According to LSpace’s Discworld reading order guide (v2.21), Mort is the first book in the Death Novels thread of Discworld books.
On this day, 30 years ago, Mort was first published. Mort tells the story of a young man becoming Death's apprentic… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
Discworld (@Discworld_com) November 12, 2017
Terry Pratchett – Mort (1987)
( Death, #1; Discworld, #4 ) 🎧
Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job – in his case, as Death’s apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated. Going against his boss’s wishes, Mort kills Keli’s assassin instead, which angers and interferes with Fate. But Mort’s heroism seems to be for naught, since Discworld proceeds as though Keli had been killed, while Death has too much fun drinking and gambling to be any help. This is the fourth book in the Discworld series.
The next book we're discussing is MORT. It's the perfect day to get stuck in - AND, PERHAPS, TO MURDER A CURRY. R… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…—
Pratchat Podcast (@PratchatPodcast) November 16, 2017
“I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I COULD MURDER A CURRY.”
Death is the anthropomorphic personification of death on the Discworld. He appears as the traditional Grim Reaper, with a skeletal body, a black robe and a scythe (or sometimes a sword for royalty) and TALKS IN UNQUOTED SMALL CAPS. Death is fascinated with humans in general, and as a result attempts to emulate their behaviour, if only to better understand them. However, as an immortal skeletal being who does not have to pay heed to fatigue or even time, he seems to lack comprehension of some human concepts. [wiki.lspace.org]
Death is generally used by Pratchett to explore the problems of human existence.
‘They call me Mort.’
WHAT A COINCIDENCE, […]
Mort and Ysabell
Mort and Ysabell return to Death’s domain to find a furious Death waiting for them, the latter having learned of Mort’s actions from Albert (From the Soul Music recap).
“I THINK NOT. I WASN’T CUT OUT TO BE A FATHER, AND CERTAINLY NOT A GRANDAD. I HAVEN’T GOT THE RIGHT KIND OF KNEES.”
MORT (Terry Pratchett’s Discworld)