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Mort (original 1987; edition 2009)

by Terry Pratchett

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Member:DieterBoehm
Title:Mort
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Transworld Digital (2009), Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Collections:Your library, Gelesen und in Besitz
Rating:*****
Tags:Roman, Fantasy, England, Discworld, GH

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Mort by Terry Pratchett (1987)

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    Good Omens by Terry Pratchett (Pigletto)
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    On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony (ijustgetbored)
    ijustgetbored: Similar theme: Death gets a replacement. Wry, with a healthy helping of social critique.
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    Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore (Zaklog)
    Zaklog: Although American, not British, Christopher Moore has a very similar sense of humor to Pratchett's. And if you like a story about an unsuspecting, innocent (and often clumsy) man accidentally becoming the Grim Reaper, you'll probably like Moore's book as well. Another wonderful characteristic the two authors share is their ability to combine a bizarre sense of humor with very serious moral subjects. So once you finish the newest Pratchett novel, be sure to check out Christopher Moore.… (more)
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Great! Death is one of the most endearing and truly terrifying characters ever. Pratchett paints a portrait of Death's personal life that makes the grim reaper a relatable and at times very tragic character. This is a story of new beginnings and self discovery. It's a story of love and devotion. But mostly it's a story why Death is the Death we all know and love. Really, you'll embrace the coming of oblivion with open arms when you get to know this lovable
destroyer of all things.

Also, the rest of Disc World is amazing! ( )
1 vote bemidt | Apr 20, 2016 |
Great! Death is one of the most endearing and truly terrifying characters ever. Pratchett paints a portrait of Death's personal life that makes the grim reaper a relatable and at times very tragic character. This is a story of new beginnings and self discovery. It's a story of love and devotion. But mostly it's a story why Death is the Death we all know and love. Really, you'll embrace the coming of oblivion with open arms when you get to know this lovable
destroyer of all things.

Also, the rest of Disc World is amazing! ( )
  bemidt | Apr 20, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this one! And I kept chuckling to myself about the name Mort (short for Mortimer).

If I had to give this fourth entry in the Discworld series a catch-phrase to remember it by it would be 'the Discworld version of Death Takes a Holiday' ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 11, 2016 |
One of the better ones! Mort and Death are hilarious. This is a great adventure with lots of characters. Stays confined within some limited parts of Discworld so the focus became on the plot. ( )
  bjoelle5 | Feb 10, 2016 |
As always, Pratchett's Discworld novels are unfailingly entertaining. In Mort, Pratchett introduces his personification of Death. However, the familiar hooded, skeletal figure with a sickle is getting kind of bored with rushing about from deathbed to murder scene... The solution? To take on an apprentice. Mort is an awkward, clumsy farmer's son, whose inconvenient habit of asking questions has made him more in-the-way than not at home – and he's had no luck finding a position elsewhere. So when Death shows up and offers him the job, he thinks it might be interesting. However, when his very first job involves the destined assassination of a beautiful princess, his humanity (and love at first sight) could have disastrous consequences... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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The plot leaps along, but the main pleasure is Death itself, as he progresses through a Job Centre interview to a spell as a short-order cook, and further hilarities. Mort should be required reading for all projectors of serious three-volume epic fantasies. Read this, and be subverted.
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Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bauman, JillCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salmenoja, MargitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the bright candlelit room where the lifetimers are stored - shelf upon shelf of them, squat hourglasses, one for every living person, pouring their fine sand from the future into the past.
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When Mort’s father tries to get rid of his dim-witted son by offering him up for apprenticeship, nobody seems to want him – except for an elderly skeleton in a black cloak who turns out to be Death himself! After being accepted into Death’s unusual household, and watching a few souls be guided into the next world, Mort takes over the duty for a night or two, to give his master a break. With one ill-placed stroke of the scythe, he will split history in two, create a paradox that only a powerful wizard can rectify, and send Death on a quest to find out precisely what it is about life that humans enjoy – with predictably hilarious results!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061020680, Mass Market Paperback)

Terry Pratchett's profoundly irreverent novels are consistent number one bestseller in England, where they have catapulted him into the highest echelons of parody next to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can't refuse -- especially since being, well, dead isn't compulsory.As Death's apprentice, he'll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won't need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he'd ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.

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Unable to be objective, Mort, Death's bumbling apprentice, kills an assassin instead of Keli, the princess who should have been his victim. Reprint.

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