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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Even his old so-called friends seemed to be avoiding him, and he wasn't even
trying to borrow money. It was like not having your birthday remembered, only
worse. He was going to die all alone, and no one cared. He bumped the door
... “back in, mm, the Year of the Intimidating, mm, Porpoise. Thought everyone
had forgotten about 'em.” “The Librarian looked up the details for us,” said the
Bursar, indicating a large orangutan who was trying to blow into a party squeaker
Like a conjuror keeping eighteen plates spinning at the same time—like a man
trying to program a video recorder from an instruction manual translated from
Japanese into Dutch by a Korean rice-husker— like, in fact, a man finding out
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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