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The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld Novels) (edition 2016)

by Terry Pratchett (Author), Paul Kidby (Illustrator)

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Title:The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld Novels)
Authors:Terry Pratchett (Author)
Other authors:Paul Kidby (Illustrator)
Info:Corgi Childrens (2016), Edition: 01, 336 pages
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The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

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When Granny Weatherwax makes her final journey, accompanying Death to wherever witches go when they leave Discworld, it weakens the barrier keeping the Elves firmly in Faerieland. It falls to her apprentice and heir Tiffany Aching to protect her home, along with some assistance from the Wee Free Men.

Pratchett's final book. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Dec 14, 2018 |
mi spiace, forse non era il momento ma ho fatto molto fatica a leggere questo libro, era la prima volta che mi buttavo sui libri della Pratchett e quindi ho poche basi su cui fare riferimento...
la storia è non so senza senso logico e compiuto, ho faticato tanto ad arrivare alla fine.... non ho trovato nulla di interessante se non una storiella come tante... nulla di ecclatante, non so che dire forse non è proprio il mio genere....
e adesso mi sbranerete..... ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
mi spiace, forse non era il momento ma ho fatto molto fatica a leggere questo libro, era la prima volta che mi buttavo sui libri della Pratchett e quindi ho poche basi su cui fare riferimento...
la storia è non so senza senso logico e compiuto, ho faticato tanto ad arrivare alla fine.... non ho trovato nulla di interessante se non una storiella come tante... nulla di ecclatante, non so che dire forse non è proprio il mio genere....
e adesso mi sbranerete..... ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
I put off reading this book simply because it's the last new Pratchett novel ever. I saved it for a time when I needed something really nice.

And that was a good choice. This is a lovely book, a lovely story.

No one lives forever, not even witches, and Esmeralda Weatherwax has reached the end of her days. Being the sensible, organized woman she has always been, she has put everything in order, including a note saying that her home and all her possessions go to Tiffany Aching. Except, of course, for her cat, Yew, who is a cat, and will decide for herself.

She also told Nanny Ogg that of course Tiffany was the only person who could be her successor. Not that witches have a leader of any kind. Granny Weatherwax was the best leader the witches didn't have, and Tiffany will have big boots to fill.

There are others among the witches who think they're far better prepared for such a challenging role than Tiffany is. Tiffany has her own doubts. Oh, and the elves have noticed that Granny is gone, and they see an opening in the human world for them, again.

Granny's death and the inheritance of her cottage and responsibilities also means that Tiffany isn't just filling big boots; she's also trying to serve the needs of two steadings, the Chalk and Granny's section of Lancre.

It's a lot for one witch to do, even if the elves weren't on the move again.

Tiffany needs help, and she meets a young man named Geoffrey, wh has the, he feels, very natural ambition to be a witch, and who has a very clever goat named Mephistopheles. She asks Miss Tick to find her some likely girls to be apprentices.

She also meets an elf named Nightshade, and some other interesting people...

This isn't Pratchett at his best, understandably, but it is good, solid Pratchett, with new characters and old, familiar ones, with Pratchett's embrace of basic human decency, and "human" rights for all the intelligent species of Discworld.

This was a very satisfying read. Recommended.

I bought this book. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
It's a bit unpolished, and sometimes stumbles or takes some time where other Aching books were quick and smooth, but still – it's magnificent and we're so lucky to have it. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
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But in The Shepherd's Crown, I've come to realize what it is about these books that makes them so special and endeared them so well to Pratchett's own heart: it's their compassion.
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added by JerryMmm | editBoingBoing, Cory Doctorow (Nov 17, 2015)
 
But Shepherd's Crown is still recognizably Pratchett, from the giggle-fit-inducing footnotes to the stern moral message about selflessness, empathy and caring for others. And there's just as much of a moral stance in the way the book addresses the death of a longtime pillar of the Discworld: People around the Disc sense that something pivotal has happened. They stop to acknowledge the gravity of the moment. They pay their respects. And then they return to their lives.
 
Pratchett, with his sardonic inventiveness, social satire, play on language, deep feeling for landscape and love of what is best in human nature, had less critical praise than he deserved. His heroes and heroines are not royalty in disguise, but thieves, con-men, shepherds, soldiers and midwives. In his championing of the ordinary, the sensible and the slightly silly he went against the grain – and never more so than in creating Tiffany Aching.
added by melmore | editThe Guardian, Amanda Craig (Aug 30, 2015)
 
Above all, though, “The Shepherd’s Crown” — like all of Pratchett’s fiction — stresses the importance of helping others. Beyond this, I think that Pratchett’s farewell advice would be to follow his witches’ sensible principle: “Just do the work you find in front of you and enjoy yourself.”
 
Nothing in Pratchett stays still and his inventive energy, book after book after book, is astounding. Yet, as I say, the increasing complexity of the characters is accompanied by an increasing likableness as well as interest.
added by melmore | editThe Guardian, A. S. Byatt (Aug 26, 2015)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Wilkins, RobAfterwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, TonyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tierney, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Esmerelda Weatherwax—mind how you go
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It was born in the darkness of the Circle Sea; at first just a soft floating thing, washed back and forth by tide after tide.
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Tiffany Aching
Defeats the elves, finds her place.
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Tiffany must gather all the witches to prepare for a fairy invasion.

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