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Hogfather (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Hogfather
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi Adult (1997), Paperback
Collections:Your library
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Tags:Fantasy, Humour, Discworld

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (1996)

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As nonsensical as Pratchett's Discworld books may seem, they often make a great deal of sense. Hogfather pokes fun at old gods, evolving gods, power, and belief systems. There's even an "oh god," as in "oh god I'm gonna be sick."

The Hogfather is Discworld's version of Santa Claus, and things go very,very astray forcing Death to step in and try to put things right, while his granddaughter tries to behave like a normal person. ( )
1 vote AuntieClio | Mar 28, 2016 |
The snow is falling, the nights are longer, and the Disc is getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year only for the most important man of the hour to disappear. Terry Pratchett satirizes Christmas in his 20th Discworld novel “Hogfather”, featuring Death and his granddaughter Susan attempting to save the entire holiday and the Disc’s sense of belief.

Most of the Disc is getting ready to celebrate the end of the year on Hogswatchnight when the Hogfather comes to give presents to those that have been good throughout the year, mostly kids but some adults would like some stuff as well. However, the Auditors of the Universe want the ‘fat man’ dead and hire an Assassin to do the job who then attacks the Tooth Fairy. How can the Hogfather survive? Only Death himself can fill in for the ‘fat man’ and tricks his granddaughter Susan Sto Helit in figuring out what happened to the Hogfather especially as new deities start popping up in his absence.

The TV miniseries adaptation of “Hogfather” was what made me want to read the entire Discworld series in the first place, so finally getting to read this book has been both an exciting and somewhat hesitant moment because I didn’t know if the actual book would meet my expectations. Happily I was more than happy with the book and think it’s one of the best books of the series because of story, characterization, and satire. There is nothing more I can say because I would just be repeating myself. ( )
  mattries37315 | Mar 5, 2016 |
Another enjoyable and good, but not great, book in the Discworld series. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
This, I think, is the crowning glory of the Pratchett oeuvre. It is both profound and profoundly funny.
The Auditors think humans are too messy and their solution is to somehow eliminate fantasy, in the form of the Hogfather. So they, of course, hire someone from the Assassin's Guild to take it on. And the head of the Guild thinks it is the perfect job for one of his most difficult students, a young man who will check for breath with a mirror, although the victim's head was several feet away from its body. Mr. Teatime (not pronounced like "about four o'clock" but in some Italianate fashion) has an elegant solution.
As belief in the Hogfather wanes, causing him to disappear on the very night he's needed most (Hogswatch), Death steps in, delivering toys to children and seeing that there are sooty footprints on the carpet, and that the sherry, pork pies, and turnips laid out vanish. He is holding a place open, but he is not allowed to interfere. So he forbids his granddaughter, Susan Sto Helit, to interfere.
Susan has a Real Job as a governess doing Real Things, so when the weird wing of the family shows up she rebels. And decides to find out what's going on.
Again, Nigel Planer does a brilliant job of characterization. I could listen to this again and again. Also, the movie made of this was excellent. ( )
  marfita | Jan 8, 2016 |
A fun fantasy romp that also rather cleverly explores Father Christmas from a primitive pagan perspective.

The heroine appeared first in Soul Music which continues the storyline of Mort & Reaper Man. All you really need to know is that she's Death's granddaughter and you can pick the rest up as you go along. ( )
1 vote Lukerik | Nov 26, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pratchett, LynAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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IT'S THE NIGHT BEFORE HOGSWATCH. AND IT’S TOO QUIET.

Where is the big jolly fat man? Why is Death creeping down chimneys and trying to say Ho Ho Ho? The darkest night of the year is getting a lot darker…

Susan the gothic governess has got to sort it out by morning, otherwise there won’t be a morning. Ever again…

The 20th Discworld novel is a festive feast of darkness and Death (but with jolly robins and tinsel too).

As they say: 'You’d better watch out…
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061059056, Mass Market Paperback)

What could more genuinely embody the spirit of Christmas (or Hogswatch, on the Discworld) than a Terry Pratchett book about the holiday season? Every secular Christmas tradition is included. But as this is the 21st Discworld novel, there are some unusual twists.

This year the Auditors, who want people to stop believing in things that aren't real, have hired an assassin to eliminate the Hogfather. (You know him: red robe, white beard, says, "Ho, ho, ho!") Their evil plot will destroy the Discworld unless someone covers for him. So someone does. Well, at least Death tries. He wears the costume and rides the sleigh drawn by four jolly pigs: Gouger, Tusker, Rooter, and Snouter. He even comes down chimneys. But as fans of other Pratchett stories about Death (Mort, Reaper Man, and Soul Music) know, he takes things literally. He gives children whatever they wish for and appears in person at Crumley's in The Maul.

Fans will welcome back Susan, Death of Rats (the Grim Squeaker), Albert, and the wizardly faculty of Unseen University, and revel in new personalities like Bilious, the "oh god of Hangovers." But you needn't have read Pratchett before to laugh uproariously and think seriously about the meanings of Christmas. --Nona Vero

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As a first step in destroying humanity, evil men in Discworld try to undermine belief in Hogfather by abducting him. The plot is ruined by Death who takes Hogfather's place in his sleigh drawn by pigs. Part parody of Christmas, part meditation on the role of faith.… (more)

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