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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Whisper Network
Chandler Baker
Progress: 54 %
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Progress: 28 %
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Carolyn Keene
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories
Gary Raisor, Richard Chizmar, Al Sarrantonio, Avram Davidson
Progress: 70/512 pages
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
Progress: 66 %
The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Russell H. Tandy, Mildred Benson, Carolyn Keene

Mort ★★★☆☆

Mort  - Terry Pratchett

As much as I love whenever Death shows up in each book – his brief scenes are always hilarious – I expected to really love this first DW book featuring Death as a main character. It was a little bit disappointing, though. Death was as fun as ever, but for whatever reason I just didn’t connect with Mort or his journey. The book was overall still amusing, and I really sympathized with Death needing to take a break from his job,

exploring new career opportunities, then resignedly taking up the mantle again

(show spoiler)

. It’s also as quotable as any DW book, which keeps me smiling.


Death watched Mort’s expression carefully. “Only the gods are allowed to do that,” he added. “To tinker with the fate of even one individual could destroy the whole world. Do you understand?”

Mort nodded miserably. “Are you going to send me home?” he said.

Death reached down and swung him up behind the saddle. “Because you showed compassion? No. I might have done if you had shown pleasure. But you must learn the compassion proper to your trade.”

“What’s that?”

“A sharp edge.”


Audiobook, via Audible. Nigel Planer’s performance is great, but the audio production quality is still vintage 1990’s.