eBook, 269 pages

Published May 26, 2009 by Transworld Digital.

ASIN:
B0035OC7OU
4 stars (35 reviews)

Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job.

Death is the Grim Reaper of the Discworld, a black-robed skeleton with a scythe who ushers souls into the next world. He is also fond of cats and endlessly baffled by humanity. Soon Death is yearning to experience what humanity really has to offer, but to do that, he'll need to hire some help.

It's an offer Mort can't refuse. As Death's apprentice he'll have free board, use of the company horse - and being dead isn't compulsory. It's a dream job - until Mort falls in love with Death's daughter, Ysabell, and discovers that your boss can be a killer on your love life . . .

45 editions

Surprisingly unnecessary ending

3 stars

The ending of this book really doesn't make justice for the whole setup and build-up.

One of the Pratchett books that certainly gets worse on the re-read. I will dare to say that both Colour and Light were significantly better as a whole than this one.

Death gets angry

5 stars

Because of course the person Death would choose as an apprentice has a name that means... Death.

ANYWAY

I really don't know what to say beyond the usual "Pratchett is a brilliant satirist" and "this is both hilarious and super deep". Because it is those things.

Audiobook generally excellent, though the fact that Rincewind's speech patterns were markedly different than Color of Magic/Light Fantastic was a bit jarring (yes, different narrator, but the fact that the speech pattern wasn't even close was annoying). (I wonder if this is why there's consistently a separate narrator for Death through this whole series of audiobooks?)

Review of 'Mort' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Terry Pratchett is what I’ve been missing when reading Douglas Adams. Mort is not just witty, but actually quite touching and even frightening. The humour seems somehow profound, for example when Death explains that everyone gets what they think is coming for them, because “it’s so much neater that way”. This light-hearted fun actually opens up a philosophical can of worms: If I expect a heavenly afterlife together with my family, but my brother expects to be rotting in hell, is the brother in heaven actually my brother? He can’t be, but did I then actually get what I expected? This dilemma is even touched upon later. I much prefer this humour to cliché nihilism.

Review of 'Mort' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Still one of my favourites: an easy read. Definitely a better starting point than #1 and #2, and probably better than #3. Admittedly some of the character motivations don't entirely make sense, although I'm sure they're just all swept up in the moment.

Review of 'Mort' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I have trouble with this book.
I love Rincewind. And I love Rincewind the most when Death shows up. Hence Death is like my favourite character too (it's DEATH). I alwyas wanted to read this book. So I first tried the german translation, it's bad, I gave up, several times and then I forgot about it. But then on Easter Sunday I was like "ha would feel like a joke to listen to it now" and I got the Audiobook. But the quality of the Audio book is super disturbing. It's really bad. Like it has been recorded 1980's and then copied from an old radio. It was also badly read. I did not like the narrator at all. But it was impossible to read, so it had to be the audiobook. BUT YOU JUST CAN'T DO DEATH JUSTICE ON AN AUDIOBOOK (well you could, if you rerecord and use …

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Subjects

  • Death
  • Discworld (Imaginary place)
  • Fantasy
  • Fiction
  • anthropomorphic.
  • Discworld (imaginary place), fiction
  • Fiction, fantasy, general
  • Death (fictitious character : pratchett), fiction
  • Fiction, humorous
  • Fiction, humorous, general
  • Literature and fiction, fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy fiction

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