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Le Père Porcher (Discworld #20)

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La nuit du père Porcher... Neige, rouges-gorges, chorales et sapins décorés... Mais le gros bonhomme de rouge vêtu, celui qu'on attend en cette nuit de fête... a disparu. En lieu et place, faisant fonction, un autre bonhomme de rouge vêtu, dans son traîneau tiré par des cochons sauvages, avec sa hotte, sa fausse barbe et son oreiller pour simuler un ventre qu'il n'a pas. U ...more
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Published November 26th 2002 (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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Joey Woolfardis
"IT IS THE THINGS YOU BELIEVE IN WHICH MAKE YOU HUMAN. GOOD THINGS AND BAD THINGS, IT'S ALL THE SAME."

Hogfather itself concerns the Discworld, where there are things that control the Universe called The Auditors and they do not like Humans, because Humans are messy. Well, they did invent dullness. And Death is meddling again. His grand-daughter Susan is trying to be normal, but how normal is hitting bogeymen with a poker, really? And we haven't even mentioned the one-eyed Assassin yet, or the
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A Bald Mage** Steve
I was hooked on these books in the late 1990's and I had to have every book that came out without fail. Unfortunately during the mists of time all the books have merged into one, but I still remember Death and Rincewind to this day and the over top adventures they had. But I have to admit my favourite novels were the ones that contain the city watch and the adventures of Sam Vimes, these novels still to this day stick out as the best of the series, but I never really got on with the books that f ...more
Наталия Янева
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
„…човек по природа е митопоетично същество.
– И какво означава това?
– Означава, че си съчиняваме в движение разни глупости.“


Призракът на отминалата Коледа все още витае и Дядо Прас едва що е казал последното си ХО. ХО. ХО. Уютно време човек да седне и да направи разбор на годината. Или на живота си. Или на вярванията си като цяло. А вие в какво вярвате?

Тери Пратчет винаги е натоварвал простичките вярвания с доста тежка символика. Онези вярвания, които не оставят корена на човек да се изтръгне от
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BrokenTune
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
IT GETS UNDER YOUR SKIN, LIFE, said Death, stepping forward, SPEAKING METAPHORICALLY, OF COURSE. IT’S A HABIT THAT’S HARD TO GIVE UP. ONE PUFF OF BREATH IS NEVER ENOUGH. YOU’LL FIND YOU WANT TO TAKE ANOTHER.

When it comes to favourite Christmas reads, Terry Pratchett's Hogfather is as perfect as they come for me. It certainly beats Charles Dickens when comes to spreading seasonal cheer and tell an uplifting tale of what makes humans ... human.

Hogfather has got all the classical elements of stor
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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Melindam
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Charity ain’t giving people what you wants to give, it’s giving people what they need to get.”

“There’s a tip, though. Just ‘ho, ho, ho’ will do. Don’t say, ‘Cower, brief mortals’ unless you want them to grow up to be moneylenders or some such.”

I first read the Hogfather in 2010 and it became a favourite by page 15 or maybe page 10. I have reread it before/during Xmas ever since to get into/out of the spirit of things.
It is an awesome book & never stops to amaze / entertain me even aft
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Lyn
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.”

From Discworld’s inception, readers have known that Sir Terry Pratchett has fired a shot across the bow of convention, especially religious institutions, with his concept of a flat world atop four elephants who themselves stood atop of great turtle. Hogfather, his 20th Discworld novel first published in 1996, takes off where 1992’s Small Gods (his 13th) leaves off.

“Hello, inner child, I'm the inner ba
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Kaethe
2/14/2008

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

***
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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Paul
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still as good on every reread. Pratchett at his best with better insights in to humanity than anyone else.
Olivier Delaye
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 2012 two cents: I just about peed my pants with this one!

My 2017 two cents and five mills: just re-listened to this last week, which is kind of appropriate this time of year, and I loved it just as much the second time around, if not more. The fun never seems to stop giving with these books, really. Actually, I finished it while I was doing my cardio at the gym, and people must have thought I had a few screws loose, laughing as I was on the treadmill for, at least to them, no reason at all. I
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Pavle
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastika
Sve se to na kraju lepo skocka, ali mislim da već počinjem da vidim šablon iza Diskvrld romana. Jeste ovo dobar roman, promišljen, vispren, ali na trenutke mi se činilo da sam ga već pročitao, iako sam Pračeta prvi put sreo prošle godine. I onda malo razmislim i shvatim da naravno da nisam pročitao, ne ovo, ali da jesam već čitao ovu strukturu, u prethodne četiri knjige Diska koje su mi na kontu. Tako da, bez obzira na tipično inteligentna razmišljanja Pračeta/Smrti o ljudskosti, veri i smislu b ...more
RavenclawReadingRoom
Trigger warnings: death, murder, violence.

25/12/2017
Yes, I reread this even though I'd just finished it in January. Whatever. It's amazing and I love it.

21/1/2017
I ran out of time to reread this in 2016, so I got in early this year. There is so much INCREDIBLY clever writing in here that makes you think about yourself and your beliefs. There are so many fabulous characters. There are so many iconic moments ("meet the Hogfather at the fancy department store" turning into "watch the Hogfather's en
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Max
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I try to read this every year. It’s fantastic. Needed it this year especially.
Nicole
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Ashley
“IT'S THE EXPRESSION ON THEIR LITTLE FACES I LIKE, said the Hogfather.
'You mean sort of fear and awe and not knowing whether to laugh or cry or wet their pants?'
YES. NOW THAT IS WHAT I CALL BELIEF.”

“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.”

This is my favorite Discworld book in quite some time. It's just so good!

It's not as quippy or joke-heavy as some Discworld books, but what it lacks in goofery
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Richard
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fantasy
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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David Sarkies
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
Terry Pratchett's Christmas Special
5 January 2015

I started reading this book because I thought it was going to be a great book to read in the lead up to the festive season, however the only problem was that my timing was completely off – I finished it five days into the new year, which sort of defeats the purpose of reading a book for the festive season. I guess the next time I decide to read such a book, such as Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, I should time it so that I finish the book, a
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Connor
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Brilliant. I adored it. I can't wait to get more books in the series. Maybe the witch books next?
Paul
I'll admit that at times I don't really understand what is going on in Pratchett books until the last 100 pages or so. A lot of times it just seems like randomness and for whatever reason, my brain likes to sift out randomness while reading. This is my second Pratchett book and I hope I find one that I end up loving. I liked Hogfather but I was expecting a little more.

I think I may have made a mistake by reading this book in small chunks instead of in large chunks. Because there are no chapters
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Tanja Berg
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Re-reading of "Hogfather", one of my all time favorite books, or so I thought. It's almost 20 years since I read it the first time and I estimate that I've read about 3000 books in the interlude. Nope, all of them are not on goodreads, my memory isn't that good and I've only been keeping track the past nine years. Despite the number of new books under my belt, this held up incredibly well.

Susan, the non-biological grand daughter of Death, is employed as a nanny and trying to be normal. This is m
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Monica Davis
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Just short of four stars, but worth rounding up. My first Discworld book, and admittedly it took a while to get used to his writing style, (no chapters, and frequent movement from one storyline to another after brief passages). Overall I found this to be clever, entertaining, and quite imaginative, with some interesting underlying messages. Didn't hook me on the series, but every fantasy reader should experience at least one Discworld book. I was not disappointed with Hogfather.
Rebecca Foster
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In Discworld belief causes imagined beings to exist, so when a devious plot to control children’s minds results in a dearth of belief in the Hogfather, the Fat Man temporarily disappears and Death has to fill in for him on this Hogswatch night. I laughed aloud a few times while reading this clever Christmas parody, but I had a bit of trouble following the plot and grasping who all the characters were given that this was my first Discworld book; in general I’d say that Pratchett is another exampl ...more
Marina
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, own
Hilarious as always, Death sets off on another quest to save the world. This time from reality auditors who are trying to erase humanity by killing the Hogfather (Santa). They do so by employing a monstrous human. So when the Hogfather disappears... Death steps in, which is of course where the hilarity steps in.

There's a huge discussion about what belief is, when we are children, and why it goes away when we grow up. Why we need to believe and what those beliefs do for us. Why do some fairy tale
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Tfitoby
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, funny
I have seen the TV adaptation so many times, it's a Christmas tradition around here, that it is hard to separate my affection for the show with my affection for the writing of Pratchett. The guy from Hustle is great as Teatime and the girl from Downton Abbey perfect as Susan Death, and they both bring the two central characters to life in such a way that the book feels very flat in comparison but as a standalone Discworld novel on the nature of belief it's almost as good as Small Gods with the s ...more
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.
Μιχάλης
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ενα απο τα καλυτερα Χριστουγεννιατικα βιβλια για οσους δε γουσταρουν Χριστουγεννιατικα βιβλια
D.L. Morrese
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Punk
Jun 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,
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“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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