Author(s): Terry PratchettDownload
‘Death has to happen. That’s what bein’ alive is all about. You’re alive, and then you’re dead. It can’t just stop happening.’But it can. And it has. So what happens after death is now less of a philosophical question than a question of actual reality. On the Disc, as here, they need Death. If Death doesn’t come for you, then what are you supposed to do in the meantime? You can’t have the undead wandering about like lost souls. There’s no telling what might happen, particularly when they discover that life really is only for the living…
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Probably my favorite of all of the Discworld novels (and that’s a hard choice, given my total love of the series). Of all of Pratchett’s many quirky characters, I think I love Death the best, though I couldn’t begin to tell you why. In this installment, Death gets fired and has to get a day job. In typical Discworld fashion, not everything goes according to plan.
Don’t pay attention to the critics’ quotes on the front of the book. Anyone who compares Pratchett to Tolkien or Douglas Adams hasn’t actually read any of the three. It might be better to compare him to Jonathan Swift or Mark Twain; in spite of the dwarves, wizards, witches, werewolves, and other fantastic characters, Pratchett’s novels are more a commentary on human nature & society than high fantasy. Great fun!
Re-read with buddies!
I suppose it helps that I’m already a lifelong fan of Pratchett, but even objectively, this is a delightful novel about Death’s retirement. Sure, he was tricked, but he really needed some time off. Or some time, period.
The magicians were delightful, as usual, and the undead, even more so. This is the zombie apocalypse, Discworld-style, when no one’s allowed to die.
It was rather pastoral. 🙂
I wouldn’t say this is my favorite of the Discworld series, but it *does* mark the inclusion of one of my absolute favorite Discworld characters of all time.
If I could steal credit for a book and claim it as my own, Reaper Man would most likely be it. This is the point, I think, where the Discworld novels stopped being entertaining light reading, and really became literature. It’s a very subtle shift from the little parodies of science fiction and fantasy conventions of things like The Light Fantastic to the rich satire of a book like Jingo. Behind the story of Death being fired for having developed a personality, there’s a clever little parable about what it means to be human, to be alive, and why the man locked in the tower watched the flight of birds.
Death has retired. Which might be a problem.
Death is by far my favourite character in the Discworld, and it feels especially poignant to read his stories now following the death of Terry Pratchett. There’s just a small amount of melancholy that resonates from the pages. That said, I really enjoyed this and it made me laugh a fair few times. The wit and humour just can’t be replicated by anyone else, and this just feels so British and wonderful.
The scenes with Bill Door are, obviously, my favourite – although I liked Ludmilla and Windle’s stories too. The wizards I’m always inclined to like less, and their story does devolve into the more absurd. I like the more morally ambiguous dilemmas that Death faces. And he gets all the best lines and character interactions. The Death of Rats! Cyril the dyslexic chicken! If anything, I would have liked to have spent more time with Death and how he coped during his retirement.
Possibly not quite as good as Mort, in my opinion, but I do love these novels.
Death plays as the Boot in Monopoly, and once again shows his humanity. Pratchett showed the world that death isn’t an ending it’s a release especially for the very old, 130 year old wizard Wendel Poons. He shares other wisdom as well, “Inside every living person is a dead person waiting to get out”, “Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind!!!!!”
When death comes and asks if you have any last words, “Yes, I don’t want to go.”
Death to all tyrants.
Great fun read, now onto Soul Music!!!!!
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