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Encyclopedia > Reaper Man
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

11th novel – 2nd Death story
Outline
Characters: Death
Unseen University staff
Locations: Ankh-Morpork,
Octarine Grass Country
Motifs: Alien invasion SF, "Man With No Name" Westerns, Modernization, Shopping malls, Minority rights movements
Publication details
Year of release: 1991
Original publisher: Victor Gollancz
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 0-575-04979-0
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0-552-13464-3
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Reaper Man is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. Published in 1991, it is the 11th Discworld novel and the second to focus on Death. The title is a reference to Alex Cox's cult movie Repo Man (the title of which, ironically, is itself a reference to the old expression "reaper man"). Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (544x800, 316 KB)Reaper Man cover, from http://www. ... Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Unseen University (UU) is a school of wizardry in the fictional Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, staffed by a faculty composed of mostly indolent and inept old wizards. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... See also: Discworld (world) This article concerns the fictional geography of Terry Pratchetts Discworld, featured in the long running series of novels of the same name. ... The alien invasion is a common theme in science fiction stories and film, in which a technologically-superior extraterrestrial society invades Earth with the intent to replace human life, or to enslave it under a colonial system, or in some cases, to use humans as food. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Cover of a book by Louis LAmour, one of Western fictions most prolific authors. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Victor Gollancz (April 9, 1893–February 8, 1967) was a British publisher, socialist, and humanitarian. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Alexander Morton Cox (b. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Plot summary

The Auditors are beings who watch the Discworld from above to ensure everything obeys The Rules. As Death starts developing more of a personality the Auditors feel that he does not perform the Duty (namely, sending dead people to the beyond) in the right way anymore. The Auditors of Reality are a race of godlike beings in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ...


They send him off with his own golden hourglass and his scythe to live like everyone else. Now called "Bill Door", he tries to work as a farm hand for miss Flitworth. Meanwhile, the rest of the Discworld has problems of its own. While every other species thinks of a new Death for themselves in seconds, humans "are capable of believing in very complicated things", and need a bit more time for their Death to be completed. As a result, the "life force" of dead humans starts to build up; this results in poltergeist activity, ghosts, and other paranormal phenomenon. Most notable is the return as a zombie of recently deceased wizard Windle Poons, who was really looking forward to reincarnation, and instead finds himself attending meetings of the "Fresh Start Club", an undead-rights group lead by Reg Shoe, after seeing a poster advertising the club after the wizards try to bury him at a cross roads to get rid of him. Not only that, Windle and his new friends and the wizards of the unseen university discovers the city of Ankh-Morpork is being invaded by a parasitic lifeform (that coincidentaly look like shopping trolleys) that feeds on cities, and hatches from eggs that resemble snow globes. The Fresh start club and the wizards then find and kill a grown parasite in the shape of a shopping mall. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Discworld characters. ... The Fresh Start Club, a society of the undead. ... The primary members of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch are (see the linked articles for full details of the characters): // Main article: Samuel Vimes Main article: Carrot Ironfoundersson Main article: Angua Main article: Detritus (Discworld) Main article: Fred Colon Main article: Nobby Nobbs Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom is a forensic alchemist... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... A Christmas snow globe A snow globe is a transparent sphere usually made of glass enclosing a miniaturized scene of some sort, often together with a model of a landscape. ...


When humankind finally thinks of a New Death, one with a crown and without any humanity or any human face, just a shape of smoke, It then goes to take Bill Door, but Bill Door kills it with an ordinary scythe and retakes his position. Having defeated the New Death, Death absorbs the other Deaths back into him- with the exception of the Death of Rats, who held on to a wooden beam and managed to escape- and confronts Azrael, the Death of the Universe, and states that the Deaths have to care or they do not exist and there is nothing but Oblivion, which must also end some time. He then goes back to Miss Flitworth as Death and takes her to her old fiance after having died Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


Translations

Language Title Round-trip translation
Bulgarian Жетварят
Czech Sekáč The Reaper
Dutch Maaierstijd Reaping-Time, possibly also a pun on Majesteit (Majesty), which sounds similar.
Estonian Vikatimees
Finnish Viikatemies
French Le Faucheur
German Alles Sense! literal "Everything Scythe", meaning "Everything ceases"
Hebrew [1] איש הקציר The Harvester or Man of the Harvest
Hungarian A Kaszás
Norwegian Mannen med ljåen The Man With the Scythe
Polish Kosiarz Scyther
Portuguese O Senhor da Foice The Lord of the Scythe
Russian Мрачный жнец The Gloomy Reaper
Spanish El Segador The Reaper
Serbian Kosač The Reaper
Swedish Döden ligger lågt Death lies low

The Modern Hebrew language is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family. ... The Serbian language is one of the standard versions of the Å tokavian dialect (former standard was known as Serbo-Croatian language). ...

Notes

  1. ^ Transliteration: Eesh HaKatzir

Transliteration is the practice of transcribing a word or text written in one writing system into another writing system. ...

External links

  • Annotations for Reaper Man
  • Quotes from Reaper Man
Reading Order Guide
Preceded by
Moving Pictures
11th Discword Novel Succeeded by
Witches Abroad
Preceded by
Mort
2nd Death Story
Published in 1991
Succeeded by
Soul Music

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