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Book Review – Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Hogfather (Discworld, #20)Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Hogfather is just like santa…except with more pig. On Hogswatch night he flies all over the world in his sleigh drawn by four large pigs and leaves presents for the good little boys and girls of the disc. Except this year the jolly fat man has gone missing and Death has taken up a fake beard and stuffed a pillow under his robes and will be filling in until the Hogfather can be found.
Susan, Death’s granddaughter just wants a normal life. In her current job as a governess to two terminally cute children she has as much excitement as she needs beating up bogeymen with pokers. But on Hogswatch night she will find herself getting involved in yet another adventure, this one with the God of Hangovers, the Tooth Fairy(ies), and the occasional assistance of the Death of rats.

I just recently started reading Terry Pratchet and this is the 4th Discworld book I’ve read. I enjoyed it as both a holiday story and as a Discworld book. At times it has some gently pokes of social commentary interspersed with the wonderful Pratchett humor that make it so easy to immerse yourself in his books. The plot took several twists and turns and felt very scattered at first. As the book went on however things began to tighten up and by the end everything wraps together nicely.
A fantastic holiday read for those tired of the traditional holiday tales.

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