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Hogfather [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Terry Pratchett , Nigel Planer
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February 2000 Discworld
ITS 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...
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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From Publishers Weekly

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.

From School Library Journal

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Great Jan. 23 2014
By Dan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Christmas Read Jan. 20 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Hogfather is a book I read every December. The world of the Hogfather includes magic, mysticism and hilarious 'human' characters. In it Sir Terry clarifies his theme of belief creating reality. One scene inspired me to do a painting. It is one of my favorite books of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical!!!!! (with 5 exclamation marks) July 9 2013
Format:Paperback
Hogfather is a wonderful and funny look at the absurdity of humanity and the necessity for that absurdity. Before saying any more, I should mention that I am partial to the "Death" books in the series. One of the reviews on the back of this book compares it to Alice in Wonderland and I would fully agree with that. It is a perfect mix of sociology (or perhaps more psychology) and fantasy. I tried to describe it to someone and they asked if it was a cynical look at society and Christmas - I replied that it was not. It's more or a commentary that doesn't take sides. And it is laugh-out-loud funny! The most common Discworld books question is do I have to have read the previous one's to read Hogfather? There are a lot of stand-alone books, but for Hogfather I would strongly suggest at least reading "Reaper Man" first (ideally reading: Mort, Reaper Man, and Soul Music first).
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5.0 out of 5 stars HO HO HO Jan. 11 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Twas the night before Hogwatch, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring... because the only person stirring was Death in a Hogsfather costume.

With the possible exception of Tim Burton, only Terry Pratchett could come up with such a deliciously warped idea and actually make it work. "Hogfather" follows Pratchett's tradition of gutsplitting fantasy-satires, and manages to mingle plenty of unsentimental observations about human nature with a feel-good message -- not an easy thing to do, especially in a Christmas-related book.

On the night before Hogswatch, the Auditors enlist the Assassins' Guild for a very special job: "delete" the Hogfather (think a tusked Santa Claus). For this, Lord Downey calls on the psychotically childlike Mr. Teatime -- and soon Death finds that the Hogfather has vanished. So he takes on the Hogfather's duties for the night, much to the disgust of his granddaughter Susan, who is trying hard to have a normal life.

But realizing that something is very seriously wrong with the world, Susan begins investigating terrible reasons that the Hogfather has vanished: belief in him has somehow vanished from the world, courtesy of Mr. Teatime, a locksmith, a wizard and a little gang of thieves. And the wizards discover that strange creatures are coming into existence, such as the Verruca Gnome and the Eater of Socks (not to mention Bilious, the Oh God of Hangovers).

Now Susan must somehow find a way to bring back the Hogfather -- or else despite all Death's best efforts (AND WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR HOGSWATCH, SMALL HUMAN?) the world will lose much more than a jolly fat anthropomorphic personification.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death dons the Red Suit. Ho. Ho. Ho. Dec 16 2007
Format:Paperback
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. I read it in December of 2007 as a placebo for not being able to see the film version made in the UK. The plot is simple; the Hogfather, Discworld's equivalent to Santa, has gone missing, and the hilariously deadpan Death has decided to take his place on Hogswatch night. Highly recommended if you're looking for something festive and are a fan of fantasy, British humor, Douglas Adams, or Christopher Moore. As with most of Pratchett's Discworld books, no prior knowledge of the other books in the series is necessary; it helps enrich, but does not hinder enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a christmas classic Oct. 21 2007
Format:Audio CD
The story runs parallel to our Christmas celebrations, and sheds some light on how some of our old traditions may have gotten started. While the plot and players of the story entertwine, the humor is nearly non-stop, except when poignant moments of reflection and sometimes sadness pop up. Pratchett jabs at humans, and the conditions that we have brought onto ourselves.The land that Pratchett has created,( the disc world) runs perilously close to our own dimension, and the ways of the world here on earth. I read this story every year at christmas time. It truley sets the mood of the season for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COWER BRIEF MORTALS. HO HO HO. Jan. 23 2007
Format:Paperback
"Hogfather" is the twentieth book in Terry Pratchett's hugely popular Discworld series and was first published in 1996. He has gone on to win the Carnegie Medal for "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents" and was awarded the OBE in 1998.

"Hogfather" is sometimes known as the third book in "The Death Trilogy". Like the trilogy's first two instalments ("Mort" and "Reaper Man") it gives Death - tall guy, somewhat underfed, carries a scythe, big grin - more than just a brief cameo. Like "Reaper Man", it's the Auditors who are causing problems. The Auditors are in charge of the universe : they see that atoms spin, that gravity works and that things move in curves. However, they hate life - especially humans (too many irregularities). In "Reaper Man", they wanted to force Death into retirement. This time, they want the Hogfather - Discworld's version of Father Christmas - `removed' from office (or grotto, perhaps). To this end, they've hired the disturbed (and disturbing) Mister Teatime from the Guild of Assassins to make sure he stays `removed'. Luckily, Death has discovered what's going on : with Hogswatch Night looming, the Grim Reaper dons a false beard, strategically places a cushion and takes control of the sleigh.

Death shares the spotlight, though : his new duties cause some problems for his grand-daughter, Susan Sto-Helit. Susan is working as a governess in Ankh-Morpork and, as part of her job, she regularly beats up the bogeyman with her trusty poker. In her free time, she occasionally drops into Biers for a drink ("Sometimes you want to go...where nobody knows your name"). It's in the pub that She's warned about her grandfather's strange behaviour by the Death of Rats and his eyeball-obsessed sidekick, Quoth the Raven.
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