As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish! I like being TOLD what to do, so I struggled a little with this book’s freebie topic. However, I decided to focus on Death in fiction for this week. I’ve always had a fascination with how authors gives Death life, and the wisdom or humour that these personifications usually imparts! Here are my favourites…
NOTHING IS FINAL. NOTHING IS ABSOLUTE. EXCEPT ME, OF COURSE.
I still want to cry when I think that Sir Terry Pratchett has joined Death and we will not see any more words of wisdom from his pen. Discworld’s Death is one of my favourite, absolutely fair, a bit fearsome, but utterly endearing in his simultaneous interest and bemusement in humanity.
2. Death in Sandman by Neil Gaiman
I love Sandman’s Death, who is present both when a child is born and when a life passes. She’s nurturing, wise, and has gorgeous style to boots.
3. Koschei in Deathless by Catherynne Valente
“I will not let her speak because I love her, and when you love someone, you do not make them tell war stories. A war story is a black space. On the one side is before and on the other side is after, and what is inside belongs only to the dead.”
I simultaneously marvel and pat myself on the back at my ability to mention Catherynne Valente in all my Top Ten Tuesday post. Deathless retells the story of Koschei: the wicked villain of Russian fairy tales – it turns him into a love interest, but in a way that’s a lot more interesting than you think. The book is devastating, heartbreaking, and utterly beautiful!
“Death comes for us all in the end.
How could I not love him? The theme of death was always integral to the tale of Harry Potter, but to see him in all of his inevitable greatness in the Tale of Beedle the Bard was delightful!
“I am haunted by humans”
Warning: I have not finished this book! But Death and his narration are some of my favourite things, for he remains a compassionate and curious observer of human nature in the midst of horrors.
Don’t spoil me for the book please, even though I don’t even see how this could end in anything BUT TEARS.
As a rule, they say humans haunted by a shinigami have nothing but misfortune.
Ryuk is one shady mofo, but watching him gleefully observe as Light starts on his path into madness and darkness was so entertaining. Any shinigami who has the balls to groom a genius scholar into a monster just for the sake of boredom has my grudging respect.
WOW. I failed. I could only think of 6… I swear I had more when I was concocting this post in my mind. People, please supplement with your own favourite version of Death! Tell me, do you like seeing personification of an idea as a character?