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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Hogswatchnight, when the Hogfather himself dons his red suit and climbs in his sleigh pulled by—of course—eight hogs, to shower gifts across Discworld. But when the fat man goes missing, someone has to sit in. It’s up to Death to take up the reigns—otherwise the sun won’t shine tomorrow . . . or ever again.

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.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
October 13
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Josey86 ,

Happy Hogswatch!!!

I loved the social commentary about Christmas, consumerism, and social inequality. I also loved the commentary on human belief and mythology. I know neither was the point of the book, but I enjoyed it all the same. I also enjoyed the story. What’s not to love about Death filling in for - and saving - the Hogfather (Santa)? I also liked how Death didn’t care about the rules and made sure kids got what was on their lists, no matter how much everyone told him he couldn’t.

Marina Ariadne ,

Snarky fun

Am reading this after having seen the BBC video a couple of years ago, and having read only the Tiffany Aching quintet before this novel.

I snickered a lot reading this. A Yank, I’d never heard of Wow-Wow sauce, and now I’m curious.

There are parts of this book that resonate too strongly with current societal situations, bordering on omniscient and—I hope not—timeless. There are discussions about charity that need to be jammed into a few heads.

Perception and choices are threads wound through the plot. You can choose to read this as another Terry Pratchett experience, a seasonally apt book, winter fun, an anthropological study, a philosophical debate, any or all of the above, or in a completely different light.

I think, by whichever perceptual lens you read it, you’ll be happy you did.

SeattleSue99 ,

Love it

Love it and the movie, a holiday we we hold true..... :)

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