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Synopsis via Goodreads: In this Discworld instalment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can’t refuse — especially since being, well, dead isn’t compulsory. As Death’s apprentice, he’ll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won’t need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he’d ever wanted until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.
Another Discworld review! This was my third Discworld novel following The Light Fantastic and The Colour of Magic (which I read before I started my blog, so no review sadly). I chose to read Mort next as it stars my favourite of the Discworld characters: Death. The story follows Mort, Death’s new apprentice, and his job shadowing, life living in Death’s realm, and finally his big chance at taking over Death’s position while Death treats himself to a little vay-cay. This was a hilarious book with a great cast of fairly absurd characters finding themselves in peculiar and slightly mind-bending situations. Mort is a fun read and explored portions of the lore and world-building that I was most curious about.
Having said that, I continue to have a couple issues with the Discworld books and more specifically Pratchett’s writing style. While his characters and world-building are top notch and his dialogue hilarious, I am still finding the narrative flow difficult to follow. I’m completely and totally entertained while reading the Discworld books but I’m constantly forgetting what the actual purpose of the stories are. Every once in a while I have to stop and ask myself: what exactly are the characters doing again? What are they trying to achieve? And because of this I only seem to read these books in spurts. I started Mort in February and it took me almost 2 months to finish reading because, while it was entertaining, I didn’t have a drive to find out what was going to happen next. Mostly because the plot was so tangled up in my head that I could barely remember what was happening in between reading sessions. Perhaps the Discworld books, for me at least, are best read in one sitting?
Despite a few weeks of not reading Mort, I did go back. And I did enjoy the characters and having the opportunity to explore more of the Discworld. Death is such a creative and hilarious character and I loved reading about his attempts at finding not only a way to relax, but also a way to make a new living for himself. Even Death can get tired of his job once in a while! I also enjoyed death’s relationship with his adopted daughter Ysabell and the roll that she played in the story. The Princess Keli portion of Mort was a bit boring for me and when Mort’s infatuation with her became the focus of the plot my attention started to waver.
So my experience reading Mort was ultimately so-so. Death will reign as one of my more recent favourite characters in the fantasy genre and I will certainly read more books involving him. But I might take a break from the Discworld universe for now and re-visit it again when I’m in need of a good laugh in the future.