Author: Terry Pratchett
Ages: 10+ (adults and not-creeped-out 9-year-olds included)
The previous review on this book isn’t very informative, and it was written when I was 11. Writing another one will be difficult, since I have read this book so many times and first when I was 9. I’m not sure what I would say if I had read it for the first time this year. This is just an addition, to get the full story see the previous review.
Tiffany has been lodged with the oldest witch in the country. She is technically blind, but that doesn’t matter – there are always Tiffany’s eyes… Everything is black. She has to make black cheese, clean the black floor and the windows are so dirty that you can’t see the so-red-they’re-black roses. Which will, soon, be made of ice so thin they melt from the pressure of being looked at. Soon, she will cause her father to try to fuel a fire with his body (okay, maybe he was chasing his coat. It isn’t clear). But now, because she listened to her feet, she has anthropomorphic personifications and the highest gods watching her every move. There are billions of tiny models of herself covering every surface, metres deep. Oh, and she has to hide anything of value from a clan of tiny blue drunks.
This book is hilarious. Why? Feegles. Singing. Doing the scarecrow trick. Done. Review over.
There is some Nanny Ogg and therefore a some not-exactly-clean moments, one or two quite direct words, but only for a page and not in any gross way. Still 10 year old friendly, ten year olds. I only included that because of the age recommendation I gave.
It’s a bit creepy, but not as much as A Hat Full of Sky. (I’m basing these facts on my first thoughts from when I was 9)I never really enjoyed the plot until last year or so. It’s totally worth it for the Feegles.
The time switching at the beginning is a bit confusing, but if necessary, you can ignore it in context. It will make sense at the end if you don’t try to make sense of it at the beginning.
So: read it.
I’m sorry that this is such a short and undetailed review, but I hope that this review plus the previous makes a useful one. Once you’ve read about three reviews of Discworld books, you can get the basic idea.
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