Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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April Books 19) Reaper Man, by Terry Pratchett

This was for some reason the only main sequence Discworld novel that had so far escaped me (I also have TAMAHER on the shelf). I guess it must be a relatively early book in the series; the undead are still rather unusual in Ankh-Morpork, and Ridcully appears to be a newish arrival at Unseen University (and the Bursar is fairly sane). I got a lot of laugh-out-loud moments from it, but wasn't completely satisfied with the plot; Death and the Discworld are to be under threat from, respectively, Elder Beings and supernatural supermarkets, and I didn't feel it hung together as a whole (a subplot about poltergeists, for instance, is simply abandoned). However, the core concept, Death attempting to become human remains an old idea, but still a good one.
Tags: bookblog 2010, writer: terry pratchett
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