The Argh Ink Book Club for December: Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather

For those of you who want to play and have never read Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather, you’re in for a treat.  For those of you who have, let’s wallow.  We can talk about belief and commercialization and gift-giving and  how really insane bad guys can make a book move like the Hogfather’s sled.  And all the other stuff.   There’s a movie, too, which I’ve never seen but have somewhere on the DVD.  Tis the season, let’s welcome the Hogfather.

We’ll start Dec. 1.  That gives us two weeks to reread and/or watch.  

29 thoughts on “The Argh Ink Book Club for December: Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather

  1. Oooh. I’ve never read a Pratchett. I’ve read Pratchett and Gaimun, tho

    I must hit up ye olde library.

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    1. Good luck. My library has 4 copies and 16 holds. There isn’t a chance I can check it out on time. Although I have read it several times so I can remember some of it. I love Susan.

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  2. I’ve read it and love it, but I just wanted to mention that their is a youtube channel called Mark Reads where a guy named Mark reads the entirety of this book and many others. Just so that people who want to play along and can’t find the time to read over the month or whatever can go and give it a listen. Also Mark is a big squishy ball of sunshine.

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  3. I’m in I logged into the library’s network and put a hold on the dvd, not sure if I’m up for this fantasy. I’ll spring this movie on my family at Thanksgiving and get their reaction maybe they have already seen it.

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  4. So pleased, very much looking forward to the discussion.
    I tend to fall into a story and not see all the work that goes into the best ones. It is fascinating to watch you all talk about theme and motif and all the other craft things. Though I notice my tolerence for the less well done stories is much less since I started reading here…

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  5. I’m a Terry Pratchett / Discworld virgin. Will I be able to follow along, or will I be completely confused?

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    1. Wow. That’s like having all the fun of discovering sex ahead of you in life.

      There are some people who dislike Rincewind, myself among them. But there are the witches, and the guard and the patrician and Susan and Death. And all kinds of other good characters.

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    2. You’ll be fine. Ask any questions you have as you read, and forty of us will fall all over ourselves to answer you.
      A few starters:
      Death is a person in this world. He means well.
      He has a granddaughter named Susan. She kicks ass.
      The city of Ankh Morpork (think London, New York) has guilds, including an Assassins Guild. Murder is illegal, assassination isn’t.
      Anything can happen.

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      1. Death talks in CAPITALS so if someone starts talking in CAPITALS you know who said it. He also wants to be human.

        Hogfather is a fine place to start but if you want to work up to it I think the subseries with the witches is great. Wyrd Sisters could be very generally described as Macbeth from the witches point of view.

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  6. Uh. Will I be told the difference between murder and assassination? Is there a clear line? Looks pretty fine line from here.

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    1. You get paid to assassinate someone. Other than money it can be impersonal. Murder is when you want to kill them and the only return is emotional satisfaction. The Assassin’s Guild only kills people they are paid to kill. They don’t go in for murder.

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    2. I don’t think it’s that big a deal in the story. The Assassins Guild works on contract. There is a contract that attempts to “fix” how society(?) works.

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    3. It really makes sense as Pratchett explains it.
      There’s an assassin’s guild, a thieves guild, a seamstresses guild (they don’t sew), and so on.
      If you pay your dues to the thieves guild and somebody tries to rob you, you just show your card and they stop. If they don’t stop, you report them to the thieves guild and they’re dealt with.
      I think it’s the same for the assassin’s guild. There are rules, as I remember, and contracts and it’s all very organized. If you bash somebody in the middle of an argument, then you’re a murderer. Oh, and to join the guild you have to pass through the assassin’s college which is not easy and sometimes fatal. Pyramids starts off with the hero taking the final exam.

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  7. The movie was a two parter on tv. be prepared to spend a lot of time. and for the newbies, minor characters won’t mean much to you, but the significant players are pretty well fleshed out. it is a wonderful mix of silliness, satire, and profundity, set during a holiday very much like Roundworld’s Christmas.

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    1. My favorite series to recommend for first-time Pratchett readers are the Tiffany Aching /We Free Men books. Crivens…

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