Mass Market Paperback, 243 pages

English language

Published Jan. 31, 2001 by HarperTorch.

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4 stars (4 reviews)

Death takes on an apprentice who's an individual thinker.

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reviewed Mort by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #4)

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Terry Pratchett is what I’ve been missing when reading Douglas Adams. Mort is not just witty, but actually quite touching and even frightening. The humour seems somehow profound, for example when Death explains that everyone gets what they think is coming for them, because “it’s so much neater that way”. This light-hearted fun actually opens up a philosophical can of worms: If I expect a heavenly afterlife together with my family, but my brother expects to be rotting in hell, is the brother in heaven actually my brother? He can’t be, but did I then actually get what I expected? This dilemma is even touched upon later. I much prefer this humour to cliché nihilism.

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