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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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 can.” He closed the watch again and looked around ...
It was now twenty minutes past nine. Windle Poons made a speech. It was long
and rambling and disjointed and went on about the good old days and he
seemed to think that most of the people around him were people who had been,
in fact, ...
“Bingbing bong bing,” said the demon. “Bingelybingely bong bing bing.” “What?”
said the Bursar, jolted. “Half past nine,” said the demon. The wizards turned to
Windle Poons. They looked faintly accusing. “What're you all looking at?” he said.
... many avalanches in the mountains.” “And plagues.” The Archchancellor
stroked his beard thoughtfully. “Hmmm,” he said. Alone of all the creatures in the
world, trolls believe that all living things go through Time backward. If the past is
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
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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