Welcome everyone to the continuation of the exploration of Tiffany Aching’s world. The Little Red Reviewer will be hosting Part I of A Hat Full of Sky read along, so make sure to stop by her blog and leave your link to your post so we can visit each other. If you are just joining us, A Hat Full of Sky is Book 2 in the Tiffany Aching saga (The Wee Free Men being Book 1). Part 1 of this read along covers Chapters 1-3, so beware that spoilers are loose, grazing freely and ambling about.
1) What do you think of Miss Level and her housemate Oswald? Did you guess the secret about her identity before she told Tiffany the truth?
The first time I read this, I had no idea what the Miss Level secret was going to be. But it is so Pratchett! Reversing the standard idea of twins (Miss Level is one person with 2 bodies) is like the Feegle believing this world is heaven and they must have been extra good in life to have made it here. As for Oswald, that was just an extra piece of oddity thrown in that works really well. I think this is Tiffany’s first time staying off the chalk for any length of time and every thing is different – from Miss Level’s house hold, even the broomtrip there, and the goats! I loved the goats, because that is exactly what the blighters do! Damn them! They will wait patiently until you have a full pail and then intentionally tip it over or stick a hoof in it.
2) Why kind of witchy stuff do you think Miss Level will start teaching Tiffany?
Well, just teaching Tiffany that folks can be so ‘odd’ is a huge lesson there. I don’t really remember what Miss Level does for the local community (awful of me, I know), but I am going ot guess that broom riding might be on the lesson plan. Tiffany will have to learn a faster mode of transport sooner or later – she can’t walk everywhere.
3) What do you think of Jeannie? Do you think she’ll get in the way of the Feegle continuing to help Tiffany?
I think the Kelda in Jeannie has made the decision and she will stick with it. Besides, some practical part of her must realize that being jealous of Tiffany is ludicrous – the age difference for one, and then the size issue. I am NOT going to draw you any diagrams of how impossible the courtship would be. You all have imaginations, imaginations that I will not venture into.
4) Have your feelings for Roland changed any?
Ahhh, Roland! Do you think he was trying to be dashing on his beautiful horse, riding up at the last moment? Perhaps he had been nervous all along about seeing Tiffany off and left it to the last moment because he was unsure of himself. I love how Tiffany was a teensy cruel, curtsying and all. This is the point where I start to thaw towards Roland a little, but I have to wonder if Tiffany has thawed at all. While she appreciated the beauty of the necklace, even sent a polite thank you note, she still put it away for the time being.
5) Which is creepier? a Hiver or a Drome?
Definitely the Hiver! That entry by the researcher Sensibility Bustle was chilling! At least with the Drome you simply slip into a pleasant dream and do no harm to others while you waste away and are eventually consumed…..kind of like going to compost, rejoining nature. The Hiver seems much more malevolent, taking over the mind and raising your paranoia and world domination centers to new heights.
Tiffany has a new trick – the See Me ‘spell’. Quite useful for making sure you have no embarrassing tears in the rear of your clothing, and apparently for eavesdropping. tsk tsk….
The shambles created by Miss Tick and then Miss Tick & Miss Level together seem quite intriguing. An egg and then a beetle! See, when I first read this book, I finally understood why I keep such odd things in my pockets. I am a hedge witch in waiting. I just need a little training, really.
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