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Mort by Terry Pratchett

Mort (original 1987; edition 2009)

by Terry Pratchett

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Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Transworld Digital (2009), Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Collections:Your library, Gelesen und in Besitz
Tags:Roman, Fantasy, England, Discworld

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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 (elvisettey)
    elvisettey: 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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Mort is the 4th book in the Discworld series and I'm still enjoying them a lot. I can't believe it's taken me so long to get into this series. Now I need to get a couple more!

In this one Death tries to take on an apprentice, a boy named Mort, at least his name was fitting for the job. Death had plans for the boy, but first he needed to learn how to do the job, that of course what the apprenticeship was all about. Death got a little distracted and left the apprentice in charge...

Great book, very funny and we even get to see Rincewind once again! Looking out for book #5! ( )
  readafew | Sep 19, 2014 |
Death takes on an apprentice then takes some time off vacation that results in some interesting events on the Disc in the fourth book of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. The idea of having the Disc's Grim Reaper as a major character who is interested in experiencing the "fleshy" side of things could have turned into disaster if not handled right, but Pratchett just uses it to create more laughs and hilarious situations for not only Death but his apprentice Mort, daughter Ysabell, and servant Albert. The mistakes of Mort as he tries to properly fulfill the role of his boss and his resulting continual screw ups in trying to fix his mistakes without informing Death while dealing with two other living occupants of Death's timeless domain.

Ever since watching the miniseries based on Hogfather, I have been waiting to read a Discworld book in which Death was the central character and I wasn't disappointed. After finishing this book I can't wait to see what else Pratchett has up his sleeve for Discworld. ( )
  mattries37315 | Aug 6, 2014 |
Another funny installment by the great Pterry. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jun 2, 2014 |
Pratchett is good for chuckles and guffaws and fun entertainment. In this installment in the Discworld series, Death takes on an apprentice who, like Paul Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, manages to bungle things. I enjoyed the twist ending.

Pratchett books, dare I call them novels, are starting to leave me with a bittersweet aftertaste. I begin to love the Discworld but then recall the flatness of feelings - reflected in the flatness of the entire world. Terrible things happen and, well, that's just life. On the one hand, Pratchett's ability to laugh at everything is a beautiful talent. On the other hand, one begins to wonder about this place where tears never fall and high tension always resolves itself in a happy ending. Don't get me wrong, I love these books. I love and envy Pratchett's style and sense of humor.

My piece of advice: don't do what I'm doing and chain read Terry Pratchett. All the bitter bits in your brain will be rattled lose. And you'll be hungry for George R. R. Martin. ( )
  konrad.katie | Apr 24, 2014 |
Mort is the fourth of Terry Pratchett??s DISCWORLD novels. It stands alone, meaning that you donƒ??t need to read the previous novels to enjoy Mort. Itƒ??s better than the previous novels, too, so it might be a good place for new readers to start.

Mortimer is a na??ve but pensive ƒ?? and therefore slightly odd ƒ?? young man who doesnƒ??t fit in with his farming community. It looks like heƒ??s going to be jobless until Death arrives and chooses him as an apprentice. Why does Death need an apprentice? He has become bored with his immortal life and wants to travel to Ankh-Morpork so he can experience some humanity.

After only a little bit of training, Mort is left in charge. His job is to collect the souls of people who are about to depart the mortal world. When Mort becomes infatuated with a princess whoƒ??s about to die, he canƒ??t stop himself from interfering with her... Read More at Fantasy Literature: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/mort/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
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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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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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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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