Reaper Man: A Novel of Discworld
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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The name is DEATH. Death put down the timer, and then picked it up again. The
sands of time were already pouring through. He turned it over experimentally, just
in case. The sand went on pouring, only now it was going upward. He hadn't ...
Notif death involved violence or murder, of course, but if the cause of death was
simply a case of running out of life then . . . well, you knew. You generally got the
premonition in time to return your library books and make sure your best suit was
In the hall of the house of Death is a clock with a pendulum like a blade but with
no hands, because in the house of Death there is no time but the present. (There
was, of course, a present before the present now, but that was also the present.
On one corner of Death's desk was a large timer in a black frame. It contained no
sand. “I thought that one was yours, sir?” he said. IT WAS. NOW THIS IS. A
RETIREMENT PRESENT. FROM AZRAEL HIMSELF. Albert peered at the thing in
THERE WILL BE A NEW DEATH. Albert drew himself up. “I really don't think I
could serve a new master,” he said. THEN GO BACK INTO THE WORLD. I WILL
GIVE YOU MONEY . “But if I go back—” YES . YOU HAVE BEEN A GOOD
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Herenya - LibraryThing
When Death is, well, fired (for want of a better word), he finds himself a different job. But his absence causes problems for those who die, particularly for Windle Poons, the oldest wizard at the ... Read full review
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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