Monday, August 03, 2015

Discworld - The Witches' School

A Hat Full of Sky is a return to the world of Tiffany Aching.  I probably should have mentioned in my post about Wee Free Men, that there were a few pokes at J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.  There are a few in this book as well but not as much.

While I know Rowling had to be a Pratchett fan because of a few references that I caught in her series, she did once say that she did not realize that she was writing fantasy with the Harry Potter series.  In response, Pratchett said, "I would have thought that the wizards, witches, trolls, unicorns, hidden worlds... would have given her a clue?"

Looking back at this book, it could seem like a bridge story because of the new characters introduced that will be used again, including the Hiver entities.  But taken by itself, A Hat Full of Sky shows Tiffany's continued growth as a witch and begins her socialization in a world of her contemporaries.  It also shows again that she has amazing potential as a witch.

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Recurring characters and themes in this book:

"A Witch should never stand between two mirrors."
“The world is your... Shrimp”
Annagramma Hawkin
Awfully-Wee-Billy-Bigchin Nac Mac Feegle
Bells of St. Ungulant
Big Yan
Cabbage
Daft Wullie
Death
Dimity Hubbub
Dragons on the Moon
Events of Carpe Jugulum
Events of Maskerade
Events of Wee Free Men
Gertrude Tiring
Granny Aching
Granny Weatherwax
Hamish
Harietta Bilk
Jeannie, kelda
Lucy Warbeck
Lulu Darling
Miss Level
Miss Perspicacia Tick
Mrs. Earwig
Mrs. Snapperly
Nac Mac Feegle
Petulia Gristle
Ratbag, the cat
Rob Anybody
Roland, son of the Baron
The Baron
The Goode Childe’s Book of Faerie Tales
The Hiver
The Lancre Witch Trials
The Queen of the Fairies
The Yellow Toad
Tiffany Aching
Two Shirts
Unseen University
Wentworth Aching
Zakzak Stronginthearm

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