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Death Trilogy collects three of Terry Pratchett's most beloved Discworld novels--all involving that especially lively character Death. Mort, the first volume, concerns the education of a brash young apprentice: "Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort he offered him a job." Unfortunately Mort lacks the detachment required for the job and starts interfering in the proce Death Trilogy collects three of Terry Pratchett's most beloved Discworld novels--all involving that especially lively character Death. Mort, the first volume, concerns the education of a brash young apprentice: "Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort he offered him a job." Unfortunately Mort lacks the detachment required for the job and starts interfering in the process, causing a rift in reality. In Reaper Man, volume two, "Death is missing presumed ...er ... Gone". This leads to an increase in the Undead population, hence the emergence of the Fresh Start Club (Undead Yes--Unpeople No). And in the final volume, Soul Music, the story revolves around Susan, Death's granddaughter, and Music with Rocks in it. As with anything in Discworld, Music is magical and the affect it has on the inhabitants is nearly catastrophic. Taken together in one collection, this natural progression of novels is vintage, hilarious Pratchett. --Mark Ridley


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Death Trilogy collects three of Terry Pratchett's most beloved Discworld novels--all involving that especially lively character Death. Mort, the first volume, concerns the education of a brash young apprentice: "Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort he offered him a job." Unfortunately Mort lacks the detachment required for the job and starts interfering in the proce Death Trilogy collects three of Terry Pratchett's most beloved Discworld novels--all involving that especially lively character Death. Mort, the first volume, concerns the education of a brash young apprentice: "Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort he offered him a job." Unfortunately Mort lacks the detachment required for the job and starts interfering in the process, causing a rift in reality. In Reaper Man, volume two, "Death is missing presumed ...er ... Gone". This leads to an increase in the Undead population, hence the emergence of the Fresh Start Club (Undead Yes--Unpeople No). And in the final volume, Soul Music, the story revolves around Susan, Death's granddaughter, and Music with Rocks in it. As with anything in Discworld, Music is magical and the affect it has on the inhabitants is nearly catastrophic. Taken together in one collection, this natural progression of novels is vintage, hilarious Pratchett. --Mark Ridley

30 review for Death Trilogy: Mort / Reaper Man / Soul Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    L

    We begin with Mort--poor, hopeless, clumsy, head-in-the-clouds Mort, whose own father fears he has no prospects whatsoever--whom Death takes as an apprentice. Barely into the book, I was reminded of why one cannot read Terry Pratchett on public transportation. Well, if one doesn't mind being thought whacked out, having other riders move away, etc., I suppose it would be ok. Pratchett is just so much fun! Also, I hadn't read Mort before. It was a delightful, magical tale. I'm going to take a brea We begin with Mort--poor, hopeless, clumsy, head-in-the-clouds Mort, whose own father fears he has no prospects whatsoever--whom Death takes as an apprentice. Barely into the book, I was reminded of why one cannot read Terry Pratchett on public transportation. Well, if one doesn't mind being thought whacked out, having other riders move away, etc., I suppose it would be ok. Pratchett is just so much fun! Also, I hadn't read Mort before. It was a delightful, magical tale. I'm going to take a break before beginning Reaper Man, so I guess I can't put up my stars just yet. On it's own, I'd say Mort is a good 4. Continued with Reaper Man--Death is forced into retirement, with his own death looming. On the one hand, this is a tale of how things screw up if we don't have Death, but with a comic flair (as in, laugh-out-loud funny). On the other hand, it's a bit of a character study of Death, including his adventures when he tries life. Either way, a quite worthy read. The bits about the wizards at the University were less engaging than they sometimes are, with the exception of Windle Poons, who dies, but doesn't, what with Death being off duty and all, and comes into his own as a result. Other than the wizards, this would be a 5, so I'm thinking 4-1/2. Soul Music is next, and I enjoyed Reaper Man so much I didn't even pause before beginning. Pratchett's tale did not disappoint. We have Music With Rocks In. We have wizards who cannot resist this Music. We have Susan, the granddaughter, not fully up on how it all works, though she tries. Sort of. And, of course, we have Death. It's so long since I originally read Reaper Man and Soul Music that I had them all jumbled up in my head. It was a real treat to revisit them and all the wonderful folks of Discworld. And Mort was a totally new story for me--can't imagine how I'd missed it. Pratchett is just terrific--clever and funny, with a bit of something to say here and there. On this read I would do 4 stars, but that's only because it isn't new for me. So I've put up the 5 I would have given the first time through.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Terry Pratchett, Is one of my all time best Authors he created a new world in witch I feel I find a home. His work with the Discworld take me no time at all to read and enjoy from the beginning to the end of each book. This Trilogy see death take a young woman and giver her a home then comes the male, there is a great deal of funny moments in these books if you take the ride it will take you from daughter to granddaughter we all know that ends with the Hogfather one of the best twists ever writt Terry Pratchett, Is one of my all time best Authors he created a new world in witch I feel I find a home. His work with the Discworld take me no time at all to read and enjoy from the beginning to the end of each book. This Trilogy see death take a young woman and giver her a home then comes the male, there is a great deal of funny moments in these books if you take the ride it will take you from daughter to granddaughter we all know that ends with the Hogfather one of the best twists ever written down regarding the commercial Christmas story of Santa Clause

  3. 5 out of 5

    Arlene Ang

    The audiobooks of all three novels are hilariously performed by Nigel Planer in various accents. I admit I listened to the audiobooks first (more than three times) before reading the books (repeatedly) — with no signs of diminishing amusement and chortling on my part. If you're addicted to Terry Pratchett's Death or the Grim Squeaker, this is the perfect thrillogy to get high on. Chances are if you die from laughing over the Death Trilogy, they'll probably bury or cremate you with it. The audiobooks of all three novels are hilariously performed by Nigel Planer in various accents. I admit I listened to the audiobooks first (more than three times) before reading the books (repeatedly) — with no signs of diminishing amusement and chortling on my part. If you're addicted to Terry Pratchett's Death or the Grim Squeaker, this is the perfect thrillogy to get high on. Chances are if you die from laughing over the Death Trilogy, they'll probably bury or cremate you with it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Pratchett--puns and parody aplenty! Lots of silliness, but a some substance, too. The use of Death as a means of questioning/understanding life is quite effective--not that the author hits you over the head with it. These books are prime examples of the "fun read." Extra points to "Soul Music" for its jabs at numerous musician cliches--too many of which I have experienced firsthand. Pratchett--puns and parody aplenty! Lots of silliness, but a some substance, too. The use of Death as a means of questioning/understanding life is quite effective--not that the author hits you over the head with it. These books are prime examples of the "fun read." Extra points to "Soul Music" for its jabs at numerous musician cliches--too many of which I have experienced firsthand.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Whilst I love all of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, DEATH is my favourite character. What can you say about someone who name's DEATH'S horse Binky? Or how about DEATH, taking WAR, WANT and FAMINE to a pub to get them drunk? Pratchett's sense of humour is wonderful and I am just deeply sorry that his illness will one day prevent the creation of these wonderful stories. Whilst I love all of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, DEATH is my favourite character. What can you say about someone who name's DEATH'S horse Binky? Or how about DEATH, taking WAR, WANT and FAMINE to a pub to get them drunk? Pratchett's sense of humour is wonderful and I am just deeply sorry that his illness will one day prevent the creation of these wonderful stories.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brit Steiner

    Liked Mort when I read it a while ago; enjoyed meeting the Death of Rats in Reaper Man. Power-skimmed the last bit of Soul Music. Because I am thoroughly TIRED of the same running joke about "rock music" at least a hundred pages ago. Liked Mort when I read it a while ago; enjoyed meeting the Death of Rats in Reaper Man. Power-skimmed the last bit of Soul Music. Because I am thoroughly TIRED of the same running joke about "rock music" at least a hundred pages ago.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Allyson Shaw

    Reaper Man is my favourite Pratchett book so far. It manages to be funny and philosophical as well as moving. Living in England, this books makes much more sense than if I'd read it in Cali. (I didn't read the last, Soul Music-- will save that for later) Reaper Man is my favourite Pratchett book so far. It manages to be funny and philosophical as well as moving. Living in England, this books makes much more sense than if I'd read it in Cali. (I didn't read the last, Soul Music-- will save that for later)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    'Mort' was my first Terry Pratchett book. Hilarious and smart (subtle though-provoking). He makes fun of fantasy and this fantasy-buff loves it ^_^ Who would have though that Death is such a sweety-pie? 'Mort' was my first Terry Pratchett book. Hilarious and smart (subtle though-provoking). He makes fun of fantasy and this fantasy-buff loves it ^_^ Who would have though that Death is such a sweety-pie?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stevek

    The first and second books in this trilogy were excellent, but I'd tired by the time I got to the third book and stuggled to get through it. The first and second books in this trilogy were excellent, but I'd tired by the time I got to the third book and stuggled to get through it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Burridge

    Excellent.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Penny Tan

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Freek

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  14. 5 out of 5

    Srissatt

  15. 5 out of 5

    Euna

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Seaward

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robert Trotter

  19. 4 out of 5

    Howard

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kati

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tim

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kidraymie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adrien

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ekaterina

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tina

  28. 5 out of 5

    James

  29. 5 out of 5

    Firebreathingferret

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erhan Turel

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