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Hogfather (1996)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld: Susan (2), Discworld: Gods (3), Discworld: Death (4), Discworld (20)

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Who would want to harm Discworld's most beloved icon? Very few things are held sacred in this twisted, corrupt, heartless -- and oddly familiar -- universe, but the Hogfather is one of them. Yet here it is, Hogswatchnight, that most joyous and acquisitive of times, and the jolly old, red-suited gift-giver has vanished without a trace. And there's something shady going on involving an uncommonly psychotic member of the Assassins' Guild and certain representatives of Ankh-Morpork's rather extensive criminal element. Suddenly Discworld's entire myth system is unraveling at an alarming rate. Drastic measures must be taken, which is why Death himself is taking up the reins of the fat man's vacated sleigh...which, in turn, has Death's level-headed granddaughter, Susan, racing to unravel the nasty, humbuggian mess before the holiday season goes straight to hell and takes everyone along with it.… (more)
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Re-read on Xmas!

And it couldn't have better timing. Who else would like to see Death taking on the role of Discworld's Santa?

Or better yet, have Susan get involved. :)

Or have a hit put out on the Hogfather while Death flies with the pigs?

OR HAVE TO DEAL WITH RIDCULLY's BATH? *shudder*

Well, here's to ants in the AI! I've just upped my score on this one to a full five. For some reason, this Pratchett tickled me in all the best places. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Really enjoyable Discworld book! This might be my favorite of the series at this point. It definitely has some great quotable lines. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
The Hogfather has disappeared, so Death takes over the job to ensure that the children don’t stop believing at Hogswatch.

It’s possible that this book is trying to tap into experiences of childhood I didn’t have -- I grew up in a family which didn’t do (for want of a better verb) things like Santa or the tooth fairy -- but I can’t specifically pinpoint any reason why that would impinge on my ability to enjoy this story. I really liked the parts with Susan and Death, and I have a growing fondness for the wizards of Unseen University. I don’t care for the assassins or auditors.

“All right,” said Susan. “I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable.”
REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.
“So we can believe the big ones?”
YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.
( )
  Herenya | Apr 16, 2020 |
Discworld is always a fascinating place to read about. This book was a little hard for me to get into, though, because there were so many loose threads and I couldn't see how they were going to come together. Once they started to come together, though, it was a really fun book to read.
  GretchenLynn | Apr 3, 2020 |
A difficult book to review. This is the first time I have read a Discworld novel, but I know Terry Pratchett's alternative world is hugely popular. ANd I can see that this book is very clever, and funny in places. But it just didn't grab me. In some ways, I expected Pratchett to be similar to Douglas Adams, and I love the latter, so I feel I should love Pratchett too. But there has always been something that held me back. And now, I still can't put my finger on what it is, I just know that, while I wouldn't say I would never read another Pratchett novel, I won't be in a hurry to read another. ( )
  TheEllieMo | Jan 18, 2020 |
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De Muth, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galian, Carl D.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ittekot, VenugopalanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the guerilla bookshop
manager know to friends as
'ppint' for asking me, many years
ago, the question Susan asks in
this book. I'm surprised more
people haven't asked it . . .

And to too many absent friends.
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Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree.
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She'd become a governess. It was one of the few jobs a known lady could do.
And she'd taken to it well. She'd sworn that if she did indeed ever find herself dancing on rooftops with chimney sweeps she'd beat herself to death with her own umbrella.
Time stopped.

But duration continued.
Sometimes, somewhere, somehow, the numbers on the clock did not count.

Between every rational moment were a billion irrational ones.
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