Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Review: A Hat Full of Sky (Tiffany Aching #2) by Terry Prachett

Overall Impression: *** 1/2

Who/What decided me:  My father has always had Terry Prachett books on our bookshelves, but this is only the second work of his that I’ve read (the first being the first in this series, The Wee Free Men, another great read!)

Short synopsis (Goodreads): Something is coming after Tiffany ...
Tiffany Aching is ready to begin her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic -- not chores and ill-tempered nanny goats! Surely there must be more to witchcraft than this!
What Tiffany doesn't know is that an insidious, disembodied creature is pursuing her. This time, neither Mistress Weatherwax (the greatest witch in the world) nor the fierce, six-inch-high Wee Free Men can protect her. In the end, it will take all of Tiffany's inner strength to save herself ... if it can be done at all.
A Story of Discworld

I literally laughed out-loud quite a few times with this book. LOVE the Scottish accents of the Nac Mac Feegle. Tiffany is a truly exceptional character. I love the VOYA comment on the back of my copy that says “Tiffany is Hermione Granger, Gaiman’s Coraline, and Pullman’s Lyra Belacqua rolled into one.” She really is a better roll model than some other more flighty characters that are in today's literary world. 

Terry Prachett, through the observations of Tiffany, has such a funny way of saying exactly how things are. For example, one of my more favorite parts was when Tiffany was going on a walk and this is how it is described: "Tiffany wasn't very experienced at things like this but, according to the book of fairy tales, the typical food for taking on an adventure was bread and cheese. Hard cheese too." Ha! That is SO true, that's what people always take on adventures and it was hilarious hearing it put like that. Love it!

Also, and I hope I’m not giving too much away here, but Tiffany being a witch isn’t so much about witchcraft and hocus pocus, etc. (although that is all good too, especially when it has to do with two words, specifically Harry and Potter, though not in that particular order…) I think that magic can be a little too dark sometimes, and a little too focused on the super-natural. This magic has to deal with WORK I wish I had Tiffany’s capacity for it. 

Not as fast paced as some books, and not as slow as others, a middling book. But don’t hold it against it. It really is worth a read.

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