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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But it is in fact exactly the opposite of a clock, and the biggest hand goes around
just once. There is a plain under a dim sky. It is covered with gentle rolling curves
that might remind you of something else if you saw it from a long way away, and ...
Someone else pushed a drink into his groping hand. “Surprise!” In the hall of the
house of Death is a clock with a pendulum like a blade but with no hands,
because in the house of Death there is no time but the present. (There was, of
Albert peered at the thing in Death's hand. “But . . . the sand, sir. It's pouring.”
QUITESO. “But that means ... I mean ... ?” IT MEANS THAT ONE DAY THE SAND
WILL ALL BE POURED, ALBERT. “I know that, sir, but . . . you ... I thought Time
He leaned down. “Can I help you to some more potato salad?” he said, in the
loud deliberate voice used for talking to imbeciles and old people. Windle
cupped a trembling hand to his ear. “What? What?” “More! salad! Windle?” “No,
He flourished a small green-covered book and pushed it into the Bursar's hands.
The Bursar turned it over. Scrawled on the cover were ... Under Things to Do, a
crabbed hand had written: Die. The Bursar couldn't stop himself from turning the ...
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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