Discworld has been a part of Grace's life since a kind camp counselor took pity on her silent bookishness and sent her boxes of Terry Pratchett paperbacks from the U.K. Madeleine has only recently fallen in love with Pratchett's hilarious, disarming fantasy, but we can already tell she's a lifer. If you love cats, filthy cities, misplaced realities, and above all, DEATH, you're in the right place. Mort is a perfect Discworld entry point for the uninitiated, and always a welcome revisit for those familiar with Ankh-Morpork, obnoxious wizards, and a bumbling teenager tasked with taking lives (at just the right moment).
Sharpen your scythes and hop on Great A'Tuin!
Favorite Mort quotes, excavated from Grace's childhood quote book:
"Death grinned because, as has so often been remarked, he didn't have much option. But possibly he meant it, this time."
"It struck Mort with sudden, terrible poignancy that Death must be the loneliest creature in the universe. In the great party of Creation, he was always in the kitchen."
ON SCUMBLE: " 'You like it?' he said to Mort, in pretty much the same tone of voice people tended to use when they said to St. George, 'You killed a what?' "
“Magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.”
Albert's porridge "led a private life of its own in the depths of its saucepan and ate spoons.”
ON THE GOOD OLD DAYS: "Princesses were as beautiful as the day is long and so noble they could pee through a dozen mattresses."