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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Not egg-timers, such as you might buy as a souvenir attached to a small board
with the name of the holiday resort of your choice jauntily inscribed on it by
someone with the same sense of style as a jelly doughnut. It's not even sand in
Someone had tried to tell Windle that Ridcully was Archchancellor now. Mmm.
They must think he was daft. Where was that damn tinder box?Fingers . . . you
used to get proper fingers in the old days . . . Someone pulled the covers off a
Someone pulled the covers off a lantern. Someone else pushed a drink into his
groping hand. “Surprise!” In the hall of the house of Death is a clock with a
pendulum like a blade but with no hands, because in the house of Death there is
I hope someone eats it soon.” He leaned down. “Can I help you to some more
potato salad?” he said, in the loud deliberate voice used for talking to imbeciles
and old people. Windle cupped a trembling hand to his ear. “What? What?” “More
However, the only person likely to want to kill the Bursar was someone else who
derived a quiet pleasure from columns of numbers, all neatly arranged, and
people like that don't often go in for murder.* He recalled his childhood, long ago,
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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