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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Whereas the oldest things on the Discworld were the famous Counting Pines,
which grow right on the permanent snowline of the high Ramtop Mountains. The
Counting Pine is one of the few known examples of borrowed evolution.
“What happened to it, then?” “It went.” “Went where?” “Where things go.
Everything's always rushing off.” “Wow. That was a sharp one.” “What was?” “That
winter just then.” “Call that a winter? When I was a sapling we P 10 TERRY
There weren't many things people wanted a 130year-old wizard to do, and
Windle had got into the habit of arriving at the dining-table up to two hours before
each meal, simply to pass the time. Endless days, going by fast. Didn't make
Albert peered at the thing in Death's hand. “But . . . the sand, sir. It's pouring.”
QUITESO. “But that means ... I mean ... ?” IT MEANS THAT ONE DAY THE SAND
WILL ALL BE POURED, ALBERT. “I know that, sir, but . . . you ... I thought Time
“Perhaps I'd better, you know, clean the place up a bit, get an inventory prepared,
that sort of thing?” GOOD IDEA, said Death, as kindly as possible. WHEN ISEE
THE NEW DEATH, I SHALL HEARTILY RECOMMEND YOU. “Oh. You'll see him,
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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