George V. Reilly

Review: Hogfather

Title: Hogfather
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Harper
Copyright: 1996
Pages: 384
Keywords: humor, fantasy
Reading period: 2-7 December, 2007

Last week, we watched the TV adaptation of Hogfather, which got me to re-read the book. The book is a lot funnier. Pratch­et­t’s written de­scrip­tions don’t translate very well to the screen.

The Hogfather is the Discworld‘s equivalent of Santa Claus: a large, jolly fat man who delivers presents to children on the longest night of the year. The Auditors, celestial bu­reau­crats who take a dim view of the messiness of human existence, decide to have the Hogfather killed. Death takes it upon himself to deliver the presents to children instead, while setting his grand­daugh­ter Susan on the trail of the assassin re­spon­si­ble for the chaos.

One of the better Discworld novels. Pratchett entertains us with his char­ac­ter­is­tic humor, while ruminating on the human condition, notably the nature of belief.


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