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Mort by Terry Pratchett
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Mort (1987)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld (4), Discworld: Death (1)

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    Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard (PitcherBooks)
    PitcherBooks: While Howard's Cabal is a Necromancer (one who can raise the dead - in a fashion) And Pratchett's DEATH is the embodiment of death (which comes to us all)... The commonality is really that wonderful quirky British humor. Pratchett is an old favorite of mine and I have read every one of his books. Howard is my new favorite and I plan to read every one of his books. If you like one, odds are you'll totally enjoy the other...… (more)
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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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    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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One of the earlier, better Disc World books, this time covering more indepth Death, one of the more intriguing Disc World characters. In "Mort", Death gets an assistant, a chap named Mort, so Death can take a holiday. Not-quite-hilarity ensues but there is a lot of thoughtful moments to chew over and enough chuckles to keep turning pages until the end. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Jun 25, 2019 |
Death is often a touchy subject. In Terry Pratchett’s Mort, Death is alive and kicking…sort of. Well, more like a hilarious anthropomorphic personification. When main character Mort, short for Mortimer, begins his search for an apprenticeship, Death tucks him under his wing, or should I say cloak? A motley group of outcasts bring the first book in Discworld’s DEATH series to life.

Magic and normality collide in a fantastical setting where a young boy learns the art of soul-taking, and Death takes a much desired vacation. Throw in a murder, a strong-willed princess in peril, Death’s adopted daughter, and a mysterious butler, and you get a fascinating state of affairs.

Mort represents the typical young person. He does not yet have confidence in himself, and he feels lost in the world. His search for meaning and passion mimics the plight of everyone entering the often confusing world of employment. Death, on the other hand, has the opposite problem. He has spent so many years doing the job required of him that he has lost sight of himself. Mort’s assistance provides him with the time to explore other avenues of interest, most notably, human emotion.

Pratchett’s astounding sense of imagination never fails to disappoint. While massive, the world he created does not require the reader to enjoy his novels in any particular order. If you have not read any of the forty-one Discworld books, a treasure trove of gorgeous writing, multi-faceted characters, and engaging situations await you. Mort may be the best place to start. What are you waiting for? ( )
  Codonnelly | Jun 24, 2019 |
that... was not the ending I expected ( )
  runtimeregan | Jun 12, 2019 |
Death ❤️ ( )
  JulesGDSide | Nov 29, 2018 |
Mort is one of the best of Discworld. Death needs an apprentice and a vacation... and gets what he wants. He is Pratchett’s greatest character - forlorn, lonely, and like Spock, constantly trying to understand humans but finding them incomprehensible. And he is a family man, too - with a comfy cottage (albeit all in black), a daughter, a servant, and cats.

This story is just so much fun. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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Great book! Im so excited about new tv-show coming out, named GOod Omens. Preparing to watch it re-reading the books:)
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bauman, JillCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brandhorst, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Byatt, A. S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Couton, PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Planer, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rayyan, OmarIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salmenoja, MargitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilkins, RobAuthor photosecondary 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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There should be a word for that brief period just after waking when the mind is full of warm pink nothing.
‘[Death] doesn’t like wizards and witches much,’ Mort volunteered. 
‘Nobody likes a smartass,’ she said with some satisfaction. ‘We give him trouble, you see. Priests don’t, so he likes priests.’ 
‘He’s never said,’ said Mort. 
‘Ah. They’re always telling folk how much better it’s going to be when they’re dead. We tell them it could be pretty good right here if only they’d put their minds to it.’
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:03 -0400)

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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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