Saturday, 25 November 2006

Book Review: Wintersmith (Terry Pratchett)

I finally got to read Wintersmith!!!!

Ok, so it was an E-book, and i have yet to even TOUCH the actual book, but heck, since the local book distributers are taking so long to bring it in, I'll just buy the paperback instead...

(On that note, apparently Wintersmith DID land in Kinokuniya on the FIRST DAY it was released, but the book was also SOLD OUT within the first day. Beat THAT, Harry Potter!)

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Title: Wintersmith
Author: Terry Pratchett


Synopsis (From Amazon.co.uk):
Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch - now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance - the crossover from summer to winter - she does what none has ever done before and leaps into the dance, into the oldest story there ever is, and draws the attention of the wintersmith himself...

As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions? Even with the help of Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle - the fightin', thievin' pictsies who are prepared to lay down their lives for their 'big wee hag' ...

What I Liked:
  • FUNNY!
  • ACH CRIVENS! The Nac Mac Feegle are COOL! And FUNNY
  • The story is simple, but still engaging.
  • Characters are ALL charming
  • Miss Treason is one of the COOLEST witches I've ever read about! BOFFO!
  • Granny Weatherwax is also given extra depth! meep.
  • Nanny Ogg is still... well, Nanny OGG.

What I didn't Like:
  • As usual, not much I didn't like. It IS one of my favorite series' by one of my favorite authors after all
  • E-book-wise, I can't complain because I had no choice. But give me a proper paper and hardback book ANY TIME...
  • This Pratchett har, sampai last last still sempat promote Where's My Cow (which is going for RM8 at the Big Bookshop Sale! Go go go and get it!!!)
  • Oh dear, is Pratchett trying to get into romance novels next?

Summary:
I've said this A LOT OF TIMES before: If you haven't started reading Terry Pratchett, WHAT THE HECK HAVE YOU BEEN DOING ALL THIS TIME?

Well, if you're complaining that you haven't been able to get into them, or dinna ken which book to start with, let me show you the way: Start with The Wee Free Men, then A Hat Full of Sky, and then Wintersmith.

If Tiffany Aching, the Nac Mac Feegle and Granny Weatherwax doesn't get you hooked to Discworld, nothing else will.

Wintersmith continues the tradition of the other two Tiffany books - focusing on the level-headed young witch, and the Feegle, and also adding the older witches into the mix.

One thing about Pratchett's books is that while you're reading it, you always seem to end up either chuckling to yourself, smiling broadly, or laughing out loud. THIS book has almost equal measures of every state of Pratchett-induced-glee, so when yo're reading it, you'll probably get people wondering what you're sniggering to yourself about most of the time.

Since it's also a young reader's book, the language and everything is fairly simple, but not THAT simple that the normal Discworld reader would be bored. After all, adding the witches of Lancre into the Tiffany Aching books was a masterstroke, and makes the Tiffany Aching books that much more fun and memorable to read.

Is Wintersmith worth reading? Oh hell yeah. Now if only our local book distributers would start learning more about what books and authors to get, instead of going "Who's Terry Pratchett?" when we ask about it...

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