I Shall Wear Midnight

Pratchett, Terry

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
I Shall Wear Midnight
Fifteen-year-old Tiffany Aching, the witch of the Chalk, seeks her place amid a troublesome populace and tries to control the ill-behaved, six-inch-high Wee Free Men who follow her as she faces an ancient evil that agitates against witches.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0061433055
Branch Call Number: YA PRATCHE
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 14, 2014

A wonderful culmination to this coming of age series disguised as novels about witchcraft. As anyone familiar with Terry Pratchett's series about Tiffany Aching will realize, witchcraft has far less to do with magic than it has to do with taking responsibility for the people in one's community, which includes such mundane things as clipping people's toenails and scrubbing floors as well as far more weighty matters such as helping people cope with the death of a loved one, protecting abused children and midwifery. There is, of course, a supernatural element in the Cunning Man, the embodiment of prejudice and blind hatred against witches, and of course Tiffany must stand her ground. The story beautifully rounds out her relationship with Roland and with the Nac Mac Feegle, and firmly establishes her as the witch of the chalk. A wonderful read for any adolescent struggling to find their place in society or any parent of an adolescent that could use a few words of wisdom (both metaphorical and overt) to help their child through this transition, not unlike the hare running into the fire (read the book)!

Dec 20, 2012
  • Palomino rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Pratchett is always enjoyable for all ages.

Mar 29, 2012
  • TheIronPaw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was one of Pratchett's best books! While most of his work is mostly just fun with humorous philosophical insights with many plot digressions, this one has a tightly written plot dealing seriously with the issue of prejudice and how it resides in all of us and is capable of breaking through in anyone (including the heroine). This is not to say this is simply a serious novel - how could it be when it contains the nac Mac Feegle, the wee free men who fear nothing (except maybe the "tappin' o' the toes" or the "foldin' o' the arms")? This would be a great book for discussion in a youth book group. Another top notch book from Pratchett - I'm certainly going to miss his books.

Feb 08, 2012
  • rslade rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Less frenetic humour (but still lots) and more depth and complexity. Coming of age in terms of responsibility.

Dec 31, 2011
  • Ace_E360 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While not nearly as funny as the earlier Aching novels, I Shall Wear Midnight is still an hilarious work by a master comedian. I would recommend these books to anyone, but parents do beware, as the sexual humor gets more and more overt as Tiffany gets older.

Nov 20, 2011
  • wallyb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've read all of Pratchett's work, but I've especially enjoyed his subseries of Tiffany Aching books. This ends that subseries, and starts to tie up Pratchett's body of work.
In this story, Tiffany must face her strongest, vilest enemy yet, and while she has the help of the Nac Mac Feegles and a few other, more senior witches, it's her battle.
Great story, lots of humor. It can stand alone, but why should it? Read them all.

Sep 29, 2011

Read as part of our sci-fi club. I think I've read every one of his books, others hadn't and wanted to try.
This novel was listed in some places as Young Adult - I'm not sure why, unless it was because the main characters were a young teenage witch and her friends. At any rate, they did mix it up with a number of adults, and were confronted with some serious life and death moments, so definitely not “juvenile”. There was also a fair amount of sexual bantering back and forth too, and, typical of this series, a lot of jokes and humourous asides, as well as some pretty bad puns. If you haven't read any of these, try one out, especially one of the earlier ones – more action and fun in them.

Jun 21, 2011
  • Vilka rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love the story of Tiffany and the Feegles. You have to have read the first three to appreciate this one, though; it's about Tiffany growing up into an adult role, kind of happy-sad that way. Though the first three stories were sharper and more adventure-heavy, this one is more along the lines of character development and, maybe, feeling your age upon you.

Jan 03, 2011
  • jhahn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really like the Tiffany Aching novels. She's a very likeable witch.

Dec 26, 2010
  • GuyN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Nac Mac Feegles (wee freemen) are back and are still one of my fave bits of Prachettomania. As for the plot and Tiffany, well, they're OK. I honestly believe someone helped Sir Pratchett write (or transcribe) this one. The effort is a fine one, but at times the insightful, understated, plonking wit of our beloved Discfather seems muted (and it is here that I suspect unbilled assistance is responsible). Still the worst of Pratchett is better than any other humorous fantasy you can find and is a match for most humor or fantasty of any kind. If you haven't read Pratchett start with Wyrd Sisters or Guards! Guards! or if you are preteen perhaps A Hat Full of Sky.

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Dec 20, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

She stared into his bloodshot eyes. His hands had closed automatically into fists because he had always been a man who thought with them. Soon he would try to use them; she knew it, because it was easier to punch than think.

Dec 20, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sometimes, when she was much younger, she had seen the ancient fish swimming in and out of the chalk pit, ancient fish from the time when the Chalk was the land under the waves. The water had gone long ago, but the souls of the ghost fish hadn’t noticed. They were as armored as knights and ancient as the Chalk. But she didn’t see them anymore. Perhaps your eyesight changes as you get older, she thought.

Dec 20, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

She did it without thinking – or, rather, thinking so fast that her thoughts had no time to wave to her as they flashed by.

Dec 20, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Omens were all very well, but sometimes it would help if people just wrote things down! It never paid, though, to ignore those little thoughts and coincidences, those sudden memories, little whims. Quite often they were another part of your mind, trying hard to get a message through to you – one that you were too busy to notice.

Dec 20, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was . . . the kind of face that peered out of tower windows, waiting for a knight with nothing better to do with his time than save its owner from dragons, monsters, and if all else failed, boredom.

Dec 20, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

She treated perfect strangers as if she had known them for years, and somehow they acted as if she really had.


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