Friday, June 26, 2015

Discworld - Death of a Holiday

Hogfather and Jingo came to me directly from Englad for VCR sitting for a friend.  This was back before DVRs, and she was recording "Lois and Clark" and "The X-Files", and so I went over a couple times while she was traveling, and switch out the tapes to keep them grouped properly.

Hogfather is a lot of fun to read as it weaves holiday stories in with the origins of the Discworld's version of Father Christmas, the Hogfather.  The continuing fight against the Auditors of reality is fun as you learn more of the "rules" around the conflict.

Hogfather was made into a live action special on the BBC that was done exceptionally well.  After watching animated adaptations of Soul Music and Wyrd Sisters, it was fascinating to see even closer how Pratchett had envisioned his city and world.

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Recurring concepts and characters in this book:

Adrian Turnipseed
Albert
Ankh-Morpork
Archchancellor (Galder) Weatherwax
Arnold Sideways
Bergholdt Stuttley "Bloody Stupid" Johnson
Bibulous, god of wine
Biers
Binky
Blind Io
Bows and Ammo
Burleigh & Stronginthearm
Cabbage
Carrot Ironfounderson, Captain
Chrysoprase
Coffin Henry
Death
Didactylos
Duck Man
Events in Reaper Man
Fate
Foul Ole Ron
Gaspode the Thinking-Brain Dog
General Tacticus
Hex
Hygiene
Lord Downey, Assassins' Guild
Lord Selachii
Mericet
Miss (Eulalie) Butts
Modo the Dwarf Gardener, UU
Mrs. Gammage
Mrs. Whitlow
Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor UU
Nobby Nobbs, Corporal
Offler, the Crocodile-Headed God
Old Man Trouble
Ponder Stibbons
Quoth the Raven
Scrote
Scumble
St. Ungulant
Susan Sto Helit
The Assassins' Guild
The Auditors
The Bursar (Mr. Dinwiddie)
The Campaign for Equal Heights
The Chair
The Dean
The Death of Rats
The High Energy Magic Building
The Lecturer in Recent Runes
The Librarian
The Power of Belief
The Prophet Ossory
The Senior Wrangler (Horace)
The Thieves' Guild
The Unreal Estate
The YMPA
Twurp's Peerage
Unseen University
Violet, a Tooth Fairy
Visit-the-Infidel-with-Explanatory-Pamphlets "Washpot", Constable
Windle Poons

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