Introducing Reaper Man

First Published in 1991 • #11 in the series • #2 in the Death story arc

SUMMARY:

Windle Poons is going to die today. Unfortunately for Windle, dying isn’t going to mean the end of his existence, but rather the beginning of an undead one. Today, no one is going to die because Death has been sentenced to live.

To live is to end, and in the judgment of the phantasmagorical Auditors of Reality, Death must end—for he has begun to develop a personality. And so it happens that Death takes up a job as a farm hand for the elderly, tough-as-nails Miss Flitworth. Even as Ankh-Morpork is caught in the cosmic fallout of a world without dying, both Windle and Death will learn about being human, being alive, and coming to terms with the end.

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DIVING IN:

Anne: Reaper Man is the first book so far in our project that I have read more than once! That seems surprising, given the sheer number of times I’ve reread Terry Pratchett books, but there you have it. Still, though, it’s probably been at least five or six years since I last read it. I remember some things very clearly—like the sharpening of the scythe—and some things are fuzzier—I think this is the book with shopping carts? In any event, I’m looking forward to reading it again!

Ryan: I remember this book. I remember that it was insane. Insane even for Discworld. I’m interested to see how it works for me now, and especially curious about its odd place in the reading order—how it plunks right down in the middle of the genealogical thread that begins with Mort and Ysabell and continues with Susan “Total Bad-Ass, Everybody” Sto Helit. Also, I too remember. Shopping. Carts.

FAVORITE LINE:

Anne:

“A small rug sinewaved past at eye level”

Ryan:

‘What’s the good of having mastery over cosmic balance and knowing the secrets of fate if you can’t blow something up?’

SUPERLATIVES:

Anne: Most Predictable Career Path
Ryan: Freakiest Escalators In A Fantasy Novel

PRETENTIOUS ACADEMIC SUBTITLES:

Anne: Reaper Man: The Dangers of Agricultural Modernization
Ryan: Reaper Man: Alternate Uses for a Single Wooden Door

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

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


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