A Hat Full of Sky

Discworld #32

407 pages

English language

Published Aug. 7, 2005 by HarperTrophy.

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4 stars (12 reviews)

Tiffany Aching, a young witch-in-training, learns about magic and responsibility as she battles a disembodied monster with the assistance of the six-inch-high Wee Free Men and Mistress Weatherwax, the greatest witch in the world.

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Can't stand on its own

2 stars

This is the second book in the "Tiffany Achings" series, following the excellent Wee Free Men—which I read thrice when I first encountered it!

Why am I talking about the first book? Well, because much of this book is dedicated to recap or summarize parts of it. Characters are reintroduced in detail and relevant plot points are retold in great detail. BUT, these recaps focus very much on the content and "facts" without repeating the witty prose, jokes and puns that accompanied these events in the first book. Overall, these parts just make you want to reread the first book to (re-)experience these events properly.

Next to retellings of the first book we thankfully do get a new plot and some new quirky characters. But overall, I'd say that these new characters aren't as interesting and the plot is also not as exciting. Our protagonist Tiffany is very passive …

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5 stars

Tiffany Aching strikes again!

"You know, sometimes it helps to talk about these things.”

More silence from Tiffany.

“Actually, that’s not true,” Miss Level added. “But as a witch I am incredibly inquisitive and would love to know more.”

The Nac Mac Feegles strike again!

"[y]ou shouldn't try to remove a stubborn stain from a plate by repeatedly hitting it with your head.

I'm not 100% sure I agree with that -- I've certainly got nothing that works on stubborn stains -- but I'm open-minded enough to tolerate other perspectives.

Granny Weatherwax, the Dude of the Discworld, abides.

It was interesting to see how the crowd parted, all unaware, to let her through, like the sea in front of a particularly good prophet.

And Sir Terry Prachett strikes again as well. How do I feel when I read about Tiffany Aching, figuring out her place in the world and how …

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  • Monsters -- Juvenile fiction
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