Review: Reaper Man (Discworld Book 12 of 53ish)

Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett

Reaper Man is the second book in the Death subseries of the Discworld universe.  In this book, Death essentially gets fired for having developed too much of an individual personality.  Until somebody can be found to replace him, people aren’t dying properly.  There are two main characters in the story, each with separate but related storylines.  Death is one of them, and the other is a 130-year-old wizard named Windle Poons.  Poons fails to die properly without Death on the job and thus becomes undead.

Windle Poons himself was a fun character, but his part of the story wasn’t all that interesting to me.  I was more interested in what would happen with the Death character, and I’d been looking forward to reading more about him.  However, Death really didn’t show up that much during the first half of the book and his story was on the skimpy side.  I also thought the story seemed pretty disjointed, even for a Discworld book.  

On the other hand, Pratchett was as witty as usual and there were some very funny parts.  So I enjoyed the humor, but was less enamored of the story.