The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men

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A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.
Publisher: New York : HarperTempest, 2006, c2003.
Edition: 1st Harper tempest pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781417627646
1417627646
Characteristics: 375 p. ;,18 cm.

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MrsFordtastic
Mar 25, 2017

This book takes you into a new world and on a wild ride with Tiffany Aching. A spin-off of the Discworld series, this title shows you what grit, determination, and third thoughts can get you through.

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Bookwoman1_0
Feb 04, 2017

Hilarious quick read. If you are a student of Scottish history you will find the parallels in this story tickle your funny bone.

DBRL_KrisA Feb 02, 2017

I've only ever read two other books by Terry Pratchett - Good Omens, which he cowrote with Neil Gaiman, and the first Discworld book, The Color of Magic. I really liked Omens, but at the time, I was all about Gaiman, so (because it was not entirely a Gaiman story) I didn't *love* it. And I didn't quite get Pratchett's humor when I read Color of Magic.

But, approaching this book, I was more receptive to the funny bits. This is (I think) partly because it's a Young Adult book, and Pratchett's writing style just seems to me to fit that reading level better; but it's also partly because of the Wee Free Men themselves - the Nac Mac Feegle. I mean, they help around the farm, like pixies, but they speak with a brogue, they wear kilts, and they're blue - they're not pixies, they're *pict-sies*! They're hilariously written, and they're a big part of why I enjoyed this book so much.

Library_Liz Dec 06, 2016

What's not to love about 6-inch-high wee blue scotsmen in kilts running through the fields with live sheep on their backs, swilling whiskey left out in the barn for them like milk in a dish for cats. Crivens me wee laddies ach how I LOVE. THIS. BOOK.

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C_Bara
Jul 29, 2016

Great book. Fun romp with a bunch of wee men who know how to have one hell of a time.

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busy2016
May 23, 2016

How can you not enjoy this book when you are dealing with the Nac Mac Feegles - the blue skinned, red haired, drinking, fighting and stealing 6-inch Scottish (scalawags the lot of them) Faeries that believe it's no good to lie unless you've done something wrong? To me, they are the stars of the book/series even if the series is really about Tiffany Aching's journey to becoming a full-fledged witch. I enjoyed her story, but the Nac Mac Feegles make me laugh every time I think of them.

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olate
Dec 08, 2015

I love this book! I think it might be better than Harry Potter, but I'm sure I'll find many who disagree. I own the larger copy with lots of pictures for my many re-reads and a paperback copy to loan out. I recently loaned it to a friend who's 20 something year old son was visiting. He picked it up out of boredom, but couldn't put it down. He asked to borrow the rest of the series and read them all. There are those who are put off by the Scottish brogue, but it's worth your time to make your way through that - it's a very small part of the book anyway.

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feyfriend
Jun 08, 2015

I wasn't expecting something so uniquely blended -- Celtic Myth, Monty Python and Fractured Fairy Tales in a smoothie of a read that is sweet and spicy at once, and tugs the heart strings more than once. A wonderful book.

AgnesNutter Mar 19, 2015

Tiffany Aching is one of Terry Pratchett's greatest characters. Her books are my favourite of the discworld novels. I only wish they had been around when I was a kid!

vpl_childrens Aug 15, 2014

When Tiffany's younger brother is kidnapped, she must journey through the dangerous dreamscape of Fairyland to rescue him, armed only with her wits, a bit of magic, a heavy frying pan, and a band of fiesty, blue, Scottish fairies with serious attitudes.

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C_Bara
Jul 29, 2016

...if you trust in yourself... and believe in your dreams... and follow your star... you’ll still be beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy

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C_Bara
Jul 29, 2016

...my father said that free advice often turns out to be expensive,” said Tiffany.

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C_Bara
Jul 29, 2016

That, lad," he said proudly, "was some of the worst poetry I have heard for a long time. It was offensive to the ear and a torrrture to the soul....We'll make a gonnagle out of ye yet!

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C_Bara
Jul 29, 2016

We always ken where we are! It’s just sometimes mebbe we aren’t sure where everything else is, but it’s no’ our fault if everything else gets lost!...

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C_Bara
Jul 29, 2016

I can see we're going to get along like a house on fire," said Miss Tick. "There may be no survivors.

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C_Bara
Jul 29, 2016

Zoology, eh? That's a big word, isn't it."

"No, actually it isn't," said Tiffany. "Patronizing is a big word. Zoology is really quite short

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busy2016
May 23, 2016

Miss Tick (witch) to Tiffany Aching (wanting to become a witch):
"If you trust in yourself...
...and believe in your dreams...
...and follow your star...
...you'll still get beaten by people who spent THEIR time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy. Good-bye."

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Reepicheep
Nov 16, 2010

"The secret is not to dream," she whispered. "The secret is to wake up. Waking up is harder. I have woken up and I am real. I know where I come from and I know where I'm going. You cannot fool me any more. Or touch me. Or anything that is mine."
— Terry Pratchett (The Wee Free Men)

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Dec 11, 2012

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Amandatoryrant Jun 02, 2011

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