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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In the middle of it all Windle Poons sat with a huge glass of rum and a funny hat
on his head. He was almost in tears. “A genuine Going-Away party!” he kept
muttering. “Haven't had one of them since old 'Scratcher' Hocksole Went Away,”
A small hatch opened under the 12 and a very small demon poked its head out
and said, “Knock it off, guv'nor, I'm pedalling as fast as I can.” He closed the watch
again and looked around desperately. No one else seemed anxious to come ...
Lots of wizards wanted to be Archchancellor, for example, or the head of one of
the eight orders of magic, but practically no wizards wanted to spend lots of time
in an officeshuffling bits of paper and doing sums. All the paperwork of the ...
The Bursar shook his head. Someone's grandad in false whiskers, of course.
Some jolly old boy with a sack of toys, stamping the snow off his boots. Someone
who gave you something. Whereas tonight ... Of course, old Windle probably felt
He shook his head. “That's the way I want to go,” said the Dean. “What, muttering
about meat pies?” said the Bursar. “No. Late.” “Hold on. Hold on,” said the
Archchancellor. “This isn't right, you know. According to tradition, Death himself
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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