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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Kirkus Reviews “One of the reasons for Pratchett's skyrocketing popularity (he
has sold more than twenty million copies of his novels worldwide) is his use of
multiple layers of satire. You can never pick up all the jokes he makes in one
It's got a name on it, in small capital letters. The name is DEATH. Death put down
the timer, and then picked it up again. The sands of time were already pouring
through. He turned it over experimentally, just in case. The sand went on pouring,
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.
The Bursar shook. *At least, until the day they suddenly pick up a paper knife and
carve their way out through Cost Accounting and into forensic history. *The post
of Senior Wrangler was an unusual one, as P 22 TERRY RATCHETT.
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - breic - LibraryThing
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