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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To become a personality is to end. And now ... let us go. Azrael watched them
skim away. It is hard to fathom the thoughts of a creature so big that, in real space
, his length would be measured only in terms of the speed of light. But he turned
Never any appeal. Death thought about this, and then he said: I HAVE ALWAYS
DONE MY DUTY AS ISAW FIT. The figure floated closer. It looked vaguely like a
gray-robed and hooded monk. It told him, We know. That is why we're letting you
“I thought that one was yours, sir?” he said. IT WAS. NOW THIS IS. A
RETIREMENT PRESENT. FROM AZRAEL HIMSELF. Albert peered at the thing in
Death's hand. “But . . . the sand, sir. It's pouring.” QUITESO. “But that means ... I
“Haven't had one of them since old 'Scratcher' Hocksole Went Away,” the capital
letters fell into place easily, “back in, mm, the Year of the Intimidating, mm,
Porpoise. Thought everyone had forgotten about 'em.” “The Librarian looked up
ability to get into sealed places—especially into sealed places, if you thought
about it logically. Seal yourself in anywhere and it was only a matter of time. The
Bursar hoped He'd use the door properly. His nerves were twanging as it was.
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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