Mort (Discworld #4, Death #1) by Terry Pratchett

Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job. 

Henceforth, Death is no longer going to be the end, merely the means to an end. It's an offer Mort can't refuse. As Death's apprentice he'll have free board, use of the company horse - and being dead isn't compulsory. It's a dream job - until he discovers that it can be a killer on his love life... (from Goodreads). 

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Finally, after weeks of reading books that I've been disappointed by, I've read something I actually enjoyed. Terry Pratchett and the Discworld books were never something I was interested in growing up, but my boyfriend loves them and has been going on and on at me to read them for months now. So I finally relented, choosing to read one about Death cause I enjoy books where Death is personified and cause I'm weird. 

Mort is the story of a young boy unsurprisingly named Mort. After years of being a disappointment on the family farm, his dad takes him to a job fair in the nearest town to find him an apprenticeship, as he wants Mort to be successful at something. It is there that Mort meets Death. Death, tired of doing a job by himself, is looking for an apprentice and he likes the look of Mort. 

So Mort falls into the supernatural world, by Death's side. First thing first, they go for a curry. Their relationship is a very amusing on, as Mort is unsure if this is what he wants to do with his life but is trying to learn to impress his boss. Death is trying to teach someone the tricks of the trade, and he's got a very dry sense of humour. The story follows Mort taking on more responsibility, and Death having a crisis himself on whether he wishes to retire.

Mort, being an idiot, accidentally saves the life of a girl he thinks is super hot, causing lots of problems within the Discworld and almost destroys everything. Just a bit of a cock-up by an apprentice, as you do. The ensuring chaos is fun to read, as he tries to fix what he's broken, all the while still trying to sort his love life out. 

I'm so glad I chose this as my first Discworld book because it was so clever and hilarious, and I enjoyed every second of it. The characters are charming, the world is mad, and I do really love Death. I'll be continuing to read the Death series, and then hope to expand into the rest of the series within the Discworld books. If they're all as mad as this one, I'm sure I'll love them.




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