REVIEWS: A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, Plain Kate

186. A Hat Full of Sky – Terry Pratchett [rating: 3]
hardcover / library / read Oct. 13-15, 2012 / Amazon
You’ll notice (maybe) that I’ve started reading the Tiffany Aching books with the second in the series, and that’s because my local library didn’t have the first (and I didn’t want to go all the way over to the other library and/or pay $1 to ILL a copy). After powering through the other available Discworld books, I really wanted to read another Pterry book and this was the only one at my library and so here we are. This is one of those “the continuing adventures of” books, where you’d probably like it better if you’d read the previous one first but you can get along fine if you didn’t. Makes it hard to write a summary, though! Basically something’s after Tiffany Aching and she has to defeat it through the power of her awesomeness.

I like the witch subseries, generally. Carpe Jugulum is one of my favorite Pterry books ever, and Equal Rites isn’t too bad either although I don’t think it stands up in comparison with some of his later books. The witches are snappy and fun and I like how they keep poking at bits of the world that most people don’t like seeing poked. Tiffany does a LOT of poking, btw.

A Hat Full of Sky may be the second in the Aching series, but I think I muddled through the backstory and catching up and whatnot okay. I liked it!

187. Wintersmith – Terry Pratchett [rating: 2]
hardcover / library / read Oct. 16-17, 2012 / Amazon
And here’s where I started to go off of Terry Pratchett books. Or maybe just the Tiffany Aching series? Or maybe just this particular book, which hit pretty hard on the “what makes a person a person” thing, only without any of the stuff that made it interesting when I read it in the City Watch books. idk, I just didn’t like this one as much as the last Tiffany Aching book, or even as much as the other Discworld books I’d read in October. There’s some good stuff in here, of course, like the Wee Free Men and their various humorous antics, but overall I just felt “meh” after finishing it. Sometimes too much of a good thing is disappointing, I suppose.

191. Plain Kate – Erin Bow [rating: 3]
hardcover / library / read Nov. 4-5, 2012 / Amazon
I first heard about Plain Kate via another blogger, and ever since then I’ve been wanting to read it for myself. It’s about magic, and superstitions, and what happens when a young girl trades her shadow to a witch so she won’t be alone any longer. I enjoyed the first two-thirds or so, and the ending was coming along nicely when WHAM! there it goes down the toilet. No spoilers, so I’ll just leave that sitting there like a dead rat while I make my exit.

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