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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Bone fingers rise and reach out. Select. And another. Select. And more. Many,
many more. Select, select. It's all in a day's work. Or it would be, if days existed
here. Click, click, as the dark shape moves patiently along the rows. And stops.
Someone had tried to tell Windle that Ridcully was Archchancellor now. Mmm.
They must think he was daft. Where was that damn tinder box?Fingers . . . you
used to get proper fingers in the old days . . . Someone pulled the covers off a
The assembled wizards watched him pour agenerous measure into his beaker. “
You want to go easy on that stuff,” said the Dean nervously. “Good health!” said
Windle Poons. The Archchancellor drummed his fingers on the table. “Mr. Poons
The Archchancellor drummed his fingers on his desk. “Dead people walking
around is unhygienic,” he said. This silenced them. No one had ever looked at it
that way, but Mustrum Ridcully was just the sort of man who would. Mustrum
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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