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Hogfather (1996)

de Terry Pratchett

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Sèrie: Discworld: Susan (2), Discworld: Gods (3), Discworld: Death (4), Biblioteca Terry Pratchett (20)

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Who would want to harm Discworld's most beloved icon? Very few things are held sacred in this twisted, corrupt, heartless -- and oddly familiar -- universe, but the Hogfather is one of them. Yet here it is, Hogswatchnight, that most joyous and acquisitive of times, and the jolly old, red-suited gift-giver has vanished without a trace. And there's something shady going on involving an uncommonly psychotic member of the Assassins' Guild and certain representatives of Ankh-Morpork's rather extensive criminal element. Suddenly Discworld's entire myth system is unraveling at an alarming rate. Drastic measures must be taken, which is why Death himself is taking up the reins of the fat man's vacated sleigh...which, in turn, has Death's level-headed granddaughter, Susan, racing to unravel the nasty, humbuggian mess before the holiday season goes straight to hell and takes everyone along with it.… (més)
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Once again, another awesome novel by Pratchett. He tells a great story, packed full of humor and yet, they are also filled with wisdom about humanity and our fellow man. Here he delves into the human psyche of belief and how it affects our views on life in general. It digs into both the pros and cons of how it is used. There is a Hogfather movie out there as well, and it did a pretty good job encapsulating the novel IMO. Still the book was better! ( )
  readafew | Nov 11, 2021 |
Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.

Short version: the Hog Father (twisted Santa Clause) is missing, extra belief is sloshing about causing all sorts of trouble, and Death has stepped up to fill the roll.

New character: Mister Teatime (it's pronounced Teh-ah-tim-eh). He's an assassin that has been hired by the Auditors to remove the Hog Father and is entirely too good at his job in an odd, laterally thinking sort of way. He's interesting enough, but the repetitions of the correct pronunciation go from funny to old fairly quickly.

Susan is back and continuing to try very hard to be normal, despite a tendency to remember things that haven't happened yet and occasionally SPEAK IN ALL CAPS. She's a lovely character and really drives the story, even more than Death.

The Wizards are back as something of a sideplot, but more interestingly is their thinking machine Hex. I've always liked the analogue to actual modern computers of a seemingly magic collection of random pieces that don't make sense to the layperson and yet can somehow answer complicated questions. Long term storage is bees? Of course it is. Try to remove the mouse's cheese and it won't work anymore? Yup. Great fun.

Overall, it's a wonderful exploration of belief with all the zaniness Discworld has in the best of times. Well worth the read. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
A 4 average rating is mad crazy. I found this book in the Death series to be a real bore. I could not get interested in the them (about the Discworld version of Santa) nor the evil plot to sabotage Hogwatch (Christmas) nor the characters. Maybe it's time to start another Pratchett series? To quote Dirty Harry, this one "ain't making it." ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
A very enjoyable Discworld-style spoof on Christmas customs and myths. Twentieth in the series, and best read after a few others, particularly 'Soul Music'.

Death's granddaughter Susan features, as does Death himself dressed rather incongruously as the Discworld equivalent of Santa Claus, the 'Hogfather'. In a sleigh pulled by four pigs, climbing down chimneys and leaving presents in socks.

Lots of Christmas carol references, and some computer ones too; the wizards feature in this story, as does their Discworld-style computer, Hex. But it's a coherent plot - as much as any of these books are, anyway - and there are some quite thought-provoking comments towards the end, about the nature of humans.

Definitely recommended.

Longer review here; https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2021/06/hogfather-by-terry-pratchett.html ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jun 3, 2021 |
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Terry Pratchettautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Brandhorst, AndreasTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
De Muth, RogerAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Galian, Carl D.Dissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ittekot, VenugopalanTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kirby, JoshAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Matthews, RobinFotògrafautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Planer, NigelNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stone, MikeAuthor photoautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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manager know to friends as
'ppint' for asking me, many years
ago, the question Susan asks in
this book. I'm surprised more
people haven't asked it . . .

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She'd become a governess. It was one of the few jobs a known lady could do.
And she'd taken to it well. She'd sworn that if she did indeed ever find herself dancing on rooftops with chimney sweeps she'd beat herself to death with her own umbrella.
Time stopped.

But duration continued.
Sometimes, somewhere, somehow, the numbers on the clock did not count.

Between every rational moment were a billion irrational ones.
Mister Teatime had a truly brilliant mind, but it was brilliant like a fractured mirror, all marvellous

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Who would want to harm Discworld's most beloved icon? Very few things are held sacred in this twisted, corrupt, heartless -- and oddly familiar -- universe, but the Hogfather is one of them. Yet here it is, Hogswatchnight, that most joyous and acquisitive of times, and the jolly old, red-suited gift-giver has vanished without a trace. And there's something shady going on involving an uncommonly psychotic member of the Assassins' Guild and certain representatives of Ankh-Morpork's rather extensive criminal element. Suddenly Discworld's entire myth system is unraveling at an alarming rate. Drastic measures must be taken, which is why Death himself is taking up the reins of the fat man's vacated sleigh...which, in turn, has Death's level-headed granddaughter, Susan, racing to unravel the nasty, humbuggian mess before the holiday season goes straight to hell and takes everyone along with it.

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