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).
“Er . . . you were telling us about the Great Trout.” “Ah, yes. Right. The Trout. Well,
you see, if you've been a good mayfly, zigzagging up and down properly—” “—
taking heed of your elders and betters—” “—yes, and taking heed of your elders ...
... trees themselves, which it usually usurps. What makes the Counting Pines
particularly noteworthy, however, is the way they count. Being dimly aware that
human beings had learned to tell REAPER MAN 9 “I wonder,” said the oldest
Being dimly aware that human beings had learned to tell the age of a tree by
counting the rings, the original Counting Pines decided that this was why humans
cut trees down. Overnight every Counting Pine readjusted its genetic code to ...
Someone had tried to tell Windle that Ridcully was Archchancellor now. Mmm.
They must think he was daft. Where was that damn tinder box?Fingers . . . you
used to get proper fingers in the old days . . . Someone pulled the covers off a
I'm quite looking forward to it, to tell the truth.” He clapped his hands, spiritual
hands, and rubbed them together with forced enthusiasm. “Get a move on. Some
of us have got new lives to go to,” he said. The darkness remained inert. There
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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