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- The Reaper Man (Discworld series), Terry Pratchett
The Reaper Man is the 11th novel in the Discworld series -a humorous fantasy series- by Terry Pratchett; but Discworld really isn't the kind of series you have to read in a particular order! And I've heard The Reaper Man is a great way to begin reading the series!!
Death is one of my, if not my most, favourite Discworld characters! He is a seven foot tall skeleton in a black robe and carries a very sharp scythe. He likes cats and he only talks in booming CAPITAL LETTERS (he technically has no voice, so what he says directly enters people's minds, without ever being spoken!) Death is never portrayed as cruel or ruthless, just very efficient.
In The Reaper Man, Death is suspended from his duty, as he is beginning to develop a personality. He then begins a mortal life on a farm, calling himself Mr. Bill Door (he isn't very creative when it comes to names!) As there is now no Grim Reaper, there is no place for the dead to go! This results in a very chaotic turn of events on the Disc; a lot of dead people just seem to hang around on the Disc as walking dead bodies! In the end, of course, it all turns out fine: but you'll have to read the book to know how :)