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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It was one of the new-fangled pocket watches, with hands. They pointed to a
quarter past nine. He shook it. A small hatch opened under the 12 and a very
small demon poked its head out and said, “Knock it off, guv'nor, I'm pedalling as
fast as I ...
... with all this shaking around?” squeaked the demon. “I keeps on losing count.” “
Sorry,” the Bursar hissed. It was nine twenty-nine. The Archchancellor stepped
forward. “'Bye, then, Windle,” he said, shaking the old man's parchment-like hand.
The seconds hand on the watch squeaked onward. “How are you feeling?” said
the Dean loudly. “Never felt better,” said Windle. “Is there anymore of that, mm,
rum left?” The assembled wizards watched him pour agenerous measure into his
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 was no shape, no sound. It was void, without
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
candle on either side of his head. He raised his head some more. There were two
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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