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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Since the trees were unable even to sense any event that took place in less than
a day, they never heard the sound of axes. Windle Poons, oldest wizard in the
entire faculty of Unseen University— —home of magic, wizardry and big dinners
Didn't make sense. Mmm. Mind you, you didn't get the sense now that you used
to get in the old days. And they let the University be run by mere boys now. In the
old days it had been run by proper wizards, great big men built like barges, the ...
... one of the eight orders of magic, but practically no wizards wanted to spend
lots of time in an officeshuffling bits of paper and doing sums. All the paperwork of
the University tended to accumulate in the Bursar's of- fice, which REAPER MAN
University tended to accumulate in the Bursar's of- fice, which meant that he went
to bed tired at nights but at least slept soundly and didn't have to check very hard
for unexpected scorpions in his nightshirt. Killing off a wizard of a higher grade ...
... you believe or not, or exist only as a function of the belief, so either way you
might as well ignore the whole business and, as it were, eat off your knees.
Nevertheless, there is a small chapel off the University's Great Hall, because
while the ...
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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