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Sir Terry Pratchett
Mort was my first step into the fantastical Discword, by late great Sir Terry Pratchett.
Mort is an airy young lad who hasn’t got his wits about him. His father is worried that no one in the village will take him on as an apprentice once he comes of age. After all the other young lads have left the job fair with their new masters, Mort is left, jobless and in despair… until Death comes along. Literally. Young Mort follows Death (the grim reaper), learning the tools of the trade. But behind closed doors, Death is fighting an internal struggle wondering if there is more to life…?
“Death leaned over the saddle and looked down at the kingdoms of the world.
‘I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, he said, BUT I COULD MURDER A CURRY.’”
I could tell instantly that I’d fall in love with this book.
Packed with wonderfully sarcastic British humor, Mort was a great laugh from beginning to end. Death, oddly, was easily the most adorable and endearing character of the entire book. What are we humans to do when Death himself has an existential crisis? Despite the level of sarcasm, Pratchett makes profound statements on the human condition which really made me think twice about just how much I dally on silly things.
“‘THAT’S MORTALS FOR YOU,’ Death continued, ‘THEY’VE ONLY GOT A FEW YEARS IN THIS WORLD AND THEY SPEND THEM ALL IN MAKING THINGS COMPLICATED FOR THEMSELVES. FASCINATING.’”
All of Death’s dialogue is written in capitals which forced me to READ IT IN THE DEEPEST, MOST MONOTONED VOICE I COULD MUSTER WHICH MADE IT ALL THE MORE HILARIOUS.
Each of the Discworld novels are quite short, and very easy to digest (the audiobook came to 7 hours) so don’t let the size of the series discourage you. I’m yet to read any of the other books in the series, but IMO Mort was a fantastic introduction to the Discword and I’m really looking forward to continuing on.
If you’ve read it, where did you start with the Discworld and which novel is your favourite? I’m thinking of picking up Guards! Guards! next but would love some recommendations! Drop me a suggestion in the comments 🙂