Book Reviews of The Wee Free Men (Discworld: Tiffany Aching, Bk 1)

The Wee Free Men (Discworld: Tiffany Aching, Bk 1)
The Wee Free Men - Discworld: Tiffany Aching, Bk 1
Author: Terry Pratchett
ISBN-13: 9780060012380
ISBN-10: 0060012382
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 375
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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4.6 stars, based on 116 ratings
Publisher: HarperTempest
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Wee Free Men (Discworld: Tiffany Aching, Bk 1) on + 241 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Another Highly addictive Terry Pratchett book, this one is targeted for children, but adult disc world fans would likely enjoy it too! This book stands alone, it doesn't have to read as part of a series.

If you enjoyed the witches of Disc World then this is a must read. As the main character is a fledgling witch, well at least she seems to be pointed in that direction.You don't have to be well versed in the Pratchett mythos to pick up on this book rather quickly, I would Highly recommend it to any lover of fantasy Stories, fairies, and wee creatures.
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Helpful Score: 2
Oh my gosh! This was an absolutely hilarious book! I don't want to go into details to spoil anything, but I'd really like some Feegles hanging around my home just because they'd keep me laughing. I especially loved their brogues and have found myself using "Crivens" and "Oh, Waily Waily" since I've read it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Oh my gosh! This was an absolutely hilarious book! I don't want to go into details to spoil anything, but I'd really like some Feegles hanging around my home just because they'd keep me laughing. I especially loved their brogues and have found myself using "Crivens" and "Oh, Waily Waily" since I've read it.
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Helpful Score: 1
As an adult, it made me laugh out loud. I read it to my daughters, and they thought it was hysterical. (Admittedly, some of that may have been due to my attempts to give the Nac Mac Feegles a good, pseudo-Scottish brogue. I thank Billy Connolly for inspiration if any of it sounded even remotely correct.)
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Helpful Score: 1
This was marketed as a Discworld novel for 'younger readers,' but I
found the story and style to be no more (or less) juvenile than that
of any of Pratchett's other books. It's the 30th Discworld book, and
the first to feature the character Tiffany Aching (although i was
already familiar with her from reading 'Wintersmith' - I've never
tried to read Pratchett in order.)
Nine-year-old Tiffany's baby brother is kidnapped by the Queen of the
Elves - an antagonist who spreads winter where ever she goes. The
brother, Wentworth, is a pain-in-the-butt, continually sticky brat,
but Tiffany is determined to rescue him. It's lucky that Tiffany is
the granddaughter of a witch, and definitely has inherited the talent
to realize her aspirations of becoming one herself. Also on her side,
somewhat mysteriously, she seems to have a horde of miniature Scotmen
- the Nac Mac Feegle. Although the premise is certainly not one we've
never heard before, the talents of Pratchett make the story both
original and hilarious. The tribe of the Nac Mac Feegle (troublemaking
Pictsies!) are definitely one of his best inventions.
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Just had to get this because I had read the book awhile back and I wanted something to listen to in the car when I couldn't find anything good on the radio station. This was okay, just because the reader wasn't that great (hence no 5 stars). It felt like it was done very extemporaneously and that the reader wasn't prepared for his job.
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Oh my gosh! This was an absolutely hilarious book! I don't want to go into details to spoil anything, but I'd really like some Feegles hanging around my home just because they'd keep me laughing. I especially loved their brogues and have found myself using "Crivens" and "Oh, Waily Waily" since I've read it.
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Ive read this book perhaps 4 times over the past few years. It makes me laugh, a lot, out loud. My man is terribly tired of me reading bits out to him while giggling, especially when I am trying to do a Feegle accent. Terrible, terrible. Tiffany is so easy to connect with, and root for. The mix of humor and moments of seriousness is perfect, creating a story that I can return to again and again. The Feegles are 6 inches or shorter, generally drunk, quick to lift stuff, and fiercely loyal once attached to a person or cause. They are also the source of much of my amusement.

Tiffany herself is not shy about swinging that frying pan around either. She is always thinking, which turns out to be key for saving the day in this book. Her Granny Aching provided some of the most poignant scenes in the book, even though she is dead. Her deep, yet simple, connection to her granddaughter was key in shaping the young lady she is to become. Also, both Tiffany and Granny Aching are incredibly practical people; I like their boots. Terry Pratchett did the Discworld universe and his fans a service when he created Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegle thank you Sir Pratchett!
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A fairy tale in Terry Pratchett's skilled hands is a very funny thing to read. This is definitely not just for the teen age readers, although it is good for them as well. This book is a great for reading aloud because you need to read it slowly enough to get ALL the humor. Worth reading just for the Nac Mac Feegles. Granny Weatherwax also makes an appearance.
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Oh my gosh! This was an absolutely hilarious book! I don't want to go into details to spoil anything, but I'd really like some Feegles hanging around my home just because they'd keep me laughing. I especially loved their brogues and have found myself using "Crivens" and "Oh, Waily Waily" since I've read it.
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Very funny.
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"Ach, crivens" you'll love the Nac Mac Feegles. They are some of my favorite Pratchett characters.
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Oh my gosh! This was an absolutely hilarious book! I don't want to go into details to spoil anything, but I'd really like some Feegles hanging around my home just because they'd keep me laughing. I especially loved their brogues and have found myself using "Crivens" and "Oh, Waily Waily" since I've read it.
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A fairy tale in Terry Pratchett's skilled hands is a very funny thing to read. This is definitely not just for the teen age readers, although it is good for them as well. This book is a great for reading aloud because you need to read it slowly enough to get ALL the humor. Worth reading just for the Nac Mac Feegles. Granny Weatherwax also makes an appearance.
reviewed The Wee Free Men (Discworld: Tiffany Aching, Bk 1) on + 42 more book reviews
The first of three books based on disc world about a young girl that despite all reason is growing up to be a witch on chalk. The girl, Tiffany Aching, meets Miss Tick and her toad. She feels that something is not right, so she decides to find out what's going on. Her hunch is right, the Queen of the Elves has made another attempt at invading Discworld. She is by stealing children and infesting dreams.

Tiffany is befriended by the Wee Free Men or the Nac Mac Feegle, who help her when her baby brother is stolen. Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegle enter the elves' world to steal him back.

The Nac Mac Feegle appear to be very Scottish in nature. However since there is no Scotland on Discworld they are not according to Prattchett. This can bee seen in the speech of the Nac Mac Feegle. One of the battlecries made me laugh out loud "They can tak' oour lives, but they cannae tak' oour troousers!"

Nac Mac Feegle legal battlecries.

In January 2006, reports emerged that Sam Raimi and Tim Burton were working on the movie of the story. However, in a June 2008 interview, Pratchett said: "I saw a script that I frankly thought was awful. It seemed to be Wee Free Men in name only. It had all the hallmarks of something that had been good, and then the studio had got involved. It probably won't get made." Upon further searching I did find some stills with a girl dressed as Tiffany with several Nac Mac Feegle so it may be getting made after all.
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Crivens! but this is a terrific book! I read the text-only version before I found out there's an illustrated edition. Then I had to have the one with pictures, which is well worth any extra you'd have to pay for it. The illustrations contribute greatly. The first picture of young Tiffany may be, as one of the Amazon reviewers says, perhaps prettier than we expect her to be, but later she is more ordinary looking, especially when she's red-faced from yelling at Feegles, as who wouldn't be? Highly recommended.
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This book is a lot of fun as young witch Tiffany Aching fights to get her kidnapped brother back from the realm of the fairy Queen. She is helped by a band of pictsies (sic) known as the Nac Mac Feegle. They are the heart of the book and almost always a great source of humor along the lines of the Minions from Despicable Me.

If you are a parent who likes to read to your kids and do fun voices, this book is perfect for you. The Nac Mac Feegle have a fun to do brogue with all sorts of enjoyable comments about head butting the enemy and stealing sheep. There are a handful of specific Feegles so it is easy to assign a voice to each to use throughout the book.
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I am a devoted enthusiast of Pratchett's work. However, this book is not one of his best. It just seems to drag along and probably could have been half its size and still presented the story.