The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett

"...We are a famously stealin' folk. Aren't we lads? Whut's it we're famous for?"
"Stealin'!" shouted the blue men.
"And what else, lads?"
"And what else?"
"And what else?"
There was a certain amount of thought about this, but they all reached the same conclusion.
"Drinkin' and fightin'!"

Our friend Ann loaned this book to us, and since I still haven't properly read any Terry Pratchett (aside from Good Omens with Neil Gaiman), I decided to give it a shot.

Tiffany Aching is a young farm girl, in charge of making the cheese and keeping an eye on her little brother Wentworth, when odd things start happening. First, the appearance of the Wee Free Men, little tiny blue men with a penchant for stealing, fighting, and drinking. But pretty soon her world is invaded by all sorts of other creatures from dreams and nightmares, and her little brother is kidnapped by "the Queen." It's up to Tiffany to stop the Queen and rescue her brother, with the help of the Wee Free Men.

It's an extremely silly book, but at the same time Pratchett is very good at tying together a bunch of story threads and linking things together. The Wee Free Men are a rambunctious bunch, and between them and strong-headed Tiffany, it makes for a fun adventure.

Reading this one did help me get a better idea of who contributed what in Good Omens; I think I still like Neil Gaiman better by a hair, but Pratchett is certainly good for some fantasy-story laughs.

Fed to jonathan's brain | September 07, 2009 | Comments (0)


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