Monday, October 22, 2007
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett's discworld is a broad canvas, allowing for diverse stories and characters to be developed. Wintersmith is the third book featuring young witch Tiffany Aching as its protagonist.
Some of Pratchett's older characters return as wise guardians, or irritating meddlers.
This series is sold as being for younger readers, but regular discworld visitors will find no interruption to their normal service here.
Again Pratchett uses the discworld to hold a mirror to our own. Not a straight mirror you understand. More a series of warped carnival mirrors. Our own world is reflected back, but wonderfully warped.
In this case what we get back is a coming of age story with similar themes but a different setting.
Dealing with the interest of an older man, relating to your friends even as you all go your separate ways, and learning to manipulate even as you are manipulated in turn are all common coming of age themes given the Pratchett treatment here .