This thread is for discussing Reaper Man
in some depth. If you haven’t read the book then read on at your own risk – or, better still, go and read the book and join in the fun.
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Please feel free to make comparisons to other Discworld books, making sure you identify the book and the passage you are referring to. Others may not be as familiar with the book you are referencing, so think before you post.
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*Reaper Man by Terry PratchettOriginally published 1991Introduction
Death finds that his services are no longer required. It’s all the fault of those awful Auditors. They give him the equivalent of a gold watch and send him on his way. But what will happen to the Discworld without death? Well for one thing, all that life force is producing some pretty strange results.
One of the first to find out is old Windle Poons, who, at 130 years old, is looking forward to dying. Imagine his surprise and annoyance when he becomes a zombie instead.
Meanwhile Death finds the only thing that the Grim Reaper is qualified to do is to become a Reaper Man.
I always enjoy reading this book and for many years it was one of my favourites. I really enjoyed this reread and rediscovering such a good story.
I love the way the two stories go along side by side, but never really meet. Have you noticed that Bill Door’s story is in a slightly different font? At least it is in the UK version of the book. The serifs are much lighter than in the story about Windle, the Fresh Start Club and the Faculty, of course.
Talking of the Faculty – they only really started to take shape in Moving Pictures, and yet here they are fully formed. Reg Shoe and the Fresh Start Club are delightful as is Mrs. Cake and her famous precognition.
And then we have the wonderful story of Bill Door and Renata Flitworth. Death really gains a lot of humanity in this one that he keeps through the rest of the books.
But what do you think?
---------------------------------- Want to write the introduction for the next discussion (Lords and Ladies)? PM me and let me know if you’d like to – first come first served.
Edit to add - too late! Someone (Jan) has just volunteered.
“Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.” – Blaise Pascal