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Terry Pratchett
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21 Jun 2012 Discworld Novels (Book 4)

Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job.

Henceforth, Death is no longer going to be the end, merely the means to an end. It's an offer Mort can't refuse. As Death's apprentice he'll have free board, use of the company horse - and being dead isn't compulsory. It's a dream job - until he discovers that it can be a killer on his love life...

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552166626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552166621
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,383 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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"Pratchett is a comic genius" (Daily Express)

"Pratchett's humour takes logic past the point of absurdity and round again, but it is his unexpected insights into human morality that make the Discworld series stand out" (Times Educational Supplement)

"Cracking dialogue, compelling illogic and unchained whimsy... Pratchett has a subject and a style that is very much his own" (The Sunday Times)

"He is screamingly funny. He is wise. He has style" (Sunday Telegraph)

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The fourth Discworld novel, revamped for a new generation of readers...

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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
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
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 4, 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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Mort
I enjoyed this novel but not as much as some others. It is perhaps the most well known but I am not sure it's the best. A good instalment in the death series though.
Published 1 day ago by Bunny Mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Mort has some very funny moments, although for me, Death was the star turn. Loved him - I'd cook him a curry any time.
Published 15 days ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars the first one I ever read
and read, and read. You get something more every time you read it, I am so glad I was loaned this book many years ago, Terry P has shared his imagination with us and we should all... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Mrs E M Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars love these books
I was recommend to read this book as an introduction to disc world, I am now on my third book and well and truly hooked.
Published 1 month ago by Pipastrille
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliantly Funny Book
A brilliantly funny book, I feel this is the beginning of Discworld getting into it's stride. I re-read it constantly. BUY THIS BOOK!
Published 1 month ago by J. A. M. Fawcett
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I know I'm not the only one, but I really feel like Pratchett is writing for me, for my humour and sensibilities. Another good read is to be found here.
Published 1 month ago by Roddenberry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
Before Mort I had never read any of Terry Pratchett’s work. I had perused some of the blurbs of his novels over the years and watched my best friend hungrily digest his works when... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best entry points to the Discworld series
I loved the first three - but this is the one which got me really hooked. Odd as it may seem to have a comedic novel in which Death is a central character, he's really not all that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pat Harkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
With all Terry Pratchets books they are amusing well written and the stories keep you guessing and wanting to read more. Brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Again great Terry Pratchett read a must for regular readers or new you will really enjoy it have no doubt.
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