There are no inconsistencies in the Discworld books; ocassionally, however, there are alternate pasts.
- Terry Pratchett, alt-fan-pratchett
Current book and character development for future books need no spoiler boxes, only plot development of future books.
I suspect we’re gonna get more favorable votes on this one. The DEATH books seem to have quite a following, second only to the Guards books. So after Rincewind x2 and Granny Weatherwax, we finally get to a book that has a lot of fans.
Mort is yet another story about a young person trying to find himself and his place in life and the world, a common theme for Pratchett. Being the apprentice of DEATH does not involve selling your soul, though as it does with Trump. As we see, Mortimer gains from the apprenticeship.
One thing that stands out, as compared to later books, is the relatively poor characterization of young females. Both Keli and Ysabel are cardboard figures, not real humans. It makes me wonder how Pterry developed the gift which is clearly evident from **Susan Sto Helit ** and Tiffany Aching. Ysabel is very annoying and it doesn’t seem plausible that Mort does a 180 and gives up his longing for Keli
DEATH is, ahaha, getting much more fleshed out. There is however a great big plot hole. Early in the book he hints, in non too subtle ways, that Mort might be in line to inherit the business and that he will look favorably upon a union between Mort and Ysabel. But when DEATH comes back for the big showdown, his pissed off that Mort has taken the liberty to run his house, business and gotten involved with Ysabel.
This is also, think, the only time we see Albert acting like a wizard when he returns to the Disc. In the other books, he’s just Albert, not Alberto. I suspect that the cameo by Rincewind is mercifully short for all who hates reading about him. Since I like Rincewind, I think Pterry passed up some perfectly good opportunities at humor, when he let Rincewind just slide through, but that’s me.
I like Mort, but I still put it in the lower 50 % of DW books. DEATH, by himself, is not interesting enough to carry a whole book. And Mort is too much of a twit, with the rest of the cast being uninspired. Reaper Man and Hogfather are much better at looking at DEATH and those involved with him – mostly because the characters around him are a lot more interesting.