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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Since the trees were unable even to sense any event that took place in less than
a day, they never heard the sound of axes. Windle Poons, oldest wizard in the
entire faculty of Unseen University— —home of magic, wizardry and big dinners
But wizards really knew. Notif death involved violence or murder, of course, but if
the cause of death was simply a case of running out of life then . . . well, you knew
. You generally got the premonition in time to return your library books and ...
There weren't many things people wanted a 130year-old wizard to do, and
Windle had got into the habit of arriving at the dining-table up to two hours before
each meal, simply to pass the time. Endless days, going by fast. Didn't make
The wizards chatted with the forced jolliness of people who see one another all
day and are now seeing one another all evening. In the middle of it all Windle
Poons sat with a huge glass of rum and a funny hat on his head. He was almost
After considerable discussion among the wizards, a funny paper hat had been
added as well. They all had an expectant look. The Bursar took out his watch and
flicked open the lid. It was one of the new-fangled pocket watches, with hands.
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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