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Reaper Man: Discworld: The Death Collection Hardcover – 12 November 2013
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- Publisher : Gollancz; 1st edition (12 November 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1473200113
- ISBN-13 : 978-1473200111
- Dimensions : 20 x 3 x 13.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 23,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have already bought more audiobooks by TP.
This feeling persisted for perhaps twenty to thirty pages before being swept away by the astute observations of human behaviour, humour and at times profound commentaries on issues such as things always being better in the past.
Pratchett also peppers his narrative with less metaphysical but equally humorous concerns such as the over use of salt as seasoning, the abandonment of shopping trolleys, invasive muzak and the spread of retail mall culture. A clever rant at cultural kitsch is also made by the ingenious use of snow globes in the plot. The use of footnotes and style is redolent of Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide.
Despite the morbid nature of the narrative this is a surprisingly uplifting read which lessens the fear of death and provides the reader with great entertainment whilst ‘putting off the inevitable. ’This is very much a call to enjoy and celebrate life poignantly written by an author who had to live for along time with a heightened awareness of his own mortality.
Underscored as always with wit and warmth, it sets the stage for many musings on the nature of life and death. Itself taking on a new poignancy in the light of the author's passing. There's a lightness of touch though and the deft use of humour throughout that ensures it's never maudlin but always resonant.
If you're this far into the books then you probably don't need the recommendation but nonetheless I gladly offer one anyway. These books never fail to be a joy to read and this is another fine effort to add to the collection.