The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

wee_free_men.jpgTiffany Aching is a farmgirl on the Chalklands. She makes cheese. She babysits her pesky little brother. She feeds the sheepdogs. And when she grows up, she wants to be a witch.

That’s right, somewhere in her bones Tiffany just knows she’s destined for magical, important things. So when a monster appears in the lake near her house, Tiffany jumps to action — she baits the monster with her little brother and then hits hits it over the head with a frying pan. That takes care of that, but the oddities don’t end there: Tiffany also begins to see tiny little blue men all over the place who call themselves the “Nac Mac Feegle,” a band of bite-sized warriors who drink whiskey, wreak havoc, fight, and steal everything they can lay their hands on.

Together, Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegle must stand up against the evil Queen of Fairyland, who is kidnapping children and sending nightmarish ghouls into the world. The Wee Free Men is the first in Terry Pratchett’s mega-famous Tiffany Aching series. I listened to it on CD and laughed out loud as I was driving along in my car. Other drivers shot me strange looks on the highway. I didn’t care, I just kept laughing. I’m heading to the library today to get the second book, A Hatful of Sky, and will let you know if measures up to the first. Has anyone else read this series? It’s on the summer reading list. Did you love it?

1 Comment

  1. Sewell Pruchnik said,

    July 31, 2008 at 6:57 am

    This series makes you sorry when the book is over. The Nac Mac Feegle are even more entertaining as you read the third one, The Wintersmith. Tiffany and her talents are a fine mixture of fantasy, cleverness you wish you had and just plain fun. Be sure to read them all and hope that a fourth book is published soon!

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