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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Like that Ridcully lad. Windle remembered him clearly. Thin lad, sticking-out ears,
never wiped his nose properly, cried for his mother in the dorm on the first night.
Always up to mischief. Someone had tried to tell Windle that Ridcully was ...
No one had ever looked at it that way, but Mustrum Ridcully was just the sort of
man who would. Mustrum Ridcully was, depending on your point of view, either
the worst or the best Archchancellor that Unseen University had had for a
He'd shout cheerfully up at them, because fundamental to the make-up of people
like Mustrum Ridcully is an iron belief that everyone else would like it, too, if only
they tried it. “Maybe he'll die,” they told one another hopefully, as they watched ...
There seemed to be more Mustrum Ridcully than one body could reasonably
contain. Plop. Plop. In the dark cupboard in the cellar, a whole shelf was already
full. There was exactly as much Windle Poons as one body could contain, and he
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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