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on May 19, 2001
This is one of those "bummer" Discworld novels, lying somewhere in the bottom half of Pratchett's output. This is one of those Discworld novels where the plot (what there is of it) evolves entirely off stage, and is never even summarized by Pratchett or one of the characters. You have to guess it from occasional vague indications.
On stage we have the always boring Susan, grandaughter of Death, as well as Death himself, plus some time-wasting and always irrelevant antics at Unseen University. You will not be surprised at all to learn that with Discworld's equivalent of Santa Claus or Father Christmas turning up missing, Death has to fill in. Nor will anything that then happens surprise you. And most of it won't amuse you either. The villain, Mister Teatime, is potentially interesting, but is given little or nothing to do, like all the other characters.
By this time in his output, 20 novels down the tubes, Pratchett seemed quite tired of it all, and the reader will be tired of this novel long before the final page is turned.
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on October 11, 1999
I was big fan of Terry Pratchett. His books seemed funny tome. But what he have done with The Hogfather is terrible. Everithing is very confused there and it isn't funny at all. Mr. Pratchett is using the same ideas as in the previous books , nothing is original, nothing can suprise you. I think this is the worst Discworld Terry have written.
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