21 September, 2011

Terry Pratchett Month: Book Review: Mort

Title: Mort
Author: Terry Pratchett
Genre: Fantasy
Published: 1987
Page Count (paperback): 243
Cover Rating: 3 out of 5. Again, compared to the original UK covers, this one is kind of boring, though it does match the story. (See the other one HERE.)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary (from Goodreads):
In this Discworld installment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can't refuse — especially since being, well, dead isn't compulsory.As Death's apprentice, he'll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won't need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he'd ever wanted, until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.

My Thoughts: I'd really been looking forward to this book, since I knew it was the first that featured DEATH as a main character. It certainly put a new face (beyond the grinning-skull one) onto this anthropomorphic personification, and I loved Mort, the boy who becomes his apprentice. Through him, you get an inside look at the world of DEATH, from his house to his cook to the hourglasses, or life-timers. The other characters were quirky and funny, ranging from the princess who everyone acts as if is dead to the magician who has the job of making sure people remember she's alive. The plot jumped all over the place, crossing realities and moving fast.

Other: According to some sites I found after noticing a reference on Wikipedia, Disney is making an animated movie out of Mort, with John Musker and Ron Clements directing (I've never heard of them before, or at least the names don't ring a bell, but apparently they did The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, and The Princess and the Frog).

They had better get it right, or this will be one irritated Terry Pratchett fan.

(What do you think? Do you look forward to a movie of Mort, or dread it?)

Verdict: Yet another humorous take on death from Terry Pratchett, Mort is an excellent story of a boy who becomes the apprentice of the ultimate reality. Recommended.

Other Terry Pratchett Month Posts:
Book Review: The Color of Magic
Book Review: The Light Fantastic
Discussion Post: On Humorous and Parodic Stories
Book Review: Nation
Discussion Post: Anthropomorphism
Book Review: Good Omens
Movie Review: The Color of Magic

-----The Golden Eagle


Summer Ross said...

I have never read anything from this author. But this piece sounds intriguing.

J. A. Bennett said...

I second summer :)

Nisa said...

He is so funny! I loved The Color Of Magic, too. Yea for Terry Pratchet month!

Old Kitty said...

Disney doing Pratchett?!?!?!?!?! Oh I love Disney but have you seen what they did to the Hunchback of Notre Dame?!?! There was SINGING!!!
And cute gargoyles. Oh no! LOL!!!

Ok, am calm now.

Oh I love love love Mort - I think Death is one of the most tragic Pratchett characters. How he suffers - how he wants to be more than he is! How he wants to experience beyond his remit. How he is not immune to the cathartic-ness of having death in the family. LOL!

Yay!! Take care

K.T. Hanna said...

This is my favourite Discworld novel. I love this book.

And like any movie based on a book by ANYONE - I look forward to it with trepidation. Pretty sure they'll screw it up, but you just never know.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I love those books, but I haven't read as much of him as I'd like. :) I'll need to set aside time for this one, it looks fantastically funny.

J.L. Campbell said...

Haven't read Pratchett yet. The book sounds fun and interesting, despite the subject matter.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A Disney animated film? That alone worries me.

Christine Rains said...

I'm with Alex on this one. I don't know if Disney should do it. Mort is a fantastic book!

Heather said...

Terry cracks me up! You can't go wrong with him when looking for a fun and inventive read.

Carrie Butler said...

As you know, Mort is my favorite. I'm so glad that you reviewed it!

"Sadness, master. I think. Now--"


I had no idea Disney was interested in Mort. I'm a little concerned, but optimistic. :) Great post!

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Golden. I've heard a lot of good things about this author but I haven't ever read his books. I need to remedy that. I am finally back after two months of packing, cleaning and moving and then more cleaning and still unpacking. I tried a new internet provider with terrible results so now I have great service. Looking forward to visiting you more often.
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Sarah Pearson said...

I adore this book. Death is one of my favourite characters.

I have the original cover, I don't know why they had to change it.

Anonymous said...

I love books that become movies! I like to see the different perspectives of the things I read! I will def be grabbing this book.

Robyn Campbell said...

Love Terry Pratchett! The Disney movie sounds awesome, Eagle. But you're right. They had better get it right. :-)

Carol Riggs said...

That DOES sound humorous and fascinating. How cool! Thanks for the review; I'd never heard of this!

Lynda R Young said...

I've always loved Death as a character. I really should read these Terry Pratchett books.

Jackee said...

I haven't read this one, but way cool Disney might make a movie! Those directors are supposed to be their star gurus, I guess. :o)

Thanks for sharing, Golden!

Lydia Kang said...

It looks great. I haven't read the author yet either, but I'd be happy to add this one to my TBR pile.

Jennifer Hillier said...

I haven't read Terry Pratchett, but those who have seem to really love this author! Will have to add this book to the pile.

Jake Henegan said...

I loved Mort, but I am (as some others) a bit skeptic about Disney making the movie, but hey, maybe they pull it off.

On another note, you should read Reaper Man too(if you haven't already). It also features Death as the main character. Very awesome and hilarious.

Jayne said...

Oh Mort! I loved Mort and remember the other cover well - not sure this cover here conveys everything wonderful about what's inside. Agree with Old Kitty though - Disney doing Pratchett? I always thought a director like Tim Burton would be better...

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BornStoryteller said...

Just love the Death books. It has been so much fun in the later books when Pratchett brings in Death and other characters and weaves them in as cameos.

I hope the info was wrong about Disney. Pixar would be the more logical place for Mort, or any Discworld book.

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Arlee Bird said...

I prefer the simplicity of the U.S. cover of this book. The other one is far too busy and weird looking.

Never heard of Mort so I don't really have much of an opinion, but it's always hoped that a movie will get a story right.

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Talli Roland said...

Death as a main character? Wow! I love that his apprentice is called Mort.

Crystal Collier said...

Now that's a book I HAVE to read. Oooh. Will I ever get through this fabulous reading list?

The Golden Eagle said...

Summer: It's a great story! :)

J. A.: You should try a book by Terry Pratchett sometime.

Nisa: Not my favorite from the series, but a good book nevertheless!

Glad you're enjoying the month! :)

Old Kitty: I haven't seen The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but I've heard enough about it to know cute gargoyles don't really fit the story . . . LOL.

Exactly! He's tragic, but funny and real at the same time.

K.T.: I'm not sure which one is my favorite, though this one ranks toward the top. :)

Nope--which means there's hope they'll do it right, right?

Bethany: It is!

J.L.: That's the book in a nutshell; Terry Pratchett manages to make it hilarious, while writing about DEATH at the same time. :)

Alex: LOL. I don't mind Disney--I like some of their movies--but true, sometimes they are a bit weird.

Christine: Agreed. Disney, you listening? There are expectations to be met!

Heather: Nope. :)

Carrie: LOL. I love that passage!

Same here. I guess it could be worse . . .

Thank you!

Nancy: Welcome back to the blogosphere, Nancy. It's good to see you've returned! :)

I look forward to reading your posts again and visiting, too.

Sarah: Mine as well. :)

I know! I kinda wish they'd kept the original ones here in the USA; I wonder why they change covers for so many international books.

cestlavie22: Hope you enjoy it!

Robyn: Yup. :)

Carol: You're very welcome!

Lynda: Same here--though death can be somewhat, well, morbid at times. :P

Jackee: Well, if they did The Little Mermaid, they must be pretty important!

You're welcome! :)

Lydia: I hope you enjoy Terry Pratchett, if you ever try one of his books!

Jennifer: Awesome. He's a great writer!

Jake: Maybe. Hopefully, anyway.

Nope, haven't read it yet; I'm looking forward to getting around to that one!

Jayne: Tim Burton? Hmm . . . I like the idea. Alice In Wonderland is one of my favorite movies. :)

Eve.E: You're welcome!

Hope you get that resolved soon. :)

Thank you!

Stuart: This is the first DEATH book that I've read, actually.

Pixar? I never really liked what they did. :P Though I haven't seen one of their movies in a while--maybe my opinion's changed.

Arlee: It is a bit busy; all of the UK covers done until 2001, I think it was, are in that style. It's the same artist.

Definitely. It's sad to see a book changed onscreen.

Talli: It's a great name, isn't it? :)

Crystal: LOL. Sometimes I feel that way after reading reviews! Too many good books in the world!

Okay, not really; but my TBR pile never stops growing. :)