Review: Mort (Discworld #4), by Terry Pratchet

Mort Discworld #2 Synopsis: “Although 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.”

For Mort however, it is about to become one of the tools of his trade. From henceforth, Death is no longer going to be the end, merely the means to an end. He has received an offer he 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 the dream job until he discovers that it can be a killer on his love life…

Title: Mort
Author: Terry Pratchet
Publisher: Transworld
Pub Date: 1987
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780552152617

Rating: 5stars

“Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one.
But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.”

I’ve really gotten into audiobooksin 2018. This is primarily due to the fact that:

  1. I keep wasting Audible credits by not using them.
  2. I got a Fitbit and now walk everywhere.

Reading a physical book whilst walking is nigh on impossible – trust me, I’ve tried. so the audio alternative seemed, and is, the perfect match.

There’s only one problem.

I have big hair. Like Hermione-is-no-match-for-me type of big hair. It’s big and curly and things get lost in it. Specifically, headphones. Even over-ear monster headphones get lost in my hair.

I currently wear teeny tiny wireless ones. So, when – as was the case with this book – I burst out laughing, snort, or giggle whilst listening to the narrator, I look slightly mad.

laughing

And by slightly mad I mean people have stepped away to get away from me.

I’ve resorted to putting my hair up (an impossible feat) just so people can SEE headphones and make a connection.

I’m not crazy I promise!

“People don’t alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it.”

Anywhoo, I digress. This book is awesome. We all know it’s awesome because it’s Terry Pratchett. There’s really nothing to dislike about this book and, for fear of giving away a spoiler, instead of reviewing Mort, I will simply state all the amazing things about it.

  • Death is one of the main characters and, in the Discworld, we heart Death.
  • There’s a great little mention of Rincewind (he’s not a fav, but we like him too).
  • Death has an affinity for cats and it’s just ❤
  • There’s romance, drama, a hilarious fight scene and… well… Death!
  • Albert is pretty awesome too.

Let’s put it this way. I now love these books so much, I’m going to break my buying ban and acquire the beautiful hardbacks.

Yep. All forty of them!

To avoid breaking my tiny little bank account, I’ll but each new one each time I want to read them and beg for the first four as birthday/Christmas presents.

I love the Discworld Series.

I think you should too.

“Poets have tried to describe Ankh-Morpork. They have failed. Perhaps it’s the sheer zestful vitality of the place, or maybe it’s just that a city with a million inhabitants and no sewers is rather robust for poets, who prefer daffodils and no wonder. So let’s just say that Ankh-Morpork is as full of life as an old cheese on a hot day, as loud as a curse in a cathedral, as bright as an oil slick, as colourful as a bruise and as full of activity, industry, bustle and sheer exuberant busyness as a dead dog on a termite mound.”

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