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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But that isn't the secret. The secret is the other dance. And that won't happen for a
while yet. There is a ticking, such as might be made by a clock. And, indeed, in
the sky there is a clock, and the ticking of freshly minted seconds flows out from it.
One said, Oh, one of that sort. I hate them. One said, You're doing it again. You
said “I.” One said, No! No! I didn't! I never said “I”! ... oh, bugger . . . It burst into
flame and burned in the same way that a small cloud of vapor burns, quickly and
It meant that, even if tomorrows could exist here, there wasn't going to be any. Not
anymore. There was a movement in the air behind him. Death turned slowly, and
addressed the figure that wavered indistinctly in the gloom. WHY? It told him.
“You don't get the kind of sun now that you used to get,” said one of them. “You're
right there. ... “I remember when it was better fields,” said the old mayfly sharply. “
Yeah,” said his colleague. “And there was a cow.” “That's right! You're right!
Being dimly aware that human beings had learned to tell the age of a tree by
counting the rings, the original Counting Pines decided that this was why humans
cut trees down. Overnight every Counting Pine readjusted its genetic code to ...
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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