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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Did you hear—I think we're going to have a very special visitor—hoofbeats
outside? Did the door actually open or did He come through it? Silly question. He
was renowned for His ability to get into sealed places—especially into sealed
... know how we'll manage,” said the Bursar, thankfully. “Good luck in the next life,
” said the Dean. “Drop in if you're ever passing and happen to, you know,
remember who you've been.” “Don't be a stranger, you hear?” said the
“Don't be a stranger, you hear?” said the Archchancellor. Windle Poons nodded
amiably. He hadn't heard what they were saying. He nodded on general
principles. The wizards, as one man, faced the door. The hatch under the 12
snapped up ...
It's like when you're lying in bed of a night and you hear your stomach or
something go pripple-ipple-goinnng. It's just a gurgle to you, but who knows what
marvelously complex chemical exchange processes are really going—” “You're
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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