Discworld is a comic fantasy book series written by the English author Terry Pratchett, set on the Discworld, a flat planet balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle. The books parody or take inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare, as well as mythology and fairy tales using them for satirical parallels with cultural and scientific issues. Forty-one Discworld novels have been published; the original British editions of the first 26 novels, up to Thief of Time, had cover art by Josh Kirby. The American editions, published by Harper Collins, used their own cover art. Since Kirby's death in 2001, the covers have been designed by Paul Kidby. Companion publications include eleven short stories, four popular science books, a number of supplementary books and reference guides; the series has been adapted for graphic novels, theatre and board games, television. Newly released Discworld books topped The Sunday Times best-sellers list, making Pratchett the UK's best-selling author in the 1990s.
Discworld novels have won awards such as the Prometheus Award and the Carnegie Medal. In the BBC's Big Read, four Discworld novels were in the top 100, a total of fourteen in the top 200. More than 80 million Discworld books have been sold in 37 languages. Few of the Discworld novels have chapter divisions. Instead they feature interweaving storylines. Pratchett was quoted as saying that he "just never got into the habit of chapters" adding that "I have to shove them in the putative YA books because my editor screams until I do". However, the first Discworld novel The Colour of Magic was divided into "books". Additionally, Going Postal and Making Money both have chapters, a prologue, an epilogue, brief teasers of what is to come in each chapter, in the style of A. A. Milne, Jules Verne, Jerome K. Jerome; the Discworld novels contain common motifs that run through the series. Fantasy clichés are parodied in many of the novels, as are various subgenres of fantasy, such as fairy tales and vampire stories and so on.
Analogies of real-world issues, such as religion and inner city tension and politics, racial prejudice and exploitation are recurring themes, as are aspects of culture and entertainment, such as opera, rock music and football. Parodies of non-Discworld fiction occur including Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter, several movies. Major historical events battles, are sometimes used as the basis for both trivial and key events in Discworld stories, as are trends in science, pop culture and modern art. There are humanist themes in many of the Discworld novels, a focus on critical thinking skills in the Witches and Tiffany Aching series; the Discworld novels and stories are, in principle, stand-alone works. However, a number of novels and stories form novel sequences with distinct story arcs: Rincewind was the first protagonist of Discworld, he is the archetypal coward but is thrust into dangerous adventures. In The Last Hero, he flatly states that he does not wish to join an expedition to explore over the edge of the Disc—but, being geared for the expedition at the time, clarifies by saying that any amount of protesting on his part is futile, as something will occur that will bring him into the expedition anyway.
As such, he not only succeeds in staying alive, but saves Discworld on several occasions, has an instrumental role in the emergence of life on Roundworld. Other characters in the Rincewind story arc include: Cohen the Barbarian, an aging hero of the old fantasy tradition, out of touch with the modern world and still fighting despite his advanced age. Rincewind appeared in eight Discworld novels as well as the four Science of Discworld supplementary books. Death appears in every novel except The Wee Free Men and Snuff, although sometimes with only a few lines; as dictated by tradition, he is a seven-foot-tall skeleton in a black robe who sits astride a pale horse. His dialogue is always depicted in small caps, without quotation marks, as several characters state that Death's voice seems to arrive in their heads without passing through their ears as sound; as the anthropomorphic personification of death, Death has the job of guiding souls onward from this world into the next. Over millennia in the role, he has developed a fascination with humanity going so far as to create a house for himself in his personal dimension.
Characters that appear with Death include his butler Albert. Death or Susan appear as the main characters in five Discworld novels, he appears in the short stories Death and What Comes Next, Theatre o
A man-at-arms was a soldier of the High Medieval to Renaissance periods, well-versed in the use of arms and served as a armoured heavy cavalryman. A man-at-arms could be a knight or nobleman, a member of a knight or nobleman's retinue or a mercenary in a company under a mercenary captain; such men could serve through a feudal obligation. The terms knight and man-at-arms are used interchangeably, but while all knights equipped for war were men-at-arms, not all men-at-arms were knights. In the Early Medieval period, any well-equipped horseman could be described as a "knight", or miles in Latin. In the course of the 12th century knighthood became a social rank with a distinction being made between milites gregarii and milites nobiles; as a armoured cavalryman could be of a lesser social status than a knight, an alternative term describing this type of soldier came into use which was, in French, homme d'armes or gent d'armes, in English man-at-arms. The term man-at-arms thus denoted a military function, rather than a social rank.
This evolution differed in detail and timeline across Europe but by 1300, there was a clear distinction between the military function of the man-at-arms and the social rank of knighthood. Though in English the term man-at-arms is a straightforward rendering of the French homme d'armes, in the Middle Ages, there were numerous terms for this type of soldier. In France, he might be known as a lance or glaive, while in Germany a Spiess, Helm or Gleve and in various places a bacinet. In Italy, the term barbuta was used and in England from the late 14th century, men-at-arms were known as lances or its English equivalent, spears; the military function that a man-at-arms performed was serving as a armoured heavy cavalryman. In the course of the 16th century, the man-at-arms was replaced by other cavalry types, the demi-lancer and the cuirassier, characterised by more restricted armour coverage and the use of weapons other than the heavy lance. Throughout the Medieval period and into the Renaissance the armour of the man-at-arms became progressively more effective and expensive.
Throughout the 14th century, the armour worn by a man-at-arms was a composite of materials. Over a quilted gambeson, mail armour covered the body and head. During the century, the mail was supplemented by plate armour on the body and limbs. In the 15th century, full plate armour was developed, which reduced the mail component to a few points of flexible reinforcement. From the 14th to 16th century, the primary weapon of the man at arms on horseback was the lance; the lance of the 14th century was a simple spear, 12 ft in length of ash. In response to the development of improved armour, heavier lances weighing up to 18 kg were developed and a new method of using them in conjunction with a lance rest fixed to the breastplate developed; this combination of heavy lance and arrête enabled the mounted man-at-arms to enjoy a new effectiveness on the battlefields of the 15th and 16th centuries Not all men-at-arms in the 15th century carried the heavy lance. A lighter weapon called a "demi-lance" evolved and this gave its name to a new class of lighter-equipped man-at-arms, the "demi-lancer", towards the end of the 15th century.
When fighting on foot, men-at-arms adapted their ordinary cavalry weapons. English men-at-arms in Italy in the 1360s are recorded as advancing in close order with two men holding a cavalry lance. On other occasions, such as at the Battle of Agincourt, men-at-arms cut down their lances to a more manageable size of 5 ft. In the 15th century, the increased protection of plate armour led to the development of a specialist foot combat weapon, the pollaxe; the horse was an essential part of a man-at-arm's equipment. The type of horse, varied according to wealth and status. Andrew Ayton in an in-depth study of English warhorses of the 13th and 14th centuries has shown that three types predominate: the destrier, the courser and an animal known as a "horse". Destriers were both expensive, making up 5 % of men-at-arms horses. Ayton calculated the value of the average man-at-arm's horse in thirteen campaigns between 1282 and 1364, showing it varied between £7.6 and £16.4. In only two campaigns in the mid-14th century did the majority of horses cost more than £10.
The horse was, therefore, a major item of expenditure in the equipment of a man-at-arms. It has been calculated that a French gendarme's horse in the mid-15th century cost the equivalent of six months' wages; the cost of horses meant that the professional soldier might not wish to risk his expensive asset in combat. A system evolved in the 13th century for employers to compensate for horses lost in action. In England this was called by the Latin name restauro equorum and similar systems were in use in France and Italy. In order to secure this insurance scheme, the man-at-arms had the value of his horse assessed and details of its appearance recorded; the assessment system allowed employers to insist on a minimum value of horse be presented at muster. In 14th-century England, the minimum value appears in most cases to be 100 shillings; as early as the late 13th century, Edward I decreed that all his men-at-arms should be mounted on equus coopertus, armoured, or barded, horses. Horse armour was not at that time always made of metal, with leather and quilted fabric armour in use.
Metal horse armours were made from mail or brigandine, with plate reserved for the head in the form of a chamfron. In the 15th century, plate armour for horse
Publishers Weekly is an American weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians and literary agents. Published continuously since 1872, it has carried the tagline, "The International News Magazine of Book Publishing and Bookselling". With 51 issues a year, the emphasis today is on book reviews; the magazine was founded by bibliographer Frederick Leypoldt in the late 1860s, had various titles until Leypoldt settled on the name The Publishers' Weekly in 1872. The publication was a compilation of information about newly published books, collected from publishers and from other sources by Leypoldt, for an audience of booksellers. By 1876, Publishers Weekly was being read by nine tenths of the booksellers in the country. In 1878, Leypoldt sold The Publishers' Weekly to his friend Richard Rogers Bowker, in order to free up time for his other bibliographic endeavors; the publication expanded to include features and articles. Harry Thurston Peck was the first editor-in-chief of The Bookman, which began in 1895.
Peck worked on its staff from 1895 to 1906, in 1895, he created the world's first bestseller list for its pages. In 1912, Publishers Weekly began to publish its own bestseller lists, patterned after the lists in The Bookman; these were not separated into fiction and non-fiction until 1917, when World War I brought an increased interest in non-fiction by the reading public. Through much of the 20th century, Publishers Weekly was guided and developed by Frederic Gershom Melcher, editor and co-editor of Publishers' Weekly and chairman of the magazine's publisher, R. R. Bowker, over four decades. Born April 12, 1879, in Malden, Melcher began at age 16 in Boston's Estes & Lauriat Bookstore, where he developed an interest in children's books, he moved to Indianapolis in 1913 for another bookstore job. In 1918, he read in Publishers' Weekly, he applied to Richard Rogers Bowker for the job, was hired, moved with his family to Montclair, New Jersey. He remained with R. R. Bowker for 45 years. While at Publishers Weekly, Melcher began creating space in the publication and a number of issues dedicated to books for children.
In 1919, he teamed with Franklin K. Mathiews, librarian for the Boy Scouts of America, Anne Carroll Moore, a librarian at the New York Public Library, to create Children’s Book Week; when Bowker died in 1933, Melcher succeeded him as president of the company. In 1943, Publishers Weekly created the Carey–Thomas Award for creative publishing, naming it in honor of Mathew Carey and Isaiah Thomas. In 2008, the magazine's circulation was 25,000. In 2004, the breakdown of those 25,000 readers was given as 6000 publishers. Subject areas covered by Publishers Weekly include publishing, marketing and trade news, along with author interviews and regular columns on rights, people in publishing, bestsellers, it attempts to serve all involved in the creation, production and sale of the written word in book, audio and electronic formats. The magazine increases the page count for four annual special issues: Spring Adult Announcements, Fall Adult Announcements, Spring Children's Announcements, Fall Children's Announcements.
The book review section of Publishers Weekly was added in the early 1940s and grew in importance during the 20th century and through the present time. It offers prepublication reviews of 9,000 new trade books each year, in a comprehensive range of genres and including audiobooks and e-books, with a digitized archive of 200,000 reviews. Reviews appear two to four months prior to the publication date of a book, until 2014, when PW launched BookLife.com, a website for self-published books, books in print were reviewed. These anonymous reviews are short, averaging 200–250 words, it is not unusual for the review section to run as long as 40 pages, filling the second half of the magazine. In the past, a book review editorial staff of eight editors assigned books to more than 100 freelance reviewers; some are published authors, others are experts in specific genres or subjects. Although it might take a week or more to read and analyze some books, reviewers were paid $45 per review until June 2008 when the magazine introduced a reduction in payment to $25 a review.
In a further policy change that month, reviewers received credit as contributors in issues carrying their reviews. There are nine reviews editors listed in the masthead. Now titled "Reviews", the review section began life as "Forecasts." For several years, that title was taken literally. Genevieve Stuttaford, who expanded the number of reviews during her tenure as the nonfiction "Forecasts" editor, joined the PW staff in 1975, she was a Saturday Review associate editor, reviewer for Kirkus Reviews and for 12 years on the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle. During the 23 years Stuttaford was with Publishers Weekly, book reviewing was increased from an average of 3,800 titles a year in the 1970s to well over 6,500 titles in 1997, she retired in 1998. Several notable PW editors stand out for making their mark on the magazine. Barbara Bannon was the head fiction reviewer during the 1970s and early 1980s, becoming the magazine’s executive editor during that time and retiring in 1983, she was, the first reviewer to insist that her name be appended to any blur
Men at Arms (Waugh novel)
Men at Arms is a 1952 novel by the British novelist Evelyn Waugh. Men at Arms is the first novel in Waugh's Sword of Honour series, the author's look at the Second World War; the novels loosely parallel Waugh's wartime experiences. The protagonist is heir of a declining aristocratic English Roman Catholic family. Guy has spent his thirties at the family villa in Italy shunning the world after the failure of his marriage and has decided to return to England at the beginning of the Second World War, in the belief that the creeping evils of modernity apparent in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, have become all too displayed as a real and embodied enemy, he attempts to join the Army succeeding with the Royal Corps of Halberdiers, an old but not too fashionable regiment. He is posted to various centres around Britain. One of the themes is recurring "flaps" or chaos — embarking and disembarking from ships and railway carriages that go nowhere. Crouchback meets Brigadier Ben Ritchie-Hook, a fire eater and Apthorpe, a eccentric fellow officer.
Before being sent on active service, he attempts to seduce Virginia, secure in the knowledge that the Catholic Church still regards her as his wife. He and Ben Ritchie-Hook share an adventure during the Dakar Expedition in 1940. Apthorpe dies in Freetown of a tropical disease. Waugh received the 1952 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Men at Arms. Men At Arms was dramatised for television in 2001 along with the two other novels in the Sword of Honour trilogy, featuring Daniel Craig
Small Gods is the thirteenth of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, published in 1992. It tells the origin of the god Om, his relations with his prophet, the reformer Brutha. In the process, it satirises religious institutions and practices, the role of religion in political life; the Great God Om tries to manifest himself once more in the world, as the time of his eighth prophet is nigh. He is surprised, when he finds himself in the body of a tortoise, stripped of his divine powers. In the gardens of Omnia's capital he addresses the novice Brutha, the only one able to hear his voice. Om has a hard time convincing the boy of his godliness, as Brutha is convinced that Om can do anything he wants, would not want to appear as a tortoise. Brutha is gifted with an eidetic memory and is therefore chosen by Vorbis, the head of the Quisition, to come along on a diplomatic mission to Ephebe. However, Brutha is considered unintelligent, since he never learned to read, thinks for himself; this begins to change.
With the help of Ephebe's Great Library, the philosophers Didactylos, his nephew and Abraxas, Om learns that Brutha is the only one left who believes in him. All others either go along with the church out of habit. While in Ephebe, Brutha's memory aids an Omnian raid through the Labyrinth guarding the Tyrant's palace. While in the library of Ephebe, Brutha memorizes many scrolls in order to protect Ephebeian knowledge as Didactylos sets fire to the building, to stop Vorbis reading the scrolls there. Fleeing the ensuing struggle by boat, Brutha, Om and a injured Vorbis end up lost in the desert. Trekking home to Omnia, they encounter ruined temples as well as the small gods who are faint ghost-like beings yearning to be believed in to become powerful. Realizing his'mortality' and how important his believers are to him, Om begins to care about them for the first time. While Brutha, Om are in the desert, the Tyrant of Ephebe manages to regain control of the city and contacts other nations who have been troubled by Omnia's imperialistic interactions with the other countries around it.
On the desert's edge, a recovered Vorbis attempts to finish off Om's tortoise form, abducts Brutha, proceeds to become ordained as the Eighth Prophet. Brutha is to be publicly burned for heresy while strapped on a heatable bronze turtle when Om comes to the rescue, dropping from an eagle's claws onto Vorbis' head; as a great crowd witnesses this miracle they come to believe in Om and he becomes powerful again. Om manifests himself within the citadel and attempts to grant Brutha the honour of establishing the Church's new doctrines. However, Brutha does not agree with Om's new rule and explains that the Church should care for people while having a tolerance for other religious practices. Meanwhile, Ephebe has gained the support of several other nations and has sent an army against Omnia, establishing a beachhead near the citadel. Brutha attempts to establish diplomatic contact with the generals of the opposing army. Despite trusting Brutha, the leaders state that bloodshed is necessary. At the same time, Simony leads the Omnian military to the beachhead and uses Urn's machine of war in order to fight the Ephebians.
While the fighting occurs on the beachhead, Om attempts to physically intervene, but Brutha demands he does not interfere with the actions of humans. Om becomes infuriated but obeys Brutha, but he travels to the highest mountain on Discworld where gods gamble on the lives of humans in order to gain or lose belief. While there, Om manages to unleash his fury, striking other gods and causing a storm that disrupts the battle, he forces all other gods of the forces at the battle to tell their soldiers to stop fighting and make peace. In the book's conclusion Brutha becomes the Eighth Prophet, ending the Quisition and reforming the church to be more open-minded and humanist. Om agrees to forsake the smiting of Omnian citizens for at least a hundred years; the last moments of the book see Brutha's death a hundred years to the day after Om's return to power and his journey across the ethereal desert towards judgement, accompanied by the spirit of Vorbis, whom Brutha found still in the desert and took pity on.
It is revealed that this century of peace was meant to be a century of war and bloodshed which the History Monk Lu-Tze changed to something he liked better. Australian author Jack Heath described the book as "one of the 20th century's finest satires", added that "the gods are pompous, the worshippers cowed, the priests violently closed-minded, yet the tale is never heavy-handed, thanks to Brutha's sincerity and some deftly comical plot twists, as well as all the levity that comes from picturing an angry God trapped in the body of a tortoise." Thomas M. Wagner praised it as "an extraordinary novel" on SFreviews.net, called it a "biting but compassionate satire". In 2011, National Public Radio ranked it #57 on its list of 100 best science fiction / fantasy novels. Believers as well as unbelievers have praised the book for supporting their position, according to fan mail received by Terry Pratchett; the audio codec Ogg Vorbis is named after the character Exquisitor Vorbis in Small Gods. In 2006 the book was adapted as a serial for BBC Radio 4.
It starred Patrick Barlow as Om, Carl Prekopp as Brutha, Alex Jennings as Vorbis. Anton Lesser was the narrator. A stage version of Small Gods was adapted in 2010 and performed between 17 and 19 February 2011 at The Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham by OOOOK! Productions an
Mort is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett. Published in 1987, it is the fourth Discworld novel and the first to focus on the character Death, who only appeared as a side character in the previous novels; the title is the name of its main character, is a play on words: in French, mort means "death". The French language edition is titled Mortimer. In the BBC's 2003 Big Read contest, viewers voted on the "Nation's Best-loved Book". In 2004, Pratchett stated that Mort was the first Discworld novel with which he was "pleased", stating that in previous books, the plot had existed to support the jokes, but that in Mort, the plot was integral; as a teenager, Mort has a personality and temperament that makes him unsuited to the family farming business. Mort's father Lezek takes him to a local hiring fair in the hope that Mort will land an apprenticeship. Just before the last stroke of midnight, Death takes Mort on as an apprentice. Death takes Mort to his domain, where he meets Death's elderly manservant Albert, his adopted daughter Ysabell.
Mort accompanies Death as he travels to collect the soul of a king, due to be assassinated by the scheming Duke of Sto Helit. After Mort unsuccessfully tries to prevent the assassination, Death warns him that all deaths are predetermined, that he cannot interfere with fate. On, Death assigns Mort to collect the soul of Princess Keli, daughter of the murdered king, but he instead kills the assassin the Duke had sent after her. Keli lives, but shortly after the assassin's death people begin acting as if something had happened without knowing why such as a solemn song being played, she soon finds that the rest of the world no longer acknowledges her existence at all unless she confronts them and then only in a confused manner, forgotten after. She subsequently employs the wizard Igneous Cutwell, able to see her as he is trained to see things that are invisible to normal people to make her existence clear to the public. Mort discovers that his actions have created an alternate reality in which Keli lives, but he learns that it is being overridden by the original reality and will cease to exist, killing Keli.
While consulting Cutwell, Mort sees a picture of Unseen University's founder, Alberto Malich, noting that he bears a resemblance to Albert. Mort and Ysabell travel into the Stack, a library in Death's domain that holds the biographies of everyone who has lived, in order to investigate Albert discovering that he is indeed Malich, they further learn that Malich had feared monsters waiting for him in the afterlife, performed a reversed version of the Rite of AshkEnte in the hope of keeping Death away from him. However, the spell backfired and sent him to Death's side, where he has remained in order to put off his demise. During this time, yearning to relish what being human is like, travels to Ankh-Morpork to indulge in new experiences, including getting drunk, dancing and finding a job. Mort in turn starts to become more like Death, adopting his mannerisms and aspects of his personality, while his own is overridden. Death's absence forces Mort to collect the next two souls, who are both located on separate parts of the Disc, due to die on the same night that the alternate reality will be destroyed.
Before he and Ysabell leave to collect the souls, Mort uses the part of Death within him to force Albert to provide a spell that will slow down the alternate reality's destruction. After Mort and Ysabell leave, Albert returns under the identity of Malich, his eagerness to live on the Disc is reinvigorated during this time, he has the wizards perform the Rite of AshkEnte in the hope of escaping Death's grasp. The ritual summons both Death and the part of Death, taking Mort over, restoring him to normal. Unaware of Albert's treachery, Death takes him back into his service, the Librarian preventing the wizard's escape. Mort and Ysabell travel to Keli's palace, where the princess and Cutwell have organised a hasty coronation ceremony in the hope that Keli can be crowned queen before the alternate reality is destroyed. With the reality now too small for Albert's spell and Ysabell save Keli and Cutwell from being destroyed with the alternate reality, they return to Death's domain to find a furious Death waiting for them, the latter having learned of Mort's actions from Albert.
Death dismisses Mort and attempts to take the souls of Keli and Cutwell, but Mort challenges him to a duel for them. Though Death wins the duel, he spares Mort's life and sends him back to the Disc. Death convinces the gods to change the original reality so that Keli rules in place of the Duke, inadvertently killed during Death and Mort's duel. Mort and Ysabell – who have fallen in love over the course of the story – get married, are made Duke and Duchess of Sto Helit by Keli, while Cutwell is made the Master of the Queen's Bedchamber. Death attends Mort and Ysabell's reception, where he warns Mort that he will have to make sure that the original Duke's destiny is fulfilled, presents him with the alternate reality he created, now shrunk to the size of a large pearl, before the two part on amicable terms. Mort has been adapted into a graphic novel, Mort: The Big Comic, 1994; the novel has been adapted by Robin Brooks for BBC Radio Four. Narrated by Anton Lesser, with Geoffrey Whitehead as Death, Carl Prekopp as Mort, Clare Corbett as Ysabell and Alice Hart as Princ
Reaper Man is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett. Published in 1991, it is the second to focus on Death; the title is a reference to Alex Cox's movie Repo Man. The Auditors of Reality are beings; as Death starts developing a personality the Auditors feel that he does not perform his Duty in the right way. They send him to live like everyone else. Assuming the name "Bill Door", he works as a farm hand for the elderly Miss Flitworth. While every other species creates a new Death for themselves, humans need more time for their Death to be completed; as a result, the life force of dead humans starts to build up. Most notable is the return of the deceased wizard Windle Poons, looking forward to reincarnation. After several misadventures, including being accosted by his oldest friends, he finds himself attending the Fresh Start club, an undead-rights group led by Reg Shoe; the Fresh Start club and the wizards of Unseen University discover that the city of Ankh-Morpork is being invaded by a parasitic lifeform that feeds on cities and hatches from eggs that resemble snow globes.
Tracking its middle form, shopping carts, the Fresh Start club and the wizards invade and destroy the third form, a shopping mall. When humankind thinks of a New Death, one with a crown and without any humanity or human face, it goes to take Bill Door. Death/Door, having planned for this moment for some time and destroys it. Having defeated the New Death, Death absorbs the other Deaths back into him, with the exception of the Death of Rats. Death confronts Azrael, the Death of the Universe, states that the Deaths have to care or they do not exist and there is nothing but Oblivion, which must end some time. Death receives some time, he offers her unlimited dreams. She asks to go to the local Harvest Dance, they join the townspeople for a full night of dancing. As the sun is coming up, Miss Flitworth realizes she had died hours before the dance started. Death escorts her through history to her old fiancé. Returning to the city of Ankh Morpork he meets up with Windle Poons taking him to his just reward, whatever it is.
At the end there is a discussion between Death and the Death of Rats over what the Death of Rats should "ride", Death suggests a dog while the Death of Rats suggests a cat. A fragment of this book was adapted in 1996 into a short animated movie entitled Welcome to the Discworld, featuring Christopher Lee as Death. Reaper Man title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database YouTube - Welcome To The Discworld Annotations for Reaper Man Quotes from Reaper Man