Introducing Mort

Mort

First Published in 1987 • #4 in the series • #1 in the Death story arc

SUMMARY:

Mort’s father has accepted that his son is not cut out for a farming life. He takes Mort into town to find him an apprenticeship–an opportunity to learn a trade and build a life.

A sort of life, at least. Death, for his own inscrutable reasons, is looking for an apprentice. Mort is learning from the best in the business, but he goes off-script on his first solo reaping with death-changing consequences for one queen and all of reality.

Keli

DIVING IN:

Ryan: I’m ready to read something other than a Rincewind story, but I’m probably more excited to reread a book that I really enjoyed the first time up until the last act. Despite issues I had with it the first time, it has become encased in a warm glow of nostalgia. We’ll see how it holds up on this go-’round.

Anne: I am really excited to move onto our next story arc, and Mort is a great introduction to the world of Death. I’ve read the later Death books more often than Mort, and I’m looking forward to going back to where it all starts. I remember being less interested in Mort as a character–let’s see if I find him more engaging this time around.

FAVORITE LINE:

Ryan:

“History isn’t like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always–eventually–manages to spring back into its old familiar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time.”

Anne:

“He felt as if he’d been shipwrecked on the Titanic but in the nick of time had been rescued. By the Lusitania.”

SUPERLATIVES:

Ryan: After This Book, No Image of Death Will Ever Be Complete Without Kittens
Anne: Least Memorable Member of Royalty

PRETENTIOUS ACADEMIC SUBTITLES:

Ryan: “Mort Mort Mort Mort, Keli Keli Keli Keli”: An Evaluation of the Efficacy of Repeating Your Name Loudly and Often at People as a Means of Making Them Remember You, The Jerks
Anne: Mort: On Metaphysical Professional Development

Want to read along? Bring your local librarian a banana and ask him/her/it if Mort is available in your library’s catalog.

Otherwise, go to your favorite Internet Search Machine, type in “MORT” + PLEASE HELP BUY” and go from there.


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