“Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job.
Henceforth, Death is no longer going to be the end, merely the means to an end. It’s an offer Mort can’t refuse. As Death’s apprentice he’ll have free board, use of the company horse – and being dead isn’t compulsory. It’s a dream job – until he discovers that it can be a killer on his love life…”
What I thought:
I had high hopes for Mort, friends. For the most part, my expectations were met but it’s not my new favourite Discworld novel. Equal Rites still holds that spot, and I expect it will for a while! <3
Despite the usual Discworld madness, Mort is actually kind of normal: Mort fudges up the space-time continuum because he can’t get himself to reap a girl he likes, and Death slips into a mid-life crisis-induced depression because he has no friends, thinks there should be more to life, and because someone younger has taken his job. Which is his fault. It’s not like he had to offer Mort a job.
Mort was already aware that love made you feel hot and cold and cruel and weak, but he hadn’t realized that it could make you stupid.
I wasn’t sure what to make of Albert at first, but I grew to like him. I suspected there was more going on than we can see right away, I just didn’t expect that. There was a nice little cameo, too – Rincewind is in this! Only briefly, but it was still nice to see a character I recently adored. He’s no Granny Weatherwax, but there are 37 books left in this series. There’s time.
The wizards, such of them who were still on their feet and conscious, were rather surprised to see that Death was wearing an apron and holding a small kitten.
I thought Mort would wow me more, if I’m honest. I liked it, but I didn’t love it like I loved Equal Rites. I’ve a feeling I’ll compare every Discworld novel to Book 3 now, which isn’t really fair, so I hope the rest is up to it!
Have you read Mort? What’s your favourite Discworld novel? Get some cookies, drop me a comment and let’s get this book club going!
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