Book:Reaper Man

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Reaper Man
Cover art by Josh Kirby
Publisher Victor Gollancz
Publication date May 1991
ISBN 0552134643
Pages 286
Main characters Death, U.U. Wizards,
Renata Flitworth
Series Death Series
Annotations View
All data relates to the first UK edition.


Death is missing – presumed ... er ... gone. Which leads to the kind of chaos to always expect when an important public service is withdrawn.

Ghosts and poltergeists fill up the Discworld. Dead Rights activist Reg Shoe – "You Don't Have to Take This Lying Down" – suddenly has more work than he had ever dreamed of. And newly deceased wizard Windle Poons wakes up in his coffin to find that he has come back as a corpse. But it's up to Windle and the members of Ankh-Morpork's rather unfrightening group of undead* to save the world for the living.

Meanwhile, on a little farm far, far away, a tall, dark stranger, by the name of Bill Door, is turning out to be really good with a scythe. There's a harvest to be got in. And a different battle to be fought.

In passing we learn of many things. The lifecycles of Mayflies and Counting pines; of the Klatchian Foreign Legion, where men go to forget; of the true colour of infinity; and of chocolate, flowers, and gemstones as items which ease the path to a lady's heart.

* Arthur Winkings, for example, became a vampire after being bitten by a lawyer. Schleppel the bogeyman would be better at his job if he wasn't agoraphobic and frightened of coming out of the closet. And Mr Ixolite is a banshee with a speech impediment, so instead of standing on the roof and screaming when there's a death in the house he writes "OooEeeOooEeeOoo" on a piece of paper and pushes it under the door.


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First Edition Cover by Josh Kirby
'Letterbox' Hardback
Cover by Peter Scanlan
Paperback 2004
Audio Cassette
Audio CD
Paperback ROC Publishing
US Cover
Paperback 2012
Unseen Library Edition
Collectors Library Edition
Paperback 2022

External Links

Reaper Man Annotations - The Annotated Pratchett File

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