Book Review // Mort

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. 
Review of Mort by Terry Pratchett
Summary of Mort by Terry Pratchett

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. 

My thoughts on Terry Pratchett's novel Mort
Extract of Mort by Terry Pratchett
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.

Rating of Mort by Terry Pratchett
The spine of Terry Pratchett's Mort
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!

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8 comments:

  1. Omg why did I just leave that comment, it made me laugh for like 30 seconds straight and then I started questioning my life. HAHA/
    Lovely review, I wont be reading it. Which means it was helpful hahaha xxx

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  2. How strange this is the only Terry Pratchett Book I've read all the way through -I would give it a 6/10 but Like you the lack of chapters wasn't for me. I like a point I can stop reading and have a little think.
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  3. I am so sorry Becky, but I only came on here to say that 'Mort' is Martin's official nickname BAHAHAHAHA. Now I must buy him this book which he'll obviously love me for.

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  4. No chapters would do my nut in..

    I've tried The Book Thief and couldn't get into it, wasn't trying hard enough!

    Cate in the Kitchen

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  5. Out of all of the character in the Discworld series, the ones involving the witches are my favourite. If you're interested, start off with Wyrd Sisters and find the other ones, there are probably about 6 featuring them

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  6. Oh, this makes me really sad! Mort was the first Discworld book I ever read and I didn't stop after that. It's not my favourite, but it's the first properly enjoyable book in the series I reckon.

    Lis / last year's girl x

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  7. I wish I liked Pratchett's books but most of them are just lost on me. I reckon I'm just not that good at satire. I enjoyed Dark Side of the Sun and also Hogfather, though. Hogfather also has the character of Death in it.

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