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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This is probably fine from the species' point of view, but from the perspective of
the actual individuals involved it can be a real pig, or at least a small pink root-
eating reptile that might one day evolve into a real pig. So the Counting Pines ...
He'd been a lot younger and hadn't known much and had probably been a lot
happier. For example, he hadn't known that he might one day be a wizard and
join other wizards in leaving a glass of wine and a cake and a rather suspect
Of course, old Windle probably felt different about it. After one hundred and thirty
years, death probably had a certain attraction. You probably became quite
interested in finding out what happened next. The Archchancellor's convoluted ...
They know they're there, they know they're there for a purpose, they'd probably
agree that they have a place in a well-organized universe, but they wouldn't see
the point of believing, of going around saying, “O great table, without whom we ...
Probably not, he thought. And could he eat, anyway? It wasn't that he wasn't
hungry. 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
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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