Mort Audio CD – Audiobook, Oct 26 2004
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Death - tall guy, somewhat underfed, big grin, carries a scythe - appears in more Discworld books than any other character. However, "Mort" is the first where his appearance in anything other than a very brief cameo - though, admittedly, he remains one of the book's support characters. The book's hero is Mort, the youngest son of a farming family living on the Ramtops. He doesn't quite have the look of a typical hero : although tall and overly-helpful, he's also red-haired, freckled and largely built from knees. His family specialises in distilling wine from reannual grapes - you plant the seed this year and harvest the grape last year. (With the wine, you tend to get the hangover the morning before and need to drink quite a lot to get over it). Mort's lack of talent in the agricultural field (boom boom !), however, is causing some concern for his father. Hoping someone will hire him as an apprentice, Lezek takes his son to the hiring fair at Sheepridge on Hogswatch Night. Although Mort is the last one hired, he is probably the most aptly named apprentice - given that his new boss is Death himself.
Despite Mort's initial discomfort with the position - he doesn't have to be dead himself and the bones look is entirely optional - he decides to accept the position. Death also makes it clear he doesn't do the killing himself - that's up to assassins and soldiers, for example - he just takes over when people die. (He has, however, been known to murder a curry). Life (if that's what you call it) with Death is very strange.Read more ›
This is a riotously funny novel. I can truly say that Death has never been funnier. Being the reaper of souls for untold years does wear a guy down, and Death goes out into the real world to try and discover what life is all about. We find him dancing in a kind of conga line at a party for the Patrician, asking the guy in front of him why dancing around and kicking things over is fun; we see him getting boozed up at a bar and telling his troubles to the bartender, we find him seeking employment and dealing with a normal human customer, and we ultimately find him happily serving as the cook at Harga's House of Ribs.Read more ›
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It's a Terry Pratchett book. That's all you need to know :)Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very funny, very good read Terry Pratchett is an amazing author. Death gets an apprentice and things just get out of hand.Published 12 months ago by tarotlover
Slowly making my way through the Discworld series. This fourth novel doesn't disappoint, exploring in Pratchett's usual funny, madcap manner the apprenticeship of Mortimer to none... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2012 by Lorina Stephens
Book 4 of the Discworld series.
After hearing so many great things about Discworld and having read the first three novels in the series, I was not quite as impressed as I had... Read more
Well, it's kinda hard for me to choose my favorite in the Discworld series since every episode has got its great moments. Still, I'd choose this one. Read morePublished on May 25 2002 by mos
While Pratchett is always funny, and a better plotter than I think many who have written him off as a "comedy" writer give him credit for, you'll need to really like the character... Read morePublished on May 20 2002 by Beau Yarbrough
There are so many "best" books in the Discworld series. Some are best because of their humour. Some are best because of their message. Read morePublished on May 18 2002 by RachelWalker
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