Title: Reaper Man (Discworld bk. 11)
Author: Terry Pratchett
Length: ~300 pages
Plot Basics: Life and death on the Discworld are going along as normal until Death gets the notice that he is being forced into retirement. And as Windle Poons, the 130-year-old wizard discovers, when Death is off the job, life takes over.
Banter Points: Of the recurring Discworld characters, Death is Word Nerd's favorite because he always has great times trying to live and figure out the meaning of life. Pratchett is laugh-aloud funny.
Bummer Points: ummm.... Word Nerd is having a hard time coming up with any. That's probably a good sign.
Word Nerd recommendation: If you've never read a Discworld book, this one or "Mort" (also featuring Death) might just be the places to start.