(If anybody read this book and loved it, feel free to pm me or comment. I have nobody to talk to about it.)
Have you ever found a book you don’t want to talk about it? Not because it’s horrible, mind you, but because it’s so funny, entertaining and cute that everything you say is a spoiler. This is the feeling this book gives me. So for this review I’m going to talk about random factoids that I love but aren’t spoilerific. I’m telling you, read this book. Go to the library, bookstore or means of preference. If you still need a summary for it, click the pic, it’ll take you to amazon.
I have to admit part of me loves this book out of vanity. I was Tiffany Aching as a child: a bit cold, logical and with great imagination. (True fact: I didn’t tell my mother I loved her until I was in my older teens, but that’s a story for another day.) So I can’t help but love the over-analytical muffin. Also, this book is so in my style of writing that it almost felt like I was reading something of mine. Her “powers”, her relationships with the other characters and the type of ending in it is just what I so normally do. It was amazing since books hardly take the routes I would have taken instead.
The language is straight forward and full of jokes that had me in a constant state of giggles and some in very loud fits of laughter. There is a situation in the middle of the book that goes on for like 4 pages that is so awkward and hilarious that I had to stop for a moment and giggle it out. And Tiffany, being the literary mini-me, fixed it in the same way I thought about. It was still hilarious.
Talking about hilarious, more books need tiny, swearing, stinky men in kilts running around shouting bad words nobody gets. The Wee Free Men are unexpected sidekicks in a genre where everything has to be pretty and mysterious. They were the life of the book for me and it really gave a sense of adventure going out in the world with them.
Also, Grandma Aching = badass grandmother forever and ever. I love Pratchett’s focus in Granma Aching through Tiffany since it shows a special bond between them that is adorable and I can totally relate to. (I grew up living with my blind grandmother after all, but that’s a story for another day). Usually in this genre, you get to the side if you are above 18. No youngster wants to read about an ol’ lady and all that. Plus it’s through the memories of Granma Aching that we explore what magic is in this world.
All and all, I loved this book. My only complaint is one I cannot share since it relates to the end (but it’s not the ending itself). It does pay off if you stick with it and the giggles never halted with me. If you really want to escape stupid heroines, it wouldn’t be too bad to hang at the chalk with the Achings.