Something I’m Reading: Hogfather

Hogfather (Discworld, #20)Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This has long been a favorite of mine and I’m rereading it for the umpteenth time because we’ll discuss it in a couple of weeks on A Good Story is Hard to Find.

Perhaps it is because I’m nervous about Scott’s reception of this book since he has not read much Terry Pratchett, but it seems less cohesive than I recall. I still am enjoying it a great deal and I see the themes that made me interested in discussing it, so that is ok (fable/myth vs. reality, belief, anthropomorphizing, Christmas customs and origins, etc.).

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  • amanda

    Try not to be apprehensive, I think Scott will enjoy Hogfather very much.

    Hogfather was my introduction to Pratchett and Discworld. I felt that I was missing much of the back story as I read it but nonetheless enjoyed it very much. At least until the end. Then, I found, as with many of Terry Pratchett’s books (and some other writers too,) he, very overtly, rationalizes away the mythology and tradition. My personal preference is to not have nor need that narrative.

    This has not kept me from enjoying all of Pratchett’s other works. He has many wonderful insights into human nature and is loving in creating his characters and their foibles. I recommend Discworld for just about everyone but I think that a reader gets much more out of them if they’ve been around to experience the events that Mr. Pratchett satirizes. In other words, while they could easily be YA a slightly older audience will see much more to laugh at.

    • juliedavis

      Your point about Pratchett’s rationalization is very true. However, that is part of the reason that Scott and I began our podcast … to look for the true beneath the story and also to discuss authors’ biases. This one definitely shows Pratchett’s atheistic side, but I think it also opens up the question of what is the truth at the base of the customs we follow, often unthinkingly. If that makes sense. :-)