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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Never any appeal. Never any appeal. Death thought about this, and then he said:
I HAVE ALWAYS DONE MY DUTY AS ISAW FIT. The figure floated closer. It
looked vaguely like a gray-robed and hooded monk. It told him, We know. That is
Since the trees were unable even to sense any event that took place in less than
a day, they never heard the sound of axes. Windle Poons, oldest wizard in the
entire faculty of Unseen University— —home of magic, wizardry and big dinners
Thin lad, sticking-out ears, never wiped his nose properly, cried for his mother in
the dorm on the first night. Always up to mischief. Someone had tried to tell
Windle that Ridcully was Archchancellor now. Mmm. They must think he was daft.
DO YOU SEE THIS? “Yes, sir. Very nice. Never seen one like that before. Whose
is it?” MINE. Albert's eyes swiveled sideways. On one corner of Death's desk P 14
TERRY RATCHETT Someone pulled the covers off a lantern. Someone ...
“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
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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