From Publishers Weekly
This fifth Discworld tale ( Mort ), about a barely averted apocalypse there, reasserts Pratchett's adroitness as a storyteller. Inventive, satirical of the contemporary scene, Pratchett does not merely play with words, he juggles shrewd observations with aplomb. His creations are gently allegorical: for instance, the Unseen University Library is the repository of magic, its librarian an orangutan and its archchancellorship reserved for the most powerful magician, a "sourcerer" named Coin. But the author never takes himself or his message too seriously, and maintains a feather-light touch throughout. Even Death, an important minor character here, receives a distinctive voice.
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"May well be considered his masterpiece... Humour such as his is an endangered species" The Times "Pratchett is a comic genius" Daily Express "One of the best and funniest English authors alive" Independent "He would be amusing in any form and his spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction" Mail on Sunday