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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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
Death had tried fiery steeds and skeletal horses in the past, and found them
impractical, especially the fiery ones, which tended to set light to their own
bedding and stand in the middle of it looking embarrassed. Death took the saddle
The assembled wizards laughed dutifully, and then tried to work out the joke. The
Bursar looked surreptitiously at his watch. It was now twenty minutes past nine.
Windle Poons made a speech. It was long and rambling and disjointed and went
... go back to his room and play darts all night long and leave at five in the
morning to go duck hunting. He shouted at people. He tried tojolly them along.
And he hardly ever wore proper robes. He'd persuaded Mrs. Whitlow, REAPER
He'd shout cheerfully up at them, because fundamental to the make-up of people
like Mustrum Ridcully is an iron belief that everyone else would like it, too, if only
they tried it. “Maybe he'll die,” they told one another hopefully, as they watched ...
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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