Wintersmith (Discworld) ハードカバー – 2006/10/1
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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.
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Tiffany Aching is an apprentice witch, currently living with a witch in the mountains, far from her beloved chalk hills. She's taken as part of her training to watch a dance she didn't know existed, the Dark Morris, which brings the beginning of winter as the Morris Dance we know brings the beginning of summer.
Since this is the Discworld, the dances really do bring the starts of those seasons.
Tiffany's feet, unfortunately, get the better of her. She steps into the dance, and dances with the Wintersmith, and gets some of the traits and powers of Lady Summer tangled up in herself. The Wintersmith thinks he has fallen in love with her.
This is, of course, is a problem for everyone, especially when the Wintersmith wants to marry her and cause Summer to never come again. The Wintersmith has no real idea what being a person is all about, or why Tiffany is upset about the lambs dying when a blizzard hits too late in what should be spring, or why she doesn't love the ice palace he's made to lure her.
The second half is a Discworld take on Orpheus and Eurydice, and both Tiffany and the local lord's son she rescued from the elf queen's court previously, take a few more steps toward adulthood.
It's a fine taste of Pratchett, and a nice surprise for me to find it, when I thought there wasn't anything more.
I bought this audiobook.
If you like Pratchett, I don't need to say much. If you don't know him yet, you will probably like him. If you read the other books, then you'll like this one.
I'm only reviewing here for a helpful hint for curious parents: This book deals with infatuation and somewhat with sex. I personally think it does so in a very healthy way (not explicit) and in farm country we are used to Pratchett's approach. So- I'm not writing this to dissuade anyone but you may want to decide for yourself about the appropriate age. Farm girls and boys may breeze over the stuff in without noticing at age 9 or 10. Other kids may be more sensitive since pop culture hides both the gore and the true beauty of life in all the glitter and twerking and tittilation. Depends on how your kid processes the garbage thrown their way. This is a good cure for garbage, Tiff has her feet on the ground, but you gotta decide the right time.
This book is fun, the premise more interesting (to me) than the second book, and has some valuable context for ideas that will (whether you like it or not) be part of a pre-teen's world. My 2 cents, if your reading reviews of a book for your kid you're already a good parent and don't need my bargle.
Tiffany has been training with 113-year old Miss Treason, who uses subtle “special effects” to impress people, when she is taken to witness the dark morris one night. The dance that welcomes the winter draws on Tiffany and she joins in, unfortunately she comes face to face with the Wintersmith—winter himself—and he falls in love with her believing she is the Summer Lady. The problem is as time progresses, Tiffany starts exhibiting traits of the Summer Lady while the Wintersmith believes to successfully woo her, he must become human. Unfortunately Miss Treason isn’t able to help Tiffany through things as she passes away and Tiffany goes to train with Nanny Ogg as well has help Annagramma figure out how to be an actual witch in taking over for Miss Treason. In the end, Tiffany realizes she has finish things with the Wintersmith with a kiss to finish the dance.
Throughout last several books in the Discworld series, Pratchett has delved into various themes that touch upon real world issues except in the Aching books. Like the previous two books of Tiffany’s subseries, Wintersmith focuses on characters, world-building, and plotting. Although a tad older Tiffany’s continued development is seen throughout, Pratchett spends time growing the character of Annagramma while also enhancing the reputation of Granny Weatherwax. Even though this is the 34th book in the series, Pratchett is still able to world-build the Disc with elemental forces and psychological dispositions of people in various parts which are different and also the same. And finally the plotting which was well executed writing that began with a bang then suddenly took you to the quiet beginning of the story and progressing steady as you waited to find out how Tiffany was going to “end the story”.
The Tiffany Aching subseries is Pratchett giving young adults an introduction to the Disc with is interwoven strains of fantasy and humor. Wintersmith is a fun, easy read that gives even adults a fresh look at their favorite series.