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November 2012 Book Club Selection: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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Holiday time will soon be here so we decided to think ahead and select a book with a holiday theme. For this month the group elected to read Hogfather by Terry Pratchett.

Hogfather, originally published in 1996, is the 20th Discworld (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld) novel by Terry Pratchett (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett), and a 1997 British Fantasy Award nominee. I have not read any of Terry Pratchett so this will be a treat for me.

The Hogfather (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld_gods#The_Hogfather) is also a character in the book, representing something like Father Christmas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Christmas). He grants children's wishes on Hogswatchnight (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld_(world)#Hogswatchnight) (December 32) and brings them presents. He also is featured in other Discworld novels. Anyhoo, the Hogfather (who flies in a sleigh drawn by four gigantic pigs), has been spirited away by a repulsive assassin, Mr. Teatime, acting on behalf of the Auditors who rule the universe and who would prefer that it exhibited no life. Since faith is essential to life, destroying belief in the Hogfather would be a major blow to humanity. It falls to a marvelously depicted Death, and his granddaughter Susan, to solve the mystery of the disappeared Hogfather, and meanwhile to fill in for him. On the way to the pair's victory, we encounter children both naughty and nice; gourmet banquets made of old boots and mud; lesser and greater criminals; an overworked and undertrained tooth fairy named Violet; and Bilious, the god of hangovers. <-----HA! What a riot!

We look forward to seeing you!

P.S. If you can't get to reading this month's selection don't worry....come anyway! We want to see you and hear what you're reading and what you're watching during the round robin sharing time after we discuss the book.

Merry Happy Thankskrisgiving (or some such thing) in advance!