Terry Pratchett Book Review: The Wee Free Men

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Terry Pratchett Book Review: The Wee Free MenThe Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #30
Published by HarperCollins on 2004-05-25
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Girls & Women, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: Purchase
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A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality . . . Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men. Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves herself. . . . A Story of Discworld


My Thoughts

I was waiting for this one! I love listening or reading this story every year!

Introduced in the last book, Carpe Jugulum, The Wee Free Men are out in force and now we get to know them a little better through our next, and youngest witch, Tiffany. Tiffany is not just a young girl to the Wee Free Men though. She is the hag of the hills! And as such they are there to help her along on her journey, especially if it involves fighting, drinking, or stealing.

This book is hilarious and I think it is Terry Pratchett at his best. If you have not started the witches series of Discworld, this is not necessarily attached to them. Anyone could easily pick this up and be able to read without asking too many questions. Granny Weatherwax is in this but only introduced to Tiffany so not knowing the ins and outs of the other witches would not hurt. Although those books are, of course, fabulous!

The Wee Free Men is also great because, although they say Crivens an awful lot, this could easily be read to children. It is just a fun book! There are some nightmares in it once the Fairy Land starts rearing its ugly head though.

The beginning, middle, and end of this book is filled with hilariousness. Even with monsters coming out of nowhere! Tiffany’s no nonsense attitude combined with the Wee Free Men’s attitude of hit first ask questions later, meld wonderfully together to make a book that you will want to read over and over again.

Definitely one of my favorites!


Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
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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