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The Wee Free Men: The First Tiffany Aching Adventure (Discworld Series #30)

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Pratchett is a Brilliant Madman!

Terry Pratchett has never written a bad book. The wit and wisdom of Mr. Pratchett is incredible and he'll make you laugh your guts out. The Wee Free Men is another great one by the master of farcical fantasy. A young farm girl follows her little brother into Fairylan...
Terry Pratchett has never written a bad book. The wit and wisdom of Mr. Pratchett is incredible and he'll make you laugh your guts out. The Wee Free Men is another great one by the master of farcical fantasy. A young farm girl follows her little brother into Fairyland and the Elf Queen who kidnapped him. The Wee Free Men (little blue men with flaming red hair with scottish brogues), know as Feegles, introduced in earlier works from the Discworld Series are here to help her. These guys will fight anything or anyone. Except Lawyers, who are terrifying to the little blue battle frenzying guys. With the help of the Feegles the girl is out to rescue her bratty baby brother and hilarity ensues. Three famous characters from the Discworld series show up for cameos and a promise of things to come for the young witch (age 9). Great story to read aloud to kids if you can handle the Scottish Brogue of the dialogue. Make sure you have time to stay up late to finish another comedic page turner form dear Mr. Pratchett.

posted by Bob_the_Director on August 9, 2010

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

What's blue, wears a kilt, and says "Crivens"?

The Nac Mac Feegle are by far my favorite of all creatures in fantasy literature. I simply adored their spunk. They were endearing characters who left me in a continual state of laughter as they assisted their Kelda, the main character, on her quest. The main charact...
The Nac Mac Feegle are by far my favorite of all creatures in fantasy literature. I simply adored their spunk. They were endearing characters who left me in a continual state of laughter as they assisted their Kelda, the main character, on her quest. The main character, a nine year old child of the Chalk named Tiffany, besides being a proficent cheese maker was a delightful surprise. She was an independent, free thinking,and intelligent spirit. Her valor and determination were beyond compare. It was this protagonist and her blue skinned, kilt wearing, foul mouthed pictsie clan that propelled my reading adventure.

While the story began as a page turner I felt my boredom grow as I neared the middle stages of the plot. Side plots, characters, and all the other little details that compose a story seemed to have no clear defination, making the story a bit hard to follow and believe. The ending was okay as far as endings go, but left me wishing the middle pages could rewrite themselves. I would still highly recommend reading other Terry Pratchett novels. Mr. Pratchett has a spellbinding ability to weave stotylines, design characters, and bring to life world's of fancy. I am currently reading Going Postal and can not put it down! I will continue to read Terry Pratchett's work until I have consumed every last book (Note: The Wee Free Men was my first introduction to the works of Terry Pratchett, who came highly reccomended from an esteemed group of Aussie mates).

posted by LeButterfly on December 10, 2009

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    DON'T BUY IF YOU HAVE A PHONE eREADER.

    The phone eReaders (I have a Blackberry Curve) may not be able to handle the footnotes. Terry Pratchett often includes extensive footnotes that add to the story and are fun to read! Spoke with technical support, who confirmed that it would not work with some phones (maybe all). The links do work on the computer, but who only reads books on their computer?? Wasn't able to get any credit for the book either. Sadly the story seems fun and being able to read the footnotes would make it so much better.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Funny book

    This is my first foray into the world of Terry Pratchett and Discworld. Loved it. Tiffany was the perfect heroine, unsure of herself at first, gradually gaining confidence in her witch skills. The Wee Free Men were hilarious.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Hilarious satire of fairy tale critters

    The introductory story of Tiffany & the Nac Mac Feegles is hilarious: what happens when fairy-tale monsters meet up with someone who has (Un)Common Sense, even if that someone is a child. Pratchett is a genius of satire, and this book is no exception.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

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    Strange And Funny--Hilarious

    The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett is fantasy which I read for a change of pace and enjoyed. I normally do not read fantasy books but it looked like it would be a funny book and it is. I was not at all disappointed. It's a story about a little girl who wanted to be witch. When her little brother is missing, she goes after him into Fairyland to get him back from the Queen. It is sort of a combination of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland" and does not make much sense. The Wee Free men (Nac Mac Feegle) were blue with red hair and about six inches tall, noted for stealing, fighting and drinking. They were very fast, strong and helped Tiffany get her brother back. I liked them especially but it wasn't always easy to understand them. I especially liked the part of the Nac Mac Feegle steeling the sheep and at the end about the lawyer humor.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to escape reality for awhile and just be entertained. Oh, it's such a crazy book that the printing is upside down so you actually read it backwards!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Recommended

    Enjoyed this cute story. It was a nice diversion from the more serious stories I tend to read. The author's imagination took me away to the faraway lands and gave me many chuckles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Good book

    It makes you want to see what crazy thing happens next.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Liked it

    Good book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Very good read....

    Tiffany Aching is a great character. She is smart and really thinks for herself. Odd storyline was a bit hard to follow, but it was fun and interesting. Overall, two thumbs up.

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