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:: "Crivens!!! Whut aboot us, ye daftie??"

Picked up Wintersmith from the "Just in" shelf at the library and it confirms my opinion that Terry Pratchett is a god. This is one of his best, right up there with Mort, and Hogfather. The witches are in it -- Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Miss Treason -- as well as the Nac Mac Feegles, whom I hadn't met since I hadn't read the two previous Tiffany Aching adventures. The Feegles are...well...the nearest I can get is that they're like Smurfs with a Scottish accent: small, blue, not very bright, and they drink a LOT. Favorite Feegle: Wee Dangerous Spike. Favorite Feegle quote: "'Hooses, banks, dreams, 'tis a' the same to us,' said Rob Anybody. 'There's nothing we cannae get in or oot of.' 'Except maybe pubs,' said Big Yan. 'Oh, aye,' said Rob Anybody cheerfully. 'Gettin' oot o' pubs sometimes causes us a cerrrtain amout o' difficulty, I'll grant ye that.'"

At one point Tiffany witnesses the Dark Morris, a sort of anti-morris dance done in silence, all in black, at midnight in winter (Pratchett says one of his best book-signing moments was when he got to see this performed at a bookstore in Chicago!) She thoughtlessly leaps into the dance which brings her to the attention of the Wintersmith, who thinks she's the Lady of Summer; this makes him try to be much more human than he ought to be (he's an anthropomorphism of a season, after all) and confuses the natural progression of winter and spring. In addition to the hilariously funny moments the book has some quite poignant ones; Pratchett's books (two of them in particular) are the only ones I can think of that have made me both laugh to the point my ribs hurt and also leak the occasional tear, all within the same story.

Have now added the Wee Free Men andA Hat Full of Sky to my bulging to-read list (294!! I will never finish!!!!!).

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