Reaper Man (Discworld #11)
Which leads to the kind of chaos you always get when an important public service is withdrawn.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...
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
At the heart of this book is a tale of two people (or personalities, as Terry Pratchett would no doubt refer to them). One person has too m...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.
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.
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
With Death enjoying his f...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
The book is more or less about Death. Both Death the Grim Reaper and death the fact of life, actually. Reading Mort before Reaper Man is a good way of getting into Discworld's Grim Reaper - he's actually a loveable kind of gu...more
Without Death fulfilling his usual role, the life force of humans begins to build up. This is shown when local wizard Windle Po...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
There are some spoilers ahead if you feel like you need to be warned of that.
As usual with Discworld we have Pratchett explaining a new set of characters that audit the universe. Reasons for their decision to retire Death are obtuse and hard to grasp without just throwing...more
Windle Poons, on the other hand, is an old wizard who awaits his death, and is looking forward to a wonderful next life. But with the personification of death recently retired, his spirit doesn't know where to go, so he enters back into his body, and...more
Morte è stata licenziata da Azrael per aver assunto una personalità e ora su Mondo Disco tutto inizia ad andare storto: nessuno muore più, le cose si animano,soprattutto i carrelli dei supermercati e i maghi hanno finalmente da fare qualcosa,anzichè stare ad abbuffarsi e ciabattare in giro per l'Università della magia.
Così veniamo a conoscenza di un mago,appena non-morto, che diventa un simpaticissimo zombie e che,all'inizio prova in tutti i modi a rimanere morto; di due...more
Има различни видове активизми, а покрай лесната слава на социалните мрежи се пръкват още и още. Църковните твари са едни от претендиращите да имат думата по следсмъртните въпроси (невярно), но само активистът за правата на мъртъвците Рег Шу се бори за правата на мъртвите-които-още-имат-вземане-даване-с-живите. А в един останал без Смърт свят ще има доста такива. Пъстрата групичка около Шу ще се...more
Death has started to exhibit a Personality, and that which is must surely end. He is shortly retired and chooses to work for an old lady on a farm for the remainder of his days under the pseudonym of (Good Old) Bill Door. Meanwhile the oldest wizard in the world dies and finds that (during this regrettable interim transition) there's nowhere for him to go, becoming the world's least willing zombie. I can't really review thi...more
I never really read funny fiction while growing up. Perhaps it was due to a generally introspective temperament. Maybe it was because those kinds of stories don't typically garner mainstream accolades. I even might owe it to teachers and librarians simply failing to put the right sort of book in my impressionable hands. Whatever the reason, the extent of my foray into humorous storytelling was pretty much limited to James and Deborah Howe's Bunnicula, which features a v...more
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 — lit
short plot description: when DEATH gets retired (they let him keep the horse for his good service) he is going to discover about the high cost of living (apologies to Neil Gaiman) and soon learns that life is a habit awfully hard to break.
Meanwhile elsewhere on Discworld nothing is dying until a new Death arises but the wizard Windle Poons (130 years old and looking forward to the afterlife) has no intention to take the situation lying down....
my thoughts: one of my favouri...more
The narrative is split between the stories of Windle Poons and DEATH who find themselves out of a life (and death) and out of a job respectively.
The Windle Poons storyline sagged a bit, to my mind,...more