Hogfather Book Summary and Study Guide

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A young, extremely tall dwarf named Carrot comes to the city of Anhk-Morpork seeking his fortune in the city's Night Watch.
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It's that time of year again: the shortest, darkest day of the year on
Discworld, known as Hogswatch, when a fat jolly man in a red suit known as
Hogfather travels the world in a sleigh drawn by four huge hogs and climbs
down the chimney to leave gifts in stockings. But wait ... that's not
Hogfather! That's a thin, skeletal fellow with a scythe dressed up as
Hogfather. Where's the real Hogfather -- dead or kidnapped? Why did the
vicious Mr. Teatime (Teh-ah-tee-meh, if you please!) hire a couple of thugs
named Chickenwire and Medium Dave to kidnap the Tooth Fairy and her huge
collection of baby teeth? And why are various other imaginary figures such
as the Cheerful Fairy, the Eater of Socks, and the God of Hangovers popping
out of the woodwork? It's up to budding witch Susan Sto-Helit, who's been
employed as a governess and wasn't really aware of her magical powers
(let alone that her grandfather is Death), to save the day along with the
bumbling wizards of Unseen University. Pratchett offers yet another
delightful plot in the Discworld series, with the usual winking alternate
world references (from Monty Python and Mary Poppins to Struwwelpeter and
the Little Match Girl). Remember, "The truth is out there, but the lies are
in your head."

The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   can talk to animals    -   can fly    -   can cast many different spells


Terrain    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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