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Outrageous comedy blends with pulse-racing suspense in this compelling sequel to The Wee Free Men.
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By Uncle Olaf on 07-16-05
Tiffany has already shown she could stand against the Elf Queen. What could be worse?
Of course, herself.
I've read every other Pratchett I could find and listened to others. I've repeatedly heard Granny Weatherwax state that being a witch isn't about doing magic and that doing magic isn't the hard part - Wizards do it all the time! Still, seeing Tiffany prove that the hardest part of being a witch is NOT doing magic... priceless.
Pratchett also deals well with practical matters. From the conservation of mass: What would happen to all the leftover stuff, when you turn someone into a frog?, to more philsophical matters: If you could do anything you wanted to do, how could you stop yourself? Could you stop yourself?
And he hides it all in a story about a girl who really makes good cheese.
Steven Briggs is a genius. How could you come up with a voice for a guy like Rob Anybody? Steven knows. Again, Pratchet could have left out every description of who was speaking, at any given moment, and we would know. Steven is that good!
If you never have read or listened to ANY of Pratchett's novels, listen to this one. It touches on obligations, desires, doubts, and how to make things come out right anyway. Oh yeah, and about stepping clear of any Big Job, whose left elbow seems to be talking to his knees.
Granny Aching would be standing at the gate, with both Thunder and Lightning by her side. She would give Pratchett and Briggs her absolute seal of approval in a nod and a "That'll do."
There is no higher praise.
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