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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“I remember,” said one of the oldest mayflies, “when all this was fields, as far as
you could see.” The younger mayflies looked around. “It's still fields,” one of them
ventured, after a polite interval. “I remember when it was better fields,” said the ...
There was no reply. “The Great Trout what?” said another mayfly, nervously. They
looked down at a series of expanding concentric rings on the water. “The holy
sign!” said a mayfly. “I remember being told about that! A Great Circle in the water
“I remember when all this wasn't fields.” The pines stared out over a thousand
miles of landscape. The sky flickered like a bad special effect from a time travel
movie. Snow appeared, stayed for an instant, and melted. “What was it, then?
... know how we'll manage,” said the Bursar, thankfully. “Good luck in the next life,
” said the Dean. “Drop in if you're ever passing and happen to, you know,
remember who you've been.” “Don't be a stranger, you hear?” said 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