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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
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Tags:Fantasy, Humour, Discworld

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (1996)

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On one of the biggest holidays on Discworld Hogfather puts presents to the stockings of good children. But this year he looks so strange... seems to have a fake beard... and a fake pillow stomach under his robes... and he speaks in strange CAPITAL letters.
Besides that we learn about the financial basics of being a tooth fairy, new details of how the HEX works and what is a poker good for. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Mar 21, 2014 |
Death takes on a surprisingly human and compassionate face. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Mar 1, 2014 |
Beware, when reading any Discworld books that have Death in it, your brain will be put through cerebral overload.

But that's okay.

Apparently humans fascinate Death and there are moments when this fascination just overwhelms him and he feels he must do something about it. Death also suffers from a overt sense of what is right and what is wrong, and its just wrong to destroy any childhood fantasies which would in turn cause disruption to the human race. ( )
  NancyNo5 | Oct 19, 2013 |
An endearing Death and a vociferous Albert ( )
  Chris.Graham | Jul 30, 2013 |
A touch of humor for anyone suffering from an overdose of seasonal Christmas sentiment.
  Dragonfly | Jun 10, 2013 |
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Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Muth, RogerCover artistsecondary 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.
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:04:30 -0400)

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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.

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