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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Call them auditors. Auditors of reality. They were in conversation without
speaking. They didn't need to speak. They just changed reality so that they had
spoken. One said, It has never happened before. Can it be P 2 TERRY
One said, It has never happened before. Can it be done? One said, It will have to
be done. There is a personality. Personalities come to an end. Only forces
endure. It said this with a certain satisfaction. One said, Besides ... there have
“What happened to it, then?” “It went.” “Went where?” “Where things go.
Everything's always rushing off.” “Wow. That was a sharp one.” “What was?” “That
winter just then.” “Call that a winter? When I was a sapling we P 10 TERRY
I thought Time was something that happened to other people, sir. Doesn't it? Not
to you, sir.” By the end of the sentence Albert's voice was beseeching. Death
pulled off the towel and stood up. COME WITH ME. “But you're Death, master,”
You probably became quite interested in finding out what happened next. The
Archchancellor's convoluted anecdote wound jerkily to its close. The assembled
wizards laughed dutifully, and then tried to work out the joke. The Bursar looked ...
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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