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review 2017-05-21 00:00
Review: The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld Book 49 of 49ish!)
The Shepherd's Crown (Tiffany Aching) - Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd’s Crown is the last Tiffany Aching book and, published after the author’s death, it’s the last book in the entire Discworld series.  It’s very short, not having been completely fleshed out by Pratchett before his death, but it tells a complete story.  Tiffany, now a full-fledged witch, finds her responsibilities increasing beyond her ability to keep up.  Meanwhile, the elves are getting up to mischief again.

 

Unlike the last Discworld book I had read, the characters didn’t feel off to me, with one possible exception from a character who was only in the book for a page or two.  I also enjoyed the story pretty well.  It wasn’t one of the best, but it didn’t bore me either.  However, one major aspect of this story was spoiled for me months ago, so the story had much less impact than it would have had otherwise. 

 

And so here I am, after starting the very first book one year and twenty-one days ago, at the end of the series.  I started it with skepticism, not really expecting to care for it since I don’t normally do well with satirical, wink-at-the-reader type humor.  I love humor in my books, but I’ve always preferred humor that feels like a natural extension of the story and its characters whereas this type of humor tends to pull me out of the story to admire the author’s cleverness and consider the real-world parallels.  Maybe I was in the right frame of mind when I decided to try this series, or maybe Pratchett just did it exceptionally well.  Whatever the reason, I enjoyed this series quite a bit. 

 

I don’t think I ever rated any of the books higher than four stars, because these aren’t the type of stories that I get completely wrapped up in.  And yet the fact that these books didn’t completely absorb me is one of the things I liked about them.  There were some I liked more than others but, in general, they were light, fun, and usually entertaining.  They were particularly excellent travel books because they didn’t demand my full attention.  I’m not much of a re-reader, but I could see myself picking some of them up again someday, maybe in a few years, as reading material while traveling.  It might also be fun to try them as audio books.

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review 2015-11-03 00:23
bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/october-2015-round-up
The Shepherd's Crown (Tiffany Aching) - Terry Pratchett

The last Tiffany Aching book, which just typing that makes me want to cry. There were many, many tears shed over this book, which was a perfect leave-taking for Tiffany and Pratchett himself. Even the dedication made me cry. Tiffany was my entrance into Pratchett’s books, so it seems extra-special to say good-bye to him with this one.

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/october-2015-round-up
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review 2015-10-12 09:47
The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
The Shepherd's Crown (Tiffany Aching) - Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett was not able to fully complete this novel before his death. This is sad but also brings us so much closer to him: In the afterword we can read how he wrote his novels, that he had several scenes on his mind and then constructed the story as he went along. Most of The Shepherd's Crown is finished but there are also some scenes which don't seem to be much connected with the rest of the stoy. That doesn't matter, however. The book is still a fun and quick read.
But at the same time it's a sad read, not only because it's the final Discwolrd novel but also because of Granny Weatherwax's death. She was such a great character and Discworld is just not the same without her.

We will miss you, Terry Pratchett!

(I received a free digital copy via Netgalley/the publisher. Thanks for the opportunity!)

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review 2015-09-30 09:15
Review: The Shepherd's Crown
The Shepherd's Crown (Tiffany Aching) - Terry Pratchett

 

But otherwise I'm fine.

 

This book has great scenes and themes in a...not so great plot. Or perhaps rather in a plot, that still would have needed some more polishing. Especially the climax felt like it was going a bit too smoothly. It was over before I could really start worrying about the characters involved in it. But then you had to expect this...

And, as said, the themes are great. I even found that after the morals had been conveyed rather anviliciously in some of the previous books this time it was done not as heavy-handedly and even had not all problems magically disappear because a character looked disapprovingly at the bad guys long enough (the bugged me in Wintersmith and Snuff a bit).

So it still is a good book but under different circumstances I'd probably be harsher with the rating.

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review 2015-09-17 13:00
The Shepherd's Crown (Tiffany Aching) by Terry Pratchett
The Shepherd's Crown (Tiffany Aching) - Terry Pratchett
bookshelves: published-2015, autumn-2015, fantasy, series, unfinished-by-author, witches-and-wizards, women
Read from August 11 to September 14, 2015

 



Description: A SHIVERING OF WORLDS: Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength.

This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.

As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

There will be a reckoning. . .




Death and Granny Weatherwax talked and I felt a lump in my throat.

Thank you for twenty-five years of fun, RIP Pterry.

5* Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
5* Nation
2-3* Johnny Maxwell trilogy
3* Strata
3* The Bromeliad Trilogy
3* The Dark Side of the Sun
4* Dodger
TR Short Stories (2012)
DNF The Long Earth

3* The Discworld Companion
3* The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)
3* The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2)
4* Equal Rites (Discworld, #3)
3* Mort (Discworld #4)
4* Sourcery (Discworld #5)
5* Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6)
3* Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
5* Guards! Guards! (Discworld #8)
3* Eric (Discworld, #9)
4* Moving Pictures (Discworld #10)
MISSING BOOK - Reaper Man (Discworld #11)
4* Witches Abroad (Discworld #12)
4* Small Gods (Discworld #13)
3* Lords and Ladies (Discworld #14)
5* Men at Arms (Discworld #15)
3* Soul Music (Discworld #16)
3* Interesting Times (Discworld #17)
4* Maskerade (Discworld #18)
3* Feet of Clay (Discworld #19)
5* Hogfather (Discworld, #20)
3' Jingo (Discworld #21)
MISSING BOOK - The Last Continent (Discworld #22)
3* Carpe Jugulum (Discworld #23)
3* The Fifth Elephant (Discworld #24)
3* The Truth (Discworld #25)
3* Thief of Time (Discworld #26)
MISSING BOOK - The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable (Discworld #27)
3* The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28)
5* Night Watch (Discworld #29)
3* The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30) (Tiffany Aching #1)
2* Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31)
4* A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32) (Tiffany Aching #2)
4* Wintersmith (Discworld, #??) (Tiffany Aching #3)
5* Going Postal (Discworld #33)
5* Thud! (Discworld #34)
4* Wintersmith (Discworld, #35)
4* Making Money (Discworld #36)
3* Unseen Academicals (Discworld #37)
3* I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38)
4* Snuff (Discworld, #39)
3* Raising Steam (Discworld, #40)
CR The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld, #41; Tiffany Aching, #5)

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