01:40:48 PM Oct 16th 2015
I wonder if this counts as a Shout-Out? When Death-as-Hogfather is first spotted leaving after a delivery (by the Death-of-Rats), he's trying to get the pigs to take off. Saying "giddyup" doesn't work, so Albert suggests saying, "Pig-hooey", which seems very likely to be a reference to the ''Blandings Castle" story "Pig-Hoo-o-o-o-ey", where that phrase is suggested to be the pig equivalent of the Horseman's word. A Google search for pig hooey turns up mostly references to that story, so I think it's there's a very good chance the reference was deliberate, but I don't exactly have Word of God to go on...
02:18:29 AM Oct 26th 2013
What is this item an example of?
- Evil Eye: Teatime has one eye with a pin-point sized pupil. The other's glass, and pure black.
08:20:06 PM Nov 15th 2012
Not quite certain one could call Hogfather a deconstruction of "Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus" editorial. Yes, earlier in the story it gets ripped apart, but wouldn't Death's speech be more akin a Decon-Reconstruction Switch?
07:55:26 PM Jul 13th 2011
Viewers Are Geniuses: The punchline to the subplot about "Bloody Stupid" Johnson's supposedly perfect bath is not spelled out even though it involves a fair amount of knowledge on the reader's part. Nitrous Oxide (a cylinder of which the Librarian was using on his pipe organ's afterburner) if properly compounded with water molecules in atmospheric precipitation, can become Nitrous acid or "acid rain."Really? I thought the implication was that when the organ played, the bath shot out a stream of water which gave the bather an instant enema.