- Series: Discworld (Book 20)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reissue, Reprint edition (September 8, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061059056
- ISBN-13: 978-0061059056
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 680 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hogfather (Discworld) Mass Market Paperback – September 8, 1999
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"Consistently, inventively mad . . . wild and wonderful!" -- Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
"Discworld is more complicated and satisfactory than Oz. Truly original. Pratchett creates a brilliant excess of delectable detail!" -- A. S. Byatt
"Terry Pratchett is fast, funny and going places. Try him." -- Piers Anthony
"The funniest parodist working in the field today, period." -- New York Review of Science Fiction
About the Author
Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, was the author of more than 70 books, including the internationally bestselling Discworld series of novels. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. In January 2009, Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry, who lived in England, died in March 2015 at the age of 66.
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I'm saying Christmas, because that's the holiday that I'm used to around Solstice, but there are no references to Christianity, only discworld gods and Father Christmas.
I don't know much about the "meta" or overall mythology, if you will, of Discworld. I do know what little I have read and has been revealed to me via the novel and little tidbits I picked up online. Essentially, in the Discworld, there is what some have referred to as a "fantasy kitchen sink" situation, or a world where "all myths are true". One of these is the "Hogfather", who seems to be designed upon the Santa Claus/Odin connection roots of real life. The religious roots of him as a bishop are not really mentioned in the book. Though, to be fair, (this is just my opinion), one of the forms the Hogfather takes alludes to this, possibly.
Referencing the idea in many fantasy books that someone's biological matter (hair, nails, so on) can be used to control them or cast magic on them, the villain hired by the ultimate bad guys manages to actually come up with a plan to destroy a god, in this case, the Hogfather.
Sensing that something is wrong with the world on the night of Hogswatch Eve (the Discworld analogue of Christmas Eve) Death (yes, <i>that</i> Death) takes it upon himself to stop this plot and enlists (through some subtle manipulation) his adopted grand-daughter Susan. Despite being the child of the adopted daughter, she somehow inherits powers from him. I don't know the background books well enough yet, so I admit this is confusing.
The question is whether the villains can succeed in ridding the world of annoying belief in the form of the Hogfather, or if Susan and Death can keep that belief alive. It will be one hell of an interesting, and hilarious, journey.
This is one of the most entertaining and funny books I have read in a long time. Terry Pratchett is a master of both situational comedy and turning words to funny effect. He's not as good as PG Wodehouse, but who is? And the characters were incredibly engaging. Granted, it helped I saw the tv adaptation first, and imagined the characters looking like they do there. Even so, I think they were masterfully done. Teatime was chilling and creepy, Death was funny and kind of melancholic in how he can't do more to help others, and Susan was a badass female character that was cool despite being annoying in her angsting about being "normal".
Sometimes Pratchett could be a bit annoying in his commentary and so forth. He was a tad preachy, but this didn't occur except for about three scenes, and only one of those was beyond the pale. The other two were sensible in their questioning of different social and moral assumptions we make of others, and of how we do "good" for the wrong reasons at times.
I could do without the veiled notion that belief is made up for our sakes and not absolute, but if this is the maximum that Pratchett attacks religion, I can certainly take it.
A very funny and brilliant read, and one I heartily recommend.
Death as the Hogfather: WELL AMAZON CUSTOMER, HAVE YOU BEEN NAUGHTY OR NICE? HO. HO. HO.
Death is one of my favorite characters, so I knew I would enjoy this book and I was not disappointed. Though, like all of his work so far, Mort is a very fast read. Possibly shorter than its predecessors.
The story revolves almost exclusively around Mort, a young man who becomes Death's apprentice so Death can have a vacation. It does not take long for things to go awry...
You will not regret giving this novel a read it three...
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A fairly large vocabulary is important, and a familiarity with British English also; this book will likely expand both.