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Hogfather (Discworld #20)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  44,846 ratings  ·  1,077 reviews
Susan had never hung up a stocking . She'd never put a tooth under her pillow in the serious expectation that a dentally inclined fairy would turn up. It wasn't that her parents didn't believe in such things. They didn't need to believe in them. They know they existed. They just wished they didn't.

There are those who believe and those who don't. Through the ages, superstit
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 2nd 2006 by Corgi (first published 1996)
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Nataliya
This is a book about the nature of belief; the reminder that things we think of as essential, eternal, unbreakable are here because we willed them to be. It is the book about origins, of sorts.



This book is a reminder that what we think of as sweet harmless stories come from darker, scary places. And that is for a reason. So many things stem from the simple fact - we, humans, need to believe; we need to create and fantasize to make the world make any sense, to have the world we think of as perman
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Mike (the Paladin)
This book is hilarious.

The Auditors have decided that they need to "remove" the Hog Father...so they contact the Assassin's guild and Mr. Teatime (pronounce it "Teh-ah-tim-eh." ) is sent to "inhum" him (but Hog Father isn't human). As you can imagine chaos ensues. With Death taking over the Hog Father's role to keep belief in him alive, while Mr. Teatime (pronounce it "Teh-ah-tim-eh.") and Susan (Deaths grand daughter) are in the realm of the tooth fairy...Teatime trying to use what's there to a
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Callista
As usual, plenty of humour with an edge. I did occasionally wonder where and how all the plot threads were going to meet up and how they were connected. I'm not sure the Auditors were strictly necessary to the plot, but maybe they figure elsewhere in Discworld novels I haven't read yet.
I enjoyed the hijinks at Unseen University more than I expected to. The daft old wizards were funnier than I'd seen them be before; underling wizard Ponder and the thinking machine, Hex, are charming.
The send-up
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Richard
8.5/10

It could be the festive cheer finally working its way into my bones; it could be the snow on the ground adding to the overall feel of this Christmas season; it might even have been watching Bruce Willis yell “Yippee Ki-Yay Mother Fucker” at some Europeans in a building. But there was something about this book which captured my imagination and put it atop the list of best Discworld novels I have read to date.

I don’t think there was anything really stand out in this one compared to the other
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Kaethe
2/14/2009

Inseparable in my mind from a Futurama Christmas episode. Which is not a bad thing at all.

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6/21/2014

Winter solstice holiday book at the summer solstice, why not? A wintry book can be just the thing on a day it is too hot to move, let alone go outside.

Here is Death, trying to maintain faith in the jolly man in the red suit, Albert along to coach and play elf, while Susan is diverted from her job as a governess to try and hunt the down the missing big guy. There is the creepiest assassi
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Connor
Brilliant. I adored it. I can't wait to get more books in the series. Maybe the witch books next?
Sarah
I have been a fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series for over 15 years now but I have to admit I've fallen a little behind with the more recent books. I've actually been promising myself for a few years now that I'll reread the series again from the beginning and catch up but for some unknown reason I never quite seem to get around to it. I decided it's time to bite the bullet but rather than read the books in order I used Christmas as an excuse to read Hogfather. This book is a perfect festi ...more
Nathan
The Complete Discworld Reread

Find a group of five people who, like me, have read the entire Discworld series. Ask them to name their top five books in the series. Two will show up on every list, Small Gods and Night Watch. Two will differ greatly depending on which sub series is a personal favorite; at this moment I would say Feet of Clay and Wyrd Sisters. And on four out of five lists you will see Hogfather. I am that fifth person who never figured out why.

I read nineteen Discworld books in th
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Traci
Don't read this book, or review, if you believe in Santa Claus, The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, or any of their associates....okay, is it safe to continue?

When I was little, very little, my mom tried to get me to believe in Santa Claus. But she must have done a good job, apparently TOO good, teaching me about strangers because I freaked. A strange man sneaks into our houses and leaves us presents durring the night?! Isn't this the sort of behavior we warn our children about? Needless to say t
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D.L. Morrese
Feb 19, 2015 D.L. Morrese rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: fun-fantasy
The midwinter holiday on Discworld is Hogswatch rather than Christmas, and the Hogfather is the Discworld's counterpart of Santa Claus. He climbs down chimneys, gives presents, says, "HO-HO-HO," and drives a sleigh pulled by four flying pigs. Many children of the Disc believe in him, which is why he exists. (This is a fundamental characteristic of the magical system in Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.) Belief causes the thing believed in to exist, and when belief stops, that existence stops. T ...more
Ashley Capes

Just finished a re-read of this last night and it's better than I remembered. I try and read this one every year or two and I'm never disappointed.

Hilarious.

Death has his own font!!!

The very premise of Death having to basically fill-in for Santa is perfect comedy and there's so many great scenes (like the ones where Death is listening to what presents children want - all amazing) but the story itself is exciting too, with a lot of inter-cutting and shorter scenes, along with Pratchett's wit and
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Sesana
This is, I think, the fourth year running that I've read Hogfather in the week before Christmas. So I simply can't even try to give it a real review. It isn't quite my favorite Discworld book (that would be Night Watch), but it's well on up there. It's certainly my favorite Death book, which is saying something.
Sara
Terry Pratchett's character Death is one of the funniest I've come across. So when Death is called upon to stand in for the Hogfather, Discworld's version of Santa Claus, it's an explosively awesome combination.

The real Hogfather is incapacitated (in fact, mysterious forces are trying to kill him) and Death has to hitch up the hog-driven sleigh and make merry for the children of the Disc. It's in everyone's best interest to make sure they really believe in the Hogfather. Death tries to the best
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Punk
Discworld. Someone's put out a hit on the Hogfather, but the show must go on, so this year Death's putting on the red suit and delivering the Hogswatch gifts. Every other year or so, I reread this at Christmas. It's about winter holidays, but also about that small wedge of truth where myth and belief meet. The story mostly focuses on Death and his granddaughter Susan Sto-Helit, but there are cameos by the Assassins' Guild, Foul Ole Ron's band of beggars, the Unseen University (and Hex!), and eve ...more
Monica
I have always loved books that delve into the topics of belief and faith, and this book is no exception. I must admit that this isn't my favorite Pratchett book, but it is still a good book nonetheless. Like other Pratchett books it is clever, humorous, and engaging.
Kit McIlvaine
I listen to this book every Christmas!
Lightreads
Sorry, we're gonna be all 'me me me me' here for a minute.

July was terrible. Terrible. So terrible that my entire reaction to what was, quite possibly, an ocular stroke was a slow blink and to keep quiet about it for a week. By rights, it should have had me post traumatic stressing so hard, you'd need a trowel to scrape me off the ceiling, but it turns out I'd used up all of that and then some on the fun episode of 'is the cancer metastasizing?' the universe helpfully scheduled for my single vac
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Confessionalpoetess
I pull out Hogfather once a year, along with my Christmas tree and strings of lights. Rereading this book is an annual Christmas tradition.

it helps if you're already familiar with Pratchett's other Discworld books, but it's not entirely neccessary. It's easy to fall into Pratchett's beautifully detailed, lovingly madcap world--a world that's not entirely unlike our own.

The book takes place on Discworld, a flat, disc-shaped planet that's supported on the back of a giant turtle that endlessly "swi
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Crystal Carroll
On a flat earth on the back of four elephants on the back of a giant turtle flying through space, Death plays Hogsfather (i.e., Santa), when not so mysterious forces put a hit on the fat man.

It’s like Terry Pratchett saw The Nightmare Before Christmas and then decided do something completely different.

For those not familiar with Pratchett’s work, he manages to combine the absurd (A Tooth Fairy who subcontracts) with the sublime.

Death, as always, makes a great central character. By turns clueless
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Kevin
I first was exposed to this book by a TV show on an obscure cable channel. I initially couldn't believe the story line but once I got into it I was hooked. I don't know how I've missed the works of Terry Pratchett all these years and he reminds me a bit of Doug Adams. This could become the new Christmas holiday classic in my house. The bottom line is that it's a totally alt-world view of the Christmas holiday and Santa Claus, with Death, his granddaughter (don't ask) and a member of the Assassin ...more
Aleshanee
"Ich meine, es ist die letzte Nacht des Jahres und so. Der Schneevater saust mit seinem Schlitten hin und her. Die Finsternis wird besonders finster und dergleichen. Der ganze okkulte Kram des Jahres stapelt sich. Unter solchen Umständen kann natürlich eine ganze Menge passieren." S. 127

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Ja, auch auf der Scheibenwelt zieht ein rotbepelzter Mythos auf einem von vier Schweinen gezogenen Schlitten über den Nachthimmel des letzten Jahrestages und verteilt Geschenke in die Strümpf
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Yara
I still very much consider myself to be a newbie to Terry Pratchett’s work; I read my first Discworld book eight months ago (Mortreview here), have stuck to only one subseries (Death), and until very recently, I had never heard of Hogswatch. And yet, after only a few books, I find myself wondering how I’ve managed to do without the Discworld in my life for so long.

I finished reading Hogfather on christmas eve, fully intending to write down my thoughts on the spot and post a review on christma
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Sandra
Me and Terry Pratchett did not get off to a good start. I absolutely hated the first solo Terry Pratchett book I'd picked up, "The Color Of Magic". The second book I read by him was "Good Omens", about two years later. I liked that one, but not as much as some people seem to do, and thus I figured I liked the book mostly because of Neil Gaiman's influence (who is in fact one of my favourite writers). As such I was never really inspired to pick up another Pratchett book, as none of the books I'd ...more
Libby
One of my all time favorite books! A joy to reread - my favorite exchange between Susan and Death (Death speaks in all capitals, of course)

"All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES
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Donovan
Terry Pratchett does for fantasy what Douglas Adams did for science fiction...pure comedic genius.
I came back to the Discworld after a very long break due to being 'over it' after overdosing on so many Discworld novels in the late 90's...I'm glad I did.
Hogfather is just one story that features in the Discworld series. If you don't know what the Discworld is, then you must lead a poor shallow inconsolable life and no amount of funny witty puns collected in to an adventure filled story is going to
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Michael
"Hogfather" was my first entry into Terry Pratchett's Discworld series a few years ago. At the time, I devoured the book, relishing the wit and satire, chuckling at many points in the story and wondering why it had taken me so long to discover this series of funny novels.

Now a couple of years later, I've picked it up again as part of a book group and while I still like it, I didn't love it as much as the first time.

Could it be that the book isn't as good as I originally thought or is it just im
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Michael
In this parody from the fantasy Discworld, a hit from the Assassins Guild is put on the Hogfather, a version of our worlds Santa Claus. He does in fact disappear and Death tries his best to take over the job, with much inventive humor and wit on the part of Pratchetts twisted mind. For example, if a kid wants a real crossbow, thats what he gets. Meanwhile the professors of wizardry at the Unseen University are stumbling around trying to make sense of the surprising changes occurring in the world ...more
Sarah
Als ich dieses Scheibenwelt-Buch in der Bibliothek entdeckte, musste cih es auch unbedingt mitnehmen. Ich wollte nämlich aufgrund eines gewissen Online-Rollenspiels, in dem ich sehr gerne mitgespielt habe, mehr über den Auftragsmörder Kaff-eh-trin-ken erfahren. Und ein Scheibenweltroman, in dem TOD eine wichtige Rolle spielt, kann ja nur toll sein.

So ist es. Der Schneevater ist verschwunden, aber irgendjemand muss ihn vertreten. Doch ob TOD dieser Aufgabe so gerecht wird? Dessen Enkelin Susanne
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Mortalform
"CORRECT. STARS EXPLODE, WORLDS COLLIDE, THERE'S HARDLY ANYWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE WHERE HUMANS CAN LIVE WITHOUT BEING FROZEN OR FRIED, AND YOU YOU BELIEVE THAT A... A BED IS A NORMAL THING. IT IS THE MOST AMAZING TALENT."
"Talent"
"OH YES. A VERY SPECIAL KIND OF STUPIDITY. YOU THINK THE WHOLE UNIVERSE IS INSIDE YOUR HEADS." 223


"You can't give her that!" She screamed. "It's not safe!"
"IT IS A SWORD, said the Hogfather. THEY'RE NOT MEANT TO BE SAFE.
"She's a child!" Shouted Crumley.
"IT'S EDUCATIONA
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“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.” 1380 likes
“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.”
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