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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
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Jun 10, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: good-more-than-once
Read from December 10 to 27, 2015 , read count: 4

Discworld. Someone's taken 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 himself. Every few years or so, I like to reread this in December. It's about holidays and winter, 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 even a little Corporal Nobbs. Also features the Death of Rats and a raven with a fondness for eyeballs.

If you've never read a Discworld book, then you don't understand a word I just said, but this might be a good place to start. It's familiar ground that depends more upon your knowledge of holiday tradition than of Ankh-Morpork, the setting of most Discworld books. Pratchett is known for his ability to fold fantasy and parody together in a way that detracts from neither, and his writing is funny and human. Be advised, however, that he does not believe in chapters. There is never a good place to put one of his books down, and you may find yourself reading far longer than you intended, for sheer want of reaching the end of the chapter.

Four stars. Good, clean (mostly), holiday Discworld fun. Hogswatch clearly borrows from Christmas for its traditions, but the story deliberately mentions other winter holidays, as well as groups who don't celebrate at all.
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12/10/2015 marked as: currently-reading
12/10/2015 page 1
0.0% "Time to reread this."
12/19/2015 page 71
24.0% ""Then this is a friendly warning, understand? Because it's Hogswatch."

The bogeyman tried to move. "You call this friendly?"

"Ah, you want to try for unfriendly?" said Susan, adjusting her grip.

"No, no, no, I like friendly!"

"This house is out of bounds, right?"

"You a witch or something?" moaned the bogeyman.

"I'm just...something.""
12/22/2015 page 147
51.0% "+++ Divide By Cucumber Error. Please Reinstall Universe And Reboot +++"
12/26/2015 page 207
72.0% "Pratchett mentions Earth in a footnote. I always pictured Discworld in a universe of its own, without Earth."
12/27/2015 marked as: read

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