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Terry Pratchett's Hogfather: The Illustrated Screenplay (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett , Vadim Jean , Stephen Player
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2 Nov 2006 GOLLANCZ S.F.

Hogswatchnight is fast approaching, and the Hogfather (that jolly fat man who delivers presents to the kiddies) is missing. But it's vital that all the presents are delivered, otherwise the sun won't rise tomorrow. However, there is another supernatural entity who can be everywhere at once and, most importantly, knows where everybody lives. And Death reckons that with a false beard and a few cushions, it might just work.

And while Death is busy working out the mysteries of climbing down chimneys and drinking sherry, it's up to Susan to track down the real Hogfather. It's a dark time of the year. There are monsters afoot. And some of them look just like us. HO HO HO. You'd better watch out . . .

Terry Pratchett's bestseller, adapted and directed by Vadim Jean, is a two-part live-action/CGI film starring David Jason, to be premiered on Sky One in December 2006.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; First Printing edition (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575079290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575079298
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 2.3 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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A sumptuously illustrated tie-in volume to the first-ever live-action/CGI Discworld film

About the Author

Stephen Player was born in England and currently lives in San Francisco, where he combines lecturing with painting.

Sir Terry Pratchett is a publishing phenomenon. Among his many prizes and citations are the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, the Carnegie Medal, the BSFA Award, eight honorary doctorates and, of course, a knighthood. In 2012, he won a BAFTA for his documentary on the subject of assisted suicide, 'Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die'. He is the author of fifty bestselling books but is best known for the globally renowned Discworld series. The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, and the series is still going strong almost three decades later. Four Discworld novels - Hogfather, Going Postal, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - have been adapted for television, with more to follow. His books have sold approximately 85 million copies worldwide (but who's counting?), and been translated into thirty-seven languages. Terry Pratchett lives near Salisbury in Wiltshire.

Vadim Jean won the Chaplin Award at Edinburgh, the International Critics Prize at Venice and the Evening Standard Award for best newcomer for his first feature film, LEON THE PIG FARMER. He lives in London.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discworld delight 17 Dec 2006
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I was so pleased that there was going to be a film version of this wonderful story and as an ardent fan and disciple of the creator's work,this book was welcome news. It has a great layout and excellent 'stills' from the film. I have throughly enjoyed reading what is virtually the script and can still find myself marvelling at Terry Pratchett's humour and observation. A great present for any Discworld fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very fast and good price. 12 Dec 2013
By K.Dyer
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Lovely book in great condition. Have bought for my daughter so not wanting to open it too much and damage it, but looks great with lots of pictures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing 2 Mar 2007
After having been rather disappointed by the television production itself, I rather hoped that I'd enjoy the illustrated screenplay of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather rather more, but unfortunately it failed to deliver.

There are positives here - it's lavishly presented in a beautifully glossy hardback format, it's pages are filled with set photographs, line drawings and design sketches, and there's the added advantage of not being hampered by lackluster performances, but other than two forewords (one by Pratchett, the other by Jean) and an after word by the producers, it is absolutely devoid of extras. One might expect a few production notes scattered throughout and perhaps some cast interviews, but one would be left unsatisfied.

It's a lovely addition to anyone's collection, but if you are looking for something that will give you a little insight into the production, you'll find this sadly lacking. One can't help feeling they threw this together quickly in order to cash in on the seasonal programme schedule, with little thought as to what it could have been - and it could have been so much more! On the other hand, if you're looking for something to leaf through on a wintry afternoon, or leave on your coffee table, you could do a lot worse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mournful winter wonderland 27 July 2006
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This is the sequel to Soul Music. It includes all of our old friends Susan , Ridcully, Some others from the university, Raven, The Death of Rats, Albert, And who could forget Susan's good old grandpa Death. It starts out on Hogswatch eve at The Assassin's Guild where one of the auditors (also featured in Reaperman) come to speak with the head of the guild. After the two are done talking the victim is apparent, a near immortal being named- The Hogfather. The Hogfather comes out on every Hogswatch night to give preasents to children. To deal with this mind boggling task the head comes up with one of the more bloodthirsty assassins named Teatime.

Throughout the book we discover what Susan has been doing since we left her. She has taken a job at an orphanage and she adjusts well to taking care of the kids. But she soon finds out that keeping care of about ten children is nothing when she's faced with monsters limited only by the children's imagination. Meanwhile Death of Rats comes with the news that Susan's grandfather has taken up the the Hogfather's reins.

I thought that the story was fun and reviled parts of human nature that are usually kept in the dark with some of the most thoughtful authors. The only major flaw of the book is that towards the end it starts to become a bit ridiculous even in Disk World standards.

My personal favorite part of this book was all the places it takes you such as The Toothfairy's castle, The Hogfathers Palace, and Deaths Country.

This is a very fun book and I would recommend it as one of the better Disk World series but would advise readers to look into reading Mort and Soulmusic first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On Gouger! On Tusker! On Rooter and Snouter! 4 Jun 2011
By E. A. Lovitt - Published on
Up on the housetops porkers least on Discworld they do. And down the chimney comes good old Hogfather. Or at least, he's supposed to. Who can take his place if the Hogfather is somehow...indisposed? How about Death and his chain-smoking cook, Albert? Yes, Virginia, we really are on Discworld.

"Hogfather" is one of my favorite Discworld novels (and the made-for-TV movie isn't bad, either - Hogfather) because only Pratchett has the audacity to tangle together three of our favorite anthropomorphic personifications (Santa Claus a.k.a. the Hogfather, the Tooth Fairy, and Death) in one intricate story line that is really about belief and what makes the Sun come up in the morning.

Only Death's granddaughter, Susan has the moxie and the common sense to sort out new anthropomorphic personifications (how about a god of hangovers, and a Verruca gnome) that rush into the belief vacuum created by the absence of Hogfather, thwart the evil Auditors, and foil the assassin who has broken into the Tooth Fairy's castle. Meanwhile her Granddad is delivering some very interesting presents to the little kiddies of Discworld.

On Gouger! On Tusker! On Rooter and Snouter!
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