Series: Discworld #20
on December 13, 2002
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Satire
Susan had never hung up a stocking . She'd never put a tooth under her pillow in the serious expectation that a dentally inclined fairy would turn up. It wasn't that her parents didn't believe in such things. They didn't need to believe in them. They know they existed. They just wished they didn't.
There are those who believe and those who don't. Through the ages, superstition has had its uses. Nowhere more so than in the Discworld where it's helped to maintain the status quo. Anything that undermines superstition has to be viewed with some caution. There may be consequences, particularly on the last night of the year when the time is turning. When those consequences turn out to be the end of the world, you need to be prepared. You might even want more standing between you and oblivion than a mere slip of a girl - even if she has looked Death in the face on numerous occasions...
This is one of my favorite Terry Pratchett books. I love that we get a better look at who Susan is other than just knowing that she is Death’s Granddaughter. She’s always been one of my favorite characters and the fact that she can be in between worlds but that she still doesn’t believe in those other words but believes in logic, just makes her a ton of fun.
I listen to this one every Christmas holiday. We even watch the BBC television program now as well. The plot about the Hogfather is just that much fun. And Death is in this quite a bit as well, instead of his normal just showing up when someone keels over!
This plot is very well paced, the characters in it are hilarious. Very unique take on Christmas and the reasoning behind it all. Totally fun when taken from a fantasy perspective.