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Reaper Man [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Victor Gollancz (1995)
  • ISBN-10: 0575049790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575049796
  • ASIN: B0016JSMU4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,140,885 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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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not in the John Deere catalog . . . 4 Sep 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Shortsighted management has forced another "downsizing". This time the victim of layoff is Death himself, "retired" by the Auditors. He does his job efficiently and he doesn't sass the boss. He's just become "too involved" with those due to receive attention from his infinitely sharp scythe. The Auditors want a firmer hand on the reaping blade. On the street with time on his hands, Death decides he's going to spend it. Wandering the Discworld, he "gets his feet under the table" as hired man at Miss Flitworth's farm. Although a bit confused about eating and sleeping, he's able to respond with resolute affirmation when she asks, "Can you use a scythe?" He demonstrates a harvesting technique only Pratchett could devise.
With Death no longer performing his role, strange events result. Unconfined, the life force manifests itself in bizarre ways. Death, visible to wizards, fails to arrive at an appointment. In consequence, Windle Poons is subjected to various indignities. His colleagues have a prejudice about zombies. Not having actually died, Windle decides to "get a life". Over a century of breathing doesn't necessarily mean you've been living, and Windle, like Death, decides to see something of the [Disc]world. His colleagues, uncertain as to why Windle's still upright and subjected to some mild indignities of their own, seek the cause of unusual manifestations.
If you're new to the Discworld, all this must sound pretty grotesque. Death "fired" only to become a reaper on a spinster's farm? Wizards who can see him and know precisely when he's due? Take heart, this isn't a bleak version of the Merlin legend, nor a Stephen King horror story. It's Terry Pratchett, a writer with an unmatched talent for looking at the world we live in. He peers deeply at how life works.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Au Lait ? 31 Aug 2006
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
"Reaper Man" is the tenth book in Terry Pratchett's hugely popular Discworld series. He has gone on to win the Carnegie Medal for "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents" and was awarded the OBE in 1998.

Death - tall guy, somewhat underfed, big grin, wears a black robe - appears in more Discworld books than any other character. However, "Reaper Man" is only the second - after "Mort" - where his appearance in anything other than a very brief cameo. Unfortunately, if the Auditors have anything to do with it, it'll also be his last appearance, Since his personality has led to certain 'irregularities', they've decided he should be retired. Unfortunately, one of the side-effects of his retirement will lead to Death's <ahem> death. However, in the time that he has left, Death packs his belongings and decides to live : he begins by taking a job as a farmhand at harvest-time. Luckily, he has some experience with a scythe....

Death never actually did the killing himself - he left that to assassins and soldiers, for example - he just took over when people died. His retirement has now caused certain complications : since no suitable replacement has yet been brought into existance, the dead aren't quite...staying deceased. Up until this point, one of the perks of being a wizard was that Death himself - and not one of his minor demons - turned up to usher you into the next life. Unfortunately, when Death fails to arrive for Windle Poons, the Unseen University's oldest wizard has nowhere else to go but back to his old body. Windle isn't impressed : he'd planned for reincarnation, not an afterlife as a zombie. With the help of the Fresh Start Club (for the recently undead), he intends to find out what's happening...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very very funny! 24 Aug 2001
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What can I say, this book is truly magical. The very concept of the novel is bizarre; that Death could get fed up of his job and go off to do something different, like everyone else. Inevitably, the consequences of having the position of Death in the 'Situations Vacant' column, are amusing to say the least; but one 130-year old wizard (supposed to be dead) really does have the time of his life. Definitely one of the best Pratchetts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I have read a great deal of the disc world stories and I personally feel that this is my favourite (although all of the others are great reads and most are nearly as hilarious).
Death is a great "chap" and it's actually nice, and I mean this sincerely, that Prachett has made him such a loveable character as I think most of us think of death as being a bit scarey - for obvious reasons I suppose.
There's a great bit near the beginning when you hear the accounts of May flies and of the Counting Pines. I won't relay it here as I wouldn't want to ruin the joke but I'm sure those who have read it will know the bit I'm talking about - it's very funny indeed. Discover why Death has to use a real live horse, namely Binky, rather than the usual skeletal horse or Fiery Steed that you would usually expect.
A hilarious and also moving and thoughtful story of a seven foot "skelington" and an elderly zombified Wizard. I would urge anyone to read it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - what more can i say??? 18 May 2001
By Nathan
I'm still reading this book, and it's got me in stiches! It's basically about DEATH who's got the sack from some gods because he's started to get a personality. DEATH has now got a life, and is searching for work, so he get's a job on a farm, cutting corn with his scythe. - The problem is, without DEATH there'll be trouble! Windle Poons, a 130-year-old wizard, died and then came back to life as an undead wizard!! A superb read!! Funny!! Great!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discworld!
I love Terry Pratchett's books,particularly tales of the Discworld.Reaperman is a story of death or rather a story of what happens when someone gets sick of their job and wants to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mrdubyadee
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle book
It was exactly what I expected. I am re reading all the Terry pratchet books as I could not keep them due to lack of space.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best
Halfway through I started skipping the sections about the wizards and just read about Death, or Mr Bill Door in this case.
Published 3 months ago by E. Meert
5.0 out of 5 stars Another side of Death
What a wonderful storyteller is Terry Pratchett.

This is another side to "Death" which one doesn't get to see very often.
Published 3 months ago by crosswordqueen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his better ones
Intricate and intimate views into the mind and character of Death. Introducing the Death of Rats and the origin of death.
Published 3 months ago by Ruth Slatter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
Love this book, it is one of my favourites from Pratchett. The new covers are amazing for these new hardbacks. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alex Howe
3.0 out of 5 stars death
A rather disquieting book. Too much about death as the title suggests.

Not a lot of laughs. ha ha ha.
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