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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IT WAS. NOW THIS IS. A RETIREMENT PRESENT. FROM AZRAEL HIMSELF.
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
I mean, I've always . . . it's just that life is a habit that's hard to break . . .” Death
watched him curiously, as one might watch a beetle that had landed on its back
and couldn't P 16 TERRY RATCHETT THERE WILL BE A NEW DEATH. ...
... it means you must be facing the wrong way. Everything alive is going through
life back to front. And this is a very interesting idea, considering it was invented by
a race who spend most of their time hitting one another on the head with rocks.
... time—like a man trying to program a video recorder from an instruction manual
translated from Japanese into Dutch by a Korean rice-husker— like, in fact, a
man finding out what total self-control really means, Windle Poons lurched
You mean like that dwarf who runs the delicatessen on Cable Street?” “I mean
like they bore into you!” “—it's got a lovely view of the gardens and I've had all my
stuff moved in and it's not fair—” “Has this ever happened before?” “Well, there ...
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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