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The Bookish Owl – Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

In case you have somehow missed all the pop songs now featuring jingle bells and the excessive advertising for shit you don’t need – it’s Chriiiiistmas and that means it’s time to (re)read Hogfather by Terry Pratchett!

I’m by no means a Christmassy person – I can’t keep up cheer for an entire month and I have a burning hatred for elves that I can’t quite explain – but I’m all for Christmas stories (or, in this case, Hogswatch stories!) if they’re about Santa Claus (or the Hogfather) disappearing and Death having to do his job with absolutely no experience.

What are you doing for Hogswatch this year?

by Terry Pratchett

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…

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas Owl wrapping paper

While I’m a bit of a Grinch, I’d still like to wish all of you out there a happy holiday!

It’s almost over for me – duck has been eaten, presents have been unwrapped, and a slightly intoxicated grandma has been taken home and put to bed – but before I go to bed, I thought I would post the traditional holiday-themed Artemis picture!

I wanted to have him pose in a mountain of wrapping paper, but it turns out that this owl is afraid of wrapping paper… This was all I could get once he was satisfied he had actually killed the first piece I pushed his way.

Christmas Owl wrapping paper