Review: Mort

Mort Mort by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Imagine Death is a real creature, anthropomorphised such that you could have a conversation with him. Would he enjoy his job? What rules must he operate by? Now, imagine for a moment that he takes you under his wing as an apprentice. This is the story of Mort. Young Mort goes looking for an apprenticeship and after being passed over by everyone else in town, is chosen by death. What follows is a humorous tale full of all of the usual tropes you would expect. While this story is set in the Discworld, you could easily choose this as your first book in the series as it only mentions other characters in passing and you lose nothing by missing those references. As with the other books in this series I think this is a fine way to pass the time, say, on the beach or on a long drive. It is not profound literature, but instead a whimsical, lighthearted tale.

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Jade Mason