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Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
The Arncliffe Puzzle by Gordon Holmes
Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
Code Name Pauline by Pearl Witherington Cornioley and Kathryn J. Atwood
Dragon's Breath by E.D. Baker
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott
The Field of Wacky Inventions by Patrick Carman
Flash Forward by Robert J. Sawyer
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young
Grizzwold by Syd Hoff
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
The Last Sewer Ball by Steven Schindler
Let's Call it Canada: Amazing Stories of Canadian Place Names by Susan Hughes, Clive Dobson and Julie Dobson
The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Mr. Pratt's Patients by Joseph C. Lincoln
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Return of the Player by Michael Tolkin
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Stragosky and Boris Stragosky
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3 by Gail Carriger
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
Trust No One by Linda Sue Park
Undead by Kirsty McKay
Voltron Force Volume 3: Twin Trouble by Brian Smith
Undead by Kirsty McKay
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies by Nell Beram

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Wintersmith

Wintersmith: 07/28/14

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Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett is the 35th Discworld book and the third of the Tiffany Aching series. Tiffany is now working for Miss Treason, the scariest witch she's yet to apprentice with, a woman who sees through others' eyes and lives in a house painted completely black, inside and out.

While with Miss Treason to observe the Dark Morris, a dance to usher in winter, Tiffany is carried away by the thrill of it all and ends up catching the eye of the Wintersmith. Now her slice of the Disc is facing an ice age unless Tiffany can figure out how to set things to rights (with help from Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg).

Wintersmith in my mind is where Tiffany really comes into her own as a character. In the first book, Wee Free Men she had raw determination, her talent with cheese, and her frying pan. In the second book she showed that she had the raw powers to be witch of some reckoning. But it is here that she finally learns that witchcraft (or any other position of power) isn't all or nothing. She learns how to be in balance and when and where to make a show of things to encourage people to act, rather than either forcing them to or doing everything alone. Basically she learns the fine art of Boffo.

Wintersmith has become a bit of an addiction for me. OK... much of Terry Pratchett's work has recently but this book is on the special shelf along with Going Postal and Snuff and Raising Steam. I own three, yes three versions of the story: a lovely hardcover, the audio read by Stephen Briggs (who MUST go back and read ALL of Pratchett's books), and the folk album by Steeleye Span.

Five stars

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