History YMMV / Mort

6th Jun '16 6:49:55 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* FridgeBrilliance: At first the ending of the book seems like [[spoiler:a DeusExMachina, or even a bit of an AssPull.]] However, it makes perfect sense if you're willing to accept Death as a MagnificentBastard. Ysabell had said earlier in the novel that [[spoiler:Death had only brought Mort on board to marry her, and never had any need of an apprentice.]] Having secured Mort, Death gave him just enough responsibility to [[spoiler:[[IncrediblyLamePun screw up royally,]] then moved in to fix the problem by ''having Mort marry Ysabell.'']] More of a BatmanGambit, since it could have gone either way, but things things turn out suspiciously well for Death despite his apparently laid-back attitude.
** In fact, once we read ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' it turns out this is most definitely the case: [[spoiler: Remember that Death has a non-linear view of time. And when he saw Susan immediately before turning Mort's hourglass and saving him, he ''winked'' at her, indicating he was aware of her significance in these events. Death knew what was going to happen the whole time. In fact, it may well be that he decided to spare Mort simply because he knew he was going to, creating a StableTimeLoop.]]

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At first the ending of the book seems like [[spoiler:a DeusExMachina, or even a bit of an AssPull.]] However, it makes perfect sense if you're willing to accept Death as a MagnificentBastard. Ysabell had said earlier in the novel that [[spoiler:Death had only brought Mort on board to marry her, and never had any need of an apprentice.]] Having secured Mort, Death gave him just enough responsibility to [[spoiler:[[IncrediblyLamePun screw up royally,]] then moved in to fix the problem by ''having Mort marry Ysabell.'']] More of a BatmanGambit, since it could have gone either way, but things '']] Things things turn out suspiciously well for Death despite his apparently laid-back attitude.
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attitude. In fact, once we read ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' it turns out this is most definitely the case: [[spoiler: Remember that Death has a non-linear view of time. And when When he saw Susan immediately before turning Mort's hourglass and saving him, he ''winked'' at her, indicating he was aware of her significance in these events. Death knew what was going to happen the whole time. In fact, it may well be that he decided to spare Mort simply because he knew he was going to, creating a StableTimeLoop.]]



* HilariousInHindsight: [[AC:[[{{Discworld/SoulMusic}} I'm not made to be a grandfather.]]]]
** Also, While Mort is talking to Albert about the afterlife and his enemies that may be over there, Mort tells him that he'll need "[[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog friends on the other side]]."

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* HilariousInHindsight: [[AC:[[{{Discworld/SoulMusic}} HilariousInHindsight:
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I'm not made to be a grandfather.]]]]
** Also, While Mort is talking to Albert about the afterlife and his enemies that may be over there, Mort tells him that he'll need "[[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog friends on the other side]]."



* MagnificentBastard: We don't get to see him much, but it's pretty well implied that the Duke of Sto Helit is one. Certainly given that when he arranged King Olerve's assassination, Olerve can only admire the elegance of his method...

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* MagnificentBastard: We don't get to see him much, but it's pretty well implied that the Duke of Sto Helit is one. Certainly given that when he arranged King Olerve's assassination, Olerve can only admire the elegance of his method...method.
13th Mar '15 5:34:27 PM Eegah
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* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Death being a cat lover who gives them all the death of kings, after Terry Pratchett's own appointment with the Reaper Man occurred with his cat on the bed with him.
14th Jan '15 7:28:38 AM MarsJenkar
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** The encounter with the two thugs who mistake Mort for a wizard. They're noted to [[Discworld/TheTruth use dashes instead of swear words]], which seems like NarrativeProfanityFilter here, but as of ''Discworld/TheTruth'', that may not be the case....
27th Dec '14 2:27:14 AM TamLin
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** A bit of narration notes that the wizards who [[spoiler:Albert cows into helping him]] have the same expression as pigeons who'd just heard that the statue of Lord Horation Nelson had just got up and is buying a shotgun. Read years later, it calls to mind other [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins statues with a vendetta]] [[Film/NightAtTheMuseum against pigeons after awakening]].
11th Aug '14 6:26:54 AM Eegah
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* GrowingTheBeard: Many fans consider this book to be when the Discworld books started getting really good.

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* GrowingTheBeard: Many fans consider this book to be when the Discworld books series started getting really good.
11th Aug '14 6:26:41 AM Eegah
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* GrowingTheBeard: many fans consider this book to be when the Discworld books started getting really good.

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* GrowingTheBeard: many Many fans consider this book to be when the Discworld books started getting really good.
14th Nov '13 5:46:17 PM LadyPhantomhive
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** Apparently, if Death is sharing his role with someone, it's possible for him to [[spoiler: absorb their characteristics]]. This is one possible explanation for why he was [[AxCrazy so different]] in the first and second books -- at the time he was sharing a role with Scrofula, a petty, malicious disease bringer.
9th May '13 2:32:08 PM SharleeD
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* HarsherInHindsight: One throwaway line refers to a member of the Ankh-Morpork Night Watch losing his way in the Shades and calling, "Twelve o'clock and all's arrrrrgghhhh....". This was a lot funnier before ''Guards! Guards!'' humanized the Night Watch members, and the revelation in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' that Vimes gives most of his pay to the Watch's widows and orphans turns it from a gag to one of the ''most'' Fridge Morbid moments in a Death novel: chances are, the watchman in question is ''on the list'' of beneficiaries.

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* HarsherInHindsight: One throwaway line refers to a member of the Ankh-Morpork Night Watch losing his way in the Shades and calling, "Twelve o'clock and all's arrrrrgghhhh....". This was a lot funnier before ''Guards! Guards!'' humanized the Night Watch members, and the revelation in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' that Vimes gives most of his pay to the Watch's widows and orphans turns it from a gag to one of the ''most'' Fridge Morbid moments in a Death novel: chances are, the family of the watchman in question is ''on the list'' of Vimes' beneficiaries.
9th May '13 2:31:05 PM SharleeD
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* HarsherInHindsight: One throwaway line refers to a member of the Ankh-Morpork Night Watch losing his way in the Shades and calling, "Twelve o'clock and all's arrrrrgghhhh....". This was a lot funnier before ''Guards! Guards!'' humanized the Night Watch members, and the revelation in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' that Vimes gives most of his pay to the Watch's widows and orphans turns it from a gag to one of the ''most'' Fridge Morbid moments in a Death novel.

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* HarsherInHindsight: One throwaway line refers to a member of the Ankh-Morpork Night Watch losing his way in the Shades and calling, "Twelve o'clock and all's arrrrrgghhhh....". This was a lot funnier before ''Guards! Guards!'' humanized the Night Watch members, and the revelation in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' that Vimes gives most of his pay to the Watch's widows and orphans turns it from a gag to one of the ''most'' Fridge Morbid moments in a Death novel.novel: chances are, the watchman in question is ''on the list'' of beneficiaries.
9th May '13 2:29:27 PM SharleeD
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** A bit of narration notes that the wizards who [[spoiler:Albert cows into helping him]] have the same expression as pigeons who'd just heard that the statue of Lord Horation Nelson had just got up and is buying a shotgun. Read years later, it calls to mind other [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins statues with a vendetta]] [[Film/ANightAtTheMuseum against pigeons after awakening]].

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** A bit of narration notes that the wizards who [[spoiler:Albert cows into helping him]] have the same expression as pigeons who'd just heard that the statue of Lord Horation Nelson had just got up and is buying a shotgun. Read years later, it calls to mind other [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins statues with a vendetta]] [[Film/ANightAtTheMuseum [[Film/NightAtTheMuseum against pigeons after awakening]].
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