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Der Schneevater ist spurlos verschwunden und so wirft sich Tod kurzerhand in den roten Mantel, um auf dem Schweineschlitten die Geschenke an die Kinder zu verteilen. Währenddessen macht sich Tods Enkelin Susanne auf die Suche nach dem Schneevater. Schweinsgalopp (Originaltitel: Hogfather) ist der zwanzigste Scheibenwelt-​Roman von Terry Pratchett. Er wurde veröffentlicht und für den British​. Entdecken Sie Terry Pratchett Hogfather – Schweinsgalopp (2 DVDs) und weitere TV-Serien auf DVD- & Blu-ray in unserem vielfältigen Angebot. Im Paralleluniversum der Discworld wurde eine Santa-ähnliche Figur namens Hogfather von einem Bösewicht entführt, der entschlossen war, den Glauben aller. Im Fantasyfilm Hogfather muss der Tod als Stellvertreter die Geschenke an die Kinder verteilen, da der Schneevater spurlos verschwunden ist.

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Im Fantasyfilm Hogfather muss der Tod als Stellvertreter die Geschenke an die Kinder verteilen, da der Schneevater spurlos verschwunden ist. Leider ist der Hogfather in diesem Jahr verhindert. Die Auditors of Reality haben beschlossen, etwas gegen den unsinnigen Glauben an ihn zu. Hogfather – Schaurige Weihnachten: Während der Tod mit mehr oder weniger Erfolg versucht, das Schneefest mit Leben zu füllen, kommt.

It's up to Death to take up the reigns—otherwise the sun won't shine tomorrow Death : You need to believe in things that aren't true.

How else can they become? Teatime: I'm the one where this man comes out of nowhere and kills you stone dead.

Guard with relief : Oh, that one! But that one's not very -. There are rules. But you broke them.

How dare you? Death : Down in the deepest kingdoms of the sea, where there is no light, there lives a type of creature with no brain and no eyes and no mouth.

It does nothing but live and put forth petals of perfect crimson where none are there to see. It is nothing but a tiny yes in the night.

And yet It has enemies who bear it a vicious, unbending malice, who wish not only for its tiny life to be over but also that it had never existed.

Are you with me so far? Death : Good. Now, imagine what they think of humanity. Ridcully : Get hold of something like someone's nail clippings and you've got 'em under your control.

That's real old magic. Dawn of time stuff. Albert: You're not allowed to do that. Death : The Hogfather can. The Hogfather gives presents.

There's no better present than a future. Twyla: I'm afwaid of the monster in the cellar, Thusan. It's going to eat me up. Susan: What have I told you about trying to sound ingratiatingly cute, Twyla?

Twyla: You said I mustn't. You said that exaggerated lisping is a hanging offence and I only do it to get attention.

Death: Let's get there and sleigh them. Albert: Right you are, Master. Death: That was a pune, or play on words, Albert.

I don't know if you noticed. Albert: I'm laughing like hell deep down, sir. Within six months after finishing this book, I had read every other Discworld novel to that date.

This is a book that can be read at several levels, if nothing else, then simply for the humour. This book is hilarious! Apr 19, Lindsay rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , humor.

Death has also carefully instructed his granddaughter Susan Sto Helit not to get involved, so she leans into her family heritage and investigates the latest interference by the Auditors of Reality.

This is one of the Discworld books that I've reread the most, including both print and audio, and I've seen the mini-series a couple of times.

So it was actually surprising how much the book struck me this time around. It's easy to think of some of the great bits in this book like "the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape" and "you need to believe in things that aren't true.

How else can they become? This definitely holds up on rereading and remains one of the best books of the entire series in my opinion.

Hold on, here….. YOU, Jandrok? Pratchett did, after all, invent one of the most enduring and well-loved fantasy series of all time.

Okay, look….. Which brings us back to square one, right? The Hogfather. The Discworld version of the Santa Claus mythology.

And I was a bit lost at first. Which led me to research this whole Discworld thing in order to figure out how all of this stuff really works.

Death as a character had already appeared in other Discworld titles, as had his granddaughter, Susan Sto-Helit. And then there is this wizard character, Ridcully, who has a lot of background history.

And of course there is the Discworld itself, which is easily one of the most fully realized examples of world-building in all of fantasy fiction.

So now maybe you can understand why I have been hesitant to just dive into this series without the proper knowledge base. Usually I would start a series at the natural starting point, the beginning.

But those more knowledgeable than I have warned against that, as apparently the first set of books is not a good barometer for what comes later.

Now to try and tie this whole thing together without spoiling the action. The Discworld operates in a universe where magic basically takes the place of particle physics.

This well of magic influence is what enables the absurdity of the Discworld to exist in the first place. After all, it IS a flat landmass supported by four elephants riding on top of a gigantic star-turtle.

This accretion of magic can be accessed in many ways, but the overriding principle of why things happen on the Discworld is that the inhabitants BELIEVE they will happen.

Gods may begin their existence as small creatures, but they gain more and more power as people believe in them as true entities.

Thus there is a Hogfather because….. Now these Auditor chaps…. They like order and such…. Life itself is very unkempt, so the best thing to do is eliminate it, right?

Be forewarned, if British humor is not your thing, then you might want to skip this. You should also know that Pratchett assumes that his audience is smart enough to put various pieces of information together to make logical sense of the whole thing.

I found myself going back and rereading certain parts of the story in an attempt to keep all of the events straight in my head.

I laughed, I groaned, I laughed some more, and then finally I decided that I have been missing out on a truly wonderful series of books. I shall not make this mistake again.

More Discworld books will be entering my abode. This one will go into regular holiday rotation. Two thumbs, a glass eye, and a lovely dinner of old boots and mud up.

Nov 04, Paul rated it it was amazing. Still as good on every reread. Pratchett at his best with better insights in to humanity than anyone else.

Jun 09, Olivier Delaye rated it it was amazing. My two cents: I just about peed my pants with this one! My two cents and five mills: just re-listened to this last week, which is kind of appropriate this time of year, and I loved it just as much the second time around, if not more.

The fun never seems to stop giving with these books, really. Actually, I finished it while I was doing my cardio at the gym, and people must have thought I had a few screws loose, laughing as I was on the treadmill for, at least to them, no reason at all.

I My two cents: I just about peed my pants with this one! I mean, Death filling in for Santa during Christmas aka Hogswatch on the Discworld is in itself hilarious, but this book delivers so much more in terms of acutely-studied parallels with our own world that it takes the definition of satire to a whole new level, making it nothing short of a masterpiece of British humor.

Probably my favorite Discworld novel ever! I cannot express how much I love this book. The writing, the story, the characters all of it comes together to make a perfect book.

Jun 20, K. Trigger warnings: death, murder, violence. The end. Especially the peeing pig and how long that joke is dragged out for.

It's spectacluar. It's amazing and I love it. There are so many fabulous characters. There are so many iconic moments "meet the Hogfather at the fancy department store" turning into "watch the Hogfather's enormous hogs piss all over the fancy department store", for one.

And honestly? It's just a delight. Yes, this is hilarious. And yes, it's incredibly entertaining. But there is SO much in this story about belief, about the impact that belief has on children, about how the things we're told as children - "don't suck your thumb, or the Scissor Man will come and cut it off!

There's also a lot about belief being full of layers - the Hogfather ultimately comes from the idea that a midwinter sacrifice is necessary for the sun to return.

So what starts as a pagan tradition gets warped and changed through the years and through the generations until somehow it pops out the other end as a fat jolly man who gives presents to small children.

In short, you can read Pratchett at a surface level and laugh yourself silly. Or you can look a little deeper, and be blown away by just how much of a genius Pratchett really was.

It's one of my favourite Discworld books, hands down. And it was the perfect Christmas reread - while it may be deeply funny and highly entertaining, at its core, Hogfather is a story about the power and importance of belief.

Susan and Death are two of my favourite Discworld characters, and it's completely wonderful to have them both throughout so much of this book.

Oddly, despite loving the book to pieces, I really wasn't a big fan of the TV adaptation from a couple of years ago. I'm just not convinced that they can ever quite capture the magic of Death and the spirit of Hogswatch on television, you know?

If for no other reason, this is worth reading for the scene where Death takes over as a department store Hogfather.

His conversations with the kids in the store are completely priceless, the reactions of the parents are hilarious, and the unexpected addition of Nobby Nobbs is simply the icing on the cake of awesomeness.

Jan 20, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: satire , fantasy-adult , fairytale-myth-legend. As usual, plenty of humour with an edge.

I did occasionally wonder where and how all the plot threads were going to meet up and how they were connected.

I'm not sure the Auditors were strictly necessary to the plot, but maybe they figure elsewhere in Discworld novels I haven't read yet.

I enjoyed the hijinks at Unseen University more than I expected to. The daft old wizards were funnier than I'd seen them be before; underling wizard Ponder and the thinking machine, Hex, are charming.

The send-up As usual, plenty of humour with an edge. The send-up of Christmas commercialism and the Santa idea is fantastic.

This is the first Discworld novel I've read in which Death plays a major part, and I really like how he attempts to understand people and revive belief in the Hogfather.

His attempts to improve upon customs are great, especially the sequence at the Hogswatch Grotto in the "Maul" and his attempts to fairly redistribute wealth.

Because I work for a nonprofit agency that gets swamped with donations in November and December and struggles to meet needs in June , the commentary about a lot of people's true motivations for holiday giving really hit the mark.

Death's granddaughter, Susan, is an excellent character, another of Pratchett's very cool females; and I really enjoyed her parts of the plot, too, whether she's dealing with the monsters under the bed or trying to figure out why Death's flying around and saying HO HO HO.

I'm continuously amazed how Pratchett manages to point out the absurdities of the human condition while still being such a humanist and championing the power of imagination.

But there was something about this book which captured my imagination and put it atop the list of best Discworld novels I have read to date.

This time out it was Father Christmas turn and the whole Christmas feeling. There are plenty of interesting characters but Death does have a more prevalent role and he entertains throughout trying to get his head around the whole idea of Christmas and the giving of gifts.

Death and Albert steal the show in this one for me but there were no real dull characters and all were entertaining to read about but as seems to be the norm for me, the Wizards were the least entertaining.

Well worth a read but I am definitely glad I bumped this one up my reading list to fit in with the season as it may not have had the same impact out of season.

Dec 20, Max rated it it was amazing. I try to read this every year. Needed it this year especially. It's the night before Hogswatch. And it's too quiet.

The Hogfather, Discworld's version of Santa is I wish I'd realized a month earlier that this is essentially a jolly good Christmas story, it would've made for a great seasonal read; I feared that reading it in January would mar my enjoyment, but that wasn't the case at all.

Death is one of my favorite Discworld characters, but the books focused on him can be a bit much , an It's the night before Hogswatch.

Death is one of my favorite Discworld characters, but the books focused on him can be a bit much , and so far, I haven't enjoyed them as much as I always felt I should, but Hogfather was a surprising exception.

I'm not sure if this is due to Pratchett having really hit his stride as far as his voice goes, or if having different, broken-up narratives helped take much of the focus away from Death's shenanigans, but I thoroughly enjoyed it; it made me chuckle very often, and offered a perspicacious look into the inner workings of humanity—just the way I like my Discworld novels.

Less sociopolitical in this particular case, Hogfather tackles the uniquely human issue of belief in a similar vein as in Small Gods , which is hands-down my favorite stand-alone Discworld book I've read so far.

There's even a hint of Gaiman's yet-unpublished American Gods in it, what with belief being what sustains a deity, and Old Gods finding new niches to keep on going once there's no more use for them in an ever-changing world.

I really loved the Wizards in this, and came to the realization that I've never cared that much about them before because they usually come in tandem with Rincewind, which is a character I dislike Everything about this installment just worked.

Little—" YES. Nov 27, YouKneeK rated it liked it Shelves: completed-series , fantasy. It finally happened. I finally made it up to Hogfather in my Discworld reading list.

I was a bit early for Christmas, but at least I reached it within the general winter holiday time frame. Hogfather is the fourth book in the Death subseries.

He delivers gifts to children on Hogswatch Night. There are problems this year, though. The mysterious beings known as the Auditors have hired the Ass It finally happened.

Death decides to fill in for him, and he really warms up to the role. This book was quite funny; there were a lot of parts that made me laugh.

One of the things that was starting to get tiresome to me in the Death subseries was the way Death always seems to be in the middle of some internal crisis, shirking his responsibilities while others take up the slack.

This book was a nice change of pace from that. I thought he was more fun to read about in this book than he had been in the previous Death books.

There were a few different pieces to the story, and they did all tie together, but the ties were pretty tenuous. I know, I know, this is the Discworld.

But I like sense and logic. It's just so good! It's not as quippy or joke-heavy as some Discworld books, but what it lacks in goofery and wit, it makes up for in plot and character and heart.

Someone wants the Hogfather Discworld's version of Father Christmas, except with pigs instead of reindeer, and sherry and meat pies instead of cookies and milk, and he may or may not have tusks dead.

Except, how do you kill a personified construct of human belief? How do you kill an immortal? And what happens when you do? Death, that scamp, doesn't want to find out the answer to that last question, so he's taken some questionable steps.

While he's running around with a fake beard and a pillow stuffed up his Hogfather costume, practicing his HO HO HO's and making his pixie friend Albert pretend to be the Hogfather's helper, his reluctant granddaughter Susan gets drawn into the whole business against her will.

All she wants is to be normal, but she can't seem to manage it. Of course, we've also got the Wizards running around messing with stuff the whole time.

They keep accidentally creating small gods, including Bilious, the God of Hangovers, who decides he's going to help Susan after she temporarily cures him of his always-hungover but never-drunk state of being.

They work on tracking down the jerks who've apparently succeeded in killing the Hogfather, while Death rides around in the sleigh having his one-millionth mid-life crisis, handing out presents to everyone he meets in an effort to keep the spirit of the Hogfather alive.

He gets a little too into the role, as per the usual. This is definitely in my top three Discworld books now, so a big thank you to Malin , who gave me my copy of this book in the Cannonball Read annual book exchange last Christmas.

Much obliged to you, friend :D [4. I have seen the TV adaptation so many times, it's a Christmas tradition around here, that it is hard to separate my affection for the show with my affection for the writing of Pratchett.

The guy from Hustle is great as Teatime and the girl from Downton Abbey perfect as Susan Death, and they both bring the two central characters to life in such a way that the book feels very flat in comparison but as a standalone Discworld novel on the nature of belief it's almost as good as Small Gods with the s I have seen the TV adaptation so many times, it's a Christmas tradition around here, that it is hard to separate my affection for the show with my affection for the writing of Pratchett.

The guy from Hustle is great as Teatime and the girl from Downton Abbey perfect as Susan Death, and they both bring the two central characters to life in such a way that the book feels very flat in comparison but as a standalone Discworld novel on the nature of belief it's almost as good as Small Gods with the silly humour toned down a little.

Dec 20, David Sarkies rated it liked it Shelves: comedy. Terry Pratchett's Christmas Special 5 January I started reading this book because I thought it was going to be a great book to read in the lead up to the festive season, however the only problem was that my timing was completely off — I finished it five days into the new year, which sort of defeats the purpose of reading a book for the festive season.

I guess the next time I decide to read such a book, such as Charles Dickens ' A Christmas Carol , I should time it so that I finish the book, a Terry Pratchett's Christmas Special 5 January I started reading this book because I thought it was going to be a great book to read in the lead up to the festive season, however the only problem was that my timing was completely off — I finished it five days into the new year, which sort of defeats the purpose of reading a book for the festive season.

Mind you, considering my personality, reading a Terry Pratchett book is probably more my style for the festive season than a Charles Dickens book.

Anyway, as you can probably guess from the above paragraph, this is a book about Christmas — sort of.

The thing is that this isn't Earth, this is the Discworld, which means that Pratchett has actually created a completely different, yet similar, tradition.

On Discworld we have Hogswatch Night, and instead of a jolly round man dressed in red with white fur riding a sled being pulled by reindeer, we have a jolly round man riding a sled being pulled by pigs.

Such is the nature of Discworld. Well, as it turns out, the Hogfather disappears, which means that all of the kids aren't going to get their Hogswatch presents, so Death, of all people, decides to take the job instead.

The problem is that Death isn't the Hogfather, and despite the fact that he is probably one of the most feared men on Discworld, he actually has a heart of gold.

This means that when he rocks up at a house to give a child a gift he actually gives the child what he wants. This, as you can imagine, ends up causing some problems, because the whole idea of the Hogfather giving gifts actually isn't to give the child what he wants, but what the economic situation stipulates.

Unfortunately, by giving a poor child an incredibly expensive gift upsets the balance somewhat. While at first it seems that all the Hogfather's role happens to be is to give children presents befitting of their economic situation of course there is mush more to it.

By the end of the book it becomes quite evident that the role of the Hogfather is to make the sun come up in the morning.

The reason for this is that Hogswatch night as is the case with Christmas in our world falls upon midwinter's night.

The thing with winter, as we are probably aware, to the pre-industrial world is that it was the harshest time of the year, and midwinter was the harshest day.

Thus it is not surprising that people held a celebration on midwinter to encourage each other that the worst had past, and that everybody has spring, and then summer, to look forward to.

It is a shame that Christians have suddenly started to claim that Christ was actually born on December 25th in an attempt to add legitimacy to their claim over the midwinter festival.

However I am going to say that I reject that allegation. I am not going to go into details, but I still hold the modern belief that the Christians moved Christmas to 25th of December to hijack the original midwinter's festival.

To me it makes sense, because to Christians Christ was born during what they believed as humanity's darkest day, and what his birth signified was that there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and that they could look forward to a time when things would be restored.

However, this is looking back and if we consider the context in which he was born, I would have to say that it was hardly Judaism's darkest day — that was to come seventy years later when the Romans stormed Jerusalem, and levelled the city and the temple to the ground.

Even though I am a Christian, it really annoys me when people try to rewrite history to add credence to their arguments. Another interesting thing about this book is that it is all about belief.

The idea is that a god only exists as long as somebody believes in the god. The Hogfather ceased to exist namely because an assassin, Teatime, managed to create an immense amount of disbelief.

However we also encounter a number of other gods, such as the oh-god of Hangovers, who came into existence because people began to believe in him.

The ironic thing is that this is actually quite a modern phenomena. The ancients as far as I am aware did not have this idea of a god existing based on people's beliefs.

My first encounter with this idea was through a trilogy of Dungeons and Dragons novels. In reality, the ancients believed in their gods, and it didn't matter whether people believed in them or not, they existed, and simply by not believing in them didn't make them any less real.

The final thing I wish to touch upon is this machine called Hex. He has appeared in other novels, and is becoming more and more prevalent.

Hex is basically a computer that was created by the wizards of the Unseen University. This is an artist's impression: The reason I mention Hex is because I watched a video on Youtube once I can't remember the details so I can't link it about some guy Charles Babbage in the early part of the 19th Century developing a computer using gears.

To me computers are all about integrated circuits and electricity, but apparently they can exist without them, such as this one which is a replication because Charles Babbage never actually built it : In fact, some have suggested that the Antikythera Mechanism is also a type of computer that was built by none other than Archemides himself.

This is a replica by the way, the one that was pulled up from the ocean floor looks nothing like that one. Feb 06, Ivana Books Are Magic rated it really liked it.

Hogfather might be the twentieth novel in the Disc world series but it was my first book in the series and my first by this author.

I always suspected Terry Pratchett might be my cup of tea and I wasn't wrong. I immensely enjoyed reading Hogfather.

It is the perfect book to take one's mind of problems. Very imaginative and funny in its setting and world building, this novel also features a wonderful female protagonist: Susan.

Death is quite an interesting character as well and an author of man Hogfather might be the twentieth novel in the Disc world series but it was my first book in the series and my first by this author.

Death is quite an interesting character as well and an author of many memorable lines through the course of this book. The plot isn't bad either.

It's all about the spirit of Christmas or better to say Hogwatch in this one. One thing I especially liked about Terry Pratchett's writing is his sense of humour.

It is at times very dark or should I say very British? This book made me chuckle many times. It is wonderfully funny in a variety of ways.

There are all kinds of humour in it, from the silly jokes pigs relieving themselves where they shouldn't and that sort of things , clever world play, reversed logic reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland to more philosophical and satirical humour.

This writer likes to make fun of everything, doesn't he? However, Terry Pratchett never goes too far for my liking, rather he shows a sense of measure in his comical scenes.

Moreover, even when he makes fun of religion, education system and human society which is all the time more or less Terry retains a necessary dose of humility that seems to be hinting at things unknown.

Terry is great at pointing out at the absurdities without growing too depressive or gloom in his writing. She had a great education and now she wants a normal life.

While the writer makes a witty remark It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.

That doesn't mean it is really helpful, though. After all, most people don't have to save the world on regular basis.

Susan makes for a charming governess and a book protagonist. Susan's matter of fact approach to life is in wonderful contrast with the world she lives in and the situations she has to deal with.

Take for example her rendering of a known classic of children's literature But he got away with it and lived happily ever after, without so much as a guilty twinge about what he had done She has to solve a mystery and for once Susan cannot rely on her powers.

Quite ironic given how much Susan says she only wants to be 'normal'. Apart from highly likable Susan, there is quite a cast of interesting characters in this book.

The villain of this book Mr. Teatime is also a memorable character. I felt the story could have been shorter without losing its essence.

I think this book would be just as great if it was a hundred pages shorter. Not that I'm no complaining too much, for it was a wonderful read.

The Death of Mice was a bit of a redundant character if you ask me, but then again he comes in pair with a rather entertaining raven, so I guess he wasn't so bad after all.

I just thought these two will have a more important role to play apart from ending up dinning on a conveniently found ship that happened to die happy and of old age.

Anyhow, this book has some brilliant moments and it was a truly entertaining read. Hogfather is one of my favorite Christmas books, and I try to re-read it every couple of years at this season.

I also love Susan's relationship with her grandfather Death, and how Death both fully understands human nature in the way he gets Susan involved in the Hogfather's disappearance and really, really doesn't in practically everything else.

Two scenes come to mind when I think of what this book says about the Christmas season. One is the "Good King Wenceslas" scene, where Death interrupts a king giving his leftovers to a proud, poor man who never asked nobody for nothing.

Death's well-made point is that the king gave of his abundance not because he cared for the man, but because it made him feel good to receive gratitude.

I have been in the position of receiving well-meant but humiliating charity, and it's made me conscious of my own motives--giving is all very well, but where am I the other days of the year?

The second is the "Little Match Girl" scene this book is heavily populated with references to familiar Christmas stories in which Death intervenes to keep the little girl alive rather than let her die to be a heartwarming tale for the more fortunate to remember and be grateful they aren't a frozen child dead in the snow.

I don't like Christmas stories whose purpose is solely to tug at the heartstrings, to evoke emotion on the back of other people's tragedies, and the image of Pixie Albert pelting the angels with snowballs makes me laugh.

The interactions between Death and his granddaughter Susan are perfect. It's something I re-read every year, a reminder of all the symbolism behind the waning of the year.

And there's so much going on in this book: the wizards and their investigation of why there's suddenly a Verruca Gnome and a Cheerful Fairy wandering the halls of Unseen University, the horribly creepy Teatime and his clever but simple plan to "inhume" the Hogfather, Death's scramble to keep the sun rising, and Susan, caught up once again in her grandfather's plan.

The Auditors are probably my favorite of Pratchett's villains, because they are so antithetical to life in all its shapes, and yet are torn by the same impulses to become individuals that humans are.

It's a marvelous story, with a deeper meaning beneath the humor of the surface: Remember the poker. View all 5 comments.

Dec 25, Juho Pohjalainen rated it really liked it. One of the more absurd Discworld novels, as premise goes, yet it also turns out as one of the most heartfelt with one of my favourite villains.

May 13, D. Shelves: fun-fantasy. The midwinter holiday on Discworld is Hogswatch rather than Christmas, and the Hogfather is the Discworld's counterpart of Santa Claus.

Many children of the Disc believe in him, which is why he exists. This is a fundamental characteristic of the magical system in Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.

Belief causes the thing believed in to exist, and when belief stops, that existence stops. Teatime, an assassin retained to do away with the Hogfather, plans to exploit this metaphysical law to accomplish his assigned task, but first he must break into the Tooth Fairy's castle and get control of the teeth stored there.

With them, he can influence the belief of their former owners through sympathetic magic. That's something of a spoiler, but if you haven't read this yet, you may be thankful for it.

Hogfather was the first Discworld book I ever read. This was back in , I think. It could have been I'm not sure.

I didn't buy it. The book was given to me, not so much as a gift, but as a case of, "Here, I'm not going to read this again, but you might like it since I know you like the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

I didn't know what to make of the book at first. It wasn't like anything I had ever read before. I recall thinking when I was about halfway in that I wasn't sure I liked it.

Those stories seemed to make a concerted effort to convey their fantasy settings as 'real' places, and they were chocked full of dragons, evil warlords and their minions, and powerful magic.

Their plots often boiled down to simple, and often bloody, contests between 'good' and 'evil'. The reader didn't have to think much for most of these.

They offered an entertaining escape from reality, but not much else. The plots were often a bit like sporting events in which one side is 'good' primarily because it's from your hometown although there's a good chance none of the players are.

In some, the biggest difference between the protagonist and antagonist was the point of view that dominated the story.

In any case, that was the kind of fantasy novel I was used to. Hogfather is none of the above. It's not even like the Hitchhiker's Guide, but the person who gave me the book was right in one regard.

If you like the Hitchhiker's Guide, there is a good chance you will like Discworld.

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Terry Pratchett Vadim Jean. Wyrd Sisters. Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic. Jonathan Teatime. In the deep winters, people of old feared that spring might never again come, so they gave bloody sacrifice of hogs to the Hogfather.

Nowadays, the Hogfather is expected to travel in a sleigh pulled by hogs and every Hogswatchnight to bring gifts to all the children, or at least, those who believe in him; this yields a worshipper range of most of the Discworld except for the Counterweight continent and the continent of Klatch.

Despite this impressive range, crass commercialization of the holiday compromised the belief in Hogfather, and then interference from the Auditors of Reality severely threatened his existence chronicled in Hogfather.

His residence is the Castle of Bones near the hub. The Hogfather is an ancient being, who has seemingly kept his present form for some time; in Hogfather , Albert reminisces about his childhood memories of the Hogfather, more than years ago.

The only difference in the Hogfather in that time seems to have been that he did not bring presents, but sausages and black puddings if you were lucky.

But you always got a pink sugar piglet in the toe. In the land of pine trees and deep snow and long winters, when the sun is below the horizon most of the day, in the piercing cold it can become a real question whether or not the sun will rise again in the morning.

The voice of reason says it will rise, but there are many unreasonable voices in a person. In response to this question, the anthropomorphic wossname called the Hogfather arose.

He had many forms throughout the centuries, and the man in the red suit was only the last of them. Susan saw them one after another.

His first form was properly speaking porcomorphic, or pig-shaped. It was to this point that he retreated when ambushed by Mr Teatime.

It is no small thing to make the Sun rise. When he was able to resume his role, the Hogfather seemed to salute Death as an equal.

He did not thank him. When the Hogfather was attacked, Death, like an expert mechanic hearing a change in the sound of an engine, had heard a harmonic change in the music of the universe.

He was able to enter the congruent reality of the Hogfather in a way in which he could not enter the domain of the Tooth Fairy.

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