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Mort (Discworld #4)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  79,552 ratings  ·  1,531 reviews
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'...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by HarperTorch (first published 1987)
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Forrest
In a previous review of Pratchett's The Color of Magic, I speculated that I might have become jaded since high school. I noted that I enjoyed that book, but it was not as hilarious as I had remembered it, initially. There will be no such danger with Mort, meaning, I probably won't be re-reading it. Again, this one was funny, but not hilarious, and more cutesy than clever.

Still, it has its moments, the best of which, I thought, was the interchange between the Sun Emperor and his Grand Vizier, a g...more
Tfitoby
"I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I COULD MURDER A CURRY.”

With those simple words Terry Pratchett introduces the complicated fact that on The Disc Death is as much a person as anyone else, only more so.

The fourth Discworld novel is right up there with my favourites, the story of how Death came to take an apprentice and how one gangly, awkward young boy became a strong, confident man is filled with humour and tells the kind of coming of age tale other authors only dream of.

It may not be the best writt...more
Gary
Excellent and fun

I just love the characters this author comes up with. Death is a great ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION and Mort, the human he selects as his apprentice, is the perfect replacement. Sort of.
Mort has a hard time filling in for Death when he needs a day off. At least he does once a girl gets involved. There is romance in this as well, sort of. Apparently, not completing the job Death is meant to do has some pretty serious consequences that even a cameo appearance by Rincewind may n...more
Manny
This review contains major spoilers for the movie Pusher 3

The central joke in Mort is that Death is basically, you know, just a guy doing a job. The other day, I thought of Terry Pratchett's novel for the first time in ages when we saw I'm The Angel of Death , Nicolas Winding Refn's brilliant conclusion to the Pusher trilogy. In the first two movies, we've had several brief encounters with the terrifying Milo, a Serbian kingpin in Copenhagen's underworld. The first film ends with him and his ass...more
Nic
The only other Discworld books I'd read were the Tiffany Aching sequence - The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith - and I was eager to try others. With those books, I found the humor hilarious and the worldbuilding excellent, but Tiffany a little obnoxious, mostly because she seemed too mature for her age, which ranges from nine to thirteen in the books.

A few writing-style trends that I found continuing here: Pratchett can be a tiny bit repetitive, especially on really good details...more
Anders
Mort is the fourth novel in the Discworld series. Like the other novels in the series it is witty, clever and quite a bit absurd. It is not dark and gritty like some of the other really great fantasy out there, but it's not supposed to be.

The story follows Mort. A young and fairly simple farm boy, who has to go to town to find a job. At the market everyone else in the job line gets a job, even a wall-eyed young man with a stoop and a running nose, but Mort who stays put until midnight has had n...more
Algernon
By far, one of the finest of all the DiscWorld novels, with a story that stands on its own feet and requires no previous knowledge of the DiscWorld's history and characters. Funny, sweet, and a pleasure from beginning to end.
Stephen
3.0 stars. A good book, but seems to have lost a little of of the magic of the first two books which were excellent.
Bookworm Smith
Mort is a simple country bumpkin who has reached the age where he should find a career. Lucky for him he is chosen for an apprenticeship. Unfortunately, it's with Death.

Without saying, this book is full of dark humour, mostly surrounding Death. It's a light hearted, yet deep view, of Death's job. About how Death feels about his job. About how Death has a mid life career crisis and goes off looking for something different. There are a few side stories, the apprentice learning the ropes of the dea...more
Olga Godim
I heard many praises of this book here on GR, and the book didn’t disappoint me. Although it was my first Terry Pratchett, it won’t be the last.
What is this book about? Ah, here comes the hard part. Whatever definition I come up with, this little novel is more. Is it about a simple country lad Mort becoming an apprentice to Death, and how the experience changed him? Yes, certainly, but not only that. Is it about Death longing to understand human emotions? Yes, sure, but that is just one small a...more
RuthAnn
This was so gosh-darn funny. I made an idiot of myself laughing out loud while reading this at the gym. The best line for me, hands-down, was ""I meant, what goes there?" the guard tried again, with a mixture of doggedness and suicidal stupidity that marked him for early promotion."

Hah! I love it!

If you'd like a quick, hilarious read, pick up this little gem. And I will pick up another Discworld novel.
Helen
From the back of the Book:

'Although the scythe isn't pre-eminent among the weapons of war, anyone who has been on the wrong end of, say, a peasants' revolt will know that in skilled hands it is a fearsome:

For Mort however, it is about to become one of the tools of his trade. From henceforth, Death is no longer going to be the end, merely the means to an end. He has received an offer he can't refuse. As Death's apprentice he'll have free board, use of the company horse and being dead isn't compul...more
Simcha Wood
With Mort, the fourth book in his Discworld series, Terry Pratchett is finally beginning to settle into the form that makes it so worth the time to read this series.

As with the previous book, Equal Rites, Mort departs from the previous books in the series, introducing new themes and new lead characteres. Death, who has played bit roles in the previous books, appears here in a leading role. Oddly, it is by dint of Death's portrayal as a deliberately stereotyped anthropomorphic personification of...more
Πέτρος
This is the fourth book of the series, which now delves into the realm of Death… while being depressed. The poor fellow seems to have lost his meaning in life (or death, or whatever) and for that reason he seeks a change of pace by looking for someone to replace him, while he tries to find meaning in life. That is why he picks Mort, a boy who doesn’t seem to be good at anything and ends up being his only option as all the others were already hired. Plus him tripping and the boy being kind enough...more
Jesse Broussard
Two things to note. First, I'm sorry Terry, I've resisted you too long. Second, if you giggle like a girl, and you are, in fact, not a girl, it can be rather uncomfortable to do so in a library full of huge hairy smelly unwashed homeless people that know where you sleep and carry pipe wrenches in leather holsters on their hips.

This book was just straight funny. Pratchett has a Wodehousian turn of phrase, and I caught both a line from Mortimer and a philosophy from Lewis, who of course published...more
Harold Ogle
Mort is another Discworld novel. Pratchett has been writing these for many years, and over time he has developed a number of favorite characters that he returns to again and again, to the point that many of the books can be categorized as a book "about" one or the other character. Mort is the first of the "Death" books, in that it fleshes out the character of the Grim Reaper and his supporting cast. In developing the character of Death in the Discworld novels, Pratchett was following an 80s tren...more
Matthew Hunter
It's easy to underestimate Pratchett, I think. He wraps meaningful social and philosophical commentary in his brand of irreverent humor. This time, the main protagonists are DEATH (HE TALKS IN ALL CAPS), and gawky teen Mort. I'm not sure I'd want to be chosen as Death's apprentice, but the opportunity to learn more about the workings of the Cosmos would be intriguing as heck.

With lines from Death/Mort like "There's no justice, there's just us.", Pratchett makes a statement. Death's the great equ...more
Noni
Death: I SIMPLY – FEEL I WANT A CHANGE

I fondly got to know more about Death in this one. A skeleton figure wearing hooded- robe, and eye sockets filled with blue flames. Oh, he was funny and adorable in some ways. Here, he was like a grandfather whom in his old age suddenly got the urge for a change. He wanted to learn more about human’s ordinary life. So, Death hired an apprentice, a boy named Mort. Once he thought Mort could do his work, Death took a holiday.

Death then tried fishing, dancing,...more
Bertrand
Les annales du Disque-Monde constituent l’œuvre majeure de l’anglais Terry Pratchett, qui y a gagné ses galons d’humoriste reconnu et vénéré. Avec plus de 30 volumes au compteur, voilà une série qui a séduit bien des lecteurs et suscité un enthousiasme sans cesse renouvelé. Un monde plat et rond, porté par quatre éléphants eux-mêmes juchés sur la carapace d’une énorme tortue. Tout ça a de quoi surprendre. Sur ce gigantesque disque, un univers inspiré des romans de fantasy, peuplé de dieux, sorci...more
Sarah
If you ever wanted to know how Death lives, here’s the book for you. Death (a tangible being in Discworld…or an anthropomorphic personification) has decided he needs an apprentice. He settles on Mort, a young man who has failed to reach his father’s expectations as a potential farmer and who has been taken to the apprentice’s fair at his local village. Mort is brought to Death’s domain – a contrived reality where time stands still. There he meets Ysabell, Death’s adopted daughter, and Albert, De...more
Sarah
I was in a reading lull when I first picked up a Terry Pratchett book. I had just finished the latest Harry Potter (I think it was OotP) and as usual had left a bit of a void. My best friend, and book fiend, Fiona recommended that I try some Pratchett. Fi and I had such a random sense of humour and she thought that I would love the humour in these books. She lent me Mort, her all time favourite of his books. With one of the oddest covers I had seen I took a chance with a book that I would never...more
Nathan
Part 4 of The Compete Discworld Reread

"Obviously we shouldn't get married, if only for the sake of the children."
Ysabell to Mort, after a friendly round of insults.

Mort is a bit of a dreamer, which isn't the best thing for a farmer's son to be. Knowing that something different is needed for his son, good ol' dad takes Mort to town and tries to line up an apprenticeship up for him. While most of the professions go after the other boys in town, it turns out that Death has an opening. The actual De...more
Kaethe
January 1 2005

Mort - Terry Pratchett We started watching Hogfather, but I don't own a copy. And the Offspring had to hear something with Death in it.

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June 11 2014

Having gotten into a Pratchetty mind set, I'm plowing through the Death sub-series with glee. The charming thing about Death is that he isn't a bit human, but humanity is interesting to him, and something he is striving towards. As are not we all?

In this case, Death has a teenaged daughter moping about the house, and having a proper...more
Lisa
Stepping into another's shoes can be rather difficult, as young Mort finds out when he's apprenticed to Death. After accompanying the Master on his rounds a few times, he's sent out on his own so that Death can catch some me-time and things soon start to go horribly wrong...

This is my favourite Discworld book to date and is much more like what I was after when I came to this series - helped in no small part by the fabulous character of Death, whom I now adore.

There are still a few small flaws wh...more
Darlene
Sort of cross-posted to my bookshelf in BookCrossing (darsbooks):

As my friends and occasional acquaintances predicted, I am loving Terry Pratchett's Discworld. This is my favorite-so far-with Equal Rites coming in second. Couldn't wait for any other book that may be actually next and have Small Gods here so now I am reading that.

Pratchett has the most poetic sense of humor that often sings to the heart of this music major. One line he used during a penultimate moment struck a chord (a minor seve...more
Jud (Disney Diva)
I started reading the Discworld series in order recently and have so far made it to number 4, Mort. This has been my favourite so far.

A young boy who seems to be fit for nothing, in an awkward too many elbows and knees kind of way, gets apprenticed by Death and travels with him to ferry souls to the other side (wherever that is). This book takes a humourous look at the role of Death (as in the tall black robe clad figure with the sythe) and what might happen should someone take over from him.

I'v...more
Sam
I loved this one, not only does it involve lots of appearances by Death (my favourite Discworld character) but we get to see his more 'human' side as Mort takes over his duties, allowing him the time to immerse himself in civilised society, including a hysterical stint at a bar discovering what it's like to be drunk. Mort meanwhile becomes more and more like Death, losing many of his original characteristics, with moments of a strange schizophrenia as both sides try to dominate. This is one of t...more
Христо Блажев
Убийствен (буквално) смях в "Морт" на Пратчет: http://www.knigolandia.info/2009/10/b...

Едно нещо научих от Тери Пратчет - създай си свят, насели го обилно с каквото ти хрумне и после пиши по една книга за всяко създание, което си сънувал. А ако можеш и да правиш книгите убийствено смешни, значи всичко е наред. Или не е. Ако не си Пратчет, не е.

Сигурно съм двестамилионният почитател на историите от Света на диска, но пак ще пиша по темата, безмилостен съм за това. Един добър приятел бе така люб...more
Lyn
I have a new best friend. Literarily speaking.

It’s as though I met Terry Pratchett at a party and we hit it off immediately. You like Monty Python, I LOVE Monty Python! Seinfeld, WHAT???, I’ve seen them all “Art Vandelay, nice to meet you.” No way! What about The Big Lebowsky? “How’s the smut business, Jackie?” To which he replied, “I wouldn’t know, Dude.”

Ha!

And so it is with me reading my first Discworld novel, in this case Mort (#4 on the list). Discworld is Terry Pratchett’s hilarious fantasy...more
Yara
At last, my very first Discworld novel! After years and years of tiptoeing around Terry Pratchett I have finally decided to take the plunge and unsurprisingly, he did not disappoint.

My theory is that if you were to put Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams into a blender, the Discworld series would come pouring out (…that sounded a lot better in my head, my apologies). There is a joke in every other line to the point where you’re just silently smiling and chuckling to yourself throughout the whole thing...more
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,...more
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