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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Almost immediately, another one appeared. It was identical in appearance to its
vanished sibling. One said, Let that be a lesson. To become a personality is to
end. And now ... let us go. Azrael watched them skim away. It is hard to fathom
“The holy sign!” said a mayfly. “I remember being told about that! A Great Circle in
the water! Thus shall be the sign of the Great Trout!” The oldest of the young
mayflies watched the water thoughtfully. It was beginning to realize that, as the
“It's not that I don't want ... I mean, I've always . . . it's just that life is a habit that's
hard to break . . .” Death watched him curiously, as one might watch a beetle that
had landed on its back and couldn't P 16 TERRY RATCHETT THERE WILL BE A
The assembled wizards watched him pour agenerous measure into his beaker. “
You want to go easy on that stuff,” said the Dean nervously. “Good health!” said
Windle Poons. The Archchancellor drummed his fingers on the table. “Mr. Poons
He'd persuaded Mrs. Whitlow, the University's dreaded housekeeper, to make
him a sort of baggy trouser suitingarish blue and red; twice a day the wizards
stood in bemusement and watched him jog purposefully around the University ...
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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