Welcome to my first post for the read-along of Terry Pratchett's A Hat Full of Sky, book 2 of the Tiffany Aching series, hosted by Little Red Reviewer and Dab of Darkness. If anyone wants to join in, there's still time! Though this is book 2, the first book is mostly recapped in the first chapter, so you wouldn't be far behind.
As a quick warning, this post will contain spoilers through Chapter 3 of A Hat Full of Sky.
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?
I have to admit I did not guess the truth about Miss Level's identity. I assumed she had a friendly ghost or some kind of creepy, unusual familiar. I guess I was sort of right (she does have a friendly ghost!), but wrong at the same time. I think the reveal that she had two bodies was much more interesting. I'm wondering if Miss Level's knowledge of dealing with one mind and two bodies will help in some way with the hiver. In other notes, I would love to have an Oswald. It would make life so much easier!
Why kind of witchy stuff do you think Miss Level will start teaching Tiffany?
I've been wondering about that, because there was actually not much traditional 'witchy stuff' in The Wee Free Men. Right now I'm guessing it will be mostly hands-on stuff, like the chores she's already started. I am wondering if Tiffany or Miss Level are going to manage to listen to bees.
What do you think of Jeannie? Do you think she'll get in the way of the Feegle continuing to help Tiffany?
I don't think she will, in the end. I don't think she actually dislikes Tiffany, it's just a bit weird for her to have her husband running off to rescue his ex-fiancée (though she knows that was just to follow the rules, and not a real engagement). Also, her comment at the end of the chapter broke my heart a little. Jeannie seems to be having some homesickness issues, and she's probably going to be sympathetic to Tiffany's situation on that account.
Have your feelings for Roland changed any?
Not really, I still think he's a pretty decent kid. It's starting to look a little like there's romance in Tiffany and Roland's future, though, and I hope that mostly holds off in the existing series. I think he's 15 now, and she's 11, right? It won't matter much once they're in their twenties, but 15 and 11 is a big difference. The present was remarkably thoughtful, though.
Which is creepier? a Hiver or a Drome?
I guess I haven't seen quite enough of the hiver to really make a decision. All we really know is that they give people delusions of grandeur and then kill them. At least Professor Bustle died confident in his own brilliance, right? Though who knows what he did before that--I think it was implying he killed some people. Dromes are certainly still very creepy.