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Reaper Man

Reaper Man (Discworld, #11) - Terry Pratchett There must be something very wrong with me, my top two favourite Pratchett's both feature Death... The reality auditors (like auditors everywhere) have a distorted sense of the essentials - they decide Death is inefficient because he has a personality - something that they lack. So he is retired, with a parting gift of time and the horse. Death returns to the Discworld to spend his time and takes a name, Bill Door, and a job on a farm at approaching harvest time. However his retirement causes the innevitable problems that occur when an important public service is withdrawn - people are dying, but their spirits are not being ushered out of the world. Windle Poons, the world's oldest wizard, falls prey to this absence. His spirit returns to his body and he takes matters into his own hands. This is two parallel stores in one book, one following what Death/Bill Door gets up to now he has a life of his own, the other looking at the consequences of his absence. The end is completely satisfactoy, with Death having leant something from his experiences as Bill and Windle leaving the world in an optomistic frame of mind