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Review of Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

Title: Reaper Man
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: 5/5

So in this one Death (or Bill Door, whichever you like), has been given the sack and turns to reaping corn (you must admit, he’s a lot of experience with a scythe) for an old woman while he waits for the new death. The way he reaps the corn one strand at a time had, to me, a reverential sort of feeling to it.

Now Death has got to be my favourite character. I think it’s the way he tries to understand our world and will, on occasion, get the wrong end of the stick. His time in the village is very much like

this. Especially when it comes to the little girl there that can see exactly what he is.

But it doesn’t just focus on Death and the pastoral life. No, no. With no Death aren’t dying … that is to say, they are, but not in the typical sense. At least, not for humans. And there’s the chaos with stuff that wasn’t/hasn’t been alive moving about.
On top of this, there are the mysterious trolleys. Lots of them. They were quite amusing actually. They’re like the seagulls in Finding Nemo. You could imagine the seagulls saying “Mine” all the time and you could, without much trouble, imagine trolleys wheeling themselves to some out-of-the-way place.
The ending … I kind of already knew the ending. At least the outcome for Death. What happened to the trolleys and the wizards was a whole different

story.

In short: I loved this.

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