The Auditors are auditing DEATH!
Technically speaking, this is only book two for Death. He shows up quite often in various books, and actually I think I finally put together why this happened at all.
First of all, the Auditors are just what they sound like, except instead of auditing your taxes, they audit life. They have never liked how DEATH has a personality. He’s grown throughout the years and they think this personality is interfering with his duty as the ferrier to the afterlife.
In Moving Pictures, at the end there is a death. I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say, DEATH interferes with that death. The balance of the universe is supposed to be predicated on the fact that even interfering with one life can turn the universe upside down. The fact that DEATH does this creates even more reason for the Auditors to hate him.
So, they do what they do best, make his life messy.
This entire book, which seems like it’s on the shorter side for Terry Pratchett, but maybe that’s because I just freaking love this story, shows all the sides of DEATH as a personality. As a person! He lives out his time on the Discworld with what little time he has left.
But the real problem comes when there is no more death, while the Auditors find a suitable replacement. This is where the real hilarity comes in. There are so many characters in this from Ankh Morpork! The wizards from Unseen University, Mrs. Cake, and a small town where DEATH decides to live out his final days.
The growth of the characters in this particular story, is amazing and I think this is right around where I really started to love everything about the Discworld. The characters are fabulous, but more so, they are detailed. There are many of them, which is why it is so great that this series is long, but also divided by those specific characters.
It is mainly about DEATH and how he deals with mortality, but it is also about living life. In Terry Pratchett’s satirical way, he turns everything on its head, yet again, and makes me look at the world I’m on, and the life I’m living, differently. And more importantly, he just makes me laugh!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: