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Wintersmith (Discworld) (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Wintersmith (Discworld)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperCollins (2007), Paperback, 464 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (2006)

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Its nice to see Tiffany's 'growing up' though I agree with other reviewers who say that the fact she even joined the dance was completely out of character for her. And if she was 'compelled' in a sense as she said, there wasn't any explanation to it. Tiffany isn't a frivolous girl. So WHY did she jump in as if it was meant for her?

Otherwise excellent ^_^
Since this story wouldn't have happened without her dancing with Winter.. ( )
  JazMinderr | Jul 31, 2014 |
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett is the 35th Discworld book and the third of the Tiffany Aching series. Tiffany is now working for Miss Treason, the scariest witch she's yet to apprentice with, a woman who sees through others' eyes and lives in a house painted completely black, inside and out.

While with Miss Treason to observe the Dark Morris, a dance to usher in winter, Tiffany is carried away by the thrill of it all and ends up catching the eye of the Wintersmith. Now her slice of the Disc is facing an ice age unless Tiffany can figure out how to set things to rights (with help from Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg).

Wintersmith in my mind is where Tiffany really comes into her own as a character. In the first book, Wee Free Men she had raw determination, her talent with cheese, and her frying pan. In the second book she showed that she had the raw powers to be witch of some reckoning. But it is here that she finally learns that witchcraft (or any other position of power) isn't all or nothing. She learns how to be in balance and when and where to make a show of things to encourage people to act, rather than either forcing them to or doing everything alone. Basically she learns the fine art of Boffo.

Wintersmith has become a bit of an addiction for me. OK... much of Terry Pratchett's work has recently but this book is on the special shelf along with Going Postal and Snuff and Raising Steam. I own three, yes three versions of the story: a lovely hardcover, the audio read by Stephen Briggs (who MUST go back and read ALL of Pratchett's books), and the folk album by Steeleye Span. ( )
  pussreboots | Jul 28, 2014 |
Originally, this was the first Tiffany book I read. For this challenge, I decided to re-read the books, for the most part in order. Since I first read Wintersmith when it was first published; it was a little more difficult to follow along with comments about her previous adventures. Pratchett had done a fine job with the novel, but now after reading them in order- the books are much more clever.

This is a perfect book to read on the edge of winter- wishing for summer. In short the book deals with stories, and the magic of the changing seasons. It also deals with first crushes- in its own, Pratchett way. We learn more about Tiffany's schooling as a witch, and as with the other novels, she is growing up. Young teenage girls I think will enjoy how clever Tiffany is, and I think some of them have faced some of the everyday challenges Tiffany as gone through. ( )
  DeweyEver | Mar 6, 2014 |
3.5 stars

This is the third book in the Tiffany Aching series. Tiffany is now 13 years old and learning to be a witch. She just can't help herself when she steps in to dance a dance she should only be watching. This results in the Wintersmith (who controls winter) falling for her and pursuing her to marry him! Unfortunately, during all this, Tiffany's teacher knows she will die - she knows the day and time. Tiffany is not old enough to take over the cottage and take care of everyone in the nearby village, so arrangements must be made, even though what is worked out really isn't ideal.

I am still enjoying this series. The Nac Mac Feegles aren't in this one as much as I remember them from the others in the series and they are a lot of fun, but even without them as much, I did enjoy this story. It wasn't fast-paced, but being a YA book, it was still fast to read. ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 20, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060890339, Paperback)

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.

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When witch-in-training Tiffany Aching accidentally interrupts the Dance of the Seasons and awakens the interest of the elemental spirit of Winter, she requires the help of the six-inch-high, sword-wielding, sheep-stealing Wee Free Men to put the seasons aright.… (more)

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