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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Of course, he mused, as he wheeled his wheelchair over the flagstones toward
his ground-floor study, in a general sort of way everyone knew they were going to
die, even the common people. No one knew where you were before you were ...
Notif death involved violence or murder, of course, but if the cause of death was
simply a case of running out of life then . . . well, you knew. You generally got the
premonition in time to return your library books and make sure your best suit was
(There was, of course, a present before the present now, but that was also the
present. It was just an older one.) The pendulum is a blade that would have made
Edgar Allan Poe give it all up and start again as a stand-up comedian on the ...
... of course not, no offense meant. But listen, you can't die, because you're Death,
you'd have to happen to yourself, it'd be like that snake that eats its own tail—”
NEVERTHELESS, I AM GOING TO DIE. THERE IS NO APPEAL. “But what will ...
Someone's grandad in false whiskers, of course. Some jolly old boy with a sack
of toys, stamping the snow off his boots. Someone who gave you something.
Whereas tonight ... Of course, old Windle probably felt different about it. After one
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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