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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“You don't get cows at all.” “What's a cow?” said one of the hatchlings. “See?”
said the oldest mayfly triumphantly. “That's modern Ephemeroptera for you.” It
paused. “What were we doing before we were talking about the REAPER MAN 7.
“What were we doing before we were talking about the sun?” “Zigzagging
aimlessly over the water,” said one of the young flies. This was a fair bet in any
case. “No, before that.” “Er . . . you were telling us about the Great Trout.” “Ah, yes.
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! salad! Windle?” “No,
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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