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 void, without form. The spirit of Windle Poons moved on the face of the
darkness. It shook its head. “Blow this for a lark,” it muttered. “This isn't right at all.”
It hung around for a while and then, because there didn't seem anything else for it
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 more candles down there, too. Thank
The wizards made frantic signals to one another over his head. He looked up and
glared at them. “And don't think I can't see all them frantic signals,” he said. And
he was amazed to realize that this was true. Eyes that had viewed the past sixty ...
Windle Poons strolled around the inside of his own head again. Strange thing,
this. 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.
... to make him a sort of baggy trouser suitingarish blue and red; twice a day the
wizards stood in bemusement and watched him jog purposefully around the
University buildings, his pointy wizarding hat tied firmly on his head with string.
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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