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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
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it was amazing

I thought the book was awesome. The first thing I discovered of Terry Pratchett was the movie, Hogfather. I was just thrown into the middle of the action. I was new to the smart humor and characters, and the overall awe-inspiring imagination of Pratchett. I decided that I was going to read the book the moment I found out there was one. Then I realized that it was book twenty in an on-going series. I couldn't wait to read it, though, so I figured I'd read the first two books, then this one. I thought that if all of the books included different characters, it wouldn't be necessary to read ALL of them. But I digress.
Overall, I give this book a perfect score. As previously mentioned, I loved the witty humor and the complexity of Discworld. It was like being on a grand adventure, especially to a new-comer to the series. Although the multiple plot lines were a bit hard to follow all at once, I thought they were spaced out enough to allow a satisfactory experience. I think it was supposed to be a little complicated, to give a sort of hectic feel to it all.
The characters in the book fit together very well, too. The chemistry or "anti-chemistry" between characters really built up a relationship that I could actually believe. Especially between Susan and her Grandfather, Death. Between nonchalant banter and serious conversations, there was a working chemistry that brought the characters to life. I could really feel for the characters; I think they all had great personalities, good, evil, and everywhere in between.
The book was well-written, with just enough comedy between seriousness that I think it should be considered a classic. This book shouldn't be forgotten. It is my hope that it never leaves the shelves of book stores. It has a rightful place beside Shakespeare and Poe. Even if they have no interest, people should at least know of the existence of Hogfather.
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