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 body of Windle Poons opened its eyes. Two coins jingled onto the stone floor
. The hands, crossed over the chest, unclenched. Windle raised his head. Some
idiot had stuck a lily on his stomach. His eyes swiveled sideways. There was a ...
Eyes that had viewed the past sixty years through a pale, fuzzy veil had been
bullied into operating like the finest optical machinery. In fact two main bodies of
thought were occupying the minds of the wizards of Unseen University. What was
“He's said he wants his old bedroom back, and I don't see why I should have to
move out—” “Did you see his eyes? Like gimlets!” “Eh? What? What d'you mean?
You mean like that dwarf who runs the delicatessen on Cable Street?” “I mean ...
Pale face, red under the eyes. A dead body. Operating but still, basically, dead.
Was that fair? Was that justice? Was that a proper reward for being a firm believer
in reincarnation for almost 130 years? You come back as a corpse? No wonder ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DLMorrese - LibraryThing
Reread (again) April 2015. The Auditors want Death replaced, give him notice, and send him off on a forced holiday. For the first time in his...existence, he HAS time. He experiences life. Life, as a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - meandmybooks - LibraryThing
Happy sigh. Death is hands down my favorite Discworld character, and I enjoyed this very much. It dragged slightly in the middle, with a little too much time spent with the wizards at the Unseen ... Read full review