Terry Pratchett joins up with a leading folklorist to reveal the legends, myths and customs of Discworld, together with helpful hints from Planet Earth....
The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies....
Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl....
The sea has taken everything. Thirteen-year-old Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned....
To the thousands of tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no Outside....
A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett's long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press....
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."
"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)
What did you love best about Hogfather?
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
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.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
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.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hogfather?
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).
What does Tony Robinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
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.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It always has and always will make me laugh.
Any additional comments?
One of the best seasonal discworld stories. Fantastic.