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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... wondered how it was supposed to happen. Did you hear—I think we're going
to have a very special visitor—hoofbeats outside? Did the door actually open or
did He come through it? Silly question. He was renowned for His ability to get into
The Bursar wondered why this was considered a plus— “Don't know what you're
all looking at,” said Windle, cheerfully. The Bursar opened his watch. The hatch
under the 12 snapped up. “Can you knockitoff with all this shaking around?
He wondered whether you were allowed to eat when you were dead. Probably
not, he thought. And could he eat, anyway? It wasn't that he wasn't hungry. It was
just that . . . well, he knew how to think, and walking and moving were just a ...
“I didn't ask to be,” said the late Windle Poons irritably, looking at the food and
wondering how the blazes one went about turning it into Windle Poons. “I only
came back because there was nowhere else to go. Think I want to be here?
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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