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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“You don't get the kind of sun now that you used to get,” said one of them. “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
A Novel of Discworld Terry Pratchett. THERE WILL BE A NEW DEATH. Albert
drew himself up. “I really don't think I could serve a new master,” he said. THEN
GO BACK INTO THE WORLD. I WILL GIVE YOU MONEY . “But if I go back—”
A Novel of Discworld Terry Pratchett. a beetle that had landed on its back and
couldn't turn over. Finally Albert lapsed into silence. I UNDERSTAND, said Death,
unhooking Binky's bridle. “But you don't seem worried! You're really going to die?
However, the only person likely to want to kill the Bursar was someone else who
derived a quiet pleasure from columns of numbers, all neatly arranged, and
people like that don't often go in for murder.* He recalled his childhood, long ago,
The Bursar wondered why this was considered a plus— “Don't know what you're
all looking at,” said Windle, cheerfully. The Bursar opened his watch. The hatch
under the 12 snapped up. “Can you knockitoff with all this shaking around?
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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