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I DON T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I COULD MURDER A CURRY With those simple words Terry Pratchett introduces the complicated fact that on The Disc Death is as much a person as anyone else, only so.The fourth Discworld novel is right up there with my favourites, the story of how Death came to take an apprentice and how one gangly, awkward young boy became a strong, confident man is filled with humour and tells the kind of coming of age tale other authors only dream of.It may not be the best written or contain the most interesting observations of humanity from the entire series but there s a real charm to this early Discworld novel that makes it hard to notice any of the faults in any depth Read for the first time in my early teens this is the book that is responsible for my love of the series and reading novels with substance to them than John GrishamPeople don t alter history any than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it Pratchett is still silly but here it is toned down, with less cheap shots and wit combined with characters not caricatures making for the first of the great books about The Disc The growth of Mort in to a man is handled very well and only needed pointing out one subtle time Then there s the romantic subplots, the initially absurd Ysabel who evolves in to a driving force for the plot and of course Albert My experience of reading Albert this time was slightly surreal having seen the recent British TV movie adaptations and watching David Jason play both Rincewind in The Colour of Magic and Albert in Hogfather I managed to conjure up an amalgamation of both characters in my mind and then they share some scenes together at Unseen UniversityAlthough the scythe isn t pre eminent among the weapons of war, anyone who has been on the wrong end of, say, a peasants revolt will know that in skilled hands it is fearsome Of course this review wouldn t be complete without discussing Death, a fan favourite as a background character in other Discworld books it s fun to watch him stretch his legs a little, witness Pratchett pushing the character in interesting and imaginative directions and without a shadow of a doubt the best conversations involve the grinning skeleton with the sparkle in his eye.If you re wondering where to start with the incredibly large body of work that makes up the Discworld then this is the one I suggest if you re past your early teens. Introducing DEATHAw, ain t that smile warming your heart Or is that the adrenaline rush because you, too, just want to get away from him Severely misunderstood guy, that fellow.He s a beekeeper, a gardener, cat lover, admittedly not very good with colours but his shades of black are very original And he s active too Never lazy, our protagonist, always riding around on his faithful mount, Binky.In case anyone was wondering the scythe is for us normal mortals, whereas royalty gets the deluxe deal and therefore the sword you see him carrying in the picture above So what is this old chap up to Well, he s always looking out for the little guy in this case it s a very tall and skinny boy For in this 4th Discworld novel, that is the first to feature Death as a main character, Death takes on the afore mentioned young lad as an apprentice Mort the lad in question is an outsider since he always wants to help his family farmers but is very clumsy and good intentions only get you so far After agreeing to the apprenticeship, Mort travels with Death to his domain and meets his servant, Albert, as well as his daughter, Ysabell don t ask After a while, he even gets sent to do 3 jobs on his own Aaaaand you guessed it that is where the trouble starts Especially since Death decides to take a holiday shortly after to do some fishing, dancing, gambling, drinking, and even tries a new profession lol A number of inhabitants are being met in various corners of the Discworld there is even view spoiler a cameo by Rincewind hide spoiler Death Comes To Us All When He Came To Mort, He Offered Him A JobAfter Being Assured That Being Dead Was Not Compulsory, Mort Accepted However, He Soon Found That Romantic Longings Did Not Mix Easily With The Responsibilities Of Being Death S Apprentice This isn t an easy review to write This has been my first encounter with the Discworld universe and the many writings of Terry Pratchett, and voicing my opinion on it makes me feel like a blundering fool stumbling into a world that was meant for his younger and perhaps wiser self, a world of which he has only caught a glimpse Let s start with kicking in an open door Boy , uh, sorry, Mort is a very funny novel Death, being a wonderfully serious topic, becomes a great source of laughter and smiles in the hands of Sir Pratchett The book contains the kind of humour that shows the common sense of absurdity and showcases the author s very refreshing look on things I think for readers, young and old, this different and highly original perspective is something to be appreciated and praised Comments that follow below are in no way intended to put but s and maybe it would have been better s alongside this praise An author who is able to describe a voice by the amount of time it could keep milk fresh is above all that He knew what he was doing and he did it extremely well.That said, I don t think I ll be returning to the Discworld universe very soon It felt as much too light a read I intentionally picked the Discworld novel with the Death theme, not because I m a dark character but because I was half expecting some philosophical wisdoms holed up here and there I guess there were some, but not as much as I had expected There s not half a page that takes itself seriously, sometimes to such an extent that I was wondering why I should continue reading it The plot is there but it s rather thin, so the jokes are what really drives this novel forward It s strange really, I m all for jokes, but I expect a bit flesh in a book I d compare it to going to see a stand up comedian specialized in one liners First of all you need a bit of warming up as a member of the audience, let go of a certain air of seriousness, set your mind ready for a laughing spree and go with the flow I had the same need when reading this The lightness of the book initially annoyed me, and it took me a couple of pages to just enjoy the humour of it Which I did But like with a stand up comedy, an hour or two is enough I had the same with this book, resulting in short bouts of reading pleasure, sandwiched between mild annoyance and mild boredom Apparently there s only so much I can take when it comes to footnotes representing a stream of consciousness plummeting into the absurd, however pleasurable that plunge can be I d definitely recommend giving the Discworld Universe a try if you haven t already, but do it sooner rather than later I think a young reader s mind will appreciate it much , even though there s something in there for all ages, which I ll try to show, in closing, with my favorite quotes of the bookRather than drown in uncertainty it was best to surf right on top of it There should be a word for the microscopic spark of hope that you dare not entertain in case the mere act of acknowledging it will cause it to vanish, like trying to look at a photon You can only sidle up to it, looking past it, walking past it, waiting for it to get big enough to face the worldThese quotes don t accurately show the humour of the book, mind you Death may have no feelings, no sense of justice and a rather grim visage, but he s bound to make you laugh Death is looking for an apprentice to eventually replace him and decides on a young man called Mort During the course of his training Mort takes a fancy to a young lady Unfortunately the young lady s time is up So that s that Or is it You see, Mort is not so good at following rules This is the only Terry Pratchett book I have read so far and it was delightfully whimsical Sign me up for please.YOU ARE HERE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT Light dawned on MortYou are looking for an apprenticehe said.The eyesockets turned towards him, their actinic pinpoints flaring.OF COURSE.Death waved a bony hand There was a wash of purple light, a sort of visible pop, and Lezek unfroze Above his head the clockwork automatons got on with the job of proclaiming midnight, as Time was allowed to come creeping back.Lezek blinkedDidn t see you there for a minute,he saidSorry mind must have been elsewhere I WAS OFFERING YOUR BOY A POSITION, Said Death I TRUST THAT MEETS WITH YOUR APPROVALWhat was your job againsaid Lezek, talking to a black robed skeleton without showing even a flicker of surprise.I USHER SOULS INTO THE NEXT WORLD, Said DeathAh,said Lezek,of course, sorry, should have guessed from the clothes Very necessary work, very steady Established business I HAVE BEEN GOING FOR SOME TIME, YES, said DeathGood Good Never really thought of it as a job for Mort, you know, but it s good work, good work, always very reliable What s your name DEATHDad said Mort urgentlyCan t say I recognize the firm,said LezekWhere are you based exactly FROM THE UTTERMOST DEPTHS OF THE SEA TO THE HEIGHTS WHERE EVEN THE EAGLE MAY NOT GO, said DeathThat s fair enough,nodded LezekWell, I Dadsaid Mort, pulling at his father s coat.Death laid a hand on Mort s shoulder.WHAT YOUR FATHER SEES AND HEARS IS NOT WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR, he said DO NOT WORRY HIM DO YOU THINK HE WOULD WANT TO SEE ME IN THE FLESH, AS IT WEREBut you re Death, said MortYou go around killing people I KILL said Death, obviously offended CERTAINLY NOT PEOPLE GET KILLED, BUT THAT S THEIR BUSINESS I JUST TAKE OVER FROM THEN ON AFTER ALL, IT D BE A BLOODY STUPID WORLD IF PEOPLE GOT KILLED WITHOUT DYING, WOULDN T ITWell, yes said Mort, doubtfully.Mort had never heard the word intrigued It was not in regular use in the family vocabulary But a spark in his soul told him that here was something weird and fascinating and not entirely horrible, and that if he let this moment go he d spend the rest of his life regretting it And he remembered the humiliations of the day, and the long walk back homeEr, he began,I don t have to die to get the job, do I BEING DEAD IS NOT COMPULSORYAnd the bones NOT IF YOU DON T WANT TO.Mort breathed out again It had been starting to prey on his mindIf Father says it s all right,he said.They looked at Lezek, who was scratching his beardHow do you feel about this, Morthe said, with the brittle brightness of a fever victimIt s not everyone s idea of an occupation It s not what I had in mind, I admit But they do say that undertaking is an honored profession It s your choice Undertakingsaid Mort Death nodded, and raised his finger to his lips in a conspiratorial gestureIt s interesting,said Mort slowlyI think I d like to try it Where did you say your business was said LezekIs it far NO FURTHER THAN THE THICKNESS OF A SHADOW, Said Death WHERE THE FIRST PRIMAL CELL WAS, THERE WAS I ALSO WHERE MAN IS, THERE AM I WHEN THE LAST LIFE CRAWLS UNDER FREEZING STARS, THERE WILL I BEAh,said Lezek,you get about a bit, then He looked puzzled, like a man struggling to remember something important, and then obviously gave up. The ending surprised me and it was the one that I really wanted to happen What can I say about Discworld that has never been said before Nothing, but I need to tell you to read Mort.Mort is a cataclysmic story of epic proportions I thought Death the Discworld character was going to bite dust, you know I really don t love every single book in the series In fact I started and gave up reading Mort a couple of years ago.So, why do you need to read Mort Well, it teaches you how to thread a story of your own Also, it s surprising and imaginative to boot The Discworld books are polarizing It won t hurt if you started your adventure with Mort Terry Pratchett was an uneven genius. Mort Discworld, 4 Death, 1 , Terry PratchettMort is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett Published in 1987, it is the fourth Discworld novel and the first to focus on the character Death, who only appeared as a side character in the previous novels The title is the name of its main character and also a play on words in French, mort means death The French language edition is titled Mortimer As a teenager, Mort has a personality and temperament that makes him unsuited to the family farming business Mort s father Lezek takes him to a local hiring fair in the hope that Mort will land an apprenticeship not only would this provide a job for his son, but it would also make his son s propensity for thinking into someone else s problem Just before the last stroke of midnight, Death arrives and takes Mort on as an apprentice though his father thinks he has been apprenticed to an undertaker Death takes Mort to his domain, where he meets Death s elderly manservant Albert, and his adopted daughter Ysabell Mort later accompanies Death as he travels to collect the soul of a king, who is due to be assassinated by the scheming Duke of Sto Helit After Mort unsuccessfully tries to prevent the assassination, Death warns him that all deaths are predetermined, and that he cannot interfere with fate 2016 04 1394 281 9786002911261 20. There is no justice There is only me Well this was flipping great My first step into Terry Pratchett s Discworld I know right This one tells the story of a young man called Mort who becomes Death s apprentice, along with all of the tasks and responsibilities that come with it This world is so vivid and imaginative, I was completely transported into this weird and wonderful universe with all its characters, including wizards, princesses, Death s daughter and of course Mort and Death himself Naturally Mort is clumsy, and mistake prone, he spends a good portion of the story attempting to fix his mistake of saving the life of a princess who was supposed to die, therefore knocking all reality out of sync The story itself is simple to follow, what makes this book so incredible is the fantastic descriptions of the way this universe works and the different realities and places and people, which are so complex it s absolutely astounding It seemed never ending I didn t want to leave this world and I will definitely be returning soon Being one of the first and the latest of all the Pratchett reads, I m really surprised just how much I loved this one I m upping the star count to a full five just because I think I liked Mort, the character, even better this time around.DEATH on DISCWORLD Seriously, there s nothing quite like it Him The personification He meddles so much with humanity, tries to get drunk, and hires an apprentice Not all in that order Death is the mewling cat at the party of life The story is a bit interesting, I must say, than the ones immediately preceding it, and of all the books, I think it captures the essential spirit of all the ones to come after High praise, no I hope so Very funny stuff. This book was so good that if I knew the way to Sheepridge, I d be heading there next Hogswatch Eve hoping to be chosen as DEATH s next apprentice So how does one critique a Terry Pratchett Sir book to someone who has never read one, or in these reviews should we just be brief, succinct and to the point It was funny and good and I enjoyed it, 5 stars.No, that doesn t do it justice, even if I have given it 5 stars This book is laugh out loud, want to read the funny bit to someone anyone funny, it is witty, very witty, cleverly witty, it is deceptively simple, but wonderfully complex, an enigma, a dichotomy.Oh ok it is bloody good and outrageously funny, just read it.PS I think of the books so far ok only 4, but I have years ago read and remember them a little , anyway of the books I have read so far, DEATH has got to be my favourite, hmm or is it RIncewind , oh God or Granny Weatherwax Oh bother