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
In the middle of it all Windle Poons sat with a huge glass of rum and a funny hat
on his head. He was almost in tears. “A genuine Going-Away party!” he kept
muttering. “Haven't had one of them since old 'Scratcher' Hocksole Went Away,”
Scrawled on the cover were the words: Windle Poons Hys Dyary. A piece of
bacon rind marked today's date. Under Things to Do, a crabbed hand had written:
Die. The Bursar couldn't stop himself from turning the page. Yes. Under
He closed the watch again and looked around desperately. No one else seemed
anxious to come too near Windle Poons. The Bursar felt it was up to him to make
polite conversation. He surveyed possible topics. They all presented problems.
He leaned down to Windle's gnarled ear. ... “Not in the kind of, mm, life I have in
mind,” said Windle firmly. ... “—As you all know we are here tonight to mark the,
ah, retirement”—nervous laughter—“of our old friend and colleague Windle
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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