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Last night, I had one of those awesome moments that rarely ever happens...the idea for a book, almost in its entirety, just popped into my head! I even have details and twists in mind that could lead to a second book or even to a trilogy. Yay! Of course, everything will change as soon as I write more than the 2,000 words that I have so far.

The main character in my story is Death, so I am looking for more books with Death personified. I want to see what is out there that is similar.

I am drawing a blank and can only come up with Piers Anthony's "On a Pale Horse." I love this book. I've always loved the idea of Death as a character.

So.....What are some books that are about the personification of Death? What did you think of them? Are they recent?

Thank in advance for everyone's input!  ;D

 
#1 - March 16, 2014, 01:48 PM

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Marcus Zusak's THE BOOK THIEF is amazing. I heard him speak at an SCBWI event years ago when the book first came out, and he talked about how many times it took to get the narrator voice of Death just right. It's an incredible book in multiple ways, but the voice of the narrator is amazing.
#2 - March 16, 2014, 02:35 PM
FLYING THE DRAGON (Charlesbridge, 2012)
A LONG PITCH HOME (Charlesbridge, 2016)

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And there's Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt.

Both Zusak and Leavitt nail Death.
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#3 - March 16, 2014, 03:29 PM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
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I agree with everything Natalie said. :) (I was at the same conference--what a wonderful writer and teacher he is!)

Another series with death personified is Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Death gets his own subseries, starting with Mort. There are several others, including Hogfather, where he tries to fill in for Santa, who is missing that year. Pratchett's Death is somber but has some veeery straightfaced humor about him. He's Death, so he's sorta scary--but you know that he has a good heart (or would, if he had a heart). Death shows up in all of the Discworld books, of course, even the ones where he's not a main character. He's one of my favorite characters in the whole Discworld.
#4 - March 16, 2014, 03:32 PM

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Another vote for Keturah and Lord Death.
#5 - March 16, 2014, 03:33 PM
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Robin's mention of Mort reminded me of Lord Mortain in Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.

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#6 - March 16, 2014, 03:36 PM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
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I agree that zusak did an amazing job with death as the narrator in The Book Thief. I couldn't believe how much I liked Death in that book!
#7 - March 16, 2014, 05:00 PM

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There is also Jackie Kessler's Horsemen of the Apocalypse series....BREATH is the one with Death I believe.
#8 - March 16, 2014, 05:48 PM
BLACKOUT -- available now
DESERTED -- available now
SISTERS DON'T TELL -- available now
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Wow, thanks everybody. :) I can't wait to check them out.
#9 - March 16, 2014, 06:18 PM

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