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A Review of Reaper Man

Posted by Scott Holstad on July 18, 2012

Reaper Man (Discworld, #11)Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, Terry Pratchett’s Reaper Man is a crazy book and a whole lot of fun to read! I hadn’t read him in many years and had forgotten how witty the man is. Sheer genius. In this book, Death is retired and given a mortal life (while still remaining a big skeleton). He goes to work as a farmhand named Bill Door. The old woman he’s working for is either crazy or quirky — you pick it. Since Death is no longer busy getting souls to take them on to the other world, and since a replacement has apparently not been found, everyone (and thing) dying is going right back into their bodies and the place is really messed up. An old wizard named Windle Poons, after dying, now finds himself back among the living as a sort of zombie. There are all sorts of delights in this book — werewolves, vampires, bogeymen, etc. All with Pratchett’s flair for wording things brilliantly. The man is simply funny. As things progress, you start to see how a couple of stories that don’t seem to have anything to do with each other actually do and they come together. During the book, I wondered how Pratchett would end the book gracefully, and I’ve got to say, he did not disappoint. It’s a very satisfying ending. This book is part of the Discworld series, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite Pratchett books I’ve read.

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