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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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Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.

Short version: the Hog Father (twisted Santa Clause) is missing, extra belief is sloshing about causing all sorts of trouble, and Death has stepped up to fill the roll.

New character: Mister Teatime (it's pronounced Teh-ah-tim-eh). He's an assassin that has been hired by the Auditors to remove the Hog Father and is entirely too good at his job in an odd, laterally thinking sort of way. He's interesting enough, but the repetitions of the correct pronunciation go from funny to old fairly quickly.

Susan is back and continuing to try very hard to be normal, despite a tendency to remember things that haven't happened yet and occasionally SPEAK IN ALL CAPS. She's a lovely character and really drives the story, even more than Death.

The Wizards are back as something of a sideplot, but more interestingly is their thinking machine Hex. I've always liked the analogue to actual modern computers of a seemingly magic collection of random pieces that don't make sense to the layperson and yet can somehow answer complicated questions. Long term storage is bees? Of course it is. Try to remove the mouse's cheese and it won't work anymore? Yup. Great fun.

Overall, it's a wonderful exploration of belief with all the zaniness Discworld has in the best of times. Well worth the read. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
A 4 average rating is mad crazy. I found this book in the Death series to be a real bore. I could not get interested in the them (about the Discworld version of Santa) nor the evil plot to sabotage Hogwatch (Christmas) nor the characters. Maybe it's time to start another Pratchett series? To quote Dirty Harry, this one "ain't making it." ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
A very enjoyable Discworld-style spoof on Christmas customs and myths. Twentieth in the series, and best read after a few others, particularly 'Soul Music'.

Death's granddaughter Susan features, as does Death himself dressed rather incongruously as the Discworld equivalent of Santa Claus, the 'Hogfather'. In a sleigh pulled by four pigs, climbing down chimneys and leaving presents in socks.

Lots of Christmas carol references, and some computer ones too; the wizards feature in this story, as does their Discworld-style computer, Hex. But it's a coherent plot - as much as any of these books are, anyway - and there are some quite thought-provoking comments towards the end, about the nature of humans.

Definitely recommended.

Longer review here; https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2021/06/hogfather-by-terry-pratchett.html ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jun 3, 2021 |
My second Discworld novel, and the writing is a little different here than in [b:The Light Fantastic|601239|The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2)|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1365691835s/601239.jpg|592532]. More mature, you could say.

The subject of Christmas, Hogswatch here, in a different jacket. Again with the dry and witty humour of Sir Pratchett. Many times I have laughed, other times it wasn't as funny or not easy to follow or grasp what was going on, like it was filler instead of killer. Especially around the last 100 pages things were getting a bit messy, I thought. But then it got better again.

The character of Death is one amusing little type. :) Almost or at least as great as Rincewind, I'd say, even if I'm still a n00b with regards to Discworld.

So yes, reading about Christmas in full summer is perhaps not the best combination, but when you've got enough imagination, it can work.

I also liked the philosophical influences here and there about mankind, about believing in fantasy elements, in superstitious beings, events, etc... As indeed, those things make life more interesting, more bearable, better. Despite what others say. Everyone sort of believes in something unrealistic, one more than the other.

In short, another fun Discworld novel. ;-) ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
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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.
Mister Teatime had a truly brilliant mind, but it was brilliant like a fractured mirror, all marvellous

facets and rainbows but, ultimately, also something that was broken.
It’s amazing how people define roles for themselves and put handcuffs on their experience and are

constantly surprised by the things a roulette universe spins at them.
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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.

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