Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

I’ve been aware of Terry Pratchett for quite a long time. I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman, both his novels, and his now classic “Sandman” comic book series. He wrote Good Omens in collaboration with Pratchett, and it has been my go-to book to read whenever I’m feeling down. I love that book. Also, I’ve heard many people praise Terry Pratchett in the past, but until very recently, I kind of avoided him, since I’ve found that I mostly dislike fantasy (with the exception of a few occasional Urban Fantasy novels).

Anyway, I’m glad to say that I recently dove into Pratchett’s Discworld series, and so far I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Most recently, I finished reading Reaper Man, book #11 in that series. The premise is that Death has been asked to step down from his position, and that he will be replaced. So Death decides to see what it’s like to live. He rents a room with a farm widow, and helps her out with her ‘reaping’ and other chores. In the mean time, with no ‘Death’ to take care of all of the people dying, things start to go a bit askew on the Discworld.

Death is a character who’s appeared in most of the previous Discworld novels. One previous novel also featured him (Mort), but mostly he simply shows up and is always quite funny, sometimes darkly so. In this novel, we start to gain an understanding of his desires and dreams and so on. We see him as a person, instead of as his office. And I really enjoyed him in this novel.

I also really loved the character of Windle Poons, an old Wizard who dies, but because there is no Death at the moment to escort him to his next destination, he becomes a sort-of zombie. Poons also appeared in a previous novel, but in this one, he really stands out.

I really enjoyed this novel. But I recommend that you start at the beginning — the Discworld series as a whole is quite fun and if you haven’t discovered it yet, you don’t know what you are missing.


17 thoughts on “Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

  1. I’ve been surfing on-line more than 3 hours lately, but I
    by no means discovered any fascinating article like yours.

    It’s lovely value sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made just right content as you did, the net might be a lot more helpful than ever before.


  2. It’s the best time to make a few plans for the
    future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this submit
    and if I may I want to counsel you some fascinating issues or suggestions.
    Maybe you could write next articles relating to this article.
    I want to read even more things about it!


    1. I’m glad you liked it. I’ve just started reading Men at Arms, which is in the same series, and I expect to write a review sometime after I’m finished with it and have gathered my thoughts. I’ll probably alternate between Terry Pratchett and other authors (I have a John Le Carre novel also on my to-read list, that I may start shortly after)


    1. I’m just using a standard WordPress format. I chose it because of its simplicity and clean look. I really don’t know anything about site design, other than knowing that I like things to be cleanly laid out. Once upon a time (back in the 1980s in pre-Windows days), when I was a computer programmer, I did have to design some graphical user interfaces for programs that I was writing. I discovered that, although I was really good at the technical stuff, aesthetics were not my strong point. Basically, I was the technical guru, though I had a friend who was really good at making pretty user interfaces. I remember we worked on this little private project together, and he designed the look of the program, while I was the one who made everything actually function properly. I wish I could take credit for the look of my blog, but it’s really just an aesthetic choice I made from what WordPress makes available. It’s all very ‘paint-by-numbers’, and I can’t take much credit for it.


    1. Thanks, but this is a standard WordPress format. I’ve been blogging since earlier this year, but I did write a lot when I was younger. I used to mostly write short stories, but I did have a brief stint (years ago) writing for a small regional board-gaming magazine. Once upon a time, I edited and published a small science fiction fanzine back in the 1970s. I also did a lot of documentation, both technical and otherwise, in my capacity as a systems analyst, back when I lived in Ohio.

      It’s only recently that I’ve decided to start writing again.


    1. Hi. I had to search myself to figure this out (unfortunately it’s not obvious). There should be an icon with a label “Reader” on the upper left-hand corner of the site. Click on that and you can manage your subscribed sites there. I wish it were more seamless and intuitive — just a plain “Subscribe” button would be great. I’m using a standard WordPress template, and that’s how it’s done. I’ll have to do a bit more research to find out if I can simplify it. But for now, you have to go through the Reader menu.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s