Author: Sir Terry Pratchett
Published: 2001 by Harper Torch (originally 1987)
Genre: Humour, Fantasy
Synopsis: In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can’t refuse — especially since being, well, dead isn’t compulsory. As Death’s apprentice, he’ll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won’t need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he’d ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life
“He was determined to discover the underlying logic behind the universe. Which was going to be hard, because there wasn’t one.”
Parts of the story got a little muddled somewhere between the ending and the middle, but as usual the humour and the absurd characters are what brought everything around. Mort and Death are a duo that are quite enjoyable, of course with the addition of Death’s noble steed, Binky. Death being the serious, completely terrifying guy who asks questions like “WHY IS THERE A CHERRY ON A STICK IN THIS DRINK? IT’S NOT AS IF IT DOES ANYTHING FOR THE FLAVOUR” in his usual SHOUTY CAPS.
“History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it.”