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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Call them auditors. Auditors of reality. They were in conversation without
speaking. They didn't need to speak. They just changed reality so that they had
spoken. One said, It has never happened before. Can it be P 2 TERRY
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 with no residual mess. Almost
immediately, another one appeared. It was identical in appearance to its ...
Didn't seem fair, really. And no one had said anything. He'd mentioned it in the
Uncommon Room last week, and no one had taken the hint. And at lunch today
they'd hardly spoken to him. Even his old so-called friends seemed to be
The kind of fires they had these days didn't warm you up unless you were nearly
on top of them. It was something in the wood ... it was the wrong sort of wood.
Everything was wrong these days. More thin. More fuzzy. No real life in anything.
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 ...
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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