This was my first venture into the world of Discworld, the imaginary, middle-aged land created by Sir Terry Pratchett. The story follows Mort, a young, awkward peasant who is chosen to become the apprentice to Death. He starts off by learning the ropes on what Death does as they travel across the countryside but in an act of laziness, Death prematurely hands over the job to Mort... and things quickly go awry.
Overall this was a funny, original story that makes me want to read more Discworld novels, but per my research, I have learned that Pratchett's stories range from great to terrible. On most lists, Mort is ranked as one of the better Discworld novels which is a little disappointing to me. If this is the best he has, a story that I found to be slightly above average, it may be a while before I pick up another. My main criticism of this book is that the last third seems to be drug out unnecessarily. I would have been a fan of quicker pacing towards the climax.
I would describe Pratchett's writing style to be the Douglas Adams of fantasy - strange, off the wall, dry humor that is funnier in retrospect than it is when you're currently reading it. If you're looking for a light-hearted, not very serious novel that takes place in medieval times, pick this up. Also, if you're wanting to get started into the Discworld novels, this is a good place to begin.
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