talked about how some wizards had once, using very skillful magic, worked out exactly what a human being was made of It was mostly water, but there were iron and brimstone and soot and a pinch of just about everything else, even a tiny amount of gold, but all cooked up together somehow.It made as much sense to Tiffany as anything else did But she was certain of this If you took all that stuff and put it in a big bowl, it wouldn t turn into a human no matter how much you shouted at it.You couldn t make a picture by pouring a lot of paint into a bucket If you were human, you knew that.The Wintersmith wasn t The Wintersmith didn t The words went around and around her mind as the borrowed broom plunged onward At one point Dr Bustle turned up, with his reedy, self satisfied voice, and gave her a lecture on the Lesser Elements and how, indeed, humans were made up of nearly all of them but also contained a lot of narrativium, the basic element of stories, which you could detect only by watching the way all the others behaved Wintersmith finally brought it home what sets Terry Pratchett apart from most other contemporary novelists I know It s compassion and connectedness It s his characters reaching to one another, setting their judgments aside and staring at the others, into the others, hard and long until they see This may be one definition of a witch, in fact Take for example Tiffany, swallowing her pride and pretending she s learning from Annagramma not the other way round because that s the only way Annagramma can accept anyone s help To imagine the extent of Tiffany s achievement, bear in mind she is thirteen At the very threshold when learning usually gets whacked by pride and goes into hiding, until much, much later Or take Tiffany s observations about common folks, which can be unflattering at times wizened, she muses at one point, isn t the same as wise it might just mean you ve been stupid for a very long time yet do not prevent her from getting to know people better and caring for them, in ways that make sense to them Or take this glimpse into Annagramma s heart, which is the pithiest description of the human condition one especially irritating aspect thereof I ve read in a long time view spoiler I stumbled upon this particular passage at a time when I really wanted to slap a friend of mine who seemed to behave just like Annagramma It gave me pause it gave me shame for allowing myself to forget what we are beneath the surfaces ultimately, it gave me the strength to carry on, smiling instead of slapping hide spoiler Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my LOCUS Y A list.I think I ll always have a soft spot for imaginative young adult speculative fiction and as the good people at Locus did such a grand job with picking their Sci Fi winners, I ll trust them to single out some special y a books too.I remember reading The Wee Free Men the first in this Tiff Aching series and not feeling terribly impressed, but I don t actually remember much about the book I find suspicious, as I generally have a better memory for fiction than reality I don t know if I had other things on my mind, or read it when I wasn t sleeping well, or if I was just drunk but the book didn t stick So I m going to order a new copy to re read soon.But whether that initial unimpressed feeling was deserved or not, it put me off picking upWintersmithMy wife owned a copy which I d been eyeing up ever since our bookcases merged But it s the third in the series surely I should read book two A Hat Full of Sky first But it s a Locus Young Adult Award winner, and I needed something light between installments the two halves of Blackout All Clear , so I grabbed it on the way to work and found myself thoroughly enjoying it I don t know why I was surprised, I love Pratchett s writing I was clearly just being a cynical douche about his y a works Tiff s encounters with theWintersmithare vivid and magical, beautifully visually examples of Sir Terry s imagination at work But the real gems of the book for me are the minor strands that fill out Tiff s world within theWintersmithframing device The Nac Mac Feegles are great characters with an infinite supply of comedy dialogue and perspectives quote below Roland s mission to awaken the Summer Lady in the underworld contained my favourite moment in the book when he battles the wraiths with his imaginary sword The interactions between the teenage witches are great, as are Tiff s reflections on Miss Treason s Boffo And the cameos from Ogg and Weatherwax are a touch of class for us long standing witches fans A quick quote that made me giggle When a bull coo meets a lady coo he disna have tae say, My hert goes bang bang bang when I see your wee face, cuz it s kinda built intae their heads People have itdifficult Romancin is verra important ye ken Basically it s a way the boy can get close to the girl wi oot her attackin him and scratchin his eyes oot It s a worthy addition to the Discworld canon and it s encouraged me to re read The Wee Free Men , and also grab a copy of Hat Full of Sky and I Shall Wear Midnight , butWintersmithdoesn t quite measure up to the inspirational awesomeness of my favourites.After this I read All Clear , , , ,,high tech ,, , ,, , , , ,, , , , ,, , , , , ,, , ,, ,,, , ,, ,. First read 13th June, 2013 3 stars.Second read 30th July, 2018 3 stars.Tiffany s third outing in the Discworld series sees her a couple of years older and learning her witchcraft from another old witch, this time one who appears to be a bitwitch y than any of the others She wears black, has a predominantly black house full of cobwebs and strikes fear in to the hearts of those she helps.Whilst Tiffany may be older, she s also now a teenager, which brings with it all sorts of complications, not in the least doing what she wants instead of what she s been told Or, specifically, what she s been told not to do And she should not dance in the Dark Morris.But she does anyway, and thus the Wintersmith the small god of sorts is now in love with her It s bad enough been a teenager and a witch, but now she s got little snowflake Tiffanys falling all around her Teenage embarrassment doesn t go far enough.Reading through the Tiffany Aching series, it s clear to see that what puts me off to some extent is the amount of the book taken up by the Nac Mac Feegles I do like them they re fun, rather novel, a nice take on faries and, well, fun But their involvement always lessens my enjoyment Their speech gets tiring after a couple of paragraphs and they re very one dimensional Whilst that is on purpose, and Rob Anybody may be changing slightly with the influence of his new wife, it still grates on me I prefer it when they re only there once a chapter at most.Dismissing that little annoyance or several thousand little annoyances , Wintersmith is a great book to see the difference between the older witch generations and the younger, up and coming jingling with much occult jewellery witches who are probably five seconds away from calling themselves wiccans.We view the world through Tiffany s eyes and this is a good way of seeing the other witches Tiffany isn t perfect which is wonderful and such a breath of fresh air Usually, any character with great power will probably be portrayed either in first person perfection I am so great, look at what I m doing with my powers lalalala or in third person perfection with her lovely mixed coloured eyes, perfect complexion, beauty, ridiculously wonderful hair and probably a perfectly pair of pert buttocks to boot Here we have Tiffany, who is a little normal and kind of boring to look at in terms of what other books like to talk about, but she has so much power it s almost written in the books that she ll be better than Granny Weatherwax ever was, is or will be.The Tiffany and Granny stand offs make this book These books showof Granny than any of the other books do Even though they re about Tiffany of course, Tiffany could not do anything ever without Granny The two are inexorably linked, and it makes one wonder if the one is going to turn in to the other at some pointIt s a different kind of peril to the previous books It s not Tiffany in danger so much as everyone else she knows and loves And, unlike the previous books as well, it is all Tiffany s fault Okay, so she s a teenager and has that weird teenage self belief, but it is still completely her fault The trick in this one is, can she admit that and fix her own mistakes It has the usual Discworld jovial outlook, seriousness and endearing humour But, as said before, these books were written for younger readers and that means the Discworld edge has been taken off slightly That s a shame, but they re still wonderful and Tiffany is one of the best characters that has ever been invented. Yaz n yak c bak lar ve alayc tavr na kar l k, K Ustas n n buz gibi y re inin derinlerinde saklad o merak ve payla mak istedi i a kTiffany art k 13 ya nda ve onun cad lar d nyas da ya na g re ekilleniyor Muhte emdi Yine cad l k zerinden i ime i leyen c mlelerle bezeliydi.Diskd nya y ok seviyorum ama Disk i inde Tiffany nin yeri ok ok ba ka. Tiffany Aching is nearly thirteen years old and enduring her toughest apprenticeship yet Miss Treason lives in a lonely cottage on the forested mountainside she s blind and deaf and 113 years old, and borrows the eyes and ears of the creatures around her to see and hear better than those who rely on their own senses She decorates her house with gruesome, stereotypical witch memorabilia to intimidate her visitors Most girls don t last a day serving Miss Treason Tiffany has been there over a month.Tiffany has been her sensible self all this time, but she is also a teenager now, and inevitably even she will have moments when good sense eludes her One of these is fateful.Miss Treason takes her young apprentice to watch the Dark Morris dancers on the mountain This troupe of men dance a jig on each equinox to welcome the coming summer or winter The superstitious believe that the cycle of the year is disrupted should anything unplanned occur during this ritual The music gets into Tiffany s blood and she leaps among the dancers She leaves her body, flying into deep space, and only returns to her corporeal form when she hears two voices ask her Who are you one of them hostile, the other intrigued.She has collided with the Summer Lady and the Wintersmith She and the goddess have to an extent merged, and now the god of snow and ice is obsessed with her.As the lovesick Wintersmith scatters unseasonable snow across the land and wonders why this strange human girl flees his advances, Tiffany struggles to reconcile her sense of duty, which commands her to drive him away and save the farms, with her newly awakened curiosity about this awkward, clueless creature who is blizzard and boy in one But Tiffany is not alone She has allies in the senior witches, particularly Granny Weatherwax, Miss Tick, and Nanny Ogg She has her friend Roland, back on the Chalk, who writes content free letters that are just an excuse to communicate with her She has the ferocious Feegles who will charge into Hell itself for her and promptly get kicked out for boozing up the place and or singing And she has Horace the cheese Don t mess with Horace.Content Advisory Violence The Feegles attack things The Wintersmith unleashes snowstorms and brings about the deaths of humans or animals who can t find shelter, but it must be understood that he doesn t do this maliciouslydetails later Some of the casualties are lambs, whom Tiffany and the other Chalk dwellers bring inside and try to revive No gore or suffering shown Sex The Feegles try to help Tiffany deal with the Wintersmith by getting her a romance novel from the travelling library She figures out that gathering nuts is a euphemism and dismisses the book as a silly, inaccurate image of pastoral life Her brain tells her to hate the Wintersmith and show him no mercy, but her heart and hormones inform her that being ardently pursued by a handsome elemental who can make her bouquets of ice roses is pretty cool.Nanny Ogg says that, as a young lass, she convinced a young man not to commit suicide because he had a cute butt Language Nothing but crivens from the Feegles Substance Abuse The Feegles are pretty sloshed for most of the book, as per usual Death warns them not to stay too long in the Underworld because I quote WE RE STILL PICKING UP ALL THE BOTTLES FROM LAST TIME YOU WERE HERE Nightmare Fuel Roland and the Feegles confront some scary critters in the Underworld, including a demon with hundreds of fangs that keeps looking at itself in a shard of glass and whimpering I see you, Snow Queen reference.The Wintersmith can be scary by accident The first time he physically manifests, he doesn t know what he s doing and can only make his eyes and hand visible to Tiffany Even once he gets the hang of a human body, something s a bit off He can sing all the parts of an opera including the orchestra at once, and if he doesn t concentrate on his body his limbs might fall off Potty Humor The Wintersmith struggles with the concept of eating He ingests some sausages at an inn, and then asks the innkeeper s daughter Now what do I do with them She replies, That s not my place to say, sir ConclusionsThe adventures of Tiffany Aching and her wee free friends continue to delight Pratchett addeddetail and depth to his concept of witches This book showcases a milestone for Tiffany and expands the world of the stories, bringing in gods and goddesses and seasonal change There s a lot of classical influence here, particularly from the myths of Hades and Persephone, and Orpheus and Eurydice This book forms an interesting contrast with Alison Croggon sThe Riddle , second in the Pellinore series, which I recently reviewed In both, a powerful young woman undergoes a chastely rendered sexual awakening with the help of a wintry sorcerer male spirit who feels possessive of her She can t stay with him she flees his ice palace because it s the right thing to do and yet part of her feels terrible for having to do it.Arkan from The Riddle is ostensibly much closer to being human than the Wintersmith is, but he really seems as cruel and rapacious as a glacier Yet Croggon seemed to attributeemotion and humanity to him than he was capable of feeling.This novel, much as I love it, has the opposite problem The Wintersmith, while he isn t human and can t quite grasp what it is to be one, should get an A for effort He s an innocent menace, causing damage and destruction without realizing or understanding it And Pratchett actually gives the poor creature less sympathy than he deserves I felt only fleeting pity for Arkan after Maerad fled from him, but I wanted to give the Wintersmith a hug So did Tiffany, but she had to obey the story she was trapped in both the in universe myth and the book containing it From Pratchett s perspective, human and divine, natural and supernatural, cannot mix without bringing disaster There is no hope of anyone bridging the two worlds The Wintersmith makes an adorable, earnest effort to become like Tiffany and wed her, but ultimately, according to the book, he is a different substance from her and ne er the twain shall meet.This bothers me I m not saying that the story should necessarily have ended differently, but it certainly could have The idea of a god becoming close to human to marry a mortal, and the mortal against her will at first taking onandattributes of a goddess to level with him, would have been fascinating Tiffany could have represented a leap in Discworld theology, from abstract and capricious deities with no particular regard for lesser life forms to compassionate gods who loved and cared for humans because they were human, or had been Ah well What else is fanfiction for The mythology and symbolism have made this my favorite installment in one of my favorite series Recommended. A very original Discworld story, this one the third in the Tiffany Aching sub series.First published in 2006 and the 35th in the Discworld bibliography, Terry Pratchett describes Tiffany as a young witch still in training but coming into herself and setting her sights on the kind of witch she will be and not always in serviceable black As in others in this sub series, the juxtaposition between Tiffany and the other witches particularly Granny Weatherwax makes this fun Old Miss Treason who refers to Granny as the girl Weatherwax gives them all a run for their money as Pratchett has crafted a gem of a witch character in her Waily, waily, waily And the Nac Mac Feegles Sir Terry s Wee Free Men are again on riotous display and their antics make up the lions share of pings on the Pratchett smile O meter.This time around Tiffany has an encounter with the Wintersmith, a kind of spirit of winter or an elemental This kind of story would go one very predictable way in many made for TV movies, but of course Pratchett gives this one a life of it s own and the reader will be pleasantly surprised by his treatment.While this one seems to me to beon the YA scale of reading than the earlier two Tiffany Aching books, this is still another excellent Discworld adventure.