Rich recommended I read Mort. He's a big fan of Terry Pratchett and reckoned this would be right up my street. Having never read any Pratchett before, I'd been nagged at for ages to read one and finally got round to it. I'm not entirely sure I'll be reading more.
Mort is part of the Discworld series but also works as a standalone novel. It tells the story of Mort, a teenage boy who gets taken on as Death's apprentice, much to his surprise. While Mort carries out his duties, Death takes a well-deserved break. Unfortunately, this means that when things go awry, only Mort and Death's daughter Ysabell are able to fix the pickle they've got themselves in.
Unfortunately, I think Rich hyped it up just a little too much. Although Pratchett's writing is undoubtedly very strong, and his humour is witty, I ultimately found the story quite forgettable, which was a shame. Also, and this might just be me, but I found it frustrating that there were no chapters. Despite this, the story was well-constructed and it did have an engaging twist at the end.
Although I enjoyed the story while I was reading it, it hasn't left much of a last impression and, for that, I give it five out of ten. Sorry, Rich!
If you're interested in Death as a book character, try The Book Thief. It's absolutely amazing... but keep some tissues handy!