Susan the governess has got to find him before morning; otherwise, the sun won't rise. And unfortunately, her only helpers are a raven with an eyeball fixation, the Death of Rats, and an "oh god of hangovers". Worse still, someone is coming down the chimney. This time he's carrying a sack instead of a scythe, but there's something regrettably familiar....Ho, ho, ho. It's true what they say: "You'd better watch out."
©1997 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)1997 Corgi Audio
"Has the energy of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the inventiveness of Alice in Wonderland....It has also an intelligent wit and a truly original grim and comic grasp of the nature of things." (Sunday Times)
If you like Terry Pratchett novels then you won't be disappointed with this one. Although to begin with I found it a little hard to get a handle on the plot (Terry seemed to be writing
"Another Wonderful Tale By Terry Pratchett"
Once you're hooked on Terry Pratchett you never go back. This book is no exception to his brilliant collection. The Disc world books don't have to be read in order but the more you read the more running jokes you will pick up on. This story is amazingly funny and made me laugh out load with its main character as Death and his granddaughter trying to save Hogswatch (Christmas).
This particular book is read very well. Tony Robinson is a very good actor and reads beautifully. He is easy to follow and switches between characters voices effortlessly.
"An absolute joy."
This is one of my all time favourite books and it is brilliantly read by Tony Robinson. The story is pratchett at his best and most satirical, swiping at the way adults look at Xmas and then writing with elegance about how children believe and the power of their belief. Death is always a joyful character, never quite understanding humanity but really trying nonetheless and the villain mister Teatime (pronounced Te-ah-tah-meh) is a wonderfully, over the top bad guy that you enjoy and want to lose at the same time. Susan is back and with her usual, embarrassed my her grandfather, way of dealing with what's happening and coping with the surreal with great aplomb always gets the job done. I absolutely adore this book again and again. I could read this over and over and now i have it on audio i can enjoy it while doing every day chores or on the way to work. I just look a bit odd while laughing to myself at the satire and jokes that keep coming thick and fast. An absolute must for anyone that likes fantasy, comedy and satire and perfect for this time of year with the jolly, holly and other things ending in olly.
Far too many too mention. Just for one though I'd say the conversation between death and the discworld equivalent of a computer, trying to make it believe in the hog father (father Christmas).
Tony Robinson is a well known fan of Terry Pratchett and has stared in some of the films. He does all the voices well and seems to be really enjoying the absurdity of what he's saying and just seems to fit the material perfectly.
It always has and always will make me laugh.
One of the best seasonal discworld stories. Fantastic.
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