Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Death has been sent into unwanted retirement. He goes to work as a
farmhand with Mrs. Flitworth. As he starts to find out what real life is
all about, Death finds out he likes farm life and Mrs. Flitworth.
But there is no one to usher the dead off and souls and life force
begin to build up. Winnie Poons,a wizard, died but has since returned to
his body and the remaining wizards are not happy. The wizards try to
put Poons' body to rest but do not succeed.
As the life force builds cities want to grow and it is up to the undead to rectify the problem.
I love the character Death. As for the wizards, it is difficult to
understand what they are about. I did however enjoy Pratchett's weird
form of changing everyday things like the shopping carts. Very good
First Line: "The Morris dance is common to all inhabited worlds in the multiverse."