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Wee Free Men readalong, the end.

Posted on: March 6, 2013

the sad news this is end of our Wee Free Men read along.  but the good news is that next week we’re jumping right into the 2nd book in the series, A Hat Full of Sky!  Click here for the schedule.  if you’re already on the mailing list, we’ll send you Pratchett questions until you tell us to quit, and if you’re not on the mailing list and you’d like to be, just leave a comment in the post and I’ll add ya.

here’s this week’s discussion questions, with answers, and spoilers after the jump.  Please leave a link to your answers in the comments so I can visit you and discuss!🙂

1) What was your favorite part of the ‘duel of dreams’ between Tiffany and the Queen?

2) The last part of the book shows us a bit more of Roland’s character. What did you make of him?

3) The Nac Mac Feegle never cease to make me laugh. What were some of your favorite scenes or lines from the Feegle (for this segment or the entire book)?

4) The finale of the book introduces us to Mistress Weatherwax and Mrs. Ogg. These are two of my all-time favorite Discworld characters. What did you think of them? Have you read other books featuring these two ladies?

5) Tiffany’s connection with Granny Aching is one of the most poignant throughout the book. Did you enjoy Granny Aching’s brief appearance late in the book?

ahead, thar be spoilers!

1) What was your favorite part of the ‘duel of dreams’ between Tiffany and the Queen?

meh, I’m a jerk, this wasn’t my favorite bit in the book.  I mean, I got what was happening, but it moved very fast for me, the Queen just wasn’t that interesting for me. my favorite part was when the Whale shows up, and Rob Anybody and William  are just nonchalantly discussing how big and close the whale is, like they are discussing the attributes of a pint of ale or something. Tiffany is starting to flip out just a bit, and they are being completely mellow about the whole thing!  too funny!  but the Feegle haven’t got anything to worry about cuz a) they’re already dead, and b) they can manage to un-imprison themselves from any dreams they get stuck in or out of.

2) The last part of the book shows us a bit more of Roland’s character. What did you make of him?

He’s about what I expected, a snotty rich kid who steals the credit. Ok, he didn’t steal the credit, but when Roland’s father hails him as a hero, Roland doesn’t correct him. That’s just as bad.  sure, Tiffany intimidates Roland now. . .  but one day Roland is going to grow up, and he’ll have a choice between 2 paths.  he can respect Tiffany, or he can treat her like the witch she might be. do you remember what happened to Mrs. Snapperly, who every one thought was a witch? pretty chilling stuff, Mister Pratchett.  Roland has a lot of apologizing to do, now that I think about it, and I don’t yet know if he’s going to grow up to be a good person, or a bad person.

3) The Nac Mac Feegle never cease to make me laugh. What were some of your favorite scenes or lines from the Feegle (for this segment or the entire book)?

talking completely chillaxed about the big whale was hysterical! I love all their conversations between themselves, because their way of talking about things is just so weird and funny!!  anytime those lunatics open their mouths, I’m giggling.🙂
4) The finale of the book introduces us to Mistress Weatherwax and Mrs. Ogg. These are two of my all-time favorite Discworld characters. What did you think of them? Have you read other books featuring these two ladies?

Weatherwax rocked!  I loved how she could just look around and knew exactly everything Tiffany had been up to. Feegle? Kelda!? Frying Pan??? and I can tell she sees something special in Tiffany, who isn’t intimidated by anything (including Weatherwax!).

“First you get the test, and then afterward you spend years findin’ out how you passed it. It’s a bit like life in that respect”.

also, that.

i haven’t read any other books with Weatherwax or Ogg, but now I’d like to!

And I’m suddenly wondering what Granny Aching’s “test” was.

5) Tiffany’s connection with Granny Aching is one of the most poignant throughout the book. Did you enjoy Granny Aching’s brief appearance late in the book?

Tiffany’s thoughts about Granny were very powerful for me through the entire book, for very personal reasons.  Dealing with death is impossible. how and went we grieve, it’s a weird thing, and you never know how it’s going to hit you until it happens.

“Now I know why I never cried for granny”, she said. “She has never left me.”

Granny was even dressed as the ceramic shephardess. Granny approves of Tiffany, approves of everything she’s ever done, of what she’s doing.  Yup, then I started weeping. couldn’t stop, didn’t want to, didn’t mind the catharsis.  Most of the book is fun and happy and amusing, but then there’s this counterpoint melody written in a minor key, and it steals the show and takes over the entire thing in a tidal wave of emotion. Music peeps, you know what I mean, right?

17 Responses to "Wee Free Men readalong, the end."

I too enjoyed the whale scene. The Feegle just cannot be easily intimidated. Nope.

I like how Pratchett leaves some things open ended – like what might happen in the future with Roland. Will he be a tyrant, a jerk, or grow into a stable man with some respect for the Achings.

I love how Pratchett has the whole span of ages in this book, with examples of useful people – from Tiffany to Mistress Weatherwax to Granny Aching.

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I think I wrote this on one of the other earlier posts, but it is refreshing to read a story that doesn’t treat all adults as idiots, but presents a normal cross-section of society.

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that too!!

and I loved that even the minor characters, – Weatherwax, Tick, Ogg, even Toad had full personalities, they weren’t just cardboard cut outs of people, just there for the ride.

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[…] Wee Free Men, part of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books.  The readalong has been hosted by The Little Red Reviewer and Dab of Darkness and although it’s the last week for this book dinnae fash yerself because […]

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I love these little guys and even though they’re supposed to have a terrible reputation I would like a bunch looking out for me. They’re totally fearless – especially now they have their own lawyer (he just needs his own brief case ‘oh wailly’!
Roland was a pain in the proverbial and I completely agree with what you put about him.
Granny Aching is ace – I love the way she turned up as the Shepherdess and also that the two dogs came to the rescue.
I felt like you at the end – sort of emotional and couldn’t figure out why! I thought it was because the book had ended.
Lynn😀
http://lynnsbooks.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/the-wee-free-men-by-terry-pratchett-readalong-final-instalment/

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I want to know how the toad is going to carry a briefcase!😀

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Okay, good point! Perhaps he could have a man bag! LOL
Lynn😀

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I think I was a bit more tolerant of Roland🙂. I mean, he is only twelve (or thirteen, after a year in Fairyland?) after all, and he’s probably been raised to think that being rescued by a little girl is worse than not being rescued at all. I think it meant a lot that he apologized to Tiffany, even if he didn’t have the courage to stand up as give her credit. I think he’s got some growing up to do, but he doesn’t seem a bad kid to me.

I agree with you about Granny Aching. Tiffany, her memories of her grandma, and her grief were an especially powerful part of the book to me, too.

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I agree with you that I am not convinced that Roland is all that bad. I guess that only time will tell.

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I didn’t mean to imply that he’s a little shit with no hope of doing the right thing. . . but right now is when he’s going to start making those kinds of decisions that force him down the road of becoming a big shit. Apologizing to Tiffany is a step down the path of not becoming a shit, and not correcting his Dad when the Baron tells everyone little Roland is a hero is a step down the path of becoming a shit.

long story short, exactly what SueCCCP said: only time will tell.

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Haha! You always time these things perfectly Red! I JUST started A HAT FULL OF SKY last night. LOL!

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Scott, want me to add you to the read along discussion e-mail list? I think you’ll get a kick out it!

also, of course my timing is perfect.😉

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I’m currently being glared at from the bookcase by Wee Free Men…

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1. I know what you mean about the Queen being a bit dull. I think she was actually the weakest part of the whole book and didn’t really live up to the terrifying image that we had been given.

2. The inclusion of such genuinely dark thing is one of the things that I love about Mr Pratchett. His world has real dangers with deathly consequences, just like good fairy stories should.

5. I totally agree about this scene with Granny. In fact I’ve been tearing up just doing my comments on everyone’s pages, which is quite unlike me. The quote you have chosen is so wise, but it makes me want to burst into tears.

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Phew! happy to hear I’m not the only one who wasn’t super impressed with the Queen. she just didn’t seem like that awful of a villain to me. Here I was all worried that I’d skipped a page or something where she steals the show.

thanks a lot nrlymrtl, you’re making all us of us cry! 😉 We’re not going to cry this much at the end of A Hat Full of Sky, are we?

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“Oi, Bigjobs!”

We are very much a Pratchett household and have done a couple of conventions. Next year’s, though, is in Manchester and it’s too far away for us😦

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