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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (July 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552555592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552555593
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"He is a satirist of enormous talent... Incredibly funny, compulsively readable."
--The Times

"Teen witch Tiffany is one of [Pratchett's] most formidable creations yet."
 --Time Out

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TERRY PRATCHETT is one of the most popular authors writing in the UK today. He is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld series, the first title in which, The Colour of Magic, was pubilshed in 1983. Worldwide sales of his books are in excess of 55 million and they have been translated into 36 languages. His first Discworld novel for younger readers, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal. Terry Pratchett was appointed OBE in 1998.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KathyO on Feb. 27 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 20 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary on Nov. 3 2010
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This isn't the funniest Pratchett book - it's much more sentimental than any other discworld book. For all that it's got some extremely heartfelt passages without ever being soppy.
All that said, it also bears the hallmarks of Pratchett's best work. It's well written, solid story telling, it's a pleasure to read and, at the end of it, reading this book was definitely time well spent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William A. Stonier on Nov. 11 2010
Format: Hardcover
Terry Pratchett's much anticipated novel in the Tiffany Aching series is a tour de force. Tiffany is a witch on the Chalk who is having to deal with a strained friendship with the Baron's son Roland. She is also doing all the day to day things witches do. But as the only witch on the Chalk Tiffany gets a good deal of attention and since she kissed the Wintersmith not all of it is good. For something evil has awoken and it is coming for her. A must read novel for Tiffany fans and those fans of the Nac McFeegle and Discworld. Pratchett's stories always leave the readers wanting and hoping for more tales from one of the best authors in the world. Crivens yea wee scunner we can only hope there will be another story. Sadly Sir Terry has declared that this will be the final story in his Tiffany Aching series.
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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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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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