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Hogfather de Terry Pratchett
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Hogfather (1996 original; edició 1999)

de Terry Pratchett

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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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Títol:Hogfather
Autors:Terry Pratchett
Informació:Harper (1999), Edition: Rei Rep, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Valoració:*****
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This is now my favourite Discworld book so far. Never before did I read one that made me feel so emotional. This book is funny, has fantastic characters, a great plot and a lot of heart. It’s beautiful!

In this entry of the Discworld series, Death is doing the job of the Hogfather (Discworld’s Santa Claus) since an assassin was hired to make him disappear. Death provides a very realistic commentary on what Christmas is and what it should be. He has the help of Albert and their interactions are comedic gold. Besides the character of Death, that is one of the most brilliant and endearing characters ever, there’s also Susan, his grandaughter, Teatime, a very over the top mad assassin, Ridcully, a silly wizard, and many more.

One thing I love about Sir Pratchett’s writing is the subtle emotional aspects related to every character. He gives very little information now and then and yet lets the readers understand how a certain character’s past was like and why they think a certain way in the present. There is a lot sprinkled in about the difficult way Susan feels about her grandfather and about Nobby and Alfred’s childhoods, for example. I didn’t notice this as much in the books I read before in the series because the comedy and commentary always seemed to be at the forefront, but this one really made me feel for the characters.

This was my introduction to Susan because I haven’t read “Soul Music” yet and I loved her! She is one of the best Discworld characters so far. I love her line “don’t get scared, get angry”. She is the best babysitter and she sees and treats Teatime like he deserves - as if he was a child acting like a super villain. I love no nonsense female characters and Susan is almost at the same level as Granny Weatherwax.
Teatime (pronounced Teh-ah-tim-eh) is my favourite Discworld villain so far. He is so cartoonishly over the top, but he does kill some people quickly in a way that makes him still a bit scary.

The book has some surprising creepy scenes even if the comedy and clever moments are what stand out the most.

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.”

This is the best Christmas book ever and if you haven’t read it, you should. It’s not that long and it’s so easy to keep reading due to the interesting plot and the absence of chapters. ( )
  elderlingfae | Aug 11, 2022 |
Pratchett gerir stólpagrín að trúnni sem magnar upp tannálfinn og "jólasvein" Diskheims sem heitir Hogfather svo eitthvað sé nefnt. Nú er búið að senda launmorðingja til drepa Svínaföðurinn og á meðan aðalhetjan reynir að bjarga honum hleypur Dauðinn í skarðið fyrir hann á óborganlegan hátt. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
He's not dead yet! Reading this in honour of Christmas and Terry being a bit poorly. ( )
  hierogrammate | Jan 31, 2022 |
I was supposed to be doing this as a buddy read with everyone, but I've not been keeping my end up at all. The cold I thought I'd beaten down made a comeback at the end of last week, so I kept falling asleep every time I tried to get stuck into Hogfather. Which sounds like a terrible condemnation of the book, but is really is NOT. The book was excellent. I'd prove it's excellence with quotes, except all my reading buddies beat me to all the quotes I liked the best.

There's mischief afoot in the Discworld, and the Hogfather is missing. Death decides to step in and play the Hogfather's role, visiting houses, filling stockings and doing his best to ensure that belief in the Hogfather never falters, while his grand-daughter Susan and a host of others do their best to thwart the mischief so Hogfather can come back.

This is a brilliant story - practically flawless. My only two complaints are that:

1. Teatime is a little too evil; it adds an edge to the story that I freely admit is necessary; without it the whole thing would be a little less brilliant. Nevertheless, His story line was the fly in my lemonade; I'd be reading along having a rollicking good time and then he'd show up being manically evil, and it felt like someone let the air out of my balloons.

2. The book kept referring to both dollars and pence. Either this was done on purpose, because it's the discworld and can use any form of currency Pratchett would like, or else it's an editing error that wasn't caught during a transition from UK to international editions. If it's the former, well, that's totally fine. But I don't know, so I kept wondering if it was the latter and I kept getting tripped up by the discrepancy.

In the grand scheme of things, these are inconsequential - this is, hands down, the best discworld book I've read so far. But Teatime's rain on my holiday parade does keep me from going the whole 5 stars.

If you like silly fun with a side of very deep philosophy, read this book.

There's one quote I don't think anyone has beaten me to yet:

Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.

That might very well be my favourite quote of the book. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 22, 2022 |
*** ITA/ENG ***
Il fatto che Hoghfather non sia ancora stato tradotto in italiano è uno dei grandi misteri della nostra editoria.

Uno dei libri più divertenti che abbia mai letto, con uno dei migliori personaggi di sempre (Morte, ciao!), ma allo stesso tempo con quegli spunti di riflessione più profondi che accompagnano i libri del compianto Terry Pratchett.
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One of the most terrible things about this book is that my country has never translated it in italian, so a lot of people are missing its awesomeness.

Terry Pratchett is always excellent at humor, while at the same time carrying more serious themes between the lines. And who doesn't love a book with Death as one of the main characters? Because I do!

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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.

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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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