The Shepherd's Crown

The Shepherd's Crown

Book - 2015
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Sir Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, which features the witch Tiffany Aching.
Publisher: London :, Doubleday,, 2015
ISBN: 9780857534811
0857534815
Characteristics: 342 pages :,illustrations

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JCLChrisK Jun 27, 2016

A fitting end.

CMLReads_Kristin May 11, 2016

The last Tiffany Aching book, the last Discworld book and, indeed, the last novel ever from Terry Pratchett , this feels unfinished (confirmed by an afterword) and an appropriate farewell at the same time. The afterword pulls at the heartstrings. Worth a read for fans. Young readers will want to start at the beginning of the Tiffany Aching cycle: The Wee Free Men. Crivens!

KCLSHope Apr 03, 2016

You can kind of tell that Terry Pratchett died before finishing this book, but it's still a wonderful finish to the Discworld and Tiffany Aching series.

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georgiabrand
Mar 20, 2016

a very good book

Xi1 Feb 19, 2016

An excellent final volume and a fitting way to say goodbye to Sir Terry Pratchett, as the book itself holds out hope for a future generation and handing down the torch in the new age of the train and clacks, devices established in previous volumes. Aye, and Feegles. Crivens! This book has many emotional moments that could have the reader in tears, yet it still has the usual humour to it as well. A fantastic read, and one I would recommend to any Discworld fan -- but then as those are already fans, they would probably already be reading it.

Still very much Terry Pratchett in quality though noticeably other hands have helped in its completion. Much laughter and some tears, Tiffany is her usual calm, dedicated, practical self, though more mature and very much in charge.
I wish in the future there could more witches (and Feegles) but, sadly, this will not be; though, happily, there are still quite a few REAL Nanny Oggs' around. No more Sam Vimes (a great copper), Lord Vetinari, a wonderful "tyrant" or Moist von Lipwig a truly lovable rascal and so many other marvellous characters.
There will never be anyone to compete with Terry, not even Neil Gaiman. I'll just have to continue reading and re-reading all of his work and just hope, that at some time in the future Lyn will publish some of his working notes in completed form. Fortunately I now have every Pratchett book that's been published so far and now, having read "The Shepherd's Crown" borrowed from the library, it too is on order.
I recommend this book unreservedly to all Discworld fans and those who're just coming to the Discworld. His non Discworld work is very much worth reading too, some, especially "Nation" and "Dodger" are exceptional, perhaps more suitable for ages ten and up though I'm no judge as far as that goes.

Carrie_K Oct 19, 2015

I never met Sir Terry, but we've been good friends since I first found the Discworld as a teen. This is his final novel, and reading it felt like a fitting way to say goodbye. Highly recommended, but if you haven't read his books before, start with The Wee Free Men instead.

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JCLChrisK Jun 27, 2016

“Why do you help these strangers?" she asked Tiffany now. "They are not of your clan. You owe them nothing."

"Well," said Tiffany, "although they are strangers, I simply think of them as people. All of them. And you help other people--that's how we do it."

"Does every person do it?" said Nightshade.

"No," said Tiffany. "Sadly, that is true. But many people will help other people, just because, well, because they are other people. That's how it goes.”

JCLChrisK Jun 27, 2016

So many people never seemed to think about the consequences of their everyday actions. And then a witch on her broom would have to set out from her bed in the rain in the dead of night because of "I only" and its little friends "I didn't know" and "It's not my fault."

"I only wanted to see if the copper was hot . . . "

"I didn't know a boiling pot was dangerous . . . "

"It's not my fault--no one told me dogs that bark might also bite."

And her favorite, "I didn't know it would go off bang"--when it said "goes bang" on the box it came in. That had been when little Ted Cooper had put an explosive banger (another tiny clue) into the carcass of a chicken after his mum's birthday party and nearly killed everybody around the table.

JCLChrisK Jun 27, 2016

Number two was Hugh, who had suggested to his father that he would like to go into the church. His father had said, "Only if it's the Church of Om, but none of the others. I'm not having no son of mine fooling around with cultic activities!" Om was handily silent, thereby enabling his priests to interpret his wishes how they chose. Amazingly, Om's wishes rarely translated into instructions like "Feed the poor" or "Help the elderly" but more along the lines of "You need a splendid residence" or "Why not have seven courses for dinner?" So Lord Swivel felt that a clergyman in the family could in fact be useful.

JCLChrisK Jun 27, 2016

And Tiffany knew that if a witch started thinking of anyone as "just" anything, that would be the first step on a well-worn path that could lead to, oh, to poisoned apples, spinning wheels, and a too-small stove . . . and to pain, and terror, and horror and the darkness.

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Xi1 Feb 19, 2016

Xi1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

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