Mort - Terry Pratchett

Back to my in-order reading of the Discworld novels. Mort is, I'm afraid, not one of my favourites. It's still a bit of a warm-up novel, in the grand scheme of the billions he's written. It feels like he's still trying to work out what's a practical topic for a Discworld novel. To be honest, I'm not a great fan of the Death novels - he makes a nice walk-on character, but I don't think he works so well centre-stage. There are some fun bits to Mort, but it feels like it covers ground better matched by Wyrd Sisters and Reaper Man. This is not to say that it's a particularly bad book, but I'd put it more on par with Strata and The Dark Side of the Sun than most of the other Discworld novels.

Posted 2009-11-19.