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The master of humorous fantasy delivers one of his strongest, most conventional books yet. Discworld's equivalent of Santa Claus, the Hogfather (who flies in a sleigh drawn by four gigantic pigs), has been spirited away by a repulsive assassin, Mr. Teatime, acting on behalf of the Auditors who rule the universe and who would prefer that it exhibited no life. Since faith is essential to life, destroying belief in the Hogfather would be a major blow to humanity. It falls to a marvelously depicted Death and his granddaughter Susan to solve the mystery of the disappeared Hogfather, and meanwhile to fill in for him. On the way to the pair's victory, readers encounter children both naughty and nice; gourmet banquets made of old boots and mud; lesser and greater criminals; an overworked and undertrained tooth fairy named Violet; and Bilious, the god of hangovers, among other imaginative concepts. The tone of much of the book is darker than usual for Pratchett?for whom "humorous" has never been synonymous with "silly"?and his satire, too, is more edged than usual. (One scene deftly skewers the Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslas.") Pratchett has now moved beyond the limits of humorous fantasy, and should be recognized as one of the more significant contemporary English-language satirists. U.K. rights: Victor Gollanz, The Cassell Group; trans., first serial, dramatic, audio rights: Ralph Vicinanza.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
YA-Pratchett's 21st Discworld novel to be published in the U.S. examines the nature of belief and reality-and why rich kids get the best toys. The Hogfather, Discworld's jolly, red-suited, gift-giving, anthropomorphic personification of the winter season, is missing, and Death has taken his place. Death's granddaughter, Susan, determined to discover what's behind this, uncovers a plot to assassinate the Hogfather. It's a diabolically clever plan concocted by an assassin who's a few eggs short of a dozen even by Discworld standards. The story is best appreciated in the context of previous novels featuring Death, such as Mort (Bantam, 1989), Reaper Man (Dutton, 1992), and Soul Music (Bantam, 1995).
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
the story itself is amazing, but my copy was misprinted and 50 pages were missing. i actually had to get another copy, which was annoying.Published 14 months ago by Alex
Definitely one of the best Discworld stories, hilarious of course but with it's own dark moments thrown in as Pratchett is known to do.Published 20 months ago by Dan
Hogfather is a book I read every December. The world of the Hogfather includes magic, mysticism and hilarious 'human' characters. Read morePublished 20 months ago by MaryJane Danyluk
Hogfather is a wonderful and funny look at the absurdity of humanity and the necessity for that absurdity. Read morePublished on July 9 2013 by Anastasia Beaverhausen
Not Pratchett's funniest or best Discworld novel, but when considered against other possible holiday reads, especially within the fantasy genre, this one's a gem. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2007 by Perschon
The story runs parallel to our Christmas celebrations, and sheds some light on how some of our old traditions may have gotten started. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2007 by darkhorse dave
Perhaps one of my favorite Terry Pratchett novels, Susan Sto Helit and her grandfather, Death, are back and play well off each other. Read morePublished on May 18 2002 by M. Pak
This was my first Pratchett novel and I don't think that there could be a better introduction to Discworld. Read morePublished on May 12 2002 by Brian
I must say this is one of my favorite Discword Books, ranking among Interesting Time, The Last Continent, The Science of Discword and The Fifth Elephant. Read morePublished on April 11 2002 by Paarko Seitaar