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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One said, Besides, sometimes he wonders about his job. Such speculation is
dangerous. One said, No argument there. One said, Then we are agreed? One,
who seemed to have been thinking about something, said, Just one moment.
Even his old so-called friends seemed to be avoiding him, and he wasn't even
trying to borrow money. It was like not having your birthday remembered, only
worse. He was going to die all alone, and no one cared. He bumped the door
He closed the watch again and looked around desperately. No one else seemed
anxious to come too near Windle Poons. The Bursar felt it was up to him to make
polite conversation. He surveyed possible topics. They all presented problems.
It was long and rambling and disjointed and went on about the good old days
and he seemed to think that most of the people around him were people who had
been, in fact, dead for about fifty years, but that didn't matter because you got into
And control seemed to be getting easier, too. He hardly had to bother about the
whole respiratory thing, the spleen seemed to be working after a fashion, the
senses were operating at full speed. The digestive system was still a bit of a
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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