Terry Pratchett Book Review: A Hat Full of Sky

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Terry Pratchett Book Review: A Hat Full of SkyA Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #32
Published by Corgi Books on May 5th 2005
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Girls & Women, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Purchase
Goodreads
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Eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching wants to be a real witch. But a real witch doesn't casually step out of her body, leaving it empty. Tiffany does - and there's something just waiting for a handy body to take over. Something ancient and horrible, which can't die. Now Tiffany's got to learn to be a real witch really quickly, with the help of arch-witch Mistress Weatherwax and the truly amazing Miss Level. Oh, yes. And the Nac Mac Feegle - the rowdiest, toughest, smelliest bunch of fairies ever to be thrown out of Fairyland for being drunk at two in the afternoon. They'll fight anything- *'Oodles of dry wit, imagination and shrewdly observed characters' Independent on Sunday*'Fantastically inventive and humorous fantasy adventure. Fans will be sky high' Sunday Times

 

My Thoughts

Another Tiffany Aching! This series is one of my favorites. The Wee Free Men are just hilarious but there is truly something special about Tiffany’s character.

Knowing that she is a witch and that she can go to “witching school”, which is basically just learning one on one from another witch, is exciting! But, like in the first, there are bound to be problems! Sadly, being as smart as Tiffany is, she tends to start some of the problems without knowing she did.

In this one it is all about the Hiver. It’s not a being that you can see, hear, smell, or taste. So how in the world do you fight it!?

The Nac Mac Feegle are once again in this one, although not as much as in The Wee Free Men. I was a bit worried that we would not see their scary little selves but fortunately we do! They are as crazy as ever but as always willing to help Tiffany with whatever crazy tasks she needs handling. But especially if that involves drinking, or fighting, or stealing. Especially if it involves drinking, or fighting, or stealing.

We also meet other witches, a little coven of gals that are around Tiffany’s age, and Miss Level! Miss Level is amazing. I love her way of doing things. It makes her a very special witch indeed!

Much like the first, this will leave you on the floor crying! I laughed so hard! But with Terry Pratchett there is always a moral hidden within his treasures. This one is no different. Tiffany has to learn what she truly wants to fight the Hiver. And that is the real crux of the situation. Looking into yourself and seeing what is really there and still being able to come back out okay on the other side!

“If you don’t know when to be a human being, you don’t know when to be a witch.” Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett

“Witches were a bit like cats. They didn’t much like one another’s company, but they did like to know where all the other witches were, just in case they needed them.” Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett

“It’s always surprising to be reminded that while you’re watching and thinking about people, all knowing and superior, they’re watching and thinking about you, right back at you.” .Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett

“I WAS NOT EXPECTING A NAC MAC FEEGLE TODAY, said Death. OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE WORN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, HA HA.” .Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett

 

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

The Author

About Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry's latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.

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