Oh, where to begin on this book. First, best book in a long time! Best suspense and character building. I thought UU was the best, and it is for humor, and that ole discworldian feel. I liked ISWM simply because I could not put it down easily at any point. Even when he DW fans complain the lack of chapters so we can say, "Okay Chapter 6. I'll stop here for tonight and go to sleep." Nope, not a chance with this one. I was trying to read this morning falling asleep and he book hit me in the face about 6 times before I grudgingly put it aside, but when I woke up enough it wasn't long until it was back in my hands!
Second, Feegles! I liked that they were more social (if you really want a social feegle) and allowing Tiffany a little more leeway for help and not seem so mysterious and off standing with her people on the Chalk. Wee Mad Arthur finding his true home and the clearing up of his muddled background from previous books is great. Always thought he was more feegleish than gnomeish.
Third and most important as stated earlier in this thread was what Tiffany was fighting against was pure ignorance in all its form. Written, art, people and deed. It was subtle but when it struck me was when Tiff was looking at the tapestry. A simple picture taken in the wrong context can lead to a big misunderstanding.
What I also liked was Preston. Roland was right thinking that he does love Tiff, but he doesn't have the mind or patients to deal with it. He would need all his thinking to rule his country and trying to understand a simple conversation with a wife like Tiff would be too much, but what he is getting in Letita (sp?) is not going to be much better, but maybe being in close quarters and being trained along side Roland might help. I see Letita being more of a kitchen witch then a social witch like Tiff. Preston is definitely more along Tiff's understanding on life and love and how the real world works. I do see him and her having a long and happy life, even if they don't get married, they will have an 'understanding' and might 'make their own entertainment'.
I like that Angua is now a Captain, long over due in my opinion and with the complaints that people had with her being made captain out of a Watch book, Cherry was made a sergeant in between books as well. I always thought of Angua a Captain since Monsterous Regiment.
When the Watchmen yell, “they go the Sarge” when that person is thrown out of the King’s Head was it Colon? I thought it was by the size of the person and helmet?
Boffo! I loved that the masks of the evil wicked witches was from real life, and her son trying to tune a fart kept me laughing!
So much more I want to discuss, but too many thoughts right now. Best book ever in the Discworld, but maybe I am saying that since I just finished it. Must read again when it is availibe for the nook. This will give me time to digest it and go in with fresh eyes.
Oh, yes. (see too many thoughts) I kind of thought after the meeting with Esk and he time travel I looked at the cover and picture and thought it was but the hare necklace was throwing me off. I thought the horse would have been there! But I was right in my surmise!
A legal Feegle? How could there be such a thing?
Today I feel like I am soaring like a tortoise!