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(Discworld #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  166,075 ratings  ·  3,902 reviews
Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job.

After being assured that being dead was not compulsory, Mort accepted. However, he soon found that romantic longings did not mix easily with the responsibilities of being Death's apprentice...
Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published November 18th 1988 by Corgi (first published 1987)
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Mike Rombout The following image show all Discworld novels and how they relate. As you can see Mort is a separate series from the Rincewind novels (i.e. The Colour…moreThe following image show all Discworld novels and how they relate. As you can see Mort is a separate series from the Rincewind novels (i.e. The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, etc).
Tom Brennan I really depends how you want to proceed through the Discworld. You could proceed chronologically as you suggest, or pursue novels focused on…moreI really depends how you want to proceed through the Discworld. You could proceed chronologically as you suggest, or pursue novels focused on particular characters, like the series on Death, of which Mort is the first. If you do decide to go to Colour of Magic (and The Light Fantastic) you'll <spoiler>get some back story on one of the characters who appears in Mort.</spoiler>(less)

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Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Literarily speaking, Sir Terry Pratchett is one of my best friends.

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 Lebowski? “How’s the smut business, Jackie?” To which he replied, “I wouldn’t know, Dude.”


And so it was with me when I read my first Discworld novel, in this case Mort (#4 on the list). Discworld is Terry Pra
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017-shelf, humor
Being one of the first and the latest of all the Pratchett reads, I'm really surprised just how much I loved this one. I'm upping the star count to a full five just because I think I liked Mort, the character, even better this time around.

DEATH on DISCWORLD. :) Seriously, there's nothing quite like it. Him. The personification. :) He meddles so much with humanity, tries to get drunk, and hires an apprentice. Not all in that order.

Death is the mewling cat at the party of life. :)

The story is a b
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This isn't an easy review to write. This has been my first encounter with the Discworld universe and the many writings of Terry Pratchett, and voicing my opinion on it makes me feel like a blundering fool stumbling into a world that was meant for his younger and perhaps wiser self, a world of which he has only caught a glimpse.

Let's start with kicking in an open door. 'Boy', uh, sorry, 'Mort' is a very funny novel. Death, being a wonderfully serious topic, becomes a great source of laughter and
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Introducing: DEATH

Aw, ain't that smile warming your heart? Or is that the adrenaline rush because you, too, just want to get away from him? Severely misunderstood guy, that fellow.
He's a beekeeper, a gardener, cat-lover, admittedly not very good with colours but his shades of black are very original! And he's active too! Never lazy, our protagonist, always riding around on his faithful mount, Binky.

In case anyone was wondering: the scythe is for us normal mortals, whereas royalty gets the deluxe
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastika
Bez iznenadjenja: čitati Pračeta po prvi put je nalik na upoznavanje starog, dragog prijatelja. Prijateljstvo je već tu, veliko je i puno obećava, samo eto, igrom slučaja nijedan ni drugi niste o tome bili obavešteni.

p.s. izdanje koje imam je toliko divno da je teško gledati ga bez lekova za smirenje.

Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Death is looking for an apprentice to eventually replace him and decides on a young man called Mort. During the course of his training Mort takes a fancy to a young lady. Unfortunately the young lady’s time is up. So that’s that. Or is it? You see, Mort is not so good at following rules…

This is the only Terry Pratchett book I have read so far and it was delightfully whimsical. Sign me up for more please.

Light dawned on Mort. “You are looking for an apprentice?” he
Charlotte May
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"There is no justice. There is only me."

Well this was flipping great!
My first step into Terry Pratchett's Discworld (I know right?!)
This one tells the story of a young man called Mort who becomes Death's apprentice, along with all of the tasks and responsibilities that come with it.
This world is so vivid and imaginative, I was completely transported into this weird and wonderful universe with all its characters, including wizards, princesses, Death's daughter and of course Mort and Death himse
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1), Terry Pratchett
Mort is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett. Published in 1987, it is the fourth Discworld novel and the first to focus on the character Death, who only appeared as a side character in the previous novels. The title is the name of its main character and also a play on words: in French, mort means "death". The French language edition is titled Mortimer.
As a teenager, Mort has a personality and temperament that makes him unsuited to th
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
I "made a mistake" in my life by reading later works of Discworld (DW) first. By the time I read earliest Discworld stories, the universe feels not fully developed.

Mort is the fourth DW novel, and I see the DW universe, the jokes, and the characters are better developed than the 3 earlier novels (but still not as sophisticated as DW later works). But, there are some good moments: the awkwardness of young people in this novel, and the Death's learning of life.

People including Mort as the first i
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fantasy-sci-fi
Primera entrega de la subsaga de la Muerte. En esta historia la Muerte, un poco cansada de su trabajo y ansiosa por experimentar cosas nuevas, se busca un aprendiz: Mort, un muchacho (¡muchacho no! ¡Mort!) que deberá aprender en sus propias carnes la responsabilidad de su nuevo oficio. Siempre con su toque de humor característico, Terry Pratchett hace reflexionar y filosofar sobre muchos temas. Me ha gustado muchísimo, creo que va a convertirse en una de mis sagas preferidas de Mundodisco.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one! I think Death is automatically a favorite character in the Discworld world, and he finally gets his own book. He picks up an apprentice (Mort) to help with the soul-collecting business and takes advantage of the opportunity to try out some popular human pasttimes, such as drinking, gambling, partying, and job hunting. Meanwhile, Mort sort of kind of accidentally-maybe seriously disturbs the fabric of reality.

There are so many funny scenes and lines. The story just flew by. I lo
Executive Summary: Another great entry in the Discworld series as different from Equal Rites as that book was from the first two.

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I never expected to marathon the discworld books, but this now makes the third in a row I've read.

This book is the first of the Death books. Death plays a much larger role than he has in the previous books, but for the most part it focuses on his apprentice, Mort.

I found it started a bit slow, and I was pretty indifferent towards Mort. He grew on me by the
Raeleen Lemay

I wanted to like this book so much more than I did and I’m mad! It started out really promising for me, as Mort was a super fun character and I loved the early scenes when he’s just meeting Death for the first time and is getting used to the new apprenticeship. I soon became tired of the whole schtick unfortunately and then the book seemed to drag on endlessly. I’ve heard this book is one of Pratchett’s most popular works, so I’m worried I might just not enjoy his writing style (although
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, stars-4-0
Discworld Book 4

“Oh. I see. People don't want to see what can't possibly exist.”

Carrying on with my Pratchett education. Although Death appeared in the previous books, this is the one where this rather uncommon character gets more screen time to great effect. I mean it is not every day you see the Grim Reaper hankering for a curry or trying to get drunk and have fun!

Once more, we get a crazy tale of adventure, this time following Mort, gangly, awkward boy, who becomes Death's apprentice. Queue
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Un joven soñador y bastante despistado Mortimer pero más conocido como Mort, pertenece a una familia de agricultores, pero él no tiene ningún talento para ello. Su padre y hermano deciden buscarle un oficio durante la feria de contratación del Cerro de las Ovejas, donde no será hasta el último momento en que su suerte cambie de lado y la figura cadavérica y encapuchada conocida como la Muerte le ofrezca ser su aprendiz. Tras unas cuantas lecciones y unos cuantos errores más, la Muerte termina de ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-now
Το Mort είναι ένα από τα αγαπημένα μου βιβλία και, κατά τη γνώμη μου, ένα από τα διασκεδαστικότερα, αστειότερα λογοτεχνικά έργα όλων των εποχών. Πριν λίγο καιρό έγραψα 1863 λέξεις για το βιβλίο στο PopCode, αλλά περίμενα μέχρι σήμερα, στην επέτειο των 3 χρόνων από το θάνατο του Terry Pratchett για να τις μοιραστώ κι εδώ στο Goodreads.

Λείπεις, sir. #GNUTerryPratchett #SpeakHisName

Mort: ★★★★★
So I've decided to dip my toes back into the waters of the utterly bonkers but always hilarious Discworld Series by the late, great Terry Pratchett. I've only read odd books here and there, and certainly have never read the books in order. Honestly I don't have that sort of patience. So instead I prefer to flit in and out focusing more on the books featuring my favourite characters. I tend to find the plots, and even the characters at times, just superfluous to the reading experience! For me it' ...more
So Terry Pratchett is definitely witty and clever, and I do enjoy his asides when I forget I'm searching for a story in the midst of it. The thing is, each of the three Discworld books I've completed so far took me some effort to get into in spite of appreciating the humor. Because the characters remain caricatures as the humor takes center stage. And I actually find it kind of boring.

It's not until late in each book that I started to be interested in what was actually happening. And the charact
I've stopped counting the number of times I might have read this particular book

Reading any Pratchett is like meeting old childhood buddies. You might not have been in touch with each other for a long time yet even if you meet them after a decade or more, you feel hardly any time has elapsed.
...and always left with a bit of melancholy, thinking of the goodtimes you had...
Stjepan Cobets
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy and humour
When death comes it with his scythe brings the end of life but this time, it came to for his apprentices. His apprentice becomes Mortimer whom everyone calls Mort. Although he is a young man thought it was a great job for him will soon realize that this is not such a simple matter. Apprenticeships at Death is not such an easy task that he expected. The writer and this book make us laugh with silly stories and adventures of Discworld. Very fun book for all fans of weird and funny fantasy world.
Feb 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 as
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
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, fantasy
I really enjoyed this Discworld novel which is about a boy called Mort who becomes Death's apprentice and things going a little bit cray-cray. I felt like this had more of a story than the other books, though Equal Rites does have a good plot as well, and i just really enjoyed all the crazy characters as usual but in particular Death. I loved how weird and wonderful he was and how undeath like he was I guess - I will never get the picture of Death in a kitchen with an apron and a whole family of ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Of all 4 Discworld novels I've read, this one is my favourite. It's a cute story and Death is definitely a funny and interesting guy. It didn't fully keep my interest though, as the story lags a bit in the middle. The writing style is clever, but the characters feel stilted at times. I've decided to stop reading the Discworld series. I just don't feel the enthusiasm I was hoping I would.
My second Pratchett, after Hogfather a couple years back. He’s my husband’s favorite author, so I’ve wanted to give him a darn good try anyway, even before this was chosen as my neighborhood book club’s read for February. I enjoyed it well enough and found it an easy read, though not a notably compelling plot.

At a hiring fair, red-headed Mort, as the last one picked, becomes Death’s apprentice. He soon learns about the hourglasses and automatically updated biographies that signal someone’s appro
David Sarkies
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody who loves a good laugh
Recommended to David by: Stewart
Shelves: comedy
Death takes on an apprentice
14 August 2012

Well, while I suggested that Equal Rites must have been Pratchett's make or break book, I did not expect the brilliance of this book. After picking myself off the floor after laughing so much at some of the absolutely off the wall humour, I must say that, to put it bluntly, Terry Pratchett attempted to send the fantasy genre into a completely different direction, and succeeded.

Basically Death has become board, and lonely, with his job, and wants to fin
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
As always, Pratchett's Discworld novels are unfailingly entertaining. In Mort, Pratchett introduces his personification of Death. However, the familiar hooded, skeletal figure with a sickle is getting kind of bored with rushing about from deathbed to murder scene... The solution? To take on an apprentice. Mort is an awkward, clumsy farmer's son, whose inconvenient habit of asking questions has made him more in-the-way than not at home – and he's had no luck finding a position elsewhere. So when ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“He was determined to discover the underlying logic behind the universe. Which was going to be hard, because there wasn't one.”

Parts of the story got a little muddled somewhere between the ending and the middle, but as usual the humour and the absurd characters are what brought everything around. Mort and Death are a duo that are quite enjoyable, of course with the addition of Death's noble steed, Binky. Death being the serious, completely terrifying guy who asks questions like "WHY IS THERE A
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, 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, i

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Discworld (1 - 10 of 41 books)
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