Death takes an apprentice and decides to take a break and enjoy himself for a while. Meanwhile, his apprentice, Mort (short for Mortimer but everyone calls him Boy) is busy screwing up the nature of reality by falling in love with one of his intended victims. History tries to reassert itself and everything gets complicated. Deaths granddaughter (Family not having much to do with genetics) helps out, as does Albert, the most powerful wizard ever, but now Deaths servant and general food fryer. Mort is a good story, well told and hilarious in parts. It would be a brilliant book for anyone else to have written, but I didn't think it was up there with Pratchetts best-still well worth buying, and re-reading several times though.