Reaper Man (Terry Pratchett)

Reaper Man is the second book in the Death Series of Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [My reviews of the other Discworld novels here.]

The Auditors of Reality think that Death has become too much of a personality t0 continue doing his job, so they sent him away. Unfortunately, they didn’t think about what would happen to the rest of the Discworld when that happens. So while Death uses his skills with a scythe to harvest Mrs. Flitworth’s corn, Windle Poons, recently deceased wizards, fights for his right to actually be dead. But that’s not the only strange thing that happens in the Discworld.

Reaper Man was nice. It just kinda runs its course and its enjoyable, but it’s probably not one of the books that will stick around in my head.


I like Death and I really enjoyed the relationship he has with Mrs Flitworth. And I loved the ending a whole lot.

I have to admit I did not really get the connection between the life force and the shopping carts. Not that I didn’t love those worker ants shopping carts and the self-growing mall but why exactly this would happen when life force starts building up? I have no idea.

But I enjoyed the wizards in their fight against them a whol lot. Ridcully is awesome and I love the Dean.

I would have liked to see more of the Auditors, but I think that we get to see them in other books. I also liked Azrael [but I quite like the myth in general, so he has a bonus there].

Again, it’s just really transparent that Pratchett still has a whole lot development ahead between this book and the ones that are much later.

Here are some quotes:

Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.

There was never anything to be gained from observing what humans said to one another – language was just there to hide their thoughts.


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