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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And this is all very natural and organic and in tune with mysterious cycles of the
cosmos, which believes that there's nothing like millions of years of really
frustrating trial and error to give a species moral fiber and, in some cases,
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 scampi-in-a-casket circuit. It
swings with a faint whum-whum noise, gently slicing thin rashers of interval from
I WILL GIVE YOU MONEY . “But if I go back—” YES . YOU HAVE BEEN A GOOD
SERVANT, ALBERT , said Death. YOU WILL DIE. In the warm, horsey gloom of
the stable, Death's pale horse looked up from its oats and gave a little whinny of ...
“They give me terrible gas all night,” said Windle. He considered this for a
moment, and then took five. “Er,” shouted the Bursar, “do you happen to know
what time—?” “Eh?” “What! Time?” “Half past nine,” said Windle, promptly if
Doesn't sound like his cup of tea. He never liked dancing much when he was
alive—” “Anyway, you can't trust those voodoo gods. Never trust a god who grins
all the time and wears a top hat, that's my motto.” “—I'm damned if I'm going to
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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