Thursday, August 13, 2015

Discworld - Boffo

This time reading through Wintersmith, I began to wonder if this had been part of Terry Pratchett's plan all along: to have a female character growing up through his books.  In Equal Rites, we meet Eskarina Smith as an eight-year-old, and Tiffany is nine in Wee Free Men.  Now I don't know if he had these stories in his head, but Tiffany certainly follows a path much like Esk might have if Pratchett had followed her as much as he does Rincewind and Vimes.

Tiffany is shaping up to be very powerful.  She has fought the Queen of the Fairies (WFM), traveled beyond the door of death (HFoS), and now has learned to be a fulcrum in the transfer of heat and will learn to do something similar with pain.  The only thing she hasn't learned so far to put her closer to Granny Weatherwax's true heir is learning borrowing.

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Recurring themes and characters appearing in this book:

Ankh-Morpork
Annagramma Hawkin
Anoia, goddess cutlery and things stuck in drawer
Awfully Wee Billy Big Chin
Baron of the Chalk
Big Yan
Boffo
Callus Tacticus, general
Chaffinch's Mythology
Daft Willie
Death
Dimity Hubbub
Eldritch means Oblong
Events from A Hat Full of Sky
Events from Wee Free Men
Gertrude Tiring
Granny Aching
Granny Weatherwax
Greebo
Hamish
Horace, the cheese
Jeannie, kelda
Lancre
Lucy Warbeck
Lulu Darling
Miss Eumenides Treason
Miss Level
Miss Perspicacia Tick
Morris Dancers
Mr. Joe and Mrs. Aching
Mrs. Lettice Earwig
Mrs. Snapperly
Nanny Gytha Ogg
Old Mother Blackcap
Old Mother Dismass
Petulia Gristle
Rob Anybody
Roland de Chumsfanleigh
Sensibility Bustle, wizard
Sergeant Roberts (with Kevin, Nigel, and Trevor)
Shawn Ogg
The Goode Childe’s Book of Faerie Tales
The Hiver
The Nac mac Feegle
The Quirm College for Young Ladies
Tiffany Aching
Tolliver Groat, assistant postmaster
Two Shirts
Unseen University
Wee Dangerous Spike
Wentworth Aching
Where’s My Cow?
You, the cat
Zakzak Stronginthearm

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