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
It's seconds, endlessly turning the maybe into the was. And every lifetimer has a
name on it. And the room is full of the soft hissing of people living. Picture the
scene . . . And now add the sharp clicking of bone on stone, getting closer. A dark
He turned it over experimentally, just in case. The sand went on pouring, only
now it was going upward. He hadn't really expected anything else. It meant that,
even if tomorrows could exist here, there wasn't going to be any. Not anymore.
“What, so soon?” CERTAINLY. MUSTN'T WASTE TIME! Death adjusted the
saddle, and then turned and held the tiny hourglass proudly in front of Albert's
hooked nose. SEE! I HAVE TIME. AT LAST, I HAVE TIME! Albert backed away
The Bursar turned it over. Scrawled on the cover were the words: Windle Poons
Hys Dyary. A piece of bacon rind marked today's date. Under Things to Do, a
crabbed hand had written: Die. The Bursar couldn't stop himself from turning the ...
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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