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 imperative is felt by deepsea beings who have never seen the sun and
urban humans whose only connection with the cycles of nature is that their Volvo
once ran over a sheep. It is danced innocently by raggedy-bearded young ...
He closed the watch again and looked around desperately. No one else seemed
anxious to come too near Windle Poons. The Bursar felt it was up to him to make
polite conversation. He surveyed possible topics. They all presented problems.
Of course, old Windle probably felt different about it. After one hundred and thirty
years, death probably had a certain attraction. You probably became quite
interested in finding out what happened next. The Archchancellor's convoluted ...
“Never felt better,” said Windle. “Is there anymore of that, mm, rum left?” 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
Now he was dead, or not living anymore, or whatever he was, his mind felt
clearer than it had ever done. And control seemed to be getting easier, too. He
hardly had to bother about the whole respiratory thing, the spleen seemed to be
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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