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Mort by Terry Pratchett 
13th-Jul-2006 11:59 pm
Next in my attempt (after finishing that SFBC omnibus, which screwed it all up) to read the Discworld novels in order. Coming up are Wyrd Sisters, Pyramids, and Guards! Guards!, in that order.

Pratchett, Terry. Mort. 1987. New York: HarperTorch, 2001.
Summary: The Discworld Series #4. Mort becomes apprenticed to Death and, by not liberating the soul of the Princess Keli when he's supposed to, causes a reality paradox on the Disc. In the end, Mort almost but not quite ends up becoming the real Death, Albert, great wizard cum Death's servant, manages to right things, and Death pardons Mort for the error of his ways and dismisses his service. Mort then marries Death's daughter Ysabell.
Comments: A charming, inoffensive retelling of a "revenge of the nerd" story...but, as usual, the best parts about it are 1) the imaginative tenor of the Discworld and its flavorful fantasy satire, 2) Death, and 3) the librarian. In that order. This is actually the first novel I've read to have NOT involved Death as a semi-menacing figure pursuing Rincewind, who just won't agree to sit still and die, and, in fact, I was kind of surprised by how fundamentally naive Pratchett made Death. Watching him try out human life was quite amusing--especially when he ends up a short-order cook for a greasy spoon. All in all, it came together quite nicely from a structural perspective and never tries to impress the reader with more than anyone can reasonably handle on a single page as the earlier Pratchett novels did.
Notes: mass market paperback, 11th printing
Rating: 6/10 - Fluff with just enough inventiveness to keep a handful of brain cells firing, at least.
14th-Jul-2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
Mort is one of my favorite discworld books. :-D Jingo and Interesting Times are my other two.
14th-Jul-2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
These are on the list of books that I'd really like to read, but can't quite justify spending the money on (along with the Unfortunate Series of Events books).
14th-Jul-2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
I figured I read the series in drips as I find the money (and B&N gives me the coupons) to do it. There are thirty books so far in the series, and I've read six.

Have you read any of the Discworld books?
14th-Jul-2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Just a lone one (Small Gods?). I couldn't find the early books when I went looking for them.
14th-Jul-2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Well, there IS that SFBC omnibus that I mentioned earlier--which seems like an excellent place to start since it's got #1 and #2 in it and some slightly later stuff as well.
1st-Aug-2006 04:30 am (UTC)
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