Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

Reaper Man

Discworld #11

Terry Pratchett

fiction Fantasy
adventurous funny slow-paced

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'Death has to happen. That's what bein' alive is all about. You're alive, and then you're dead. It can't just stop happening.'

But it can. And it has. So what happens after death is now less of a philosophical question than a question of actual reality. On the Disc, as here, they need Death. If Death doesn't come for you, then what are you supposed to do in the meantime? You can't have the undead wandering about like lost souls. There's no telling what might happen, particularly when they discover that life really is only for the living...

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funny 100%
lighthearted 66%
adventurous 33%
dark 20%
emotional 20%
reflective 20%
hopeful 13%
mysterious 13%
sad 13%
challenging 6%
relaxing 6%


medium 71%
slow 14%
fast 14%

Strong character development?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 38% | No: 7%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 69% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 7%

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