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I Shall Wear Midnight

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A man with no eyes. No eyes at all. Two tunnels in his head ...Somewhere - some time - there's a tangled ball of evil and spite, of hatred and malice, that has woken up. And it's waking up all the old stories too - stories about evil old witches.
Publisher: London : Doubleday, 2010
ISBN: 9780385611077
9780552555593
Branch Call Number: PRAT
Characteristics: 348 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Kidby, Paul
Alternative Title: I shall wear midnight

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busy2016
May 26, 2016

Tiffany is the witch, and she made herself the witch because the Chalk needed one. As their witch, she now accepts responsibility for taking care of those who can't do for themselves. The hard facts of life are showing themselves to have more fear, anger and prejudice than usual and this means going up against stupid &/or physically violent people. The interesting evil, the Cunning Man, is after her. Poison goes where poison's welcome. This is a good continuation of Tiffany's story and the Nac Mac Feegles' story. There's a death, a wedding, lots of witches and Nac Mac Feegles, some good old fashioned knee-slapping humor, and a happy ending. I was extremely pleased with what was developed w/the Nac Mac Feegles.

mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

After the three previous Tiffany Aching stories, this was a big letdown. The writing itself just seems - hurried, haphazard, and sloppy. Like it needed a thorough editing and a rewrite or two. What a disappointment.

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Ender7520
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)!

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Palomino
Dec 20, 2012

Pratchett is always enjoyable for all ages.

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TheIronPaw
Mar 29, 2012

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.

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rslade
Feb 08, 2012

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

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.

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wallyb
Nov 20, 2011

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.

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ravensview
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.

Vilka Jun 21, 2011

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.

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andreareads
Dec 20, 2012

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.

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andreareads
Dec 20, 2012

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.

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andreareads
Dec 20, 2012

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

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andreareads
Dec 20, 2012

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.

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andreareads
Dec 20, 2012

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.

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andreareads
Dec 20, 2012

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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Jan 28, 2017

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