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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There, the men dance on the first day of spring, backward and forward, bells tied
under their knees, white shirts flapping. People come and watch. There's an ox
roast afterward, and it's generally considered a nice day out for all the family.
There is a personality. Personalities come to an end. Only forces endure. It said
this with a certain satisfaction. One said, Besides ... there have been irregularities
. Where you get personality, you get irregularities. Well-known fact. One said, He
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're right there. We had proper sun in the good old hours. It were all yellow.
None of this red stuff.” “It were higher, too.” “It was. You're right.” “And nymphs
and larvae showed you a bit of respect.” “They did. They did,” said the other
“It must be really good there,” said the youngest. ... And this is all very natural and
organic and in tune with mysterious cycles of the cosmos, which believes that
there's nothing like millions of years of really frustrating trial and error to give a ...
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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