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Community Level 6Olly_Plims...

Olly_Plimsoll

Stop all the Clocks

AdvantagesHumour, characterisation

DisadvantagesThe stuff about the shopping trolleys

"...Ankh-Morpork where, without the Grim Reaper around to guide them on their way, the souls of the recently departed are wandering the streets in a fairly bemused manner. Wizard Windle Poons is the main focus for this subplot, as he wanders the streets of Ankh-Morpork with the rest of Mrs Cake's undead chums. This choice of central character is yet another shift away from the fresh-faced young people that populate Pratchett's earlier work, as Poons is ..." Read review
01.11.2006

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Community Level 6TallTone

TallTone

THIS YOU WILL READ

AdvantagesDeath

DisadvantagesWithout dying

"This time I’m armed. With Quotes. “Reaper Man” is the tenth instalment of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld collection; if you haven’t read the previous nine, then don’t worry, you’ll be finding the time later. And then you’ll be searching for the next fifteen or so. And since the man is still not dead, you’ll find yourself as addicted as the rest of us in keeping up with the goings-on in a world not so much resembling the watched ball but the half-time ..." Read review
20.12.2002

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Death Rides a Pale Horse. Called Binky

AdvantagesDEATH. Who's afraid of a seven-foot skeleton with a scythe?

DisadvantagesThe 'other' plot strand, though funny, isn't quite as strong (to me, anyway).

"...are two connected plots to Reaper Man, one involving DEATH and the other the wizards of the Unseen University, as well as various other assorted dead, undead and vaguely alive characters. And shopping trolleys. In the first, Reaper Man could alternatively be called Death Takes an Enforced Holiday. Cloaked figures, The Auditors, who disappear should they develop individual awareness are unhappy with DEATH. As an incarnation, he should also be devoid ..." Read review
12.07.2002

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Community Level 2Azurel

Azurel

WANTED, Death

AdvantagesFun and enjoyable to read

DisadvantagesYou may miss some of the jokes if this is the first discworld book you read.

"...character from The Truth). In Reaper Man there are two separate but linked plots, one involving death (perhaps predictably depicted as a skeleton) and the other involving the wizards from the unseen university (the discs premier school of magic) and the results of the absence of death. The character that features most strongly in Reaper Man is death, the book develops the character of death. Death is relieved of his duties because he develops ..." Read review
10.08.2002

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Community Level 6Bryn_Pearson

Bryn_Pearson

Death must go on

Advantagesvery funny, doesn't depend on parodying other bits of fiction

DisadvantagesPart of a very long series.

"How on earth am I going to convey enough about all the plots and characters in this novel without actualy typing in most of a book's worth of review? This is an excellent and very full book. I only hope I can do it some sort of justice. Pratchett's discworld series is now very long indeed. The seting is a fantasy world - The Discworld, a large disc supported by four elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle. The place often bears an uncanny ..." Read review
29.10.2001

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Community Level 5KingHerrod

KingHerrod

Can a chicken read

AdvantagesFunny in places

DisadvantagesOver the top in places

"...thought that I would give Reaper Man a try. In fact I have had this book finished for a week now and was stuck as how to review it, or what exactly I thought. So lets get on shall we? PLOT Death (in the form of the Grim Reaper) has been made redundant, he is old technology, and the cosmic forces want a new Death. Now Death himself is not so pleased about this event, but as part of his compensation and before death himself is reaped by his replacement, ..." Read review
27.04.2001

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Community Level 6Shortsharp...

Shortsharpshock

Reap what you sow

AdvantagesFast paced, dual plotted parody.

DisadvantagesSettings a little sparse.

"As Death stalks the seemingly endless corridor he sees the rows of timers with the sands of life essence slowly trickling away. Out of the corner of the void that is his eye socket he notices something he has never encountered before. A small golden timer with the sands of life essence flowing rapidly from the top to the bottom of its dual bulbs. On closer inspection he sees five letters discreetly, yet undeniably printed across the timer. Those letters ..." Read review
21.08.2005

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Community Level 6CaptainDis...

CaptainDisaster

Don't fear the Reaper Man...

AdvantagesVery funny, classic moments, great characters

DisadvantagesToo short! Rather weak first half, picks up in second

"Discworld is a place where myths are real, where people are… well, people… where anything can happen… and where Death exists as an anthropomorphic personality, complete with black robes, scythe, and TALKS LIKE THIS (so you can always tell from a quick glance at the page if Death is on it or not!). He has a thirst for new experiences though, so he does all sorts of things that anthropomorphic representations aren't really supposed to do. One of these ..." Read review
23.05.2006

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Community Level 3Guzman

Guzman

I wonder where Death has gone

AdvantagesBlindingly funny this is a book I simply could not put down

DisadvantagesShould not be read by somebody new to the Discworld series of books as a lot of the humour could be lost

"With Reaper Man Terry Pratchett takes his insane sense of humour one step further, he allows Death to take a holiday. This strange event is all triggered by Death realising that his life timer is running out. Having his mortality suddenly thrust on him he decides enough is enough and that he deserves a nice holiday after all the quality reaping he has performed over the eons of existence he has seen. There’s just one problem though, ..." Read review
10.04.2001

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Community Level 2Orca88

Orca88

Purely Magical.

AdvantagesIts a great laugh and relief from reality

DisadvantagesIts not the longest book in the world...

"I have to say, I loved this book so forgive me if this appears to be a bit biased. This is the second book in the amazing Discworld series that features DEATH as a main character. The plot revolves around Death being made redundant from his current position, ie 'Being the Grim Reaper'. Temporarily, things stop dying which leads to a build up of life force, which in turn causes a whole cart load of mayhem. As the wizards sit at old Windle Poons' ..." Read review
07.11.2002

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Community Level 2Belgarath_02

Belgarath_02

Death takes a holiday?

AdvantagesVery funny book,

Disadvantagesaching sides before I was halfwat through

"reaper Man" is the first Terry Pratchett book I read, and I have been hooked ever since. "Death is missing, presumed...er...gone." This is a quote from the book. Can you imagine what would happen if Death, The Grim Reaper, took a holiday? Chaos. With no one to collect all the souls, the dead don't know they are actually dead, so they just continue about their business. Reg Shoe, Dead Rights activist, is suddenly very busy. And Windle Poons, ..." Read review
12.07.2000

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death takes a holiday

Advantagesits got death

Disadvantagesits a bit weird

"Death takes a holiday! This is Terry Pratchett in fine form as usual. Death goes missing (well, kind of) and The Discworld is left to cope without him there to collect the dead. Basically we follow Windle Poons as he approaches death and how he copes with his afterlife and near death (or not very near death as the case may be) experience. We get to learn more about the undead (or the differently alive as Terry puts it) and we also get to see how ..." Read review
21.07.2008

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Community Level 5jonathan21

jonathan21

The grim reapers revenge

AdvantagesGood humor

Disadvantagesterrys explanation of how the universe works can be boring

"Reaper man stars the most famous of the discworld character's death aka The Grim Reaper. Reaper man is the 11th book in the series as well as he also stars in two other books Mort and soul music as well as making guest appearances in other books. Death usually makes special appearances usually for wizards from Unseen University. It all starts off when the keepers of the universe decide to kill off death yes that right kill death and replace him ..." Read review
11.02.2010

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Community Level 2pob0782

pob0782

Death is missing, presumed.... Gone!

AdvantagesMore Terry, and more DEATH

DisadvantagesHuh??!

"Haven't written a review for a while, thought I had better come back! Anyway, what can I say. The books based around DEATH are by far the best in the Discworld series. Pratchett has attempted (and succeeded) in showing DEATH in a new light. DEATH makes mistakes, gets drunk and even saves lives! So, what is this book really about. The main premis is that DEATH gets tired of his job, and this is noted by the "Auditors". If you have even been ..." Read review
25.10.2003

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Community Level 2Fady

Fady

Infectious Pratchett- No surprise there then

AdvantagesIt's brilliant

DisadvantagesNone

"...the country, hence the title: Reaper Man. When in the country, Death, surely Pratchett's most ingenious character meets Miss Flitworth, who eventually helps him to prepare for the coming of the new Death- the Death of Humans. When he comes, you can almost feel the tingling emotion and pathos as all hiss emotions rise to the surface, and he aims his scythe into his midriff: pure drama. Death's characterisation is indicative of Pratchett's skill ..." Read review
07.02.2001

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