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Series: Discworld #4
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Death takes on an apprentice, a kind and gentle soul who doesn’t quite have all of his marbles grasped as firmly as most would like. Mort is his name and this is his story about messing about with Time, Death, Causality and other such Capital Letter Words.
Read this as a Group Buddy Read with several others over in the Buddy Read Discussions Group.
I read this back in 2007 and enjoyed it then. Reading it now I was able to realize that Pratchett at this time was writing Ideas and simply letting them hang on his characters. This is not a character driven book, and to be honest, I don’t think it is a character driven series [at least up until the Vimes era, which is when I stopped really liking the series].
This was about Pratchett writing about Death in a humorous way so that even if we completely disagreed with him about the concept, it was all just a good fantasy romp, no harm,no foul. That being said, I don’t come to these books to Learn. I come to read and be entertained and Pratchett does a top notch job of doing just that.
I bumped this up half a star this time around. Not sure if that is because I wasn’t using half-stars back in ’07 or because I hadn’t yet been plunged into the cesspool of self-published writers and hence actually had higher standards back then. Sadly, I really do suspect the second option.