Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)Mort by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

THAT’S MORTALS FOR YOU, Death continued. THEY’VE ONLY GOT A FEW YEARS IN THIS WORLD AND THEY SPEND THEM ALL IN MAKING THINGS COMPLICATED FOR THEMSELVES. FASCINATING.

There is a moment, when you are laying in bed cursing the alarm, when all of us feel as if we have hit a rut. That we need a vacation. That the grass must be greenier than the current mental struggle to get up and waste time at a place we don’t want to be to afford things we don’t really need.

But what if your job was actually a necessity. What if you were Death? You can’t just leave people cluttering up the cosmos while you take a much needed vamoose.

In the great party of Creation, he was always in the kitchen.

Sir Terry Pratchett takes us on a journey through life and death as one cosmic being strives for a little vacation. Along the way he picks up Mort, a rather absent minded youth in desperate need of direction, and starts showing him the ropes of what it means to be Death. Mort understandably has a struggle getting used to ferrying souls.

Now pick up the scythe and try to act your age, there’s a good boy.

While Death takes a holiday, Mort is left to fend for himself and control Death’s unruly household. Albert, a psuedo-chef of few words and a mysterious past wants nothing to do with this new side of death and makes things difficult.

Hed never plucked up the courage to try Albert’s porridge, which led a private life of its own in the depths of its saucepan and ate spoons.

Death’s adoptive daughter is tired of being trapped in a realm where nothing happens and years to escape. A princess with superiority complex seeks to cheat her place in reality. And, a semi-incompetent wizard (who is more scholar than magician) is just trying to keep is laundry clean.

What could possibly go wrong ?

Funny thing about eyebrows, he mused. You never really noticed them until they’d gone.

This is an amusing read that one picks up when one needs a lighthearted novel that demands no attention. With his writing, Sir Pratchett manages to once again deliver a quick read that sublty keeps one entertained without weighing one down.

There was one large irritation for me that prevented this story from being wonderful. (view spoiler)

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