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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The Discworld—world and mirror of worlds. It sounded interesting. And, in his
prison of a billion years, Azrael was bored. And this is the room where the future
pours into the past via the pinch of the now. Timers line the walls. Not hour-
Timers line the walls. Not hour-glasses, although they have the same shape. Not
egg-timers, such as you might buy as a souvenir attached to a small board with
the name of the holiday resort of your choice jauntily inscribed on it by someone ...
“Oh, gods,” muttered Windle, and leaned against the wall. How did it work, now?
He prodded a few likely-looking nerves. Was it systolic . . . diastolic. . . systolic . . .
diastolic. .. ? And then there were the lungs, too . . . Like a conjuror keeping ...
Poons nodded, and looked dismally around the walls. The University gates were
always locked at sunset every evening, obliging students and staff to climb over
the walls. He doubted very much that he'd REAPER MAN 39 There seemed to ...
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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