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Reaper Man (1991)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld: Death (2), Discworld (11)

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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).… (more)
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Either I wasn’t in the mood or it wasn’t one of Pratchett’s best. ( )
  jhellar | Jan 14, 2023 |
Discworld 11
  SueJBeard | Jan 8, 2023 |
This is a beautiful philosophical journey into what it means to die. The ending brought tears to my eyes, in much the same way as The Invention of Lying. The character Death delivers as he begins to fall in love with life as it's being lived by all the sundry characters, but especially the elderly woman he There is also the ancient Wendall Punes, who basically wasted 130 years of living on not much, only to have a great last few week of 'half-lie' as a zombie, catching up for last time. ( )
  jsmick | Oct 30, 2022 |
I loved death's storyline, and Windle Poons was ok, but the wizards in general just made the book drag for me -- I found myself incredibly bored during some bits. I would have loved a book just of Death's storyline and more about Mrs. Cake. ( )
  J.Flux | Aug 13, 2022 |
Pratchett skemmtilegur sem fyrr. Nú lendir Dauðinn sjálfur í því að verða dauðlegur. Hann tekur því ekki vel og hættir störfum. Byrjar að vinna á bóndabýli og njóta þess að vera "mannlegur". Vandamálið er náttúrulega það að enginn deyr þangað til nýr sláttumaður tekur við störfum gamla Dauðans. Snældufull bók af vitleysum og orðaútúrsnúringum sem fyrr en hliðarsagan um verslunarmiðstöðvarnar virtist meir vera sem uppfyllingarefni. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
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Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, RonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Morris Dance is common to all inhabited worlds in the multiverse.
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Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
WHAT CAN THE HARVEST HOPE FOR, IF NOT FOR THE CARE OF THE REAPER MAN?
"I've never been very sure about what is right," said Bill Door. "I am not sure there is such a thing as right. Or wrong. Just places to stand." (230)
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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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DEATH IS MISSING - PRESUMED…ER…GONE.

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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