Mort Discussion *Spoilers*

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Re: Mort Discussion *Spoilers*

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:01 pm

Yes the coronation had to take place on a particular day - but because it was too late, Cutwell decided to have the wedding seconds after midnight of the previous day. This was done purely to allow the event to be on that day. If this was going to be the Duke's coronation, there is no reason why the event would take place at such an hour. The day is specified, but not the hour. Even having it moments after midnight, Cutwell is concerned that won't be enough time.
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Re: Mort Discussion *Spoilers*

Postby =Tamar » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:09 pm

Tonyblack wrote: If this was going to be the Duke's coronation, there is no reason why the event would take place at such an hour. The day is specified, but not the hour. Even having it moments after midnight, Cutwell is concerned that won't be enough time.


Luckily, Cutwell's estimate was slightly off so there was just barely enough time.
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Re: Mort Discussion *Spoilers*

Postby =Tamar » Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:59 pm

RolandItwasntmyfault suggested that Death had gotten retroactive permission from the gods after the whole fight, and thus Death had saved them on his own hook and then gotten permission later. Now I realize that is exactly what Mort did!
Hmm, it seems Mort had even more positive long-term effect on Death than I had realized.
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Re: Mort Discussion *Spoilers*

Postby crazyargie » Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:29 pm

What I ALWAYS remember about Mort, is the fly-fishing part. OMG, i laughed like crazy! It's BRILLIANT

'The thing between Death's triumphant digits was a fly from the dawn of time. It was the fly in the primordial soup. It had bred on mammoth turds. It wasn't a fly that bangs on window panes, it was a fly that drills through walls.'


The rest of the book is amazing. I feel like in this book, DW goes to a new place, shows a little more deepness and darkness (even when equal rites did it before, but being lighter than Mort) and establishes loud and clear Death as a main part of the world. I mean, after Mort, I cannot imagine a DW without Death, my most beloved character, i think (sorry, granny is staring at me :whistle: )
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Re: Mort Discussion *Spoilers*

Postby pratchettjob » Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:47 am

I'm late to the party on this - several years, in fact - but I'll still throw my oar in :lol:

I agree with the post upthread that called this 'interesting but frustrating'. It and Equal Rites are the first *true* Discworld novels, I think. There's a tangible atmosphere and style to them that the first two lacked. It has more of a sense of place.

I'm also a big fan of the scene between Mort and the old woman. It's one of my favourite Pratchett scenes period although a lot of them feature the Grim Reaper in some shape or form. (As an aside, I've just finished Maskerade and the scene between Death and Granny, involving the cow and the baby, is the highlight of a fantastic book)

The ending really does need a lot of work, doesn't it? I feel the series is still a few books away from his mastery of plot and some epic endings. I don't really know what is going on. I hadn't spotted the SM retcon mentioned above though - that's a cool though, although I have real problems with Soul Music as well (I feel it's his weakest book after Sourcery. SUCH a missed opportunity).

I've a lot of love for Mort though. It was one of the first of his books that I read and I loved going back to it a few months ago. I've written more about it here, if you fancy something to read over a cuppa this morning :)
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