“Hogfather” – Terry Pratchett

Title: Hogfather
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publication date: 1996
Publisher: Corgi (paperback)
Pages: 445

Summary: Susan is desperatly trying be normal. She is a sensible young governess with clear views of the world, who won’t put up with any kind of paranormal activites around her, except maybe the occasional usage of the poker when boogeymen are around. But soon enough her genes catch up with her and her rather bony grandfather (read: DEATH) pays her a visit. But this time he has left the scythe and the hourglasses at home, going for a cheerful red-and-white outfit and a bag full of presents.

This isn’t the way things should be going. The jolly fat man shouldn’t be wearing a false beard and a pillow under his coat. There shouldn’t be a “COWER, BRIEF MORTALS” after the “HO HO HO!”. And she, of all people, shouldn’t be dealing with ravens with an apetite for eyeballs and squeky rat skeletons.

But she has no choice. She has to sort this mess out, even if that means sobering up the Oh god of Hangovers or looking for an annoying waitress/part-time tooth fairy. She has to bring the belief in the Hogfather back again, or the sun won’t come up…

Surely it’s gonna be one hell of a Hogswatch night, with cameo appearances from the Auditors of Reality, the assasins and of course the wizzards of the Unseen University and Hex (+++ Out Of Cheese Error +++ MELON MELON MELON +++).

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Another fatastic novel by sir Terry Pratchett! This is his take on belief, rituals and mythology and it’s a wonderful combination of his humor and insight. It is written in such an engaging way, which slowly builds up to the truly exceptional ending, in which Pratchett gets really philosophical. 😀 A brilliant book with two of Terry’s best characters teaming up again, Death and Susan (I just love her!).

The following quote describes the novel best:

“You need to believe in things that aren’t true. How else can they become?”

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More memorable quotes:

“Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.”

“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.”

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