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Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

Reaper Man (original 1991; edition 2002)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Reaper Man
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett (1991)



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As only Terry Pratchett can, we are invited into a world where Death has been canned, Life is building up all around and the undead are needed to save the living if only the living would give them a chance. We're introduced to Mrs. Cake who is a marvelous character that makes dialogue as difficult to read as it is to have a conversation with her. We're given a chance to follow the afterlife of the Wizard Wendell Poons, who's afterlife is far more interesting and rewarding than his life was. And we get to see what happens when a shopping mall tries to pillage an ancient city like Ankh-Moorpork.

I definitely enjoyed this one. A nice, quick read... ( )
  helver | Jul 17, 2014 |
In Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett the Death of Discworld finds himself out of a job when the powers that be fire him for developing a personality. Death is now mortal and must live out the rest of his numbered days among humans until the new Death arrives to take him away. With the Disc temporarily without a Death things can't die properly and a huge amount of excess life force accumulates causing some very strange things to happen. This is a very hilarious book. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it. ( )
  Kythe42 | Feb 26, 2014 |
I like the Witches books so much better than the Death books, although I've only read two so far. Generally, I find TP's female characters to be vastly more engaging, and this book suffered from having far too few women in it. ( )
  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
Not particularly one of my favorite Pratchett novels so far. What happens when Death's time is up? And who handles the books related to the day-to-day operations for Death? And if Death took a holiday - how would everyone else handle not passing over into the next realm? The sections dealing directly with Death are some of most boring pieces of material that I have read from Pratchett. However, on the opposite side of that coin, the sections dealing with the Wizards and the (un)Dead are some of the funniest segments I've read from him as well. Thus, the book reads somewhat unevenly for me. ( )
  TommyElf | Jan 5, 2014 |
Definitely my favourite Pratchett novel Reaper man manages to seamlessly blend absurdity with metaphysical speculation. It's in this novel that the character of Death is developed to its full extent. Pratchett at his best. ( )
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Which leads to the kind of chaos you always get when an important public service is withdrawn.

Meanwhile, on a little farm far, far away, a tall dark stranger is turning out to be really good with a scythe. There's a harvest to be gathered in…
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When Death retires,
Who will replace him? And will
He be any good?

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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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When the Grim Reaper begins to ponder the existential, his Discworld bosses send him off with best wishes and a well-earned gold watch. Death is now having the time of his life, but like every cutback in public service, Death's demise soon leads to chaos and unrest. The 11th novel of Pratchett's Discworld series. (August).… (more)

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