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The Bookish Owl – Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

This is not going to make sense to non-Discworld fans, but I’m reading Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett now because I need to get ready for Christmas.

Obviously I need to do my reread of ‘Hogfather’ in December and the last couple of Discworld books I have yet to read will be released in the the collector’s edition next week, so if I want  to reread some Death books beforehand, it needs to be now.

Sorry Granny Weatherwax – I’ll continue rereading the Witches books soon!

Since I can already feel myself freaking out about it soon being December as I’m writing this, let’s talk about the book: In Reaper Man, Death is once again MIA because he doesn’t really want to do his job and be Death. For a walking skeleton, this guy has surprisingly frequent mid-life crises.

So basically, this book is about people not dying even though they are supposed to, and if there’s one thing that’s more insane than wizards, it’s zombie wizards. Cue Windle Poons.

I will stop blabbering now, since I know you’re all just here for the owl.

Reaper Man
by Terry Pratchett

‘Death has to happen. That’s what bein’ alive is all about. You’re alive, and then you’re dead. It can’t just stop happening.’

But it can. And it has. So what happens after death is now less of a philosophical question than a question of actual reality. On the Disc, as here, they need Death. If Death doesn’t come for you, then what are you supposed to do in the meantime? You can’t have the undead wandering about like lost souls. There’s no telling what might happen, particularly when they discover that life really is only for the living…

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

14 thoughts on “The Bookish Owl – Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

  1. […] Reaper Man (Terry Pratchett) I had forgotten how weird this book is. Sure, most Discworld books are weird, but the whole thing with the shopping mall was just so utterly random. But I did enjoy the wizards’ stubborn and hilarious attempts at killing Windle Poons! […]

  2. Its like a fresh start. See what I did there.


    1. I’m not sure I do, but that may just be for the best xD

      1. Is that the one where death joins the fresh start club? I might be getting mixed up with hogfather though….

        1. I think it is, but I also have a tendency to get the various books mixed up and right now I’m still at the part where Windle Poons is trying to figure out what the hell a spleen is supposed to do.

          1. I feel the spleen question is an important one. I’ve often wondered about this myself…

            1. I’m not entirely sure WHY you need it, but I do know that you DO need it.
              Not like the damn appendix that’s only there to cause trouble…

              1. Meh… my mom had a tumor the size of a grapefruit… took out a kidney, spleen, some liver… and I think the gall bladder… and she’s fine ten years on. There is loads you can live without.

                1. I’m sorry to say this, but your mom might be a zombie.

                  1. That…. would actually make a lot of sense

  3. Your logic makes perfect sense to me! I’ve been spending the rest of the year trying to figure out how to work in Hogfather for a December read, so I’m glad I’m not the only one!

    1. I’m also planning to have a movie night with a friend in December to watch the Hogfather movie (neither of us have seen it yet).
      I’m usually not a huge fan of Christmas, but for once I’m looking forward to watching Christmas (I’m sorry, ‘Hogwatch’) movies!

      1. We really enjoyed the Hogfather movie! I’ve been told it’s not the same as the book, but close enough to count. We have a Christmas – I mean Hogwatch – tradition of watching the movie annually. It’s a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

        1. Then I’ll be looking forward to it 😀

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