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Mort: Discworld: The Death Collection (Discworld Hardback Library) [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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7 Nov 2013 Discworld Hardback Library

It is known as the Discworld. It is a flat planet, supported on the backs of four elephants, who in turn stand on the back of the great turtle A'Tuin as it swims majestically through space. And it is quite possibly the funniest place in all of creation...

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.


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473200105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473200104
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 19.8 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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Mort is the book in thich this now great author moved from being simply just a witty writer to one of the premier fantasy authors of our age...now is the time to find out what all the fuss it about while enjoying this spiffy new cover (Starburst 2014-01-03)

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Terry Pratchett's hilarious fourth Discworld novel established once and for all that Death really is a laughing matter...

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start your Discworld addiction. 25 May 2000
Format:Paperback
The concept of Death needing an apprentice captures the imagination from the very start of this book.The fact He likes cats,enjoys curries and His horse is called Binky leaves you doubting all you have been brought up to believe. His choice of a gangely, knocked-kneed youth named Mort, presents us with our unlikely hero whose adventures unfold like a comedy of errors but, as in all good adventures, the hero wins through in the end. Terry Pratchett takes us on yet another magical journey of character descriptions,colourful places and wierd happenings(you can almost taste the scumble). Long may he write.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the Disc 17 Jan 2005
By Volin
Format:Audio CD
This re-release of Pratchett's Mort shows us why indeed the Discworld has become one of Britain's best loved series.
Mort is the first book where Pratchett decides to show the reader an up close and personal view of Death, one of the more mysterious entities of the Disc. And how well he does it. The potrait of Death Pratchett paints is not that of the spectre of all evil but instead a rather eccentric gentleman who has seen rather too much of life. Ths is Pratchett does with some excellent wit: for example Death's horse is named Binky.
The story itself is very well done, concentrating on Death and his new apprentice Mort. Mort cannot bring himself to do Death's job out of compassion and so ends up letting a dead princess live on.
The masterpiece of this novel is the character of Death. Pratchett turns religious convention on its head, making Death far from evil. Indeed he actually makes you feel horribly sorry for Death and the reader will be moved emotionally by Pratchett's clever but subtle way of showing the actuality behind the myth.
The reason I have not given this the 5 stars it deserves is because of its audio book status. While I enjoy audio books for when I am relaxing, I cannot give it 4 stars because a great deal has been abrigded from it - many of the sequences deemed unessential to the plot have been cut which is disappointing. However Tony Robinson does an excellent job as usual of narrating, giving all of the jokes a cynical edge which only enriches their comic value.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Terry Pratchett book there is 19 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This was the first Terry Pratchett book I read and it had me hooked! It's definately the best, and when I recommend Pratchett to people, this is the book I tell them to read. Death is my favorite character (just beating the luggage!) and he is at his best in Mort.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mort -audio book (abridged) 18 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've rated this five stars and not 4½, which is what I'd have preferred to give to what is an abridged version of the excellent book. Why take off half a star? As another reviewer has said precisely because it is abridged but, being obviously of a more of a generous nature, I didn't have the heart to penalise neither the abridging editor nor Tony Robinson, hence the full rating.

Other than cost factors and effect on possible sales I wonder why they bother to abridge Pratchett's novels for audio books. I enjoy this version but would prefer that Mr Robinson's brilliant narration was extended to the full novel. I don't think the full novel would be less popular - I know I'd certainly buy it for the full reading.

The plot is simple but full of the usual Pratchett convolutions, sniggers, guffaws and smiles that make him such an enjoyable author: Death needs a break and must find an apprentice to ease his workload; Mort's available, keen but has a conscious. The story tells of the consequences.
Death is my favourite character in all the Discworld books; he's someone I'd really like to meet - but not necessarily only one time! My personal in-head version of all Pratchett characters have been much improved after listening to several Robinson read books. Tony Robinson, as a talented comic actor, uses his undoubted abilities to project real life to the all characters. Death sounds as world weary as all of us for no logical reasons; Mort at the start sounds young and gormless and as the character ages and experiences life and death the reader's voice changes and he sounds more convincingly Death-like.

If you can get the book then do yourself a favour. There are many gems that while not effecting the story do add to the time and so have been edited out of this version but are the icing on the cake of a wonderful book.

Conclusion: A very worthwhile purchase; great for travelling and relaxing anywhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 6 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I love the character of Death.A skeleton who yields a scythe and likes curries and cats is just really funny. My mom thinks the whole thing is just mad. T he idea of being an apprentice to Death seems the kind of position that would be filled by a demon or a ghost but oh no. Pratchett instead chosses Mort a knock-kneed 26 year old boy. I just love the Discworld series and everyone should read them
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Pratchett book 4 Sep 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the fourth book in Terry Pratchett's books on the Discworld - a flat world, supported on the back of four massive elephants riding on the back of a planet-sized turtle, anything hilarious can happen here, and eventually does. In this book, Death (capital "D", he's the man, or rather the anthropomorphic personification) decides to take an apprentice, and selects Mort, a rather inept young man from the Ramtops. As Death takes less interest in his job, Mort's interests cause him to create a tear in reality.
This is another great Pratchett book. Running several storylines at once, the author succeeds in having all of them move along smoothly. Also, the book contains a goodly dollop of Terry's humor and ironic footnotes. I love the Death books (this one, plus Reaper Man, Soul Music, and Hogfather); in this one Death tries the joys of drinking, dancing, gambling and so forth, all with hilarious results.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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