Reaper Man: A Novel of Discworld

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages

They say there are only two things you can count on ...

But that was before DEATH started pondering the existential. Of course, the last thing anyone needs is a squeamish Grim Reaper and soon his Discworld bosses have sent him off with best wishes and a well-earned gold watch. Now DEATH is having the time of his life, finding greener pastures where he can put his scythe to a whole new use.

But like every cutback in an important public service, DEATH's demise soon leads to chaos and unrest -- literally, for those whose time was supposed to be up, like Windle Poons. The oldest geezer in the entire faculty of Unseen University -- home of magic, wizardry, and big dinners -- Windle was looking forward to a wonderful afterlife, not this boring been-there-done-that routine. To get the fresh start he deserves, Windle and the rest of Ankh-Morpork's undead and underemployed set off to find DEATH and save the world for the living (and everybody else, of course).

 

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This isn't Pratchett's best. I don't think he is the best at writing action scenes—or perhaps writing cartoonish action scenes is intrinsically hard. A substantial part of this book covers two ... Read full review

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I adore this book. I re-read it periodically as a comfort and a reminder of what's really important. Frankly, I enjoy this book far too much to actually review it. What is it about? It's about Life. Read full review

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Page 19 - Now that you have it, what are you going to do with it?
Page 116 - Workers of the world, arise ; you have nothing to lose but your chains.
Page 17 - He was a real horse. Death had tried fiery steeds and skeletal horses in the past, and found them impractical, especially the fiery ones, which tended to set light to their own bedding and stand in the middle of it looking embarrassed.
Page 45 - Yes, indeed, there he stood, gazing about him placidly and goodhumouredly enough ; but there was no telling what he might take it into his head to do on finding himself his own master, which he certainly was for any of us.
Page 10 - Most species do their own evolving, making it up as they go along, which is the way Nature intended.
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Page 300 - Dean, who was in an entirely different world now. "I would be remiss in my duty if I failed to help a brother,

About the author (2009)

Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.

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