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Hogfather: A Novel of Discworld (original 1996; edition 2014)

by Terry Pratchett

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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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Title:Hogfather: A Novel of Discworld
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Harper (2014), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (1996)

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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 |
The subject of Hogfather is Christmas. Except on Discworld, it's called Hogswatch, the jolly old fat man is the Hogfather, and he rides around in a sleigh pulled by four large boars named Gouger, Rooter, Tusker and Snouter. Like Santa Claus, the Hogfather goes about climbing down chimneys and leaving presents for children. But this year, things are a little different. The Hogfather seems to have gone on a diet because he's nothing but skin and bones?well, actually, just bones. It seems the Hogfather has died and Death has stepped in to take over. The Death of Rats is busy warning Susan Sto-Helit what Death is up to when he drops down her chimney. Susan is a governess with a few special talents. You see, Susan is Death's granddaughter. The daughter of Death's adopted daughter and her husband, Death's former apprentice. Susan demands an explanation and Death reveals that the Hogfather is dead. When Susan demands to know why he is doing this, he refuses to answer and tells her it is not her business. So when Susan begins her investigation. She's joined by the Death of Rats, an annoying talking raven, and the God of Hangovers. Also on the case, though they don't know it, are the intellectual elite of the Unseen University. The wizards, led by Archchancellor Ridcully, are working on the problem of mysteriously appearing gods. Gods are popping out of thin air?the God of Indigestion, the Eater of Socks, the Cheerful Fairy and the Wisdom Tooth Goblin, to name just a few. ( )
  Ravenwood1984 | Oct 13, 2020 |
Death and the gang save Christmas Hogswatch. What's not to love. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
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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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