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I Shall Wear Midnight: A Discworld Novel [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
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July 2 2012 Discworld Novels (Book 38)
Teen witch Tiffany Aching returns for a new Discworld adventure -- along with her ever-present allies, the Nac Mac Feegle.

Tiffany Aching, the young witch from The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith is back in a new adventure featuring Discworld characters both familiar to fans (like Granny Weatherwax) and new (meet Wee Mad Arthur, the Nac Mac Feegle on the City Watch). Oh, and there's a shambles, a twist through time, a Cunning Man -- and a Giant Man of chalk.

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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

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TERRY PRATCHETT created the Discworld series in 1983, when The Colour of Magic was published. I Shall Wear Midnight will be the 38th Discworld novel. His books have been translated into 37 languages and have sold over 65 million units worldwide. Terry Pratchett was knighted for services to literature in 2009. His tireless campaigns to raise awareness of Alzheimer's and assisted dying have further raised the public profile of this much-loved writer.

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4.0 out of 5 stars One good story, one so-so one Feb. 27 2011
By KathyO
Format:Hardcover
Make no mistake, I am a die-hard Pratchett fan. But this one left me with mixed feelings. The book itself keeps sliding into, then out of, then back into, my donate-to-the-thrift-store pile. I just can't decide.

There are really two stories here. The first one is about an eldritch disembodied evil something that has been awakened out of history and is now hunting down young Tiffany Aching. Sound familiar? Yeah -- Hiver II, aka The Cunning Man.

But what lifts this story into the four-star range is the complex coming-of-age story around Tiffany, and her various mentors, her one-time boyfriend Roland, his new fiancee, the Feegles, their Kelda, the townsfolk, and Tiffany's own relationship with her authority and obligations as a witch. Growing up is a difficult and awkward business when parts of you are very very old, and parts of you are very very young. But Tiffany makes a pretty good fist of it, all in all, and it makes a good read, even if the threatening monster that is supposed to propel the story is a tad on the "generic scary thing" side.

Is it the book that I'd press into the hands of someone I wanted to convert to Pratchett fandom? No. But definitely worth the time if you're already in that group.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The rough music comes Feb. 20 2012
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Tiffany Aching is the witch of Chalk, which means that she has to do all the messy rural stuff that witches do. But witches aren't always as appreciated as they should be, and Terry Pratchett's "I Shall Wear Midnight" flings the sensible young girl -- and the Nac Mac Feegles -- against a threat that really, really doesn't like witches.

Tiffany is doing the usual witchy rounds in Chalk -- nursing the sick, burying the dead, watching cheese races, and rescuing the occasional girl from an abusive father. Then the local Duke expires after a long illness, and it's up to Tiffany to tell his son Roland and his "watercolour-painting wife-to-be" about what happened.

The problem is, she's being stalked by a creepy eyeless man with a vile psychic stench, who is inspiring people to hate and distrust witches. Suddenly stones are being thrown, accusations are being made, and Tiffany even finds herself in the Ankh-Morpork jail. And if Tiffany doesn't find a way to stop the Cunning Man, things will get very toasty for the witches...

Due to having Alzheimer's disease, Terry Pratchett had to dictate "I Shall Wear Midnight" instead of the usual computer typing. As a result, the book's beginning is very rambly and scattered, as if Pratchett hadn't fully thought out how the plot was going to go -- but after the Duke's death, things start to tighten up and move faster.

And Pratchett hasn't lost any of his delicious wit, whether it's poking fun at cliches (the cackle box!) or sharp dialogue ("Have you boys got no shame?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A more mature Pratchett - yeah right May 29 2014
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Still a wonderful story teller. It's always a treat to see re-occurring characters like Nanny Ogg and the other witches. This is a somewhat darker story then most of his works with The Cunning Man being particularly vile. Of course all the beloved wit is still there and I hardly fail to laugh out-loud many, many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is why Discworld is awesome. Sept. 30 2013
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This is pretty standard Pratchett, it's interesting to see some new characters (mostly) outside of Ankh-Morpork. If you like Discworld, you've probably already bought this. If you're new to Discworld, this is a pretty decent book to introduce the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars perfect condition Aug. 19 2012
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I initially tried to cancel and they refused, but I kept the order because I realy wanted it and it was in perfect condition. Besides it was too expensive to send back.
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