When her dear old Granddad -- the Grim Reaperhimself -- goes missing, Susan takes over the family business. The progeny of Death's adopted daughter and his apprentice, she shows real talent for the trade. That is until a little string in her heart goes "twang."
With a head full of dreams and a pocketful of lint,Imp the Bard lands in Ankh-Morpork, yearning to become a rock star. Determined to devote his life to music, the unlucky fellow soon finds that all his dreams are coming true. Well almost.
In this finger-snapping, toe-tapping tale of youth,Death, and rocks that roll, Terry Pratchett once again demonstrates the wit and genius that have propelled him to the highest echelons of parody next to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.
Nepotism is given an unusual spin in Pratchett's 14th Discworld novel, as Death's granddaughter picks up the scythe when the Grim Reaper takes a vacation. Trolls, dwarves, magicians and rock music--music played with rocks--figure in this amusing but overlong romp, which begins with the formation of a band by aspiring musician Imp y Celen (aka Buddy). Arriving in the city of Ankh-Morpork, Buddy finds a magical guitar which enables the group--a rock-playing troll, an ax-wielding dwarf and an Orangutan pianist--to drive crowds wild. But the instrument causes conflict between the motley crew and Susan, Death's granddaughter, who is just adjusting to her new post. Many of the ensuing comic situations involve Death trying to get drunk, though Pratchett's liberal application of jokes scores as many misses as hits. Extraneous plot information slows the pace as the narrative rattles to a colossal, albeit uninspired, conclusion. Science Fiction Book Club main selection.
Needs some work on punctuation!
Loved the book, but whoever digitized it should have had the proofreader take another look! Several pages towards the middle were completely devoid of quotations or punctuation.
Excellent novel, typos abound.
I've been reading Terry Pratchett for over a decade now. I recently started buying iBooks for touring.
Evidently, this one was typed by a blind man using a mallet.
Ebook transfer issues
Pratchett as usual does a smashing job entertaining the reader. However this ebook transfer has lots of errors in spelling (suspect OCR issues) and spacing.
It is a little distracting, but the joy of getting Pratchett on ebook surpasses the little annoyance. But if this affects your reading pleasure, you may wish to consider.