Reaper Man Paperback – Dec 23 1998
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If you're an established fan, you'll enjoy this as much as the others; if you're new to Pratchett, what the hell took you so long?' -- Time Out
If you're an established fan, you'll enjoy this as much as the others; if you're new to Pratchett, what the hell took you so long? -- Time Out
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Naturally, you don't just replace Death over night; it takes a while for the collective unconscious of all living things to formulate a New Death, and this period of temporary instability proves quite burdensome. One individual particularly unhappy about the current state of affairs is Windle Poons, the oldest of all the wizards in Unseen University. When Death doesn't show up to meet him at the appointed hour, Poons eventually has little choice but to go and reinhabit his old body once again. He's not the only undead person walking around in the days that follow.Read more ›
The Grim Reaper, Death, is a character often popularised as evil and murderous, and such. But he isn't, and in fact gets quite offended should this be suggested to him. The Auditors of Reality have therefore decided to fire him, on the basis that he is taking too much personal interest in his work. Until a replacement is found, though, Death's job - taking the spirits of the dead to their appointed afterlife (if any) isn't happening, leaving a surplus of life force and an abundance of chaos.
As Death journeys through what must now be called his "life" as a farm labourer called Bill Door, and deceased-but-not-departed wizard Windle Poons attempts to find him, comedy mixes with serious issues on life and humanity. And we are amused, but moved at the same time. A beautiful book. Get it. Now, if not sooner.
Death gets top billing here, and he is fleshed-out wonderfully (a tough task considering he had no flesh to begin with). A supernatural career crisis leads him to a job harvesting crops, where his skill with a scythe is put to good use. A budding relationship with his new employer, Miss Flitworth, teaches him to actually live.
Windle Poons undergoes a crisis of his own. He's died. Well, almost. See, Death is not around to collect him. So what happens? Well, Terry heaps confusing circumstances on poor Mr. Poons. Poons reacts in much of the same way that Death did. He learns to live, too. After 130-years of sheltered existence, not to mention the last 50 years living with a decrepit body, he is liberated by Death. Only Terry could come up with such a wacky but logically sound notion.
The rest of the cast of characters, including the Wizards and a rag-tag group of misfits called the Fresh Start Club, lively wander around the plot, narrowly bumping into each other while providing fine comic moments. The Wizards get a little too caught up in their quest, eventually donning cloth headbands and yelling "Yo!" as if going into Rambo-style warfare. Couple this with their sheltered pomposity, and we get truly funny moments.Read more ›
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Not in my opinion the beat pratchett books. This one takes 70 pages to get a good plot starting. It is funny up until then though. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. J.
I really love the story because it shows how things would go if there was no death possible. I really enjoyed itPublished 8 months ago by tarotlover
One of his best, for sure. Thoughtful, intelligent, funny, and heartwarming. Oh my, I'm going to miss Terry Pratchett when I finish his final book.Published 21 months ago by adam smith
Will Death ever do his job? Reaper Man is entertaining and there are some great moments, but it's just not as good as most of the other Discworld novels that I've gotten to so far.Published on Dec 16 2013 by Dan
After seeing all the 5 star reviews, it made me think that I had read a different book, but perhaps I just didnt "get" this one as much as all of the other reviewers. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2006 by Ignite
this is certainly among Pratchett's top five books. It's a wonderful work...full of understated humour and philosophical observations which give a slightly different slant to the... Read morePublished on July 17 2002 by RachelWalker
Yes - that does say "emotional." I've read a lot of Pratchet and this is by far his masterpiece. Read morePublished on June 9 2001