The perfect book to start off the holiday season. Sant- I mean The Hogfather has gone missing and DEATH takes his place, and no one is quite sure why. Sound a bit like Nightmare Before Christmas? Well, not quite...On the other hand, whereas Witches Abroad could mostly be read as a stand-alone novel, Hogfather definitely could not. I finally gave up trying to figure out what I had missed and consulted Wikipedia. After that, it all began to make sense. However at many points I wondered if it was worth reading more bits and pieces of the series if I am just going to be lost the whole time. I had really hoped this wouldn't be an all-or-nothing sort of thing.