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"Better watch out... It's that time of year again. Hogswatchnight. 'Tis the season to be jolly, to hang mistletoe and holly, and other stuff ending in olly. 'Tis the season when the Hogfather himself dons his red suit and climbs in his sleigh pulled by--of course!--eight hogs and brings gifts to all the boys and girls of Discworld. But this year, there's a problem. A stranger has taken the place of the Hogfather. Well, not exactly a stranger. He's actually pretty well known. He carries a scythe along with his bag of toys, and he's going to sleigh everyone he sees tonight. Ho ho ho. Even the laugh is wrong. The switch has been arranged by the Auditors, mysterious superbeings who want our universe to be a collection of rocks swinging in curves through space. Life is messy. Why not get rid of it? And who better than--you know who? Somebody has to rescue the real Hogfather before this morbid impostor tracks soot on the world's carpets. It's up to Ankh-Morpork's intellectual elite, the assembled wizards of Unseen University--with the help of a monster-bashing nanny, the world's worst inventor, plus a bona-fide, honest-to-god god (the oh god of hangovers, to be precise)--to come up with a plan to save the universe. And they'd better hurry. The bogus Hogfather is asking the wrong questions. Like: How come rich kids get all the nice toys? How come the poor kids are left with the cheap stuff? "That's life," he is told. Which cuts no ice with Death."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperPrism, 1998.
ISBN: 9780062276285
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Wizards -- Fiction.
Discworld (Imaginary place) -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.


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Jun 25, 2019

All is not right with the belief system on the Discworld, according to the shadowy Auditors. So Death finds himself taking on the Hogfather's duties on the most important night of the year. Also, Death's granddaughter is introduced, and her special abilities help right the wrongs.

Dec 21, 2015

Forces have gathered to stop the universe from illogically changing. Humans have been unwittingly shaping the universe, turning it on its heels, and commanding it to bend to their beliefs, doing things that should be impossible. Now, the observers of the universe are determined to end the one of the most powerful manifestations of this strange force. He’s an ancient being, surviving for so long in many forms. Someone who can travel great distances, in one night, operating outside of this universe to reward those who believe in him, and behave well. The Auditors of reality are plotting to kill the beloved Hogfather, and they're willing to break the rules, even hire a professional to get the job done.

Now it’s up to a slightly less jolly figure, Death, to fill his place for him. Children sit on his bony knee, telling him their Hogswatch wishlist. And they get it, no matter how extravagant or dangerous it is. A sword, or maybe, a pony. While Death, and the overly cheerful, pixie Albert deliver presents, and perform little Hogswatch miracles, is up to his granddaughter, the mostly human Susan Sto Helit, to save the Hogfather from the assassin sent after him. An assassin who is frowned upon by his colleagues, for being too brutal. There is such a thing as being too thorough, especially when it means indiscriminately killing anyone who is no longer useful. She is up against a maniacal, bloodthirsty, fully trained assassin.

Meanwhile, the wizards of the Unseen University are thoroughly confused by the strange creatures popping into existence. A mentioned name can bring a new myth into the world. The new gods are causing trouble for the senior wizards on Hogswatch eve, running around getting indigestion, and eating socks. They are determined to find out what is disrupting their meal, even if it means looking a little bit silly.

This is one of my favourite books. It is dark, funny, and with a great plot, following all the creative characters. I would recommend reading the previous books first, for a better understanding of the characters, and storyline. They are “Mort”, “Reaper Man”, and “Soul Music”. It's a great book for the holidays, with some people either watching the movie, or rereading the book every year.

This is my favorite discworld book. It's funny, yet can be taken seriously at the same time. I own most of them. They have moved with me twice. Once from the middle of the USA to the east coast, and then to the west coast. I have bought a handful since moving here. They are old friends, when I get bored I reread them.

Jeta Kola Jul 02, 2012

This book is a wonderful adventure that will keep you wanting more and more. Through the views of Susan and death everything is a quest to balance the world. It is a MUST READ BOOK!

unbalancedbutfair Jul 02, 2012

Simply put: One of the best novels I've read. Without a doubt one of the best Discworld novels, but it's so much more than that. Read this book next Christmas season, whether you've read anything else by Terry Pratchett or not.

Amandatoryrant Jun 02, 2011

another laugh out loud, rollicking good time from Terry Pratchett


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