Reaper Man (Discworld #11)
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 t...more
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But yeah, the main point is - no worries, and also if you don't like one Discworld book there's almost certainly another one, at a later or earlier point in his writing (Pratchett wrote Discworld from when he was in his early thirties and not really a mature writer, to when he was physically unable to write and had to draft and edit by dictation) that you *will* like.(less)
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 a ...more
-¡Si!- digo yo, saltando en una pata.
-Haceme una lista de que autores te gustan.
Le hago una lista de casi 20 autores, le marco las prioridades, le anoto los títulos que ya tengo de cada uno y, además, le hago una lista extra de autores , en caso de que, por alguna razón, no hubiera ninguno de los que le marqué en un principio, esos otros funcionarían como opciones "aceptables".
(Era una lista de tres hojas)
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With Death off gallivanting around, Discworld residents discover that eternal life ain't all it's cracked up to be. Others just want those dead people to GO AWAY ALREADY!
Perhaps a support group is in order?
This entry in the series has EVERYTHING - action, adventure, thrills, chills, and romance, in addition to the usual amount of rampant silliness one has come to expect from Pratchett, who manages to prove once and for all that WORDS CAN H ...more
“No one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away—until the clock wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of someone’s life is only the core of their actual existence.”
— Terry Pratchett (1948-2015).
Thank you, Mr. Pratchett. God speed.
6 July 2013
I guess the person that said that the problem with Terry Pratchett is that you have to read him more than once probably applied it to this book in the same way that it had been applied to the other books that I have read and discovered that the second time around I have enjoyed them much more than the first time. Okay, I am probably not going to pick up Moving Pictures again, though this one is definitely one that I should come back to again some time ...more
At the urging of quite a few friends both on and off of GR's, I finally got around to reading my very first Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. I am happy to report that it was a great experience.
All the rumors are true: Pratchett is witty, quick and has excellent timing. I found myself laughing about some of the scenes in this novel well after I had read them, sometimes in public, and sometimes drawing a few curious stares from passers by*.
At the heart of this book is a tale of two people (or personalities, as Terry Pratchett would no doubt refer to them). O ...more
My favourite of all of the Discworld novels.
Death is a fascinating character, and seeing his strain of humanity just makes him all the more so.
Reaper Man is HILARIOUS. Death is so awkward, so unsure of himself in the realm of the living. And when your time is running out, you want to experience everything life has to offer. And when you've never lived, maybe the basics ARE the most important parts of life.
'Inside Every Living Person is a Dead Person Waiting to Get Out...'Death is one of my favourite Discworld characters and Reaper Man is the second book in the Death novels. I prefer reading in general Discworld reading order though. Still, whether you read these books like I do, or you choose to read them as separate novels about Rincewind, or Death, or witches and so on, you will have lots of fun.
Death gets fired. Or something like that anyway. Instead of mopping around feeling sorry for ...more
If someone were to ask me which of Terry Pratchett's book is my favorite, I wouldn't hesitate. All of his books are works of art, but among them, this one stands out like a true masterpiece to me. I think this is the first book he wrote that has actually made me cry both in laughter and in sadness. It is the only one of his books that I have re-read so many ti ...more
Reaper Man is a book that I find really hard to define. It would be so easy to simply describe it as a hilarious – or even absurdist – romp about the chaos that ensues after Death is (forcibly) retired without an immediate replacement to take over his duties. There are wizards running around, there are snow globes that pop out of nowhere then hatch into EVIL shopping trolleys (!!), a bunch of previously-undead people (including a vampire and a boogeyma ...more
Una de las novelas más brillantes de Terry Pratchett, un perfecto ejemplo de su filosofía de vida: serio no es lo contrario de divertido.
Hay muchas citas memorables que salen de esta novela, voy a terminar con una que por motivos evidentes me ha llegado al alma en esta relectura: "Nadie ha muerto del todo hasta que mueren las ondulaciones que ha provocado en este mundo: hasta que se para el reloj al que dio cuerda, hasta que fermenta el vino que preparó, hasta que se r ...more
Or rather, Death?
It's a weird thing, death. I mean, you're here one minute and then you're... not. And while we all know intellectually that we're going to die, there's something in us that refuses to believe that the essential Person that we are could possibly cease to exist. We have personalities, unique aggregations of memory and experience and inborn preferences that all display themselves as a Person, as far as we know unique in all the world. Each human ...more
Terry Pratchett is maddening. I'm not at all sure I got everything he was saying. There are double meanings everywhere and to read this book is to want to start over and read it again.
If anyone asks about what Pratchett's book is about, just hand it over. He is very hard to explain. If you want to add quotes, it is nearly imp ...more
This is book #2 of the Death series one of my favourites characters of Discworld. On this one Azrael, Death's boss, becomes aware that Discworld's Death is developing a personality so he decides to make him mortal because he wasn't doing his job right. Now under the identity of Bill Door, Death finds a job as a farmer and he start enjoying the pleasures of being alive.
Meanwhile, in the city of Ankh-Morpork, weird things start to happen since there's a large amount of ...more
I enjoyed the humor and the silliness churned out by Terry Pratchett in this Discworld novel. I also liked the philosophical wonderings of Death that resulted in a kinder, gentler Grim Reaper.
Brindo por vos, Sir Terry.
Un libro maravilloso por dónde se lo mire y, como siempre digo, habría que crear una puntuación única para los libros del autor. Qué genio.
"Los vivos eran los que no se daban cuenta de que sucedían cosas extrañas y maravillosas, porque la vida estaba ...more
"LORD, WHAT CAN THE HARVEST HOPE FOR, IF NOT THE CARE OF THE REAPER MAN" - Death, 'Reaper Man' by Terry Pratchett
Now is the season of being snowed in and unable to take hikes or paddle down streams. Now is the season of drinking tea on a couch and trying to keep the mind from hibernating, while at the same time, not necessarily forcing it to wake up. Hense, Terry Pratchett. As part of my usual winter reading and rereading ...more
Ahora, en el libro anterior no me gustó la forma en que el libro es un ciclo cerrado, pero 'El segador' sí me gustó a pesar de que pasa lo mismo. Al comienzo del libro ocurre alguna cosa que desequilibra al universo y durante la lectura se desarrollan las consecuencias y se re ...more
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