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Friday, August 29, 2008

A young girl (12) named Tiffany Aching sees a monster come out of the river, and decides to take care of it. She is helped by some new friends .. six inch men who are blue and kin to Celtic warriors. They talk with wonderful accents, and will fight anything that moves. Their heads are weapons, and one headbutt can down a horse. They are quite hilarious. Tiffany's younger brother (who is sticky and always wants more sweets) is stolen, and she must go to save him. To do so, she must go to another land, which is touching theirs (and is evil). It is a land of nightmare, where there are webs in which one can be caught that make you dream, and if you eat any food, you stay in the dream forever. And nightmare dogs that are also horrible. There is a queen who is in charge of all the dreams, causing people to join in her dream, and not allowing them to leave.

The little blue men are my favorite part of this story. They are hilarious. “We are a famously stealin' folk. Aren't we, lad? Whut's it we're famous for?” [their leader] “Stealin'!” shouted the blue men. “And what else, lads?” “Fightin'!” “And what else, lads?” “Drinkin'!” “And what else?” There was a certain amount of thought about this, but they all reached the same conclusion. “Drinkin' and fightin'!” “And there was summat else,” muttered the twiddler. “Ach, yes. Tell the hag, lads!” “Stealin' and drinkin' and fightin'!” shouted the blue men cheerfully. [pages 99-100]

Title:The Wee Free Men
Author: Terry Pratchett
Date published:2003
Genre: Fantasy, Humor
Series: Discworld
Number of pages: 375
Notes: recommended by jewell and levi


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