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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No one knew where you were before you were born, but when you were. *In this
case, three better places. The front gates of Nos 31, 7, and 34 Elm Street, Ankh-
Morpork. *At least, until the day they suddenly pick up a REAPER MAN 11.
But wizards really knew. Notif death involved violence or murder, of course, but if
the cause of death was simply a case of running out of life then . . . well, you knew
. You generally got the premonition in time to return your library books and ...
It appears that there was this cow, and—” The Bursar let his mind wander. He
knew the story. The Archchancellor always mucked up the punch line, and in any
case he had other things on his mind. He kept looking back at the little table.
You knew where the metaphorical window was that didn't shut properly. In short,
Windle Poons went back to Windle Poons. Wizards don't believe in gods in the
same way that most people don't find it necessary to believe in, say, tables.
It was just that . . . well, he knew how to think, and walking and moving were just a
matter of twitching some fairly obvious nerves, but how exactly did your stomach
work? It began to dawn on Windle that the human body is not run by 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