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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Didn't make sense. Mmm. Mind you, you didn't get the sense now that you used
to get in the old days. And they let the University be run by mere boys now. In the
old days it had been run by proper wizards, great big men built like barges, the ...
I SHALL HAVE EXPERIENCES. AT LAST. “Master . . . if you go, will there be—?”
A NEW DEATH WILLARISE FROM THE MINDS OF THE LIVING, ALBERT. “Oh.”
Albert looked relieved. “You don't happen to know what he'll be like, do you?
“Not in the kind of, mm, life I have in mind,” said Windle firmly. The Bursar shut his
mouth. The Archchancellor banged on a table with a spoon. “Brothers—” he
began, when there was something approaching silence. This prompted a loud
And he was amazed to realize that this was true. Eyes that had viewed the past
sixty years through a pale, fuzzy veil had been bullied into operating like the
finest optical machinery. In fact two main bodies of thought were occupying the
Now he was dead, or not living anymore, or whatever he was, his mind felt
clearer than it had ever done. And control seemed to be getting easier, too. He
hardly had to bother about the whole respiratory thing, the spleen seemed to be
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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