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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They looked up at the face of Azrael, outlined against the sky. In fact, it was the
sky. Azrael nodded, slowly. One said, Very well. Where is this place? One said, It
is the Discworld. It rides through space on the back of a giant turtle. One said, Oh
Not a muscle moved on Death's face, because he hadn't got any. I SHALL
APPEAL. It told him, he should know that there was no appeal. Never any appeal.
Never any appeal. Death thought about this, and then he said: I HAVE ALWAYS ...
It was void, without form. The spirit of Windle Poons moved on the face of the
darkness. It shook its head. “Blow this for a lark,” it muttered. “This isn't right at all.”
It hung around for a while and then, because there didn't seem anything else for it
“—it's got a lovely view of the gardens and I've had all my stuff moved in and it's
not fair—” “Has this ever happened before?” “Well, there was old Teatar—” “Yes,
but he never actually died, he just used to put green paint on his face and push ...
Pale face, red under the eyes. A dead body. Operating but still, basically, dead.
Was that fair? Was that justice? Was that a proper reward for being a firm believer
in reincarnation for almost 130 years? You come back as a corpse? No wonder ...
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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