Book – Mort
Author – Terry Pratchett
Year – 1987
Genre – Fantasy
Pages – 316
Series – Discworld
The fourth in the Discworld series, Mort is generally considered one of the best of the lot, even appearing on the BBC’s list of the hundred greatest books a few years back. I have enjoyed the series so far, and have been looking forward to getting started on this one.
Death appears as a character in several of the books, and he is definitely one of the most interesting characters. This book follows his adoption of an apprentice – the eponymous Mort – and how this affects their lives, and that of the Discworld.
All of the books of the series that I have read so far have been excellent and incredibly funny. But I would definitely agree that this is the best of the bunch as of yet. It sacrifices a few of the laughs in order to create a fantastic story, but still remains in Pratchett’s trademark humourous style throughout. Exploring the already brilliant character of Death is a great idea, and equally the other characters introduced here – particularly Mort – are great.
Discworld is a massive series, with so many books to it, and I am pleased that I still have plenty of reading ahead of me. Roll on the next one.