Book - 1987
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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New American Library, c1987.
Edition: Book club ed.
Branch Call Number: SF PRATCHET
Characteristics: 181 p. ; 22 cm.


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IndyPL_JosephL Apr 18, 2019

Taking the comedically dramatic but clinically depressed character of Death, this new subseries of the larger Discworld franchise explores what might happen if Death decided to take on an apprentice. As you might expect, the young Mortimer (Mort, for short) finds a ways to bungle his new job spectacularly, threatening the universe itself while Death is busy trying to live a more "normal" life.

Jan 24, 2018

Would Death be happier as a fry cook in a restaurant? After he gets an apprentice, Death tries to find out because what could go wrong? In the meantime his apprentice Mort decides not to kill the princess, an act which could lead to the collapse of the universe. Then wizards get involved and, as anybody who has read Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels knows, that is not necessarily for the better. Enjoy!

Jun 27, 2017

I really enjoyed this book in the Discworld series, it was about Death and his new apprentice Mort and of course there are lots of shenanigans. It was funny, and I really enjoyed the character of Death in the other books so far, so it was cool to have a book just about him. Mort was interesting, I liked him as a character however his constant pining over a woman is slightly off putting. Over all it was a great read in the Discworld and I cant wait to read the next one in line.

May 25, 2016

I'm the new Pratchett fan! Hi

Mar 28, 2016

a really good book

Jan 15, 2015

My friend recommended this to me as it was his favourite book, and I am so happy he did. This is one of my all time favourite books, and it was a great introduction to the discworld universe for me.

Jul 12, 2014

Lol! Lol! Lol!

forbesrachel Jul 01, 2013

Death is one of those characters that you can't help but like and be fascinated by. In the previous novels he is present, but here he is featured. Be ready to meet Death, and all his straightforward quirkiness, and his ever curious and meddling assistant, Mort. Both of these together produce a very humourous take on death's role in Fantasy.

Aug 15, 2012

This is, so far my favourite Discworld book. Who'd have thought that Death likes cats?

0Charlie Mar 29, 2012

Entertaining in a "nibbling on a bowl of chips" kind of way - fun and feels good at the time.
I have a problem with the "Discworld" books in that there are no chapters to force me to stop reading and do something in my life.

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Jun 27, 2017

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Jun 27, 2017

Mort is not a very smart boy, his father suggests that he takes an apprenticeship, after no of the other masters want him he is chosen by Death. Death teaches him the ways of transitioning people to the other side, so he lets Mort take the reigns of Binky (death's mount) and takes the day off. Mort is doing well until he must attend the assassination of a young princess he had previously observed. He goes rogue and does not kill her and rips reality in two. He realizes that he must stop reality from catching up to itself or she will be gone forever. Mort and Death don't seem to realize it but they are switching places and Mort is becoming more like Death and Death is becoming more human. After Mort decides to bring the princess and her wizard back to the home of Death to avoid reality, there ensues a duel between Death and Mort, wherein Ysabell Death's daughter reveals her love for Mort. Mort forgets about the princess who escaping reality and the resulting death of her assassin in the duel must now live up to the reality she escaped from (confusing i know). Mort falls for Ysabell as well and the ending of the novel is their wedding.

May 29, 2014

'In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can't refuse -- especially since being, well, dead isn't compulsory. As Death's apprentice, he'll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won't need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he'd ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.'

Jun 21, 2012

Discworld's Death takes on an apprentice, takes a day off, and almost destroys reality in the process.


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Jun 21, 2012

His hair looked like a coconut that had gone nova.


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