Hogfather (Discworld) ★★★★★

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Title: Hogfather
Series: Discworld
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 304
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

It is Hogwatch Night and the Hogfather is flying across the world in his red suit and white beard and 4 jolly boars delivering gifts to all the children. However, this Hogwatch Night the Hogfather is looking a little different. He’s a bit bony in the face, he has to stuff a pillow up the suit to give him that jolly fat look and his ho ho ho’s are more like HO, HO, HO! Yes, Death has taken over being the Hogfather for the night.

Now, where did this all start? The Auditors. Of Reality. They hired the Assassin’s Guild to kill the Hogfather. The head of the Guild, thinking it an impossible job, assigns it to Mr Teatime, an assassin who has been causing problems lately with how much he’s been killing. He’s got no style, you know? So the HAG (Head of the Assassins Guild) gives the job to Teatime. Either he’ll succeed and the Guild will get a cavern of gold or Teatime will fail and they can let him go and be done with him. Teatime has thought about just this kind of situation and he has answers.

And that is why Death is pretending to be the Hogfather. He can’t interfere with the Auditors directly but he sets his granddaughter Susan on the case. She tracks down Teatime, who has used the power of the Tooth Fairy make children NOT believe in the Hogfather. She and the newly created god of Hangovers, with the help from a tooth fairy helper, take down the insane assassin.

It is revealed that if the Hogfather doesn’t exist, the sun won’t rise. This will destroy all life on Discworld and THAT is the final goal of the Auditors. Life is messy and doesn’t really fit into neat check boxes, so they want to get rid of it. All of it.

Can Death, Susan and sundry others Save the Most Magical Night of the Year? Of course! Not even Pratchett was so full of bilious hatred and vitriol against Christmas that he’d write otherwise. But he gets his revenge on the readers by getting all metaphysical for at least 3 solid pages. What a rotter.

 

My Thoughts:

My goodness, it has been a bloody decade since I last read this! Still 5stars, still a favorite and still just as good as last time.

This time around I concentrated on the character of Teatime. And you know what? He takes up a VERY small portion of the book even while being a main villain and the killer of the Hogfather. It is like he casts a huge shadow over the whole book while only being a skinny little twig. He has such presence though that I “remembered” him having a much larger role. I think it does say something for Pratchett’s skill that he can make a such a small used character be so big. Of course, him facing down Death himself right at the end does show he had some pretty big cojones.

Death gets a great bit of action and I just laughed and laughed. When Corporal Nobbs, the most venal member of the Watch, gets a super duper assault crossbow from the big red sack and he goes nutso with excitement, I just about died. It also made me remember H.P’s review of the lamest Robin Hood movie ever, complete with “assault crossbows”. Maybe it would have been a good movie if Knobby Nobbs had showed up, hahahahaa. Anyway, I did a lot of laughing.

Susan plays a huge part but unlike Teatime she was so exasperated all the time that she couldn’t be “normal” that it wore a little thin. We get it, she doesn’t want to be Death’s granddaughter. Honey, get over it. You don’t really get to pick your relatives. She started out funny with beating the crap out of monsters under the bed with a poker but became almost grating by the end.

The Unseen Academy and the Wizards are involved, as is HEX the thinking machine. HEX going insane and taking digital frog pills to cure itself was just about the highlight for me.

The only downside to this book was the few pages of metaphysics that Pratchett throws in. All crap about Justice and Mercy and Hope being nothing but lies. Then he took it do a bad place where you can’t believe those things if you don’t believe other lies, like the Tooth Fairy. What a hopeless and utterly futile way to live. He just couldn’t resist allowing his bitter hatred against God, or even the idea of God to peek on through. Thankfully, it wasn’t enough to spoil the whole book. However, I tend to think I’ll have to wait another decade before I try this again.

★★★★★

 

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35 thoughts on “Hogfather (Discworld) ★★★★★

      1. I’d argue with that, but I’m a much bigger fan of satire than you are 😉 The Watch books are my favourite, although Death is the single best character.

        In this one, I have to say I was also a bit annoyed with Susan’s bitching, it gets old after several volumes… Rincewind seems to be taking it better, he’s accepted his world-saving duties, and complains mostly to stay in character 😉

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        1. Yeah, me and satire, not best friends. And the Watch subseries was probably my least favorite 🙂

          It’s been long enough since I’ve read a bunch of books with Susan so I didn’t remember that being part of her character, but it wouldn’t be fun to read that in every book 😦

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    1. I actually don’t know if reading any of the other discworld books is strictly necessary to enjoy this one. I think ones enjoyment might be a bit more by knowing more about Death and the discworld in general, but Pratchett does a good job of spelling out just who everyone is

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  1. Hey!

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    If you are still interested, heres the link: https://bookishowlette.wordpress.com/2018/12/28/anything-goes-monthly-feature/

    Have an awesome day!

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        1. There is a sub-series about Rincewind the Wizard. That is my favorite but doesn’t seem to top too many other peoples’ lists 😦
          Then there is the Witches books
          Then the Watch
          Then Death
          Then some misc and other stuff.

          The Death books were pretty funny. Going Postal is the first book dealing with Moist Von Lipwig and is Pratchetts take on society moving up from the fantasy to a more steam era.

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    1. Get rid of that guilt! There are simply too many books in existence for any one person to read them all. Heck, even if you only read “good” books you’d still never get through them all.

      Save trying Pratchett out for a dry time. He’s humorously satirical and if you get the right sub-series, you’ll love him. At worst you’ll be mildly entertained for a couple of hours 🙂

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        1. Well, my favorite sub-series is the Rincewind books, which starts with the duology The Colour of Magic & The Light Fantastic.

          However, not as many people agree with me about how great those books are 🙂

          So you might want to jump into the Witches sub-series, which seems very popular. Start out with Equal Rites and then Wyrd Sisters.

          The author recommends this reading order:
          https://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/discworld-reading-order/

          Hope that isn’t too overwhelming. Rincewind is a bumbling wizard and the Witches deal with 3 Witches, if that helps you choose one or the other.

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  2. Yay, I can’t wait to get there! It’s one of the first Pratchetts I read years ago so my memories are almost completely gone. (and trying to forget that movie doesn’t help 😉 ) I’m up to ‘Moving Pictures’ so still a way to go until ‘Hogfather’.

    I forgot about the Nobby scene and HEX!

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