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"The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly; meetings start and end on time; five out of six letters relegated to the Blind Letter Office ultimately wend their way to the correct addresses. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations -- including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"
Vetinari isn't talking about wages, of course. He's referring, rather, to the Royal Mint of Ankh-Morpork, a venerable institution that haas run for centuries on the hereditary employment of the Men of the Sheds and their loyal outworkers, who do make money in their spare time. Unfortunately, it costs more than a penny to make a penny, so the whole process seems somewhat counterintuitive.
Next door, at the Royal Bank, the Glooper, an "analogy machine," has scientifically established that one never has quite as much money at the end of the week as one thinks one should, and the bank's chairman, one elderly Topsy (nee Turvy) Lavish, keeps two loaded crossbows at her desk. Oh, and the chief clerk is probably a vampire.
But before Moist has time to fully consider Vetinari's question, fate answers it for him. Now he's not only making money, but enemies too; he's got to spring a prisoner from jail, break into his own bank vault, stop the new manager from licking his face, and, above all, find out where all the gold has gone -- otherwise, his life in banking, while very exciting, is going to be really, really short..."
- Working in the bank is better than going postal
As a self-confessed Discworld addict, it's hard to imagine a book I wouldn't give at least 4 stars, but this one earns at least 5. The only drawback is that I don't think it would be a great starter for someone who hasn't already experienced life on the back of four elephants. Anyone who hasn't read Going Postal, should get that too. I didn't go back and read it again, but I will and then do Making Money again.
The man in the golden suit is one of my favorite characters (behind Esmerelda Weatherwax, Sam Vimes, Death and Lord Vetinari). And his sweetheart, Spike, is a unique and lovely creation. And who could resist the Chairman, Mr. Fusspot?
I'm not going to give away any plot points, but I haven't finished this one and I cannot wait for Moist to move onto the Ankh-Morpork internal revenue offices.
I'd also recommend Hogfather for the holidays!Going PostalHogfather...more info
- Favorite Pratchett Novel
Pratchett is incredibly clever in all of his books, and this one is not an exception to the rule. Many of the other reviewers seem to think that this is not up to par, but I would argue that it is. If the subtleties of economics are not as engaging as those of postal service, it is not Pratchett's fault. And I think that the job he did with the intricacies of economics was far more difficult than that of the postal service, and in trying harder, he succeeded to a greater degree. This book is amazing....more info
- Not the best, but entertaining nevertheless
Not one of my favourite Discworld novels, but enjoyable and entertaining nevertheless; great characters, great scenes -- and I continue to love the footnotes....more info
- Not the best Discworld, alas
I've been sick the past few days--sick enough that I greeted the long-awaited new Discworld novel with languid indifference. But when I did get around to opening it, I expected the indifference to lift.
Umm. Well. There were some good sex-toy jokes, and a wonderful explanation of how some people turn kinky by way of an analogy with horseradish on a roast-beef sandwich progressing to a sandwich that's all horseradish and no beef.
The problem isn't the direction the series is taking. I'm fascinated by the civic changes Pterry's charting, from sewers to newspapers, stamps to paper money. I'm just not engaged by Moist von Lipwig, and not because he's named after a wet moustache.
He's a con man/entrepreneur. And I have very little sympathy for people like that. (Which means that yes, I should be examining my own issues around glibness and moneymaking.) Well, actually -- maybe sympathy isn't the problem. I love a lot of Eddie Murphy's work. The pleasure of a classic Eddie Murphy movie is watching him talk his way into or out of trouble. Murphy is full Trickster mode is hilarious, and he is also a glib con man.
Maybe Pratchett is just not putting Moist into enough different varieties of trouble. Maybe I'm not coming to these books with the appropriate attitude. I know what to expect with a Murphy movie, and it isn't what I look for in Pratchett.
On one level, the Discworld books are amusing, do-anything-for-a-joke pastiches that draw from high and low culture, mythology and TV ads and Shakespeare. But they are simultaneously several other things: powerful satires that skewer human foibles; warm, humane, and loving comedies; moral battlegrounds in which Right and Wrong are never quite where you last saw them. And I miss the moral outrage, the class awareness, the temptations and complexities of the great Discworld books. And, frankly, the laughs, because the laughs very often arise from the satire and the situation, not just from Pterry's famous wordplay. Making Money was just not that funny -- although that may be an artifact of my having read it while I was sick.
Time to re-read The Wee Free Men or Guards! Guards!
This review was written before the announcement of Pterry's Alzheimers' disease. But that might explain something. ...more info
- A great book!
I love this book, like always Mr. Pratchett takes something familiar to us all(money and economy). Sticks it in a fantasy world (complete with a flying star turtle), and completely runs amok! I almost missed this gem, since the store decided to put it in with the financial books. Though I have to admit, I did learn about making money! ...more info
- Mr. Lipwig is back!
When Vetinari gets good chaps he tends to keep them. Mr. Vimes is now a Duke! I am sure Lipwig is going to make his way there with the mint! This book is also a brilliant tutorial for those taking Econ101 and trying to understand why Gold is not really a standard worth keeping.
The story is the usual highjinks of Pratchett. Perhaps less humor than the previous Lipwig tale but still more than worth its wieght in Gold...oops, I meant paper!
- Terry Pratchett , Making Money
As usual, a highly entertaining book from Mr Pratchett, more of what you like from Discworld. Read it or be flat....more info
- An OK Discworld Book
By my count, which is slightly different from Amazon's, this is the 31st book in Pratchett's Discworld series. With its publication, Going Postal: A Novel of Discworld graduates from a stand-alone book to the first of the "Moist Lipwig" subseries (this book being the second in that subseries). Unfortunately, that graduation does not bear presents. Whereas, "Going Postal" was pretty good, "Making Money" is merely OK. Yes, the parodies are funny. But, unfortunately, the main character, Moist Lipwig, isn't really the driving force behind the plot's progression: he seems to be just along for the ride. The first part of the book is pretty good. Moist is front-and-center and seems to be moving things along. But, shortly after he moves to the bank, he just turns stupid (especially considering what he did for a living prior to becoming the Postmaster General) and the book just drifts. I actually put the book down for a couple of days because I was so upset with this. Finally, near the end, he seems to become himself again. But, the denouement essentially turns into an "A Miracle Occurs" moment. I don't know what happened to Pratchett concerning this book. But, really, I don't see the point in it. He really doesn't seem to have put his usual effort into the plot, the development, or the characters.
If you want to pick the book up from the library, go ahead an do so. But, don't expect prime Pratchett material. The best I can rate it is an OK 3 stars out of 5....more info
- Good potential & still worth reading, but not his best (3 1/2 stars)
Terry Pratchett has slowly but surely been bringing Discworld in general and Ankh-Morpork in particular up to the "real" world (or at least a Victorian equivalent) and in Making Money takes on one of the few remaining barriers: the economic system. Since most cynics will agree that money-driven economy is a scam, who better to do this than one of Discworld's premier con artists, Moist Von Lipwig (previously seen in the excellent 'Going Postal')?
Alas, something doesn't quite click in this book, which may make it a disappointment to hardcore Pratchett fans: the ending is especially contrived, and rather than Moist using one of his ingenious schemes to get uot of the conundrum he's in, the book pulls a loose deux ex machina.
As usual, there's lots of sarcastic social commentary, and some wry dialogue and narrative snarking -- we expect no less from Pratchett. Probably my favorite aspect of this was one of the villains. My favorite character in the series is Lord Vetinari, and the villain of this is blatantly (and literally) a Vetinari "wanna-be" so it was fun to see someone trying to emulate my hero so BADLY.
Others might not be as forgiving as I am with this, and there's every chance that they will be disappointed if they go into this expecting the 5-star quality of many of his other, better works. Keep your expectations reasonable, though, and it's worth reading once....more info
- Pratchett is consistently funny
Although the points of view and the tenor of his themes have varied with time, Terry Pratchett is consistently funny. From the earliest slapstick novels dealing with the magic of Discworld through his satiric skewering of the social and commercial analogues of our own society, Pratchett is one of the very few novelists who can make me laugh out loud. "Making Money" points out the absurdities of a monetary system based on faith in institutions rather than an underlying value for that money. And he makes this arcane stuff funny! Thank you, Mr Pratchett....more info
- Pratchett just keeps getting better!
A wry and witty commentary on society. Less of the magic and fantasy of earlier books (until you get to the golems), more social satire. A funny, well plotted, enjoyable, meaty read....more info
This book is hilarious. I love everything by Terry Pratchett and have amassed quite a collection. I didn't buy this book from Amazon though; I bought it as an eBook at BooksOnBoard (www.booksonboard.com) for $5 less (AND I didn't have to pay shipping!), and read the entire book on my computer at the office while my boss thought I was doing work. Moist von Lipwig would approve....more info
- MAKING MONEY by Terry Pratchett
Making Money is the second Discworld book featuring Moist von Lipwig, the conman-turned-postmaster general from Going Postal. Here he's put in charge of the mint, and so we get a great many adventures in banking.
I am a huge fan of the Discworld novels; I have read them all, and variously enjoyed each of them, although I have not much gotten into the rapidly growing periphery, which includes books on the science, geography and art of Discworld.
This is a typical Discworld book: the plot moves along leisurely while innumerable supporting characters wander in and out of the story as we approach an ending that is partly random and partly predictable. But that's never been a problem with Discworld novels; the plot is secondary to the characters, and all the fun is getting there.
This isn't the greatest Discworld book (I think most of the Vimes-centered ones tend to be the best), perhaps because Moist has the Midas touch where the plot is concerned - everything he does works out conveniently for his success (although perhaps in unexpected ways). Nevertheless the book is entertaining, because Pratchett's writing is good enough to overcome a deficit of plot.
The series is getting close to forty novels, but the charm is still there. Pratchett's writing is clever and amusing, as always, and one can't help but learn a few new words. And the man can still hit you with the most delightful sentences every now and again. Which is good, because Pratchett keeps cranking them out. Carry on, sir.
- Making Money
This is one of the top three books written by Terry Pratchett. His Diskworld books are much better constructed that his other efforts.
- Good... not the BEST pratchett... but still GOOD pratchett
This is a follow-up to going postal (you probably know that if you are reading this review :)... as such... it is very good... but not quite as good as going postal... which I've read about three more times than I should have :o). however, that was a very high standard and this still has the usual catch you two seconds later humor... very well done if a little more forced...
I found it interesting to read the other reviews before I wrote mine (well apparently after I wrote my first one, and before I wrote this one (am I the only one who forgets which books they've reviewed?)). This is my sister's favorite Discworld novel yet. I had more mixed feelings about it, but after she told me that I went and re-read it. I have to say it was far funnier the second time through. I think I was so eager for the outcome (not that it was ever in doubt) that I didn't pay enough attention to the detail the first time through (and we all know the humor is in the detail). It wasn't until the second reading that I realized it was a send up of economics (and economists) as much as the monetary system. Hubert's line is just classic "I didn't know I had to supply a solution." Since I didn't like Soul Music at all and other readers are comparing this to that novel I think it may be that a familiarity with the actual subject matter that is being satirized is helpful.
All in all the characters are fantastic. I personally love Vetinari and was glad to have a novel where he actually had more than a passing role. (I'm with Cosmo on that one... I soooo want to be Ventinari...) I agree with the other reviewers that Pucci and Cosmo Lavish are under painted and over worked. I still love Moist and I really like Adora Belle. I can't figure out if the Golems were intentionally used and then somewhat "lost" in the final story line or if they were "inserted" into the story to help pull it all together (i.e. give Moist a way out). All in all I agree with other reviewers that it was a bit of a muddle there.
Overall I liked the story, found the characters to be a hoot, and agree that it was not all entirely pulled together by the end. It is nice to have new characters to watch grow so while it won't be my favorite book in the series I think it will hold up to re-reading at least a few times....more info
- The Sting
At last we come to the end, at least until October when the next volume in the Discworld series comes out. For now though, I've read all of the adult Discworld novels in the series, concluding with "Making Money" the second installment to feature conman Moist von Lipwig.
Last time we saw Moist in "Going Postal" he was charged with resurrecting the post office in the metropolis of Ankh-Morpork and in the process found himself going straight. A little time has gone by since then, with Moist still engaged to golem rights advocate Adora Belle Dearhardt and managing the post office efficiently. A little too efficiently really, as Moist has the itch for his old criminal ways that he scratches by breaking into his office at night and picking every possible lock in the place. Fortunately the city's uncontested tyrant Lord Vetinari has a solution: he wants Moist to take over the Royal Bank and shake up the system to meet modern times.
Now here is where we have to branch out into the hypothetical story on the book jacket and what actually happens.
On the book jacket it sounds like Moist is going to take over the bank and start printing paper money. Until then the city has relied on the gold standard, using a variety of coins for its money. By introducing paper money and taking Ankh-Morpork off the gold standard, he makes new enemies and runs into dangerous situations.
What actually happens is that probably a quarter of the book is spent just getting Moist into the bank and introducing all the key players like Mr. Bent, the manager who can add pages of numbers with only a glance and worships gold like a god, and the Lavish family who run the bank, especially Cosmo, who wants to make himself into Lord Vetinari. At the same time, Adora and her Golem Trust have found some ancient golems, who make things very interesting. The rest of the story involves an audit and recriminations about missing gold--and the golems. As for the paper money, it doesn't come along until the very last chapter of the book.
So like one of Moist's customers for cheap diamond rings, I feel a bit cheated here. This wasn't exactly the book I thought I was going to read. Admittedly it still is a fun read, but I kept thinking, "When are we going to get to the money? WHEN?" The actual running of the bank, the story promised on the jacket, seems like it's going to happen off the pages. No matter how good the rest of the book is, it's hard not to feel disappointed by that. Though I suppose a conman like Moist can't be any more outrageous than the Lavish family who were running the bank.
What saves this book for me, and made me really, REALLY want to give it four stars against all reason, is that I like the Moist character. Having now read the entire series, he reminds me mostly of Rincewind the cowardly wizard. Like Rincewind, Moist is that breed of noble coward who doesn't want to help anyone but seems to end up doing so anyway. Whereas Rincewind achieved this by running away from danger, Moist does it by using his very persuasive mouth. That's what makes them both fun antiheroes, unlike those brave, strapping heroes in most fantasy novels. And for personal reasons the idea of accountants traveling around like gypsies has me laughing so hard I needed an Igor to stitch me back together. So overall it's not a bad addition to the series (and provided Pratchett's health holds up long enough he's already sown the seeds for a third Moist adventure) but there have been better among these 36 volumes.
And that does it. Overall I have greatly enjoyed this series because not only are the books a lot of fun, but there's a lot of wisdom to be garnered from them as well. Even "Making Money" seems ripped from today's headlines with all the trouble in the real banking system. To do smart and funny takes a special talent and Pratchett is indeed very talented.
That is all....more info
- The greatest conman of them all
Welcome to Disc World! A complete flat world that is held up by four elephants, all of whom are standing on a turtle that is swimming through space. Disc world is the brain child of Terry Pratchett. Terry Pratchett is to the comedy genre what Stephen King is to the horror genre. Both authors start with ordinary things done by ordinary people in ordinary towns. Ordinary people under Stephen King's imagination are heralds of horrifying experiences. Terry Pratchett on the other hand, starts with an imaginary world of vampires, Igors, witches, guilds (thieves, assassins, etc), wizards with their Unseen University, imps, golems, trolls, dwarfs, werewolves, and humans, living in a city named Ankh-Morpork and managed to make them seem like any ordinary city on earth. It is their ordinariness of the various denizens of Ankh-Morpork which makes them so captivating and funny. Pratchett has made Disc World a mirror of ours and make our darkest ambitions look funny when exposed to the light of his imaginary world.
Making Money (2007) is the latest in a series of Disc world books. My favourites are The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, The Last Continent, and Reaper Man. In Making Money, con-man Moist von Lipwig was offered the job of being Master of Ankh-Morpork's Royal Mint and be in charge of the Bank of Ankh-Morpork. The chairman of the bank is a dog! This is any con-man's dream. It is being given the key to the bank vault legally. However there a few complications. Throw into the mix, the bank's conniving family, the invention of paper money, the discovery of `golden golem' and the manipulation of the master con-man of them all, you have a story worthy of Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen (the movies). A good 4 star read.
- Not, I think, his best.
I've been reading Pratchett since before some of you were born. I've followed him from pretty much the beginning. An incredibly talented man, but he has had his ups and downs. If this is your first sojourn into Prachett, you can do better. That said, if you are just starting in on Prachett and, if you enjoy `Making Money' enough to continue, it get's even better. A lot better.
This is one of those which fit in the lower middle. Whereas in `Going Postal', we followed Moist as he progressed from amoral con artist to responsible citizen (in his own way). In this book we followed Moist because that it were the plot (what little there was) was. Generally, in a really good book, the main character develops in some way. In the best of Prachett's books the protagonist changes in a way that surprises him/her and makes us howl. A Postmaster as super-hero? Only Prachett could sell that and make it work (and work extremely well).
Also, in Making Money, he added interesting elements in the plot that just went nowhere; People making money at home, literally (manufacturing coin as a cottage industry); A magical machine, much like `Hex', that tracks the economy; And, of course, anything by B. S. Johnson. In classic Prachett they would have led slowly to a surprising and excellent joke or insight. Here, they just sort of dangle.
This is book was one of those in the middle of the pack as far as plot, character, and quality. If you want side splitting hysterical with quality plot, read 'Going Postal' (with Moist) or, better yet, 'Truth'. There is no funnier written passage in the English language then Captian Vimes describing the mayhem created in a busy city by a bunch of frightened dogs. That was Prachett at his best. This one, not so much. I think it needed more Dwarfs.
A better and far more interesting treaties on the particular subject was P. J. O'Rourke's "On The Wealth of Nations". Much funnier too.
- Vetinari volunteers von Lipwig
In "Going Postal", Pratchett introduced Moist von Lipwig, a condemned confidence trickster, at his "end", hanged at the order of Ankh-Morpork's Patrician, Havelock Vetinari. It wasn't Moist who was executed, however, but Albert Spangler, his most frequently used alias. That identity was swept away to enable Lord Vetinari's wish to rejuvenate the City's postal system. Moist was up to the task, transforming an ancient, creaking and nearly obsolete civil service into a humming success. The rejuvenation kept the post office a City institution instead of divested into greedy, private hands.
But success isn't Moist's desired state. He craves danger, illicit activity, deception and the thrill of the chase. To keep his hand in, he must break into his own post office! Vetinari didn't spare Moist on a whim. He knows his man and his methods, deftly manoeuvring the talented thief for his own ends. "Tyrant" or no, Vetinari lives for the City of Ankh-Morpork, using whatever means available to keep it going effectively. With no other vested interest and lacking anything like an army for enforcing his aims, Vetinari relies on guile and one of the most devious personalities in literature. He uses that talent to manoeuvre Moist's taking over the Royal Bank and Mint. Moist will be "making money" in a new way.
"Ankh-Morpork" of course, won't be found in any Rand McNally [in case you were thinking of looking]. That's because Vetinari's City is the largest on the Discworld. Pratchett has produced over three dozen books on this world, which is only partly imaginary. His slogan for the series: "Discworld is a world, and a mirror of worlds" reveals the reflection there is us. There are a few exotic characters residing on the Discworld. The City Watch hires trolls, dwarves and even promoted a werewolf to Sergeant, for example. These are minor characters here, although golems move to near-centre stage in this tale. One of them, who's discovered "ladies' magazines" and books on deportment, has donned a blue dress and dubbed herself "Gladys". She is Moist's personal maid, demurely turning her back when he dresses.
Golems are seen as a threat by many in Ankh-Morpork. They do the repetitive, mindless tasks without murmur or complaint. If they cause job loss with such behaviour, however, the economy will suffer - as will the Bank. Run by the Chief Cashier, Malvolio Bent, who staunchly defends traditional standards, innovation has little place in the Bank. A nephew of the former Chairman has introduced speculative forecasting on the City's economy, including what might transpire in conditions of mass unemployment. Scorning anything as crude as an abacus, Hubert has expanded on the ancient water clock to create The Glooper, a maze of glass pipes, valves and buckets to trace the impact of small changes in the flow of money. Hubert calls it his "analogy machine". Silicon being the basis for glass and computers is a point to remember.
Hubert is a Lavish, the family that has run and controlled the Royal Bank for generations. The Lavishes, are, well, lavish. They are Old Money, which means they know how to save, spend, and use it for their own ambitions. One Lavish, Cosmo, has even more grandiose plans - take over the management of the Bank, and depose Vetinari in the process. Moist, as the new Master of the Royal Mint, and keeper of the present Chairman, a multi-breed dog named Mr Fusspot, stands in Cosmo's path. Moist seems immune from Cosmo's machinations, until a figure from the past arrives. Cribbins knows Albert Spangler from old and intends to benefit from the knowledge. Only Vetinari is aware of who Moist actually is, keeping that secret for his own purposes. Now, Moist's past is rising up like a restless shade. How will Ankh-Morpork respond when it learns their admired Postmaster and Master of the Royal Mint is a former crook? Especially when it's discovered that the gold reserve keeping the economy ticking over and backing up Moist's innovation of paper money has mysteriously disappeared?
To those who've read Pratchett, extolling his style and wit will be redundant. He's a master at word bending, double meaning and adapting. The Bank's cellar, a huge vault, was excavated by a former Chairman on speculation that it would attract a beneficent god. "If we build it, wilt thou comest?" is a typical Pratchett tossed-off line. Yet, as any fan will testify, he's not limited to petty wit. He understands issues confronting us all, conveying them with panache. He does this through his characters, at whose creation Pratchett is a master. Moist is one of his finer efforts, but his on-going depiction of Vetinari through the Discworld series has made him a favoured character: "Do I need to wear a badge that says tyrant?" Pratchett's characterisations, and the twists and arabesques of his plots, spiced with an accomplished knowledge of his topic, keeps his books not only on the "Must Read" list, but rewards those who pick them up again and again. [stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada]
- Another wonderful Terry Pratchett book!
If you've ever read a Terry Pratchett book, you only need to know this one thing: Yes, this is ANOTHER of Pratchett's wonderful, amusing, deft Discworld novels, and just as fun to read as ever.
I'll let other reviewers go on and on with details -- experienced TPratchett fans now know everything they need to know, so go get it!
If you're not a Terry Pratchett fan yet - which only means you haven't read any of his Discworld novels yet - don't bother reading any of these reviews, just grab this novel (or any of his other Discworld novels, it doesn't matter which one you start with) and settle in for a greatly enjoyable read.
The guy is a gift to readers, that's all there is to it!...more info
A friend of mine recently suggested to me that maybe Terry Pratchett managed to write so many Discworld books by employing a ghost-writer. As an ardent Pratchett-fan I rejected this idea immediately. Now I'm not so sure. This book reads like a bad imitation of the Pratchett style. All the surface elements are there, but it just doesn't work.
The previous Moist von Lipwig book, Going Postal, is one of my favourite Discworld books. It is tightly plotted and has strong original characters. Making Money, in comparison, is a mess. The plot never really manages to sort itself out. There are too many unrelated things going on - Cosmo, Cribbens, the Glooper, Bent, the cook, the golems - none of which even really presents us with any sense of drama. Moist just meanders from one thing to the next without ever really facing any urgent trouble.
The new characters are disappointing. Cosmo is no Reacher Gilt - his contribution to the story is just gruesome. Bent could have been interesting, but he got lost in the fray. A number of others - Heretofore, the cook, the forger - have an impact which is disproportionately small for the amount of attention they receive.
The ending is the biggest let down - a complete deus ex machina. I was expecting a big "Moist's clever plan" scene, a la Going Postal, but it's just "oh, here's something we didn't tell you before" (Ocean's Twelve, anyone?).
Of course, there's lots of lovely TP wit and cleverness along the way, but it just doesn't make up for a real lack of plot or decent characterisation. If you liked Going Postal, my advice is to leave this one alone. ...more info
- An absurd and hilariously funny story
This is another book in Terry Pratchett's series on the Discworld - a flat world, supported on the backs of four massive elephants riding on the back of a planet-sized turtle, anything hilarious can happen here, and eventually does.
Moist von Lipwig is growing bored. First he had the fun of being a conman and thief, and then, after being hanged, he was made Postmaster General of Ankh-Morpork. But now life has taken on the boredom of routing. That is, until Lord Vetinari makes him an offer he can't refuse - become head of Ankh-Morpork's largest bank and reform the cities banking system...OK, perhaps that's no choice at all. But, this is no small task - he has a dog for a boss, an Assassin's Guild contract hanging over his head, a vicious opponent who is jockeying to become the city's next Patrician, a golem secretary who is becoming distressingly female, a board-stiff head clark, a paranoid engraver, and a whole host of even stranger people to deal with! Oh yes, Moist is the man for the job...if he can just succeed in keeping alive!
I must say that I have been a big fan of Terry Pratchett for a long time, and I really like Going Postal. This book is very much in keeping with that one - parodying the money and banking system, while at the same time telling an absurd and hilariously funny story. I liked seeing some old friends again, including Moist, the Patrician and Ponder Stibbons, and really liked many of the new ones that popped up. (Does an Igor count as an old character or a new one?)
Anyway, if you like Terry Pratchett like I do, then you will like this story. It is quite funny, filled with lots of Terry's quirkiness, and even a little thought provoking (currency based on golems, eh?). I loved this book and highly recommend it!...more info
- Not as good as the norm, but not bad at all.
Terry Pratchett was not, perhaps, in top form for Making Money. The story kind of rambles, and Moist kind of pulls the same game from Going Postal all over again. However, this shouldn't overshadow the fact that Making Money is still a very funny read, with the same usual suspects (an increasingly human and increasingly funny Lord Vetinari, for example) and a few new characters that had me laughing out loud more than once. Definitely worth the purchase price....more info
- Tell me that was just an old rubber bone...
Terry Pratchett's first novel, "The Carpet People", appeared in 1971. "Making Money" is the thirty-sixth book in his hugely popular Discworld series and was first published in 2007. It's also the second book, after "Going Postal", to feature Moist van Lipwig.
Moist was once a very gifted con-artist and, understandably, had a number of aliases. Unfortunately, one of his aliases - Albert Spangler - got caught and was sent to the gallows. Luckily, and deliberately, he was only hung to within an inch of his life and came round in Lord Vetinari's office. Vetinari, Ankh-Morpork's Patrician, is incredibly resourceful and fantastically well-informed...and, as a graduate of the Guild of Assassins, not somebody you want to make an enemy of. He knew Moist's real name, his profession and had identified Moist as a fraudster by vocation, a habitual liar and totally untrustworthy. As such, Vetinari knew that Moist was ideally suited for a job in government and offered him the position of Postmaster General. Things have since gone amazingly well : the post office is running smoothly, it no longer has any serious rivals, stamp collecting is hugely popular and Moist is tipped for the top post at the Merchants' Guild. However, there is one small problem...with things running so well, Moist is getting bored. (Old habits die hard : despite the fact he has all the keys, Moist enjoys trying to break into the post office after dark to keep himself entertained. He'd even felt treacherous for testifying against Owlswick Jenkins, a hugely talented forger who'd been making his own stamps. Moist is devastated that Jenkins is now on death row).
Vetinari has obviously spotted Moist twitching, and comes up with a solution : he offers Moist a new position, as Master of the Royal Mint. Moist, claiming that he's happy at the Post Office, initially turns it down - though Vetinari knows that it'll only take a little prodding to make him change his mind. Moist eventually buckles, and agrees to take a look around - though promises nothing. It's Mrs "Topsy" Lavish, the bank's Chairman, who plays the biggest role in persuading Moist to join the financial sector. She also has Moist pegged as a con-artist straight away - which doesn't bother her in the slightest, as she views him as something of a kindred spirit. Topsy's late husband had been the bank's chairman before his death, and had left her 50% of the bank's shares when he died. (He'd also left the bank in a precarious position, financially). Since her dog, Mr Fusspot, had been left a further 1%, she was in total control of the bank. Neither of her stepchildren, Cosmo and Pucci, are even remotely pleased about this and Mrs Lavish suspects they're both trying to have her "permanently removed". It's possible she is just a paranoid old woman, and it may be just a coincidence that she dies shortly after meeting Moist, but there's no doubt that the Vetinari-obsessed Cosmo and the egotistical Pucci are the book's main villains. Unfortunately for Moist, they soon have him in their sights. Topsy changed her will shortly before she died : she left Mr Fusspot her share of the bank...and then left Mr Fusspot to Moist. On other words, whether he likes it or not, Moist is now a banker.
There is a fairly large supporting cast - Moist's girlfriend, Adora Belle Dearheart, also returns. She's still working with the Golem Trust, though spends the early part of the book running a mining operation close to Chimeria. Nobody's too sure what she's up to, least of all the dwarves who own the land she's working on...but it presumably has something to do with golems. In her absence, the closest thing to female company Moist has is Gladys. Unfortunately, she happens a 7ft golem. (Gladys is a little unusual...golems have no actual 'bits' carved, and had always defaulted to 'male'. However, Gladys had started wearing dresses when objections were raised to a 'male' Golem cleaning the ladies' privvy and she now quotes religiously from various ladies' magazines). Mr Bent, the bank's Chief Cashier, is possibly even more off-putting. He is devoted to gold, particularly the 10 tonnes that rest in the bank's vaults, and his powers of mental arithmetic are absolutely amazing. However, he is somewhat lacking in the charm department and there is something worryingly vampire-esque about him. Then there's Hubert and his Igor, a pair of scientists who live in the cellar with a Glooper. (The Glooper is, apparently, an accurate model of the city's economy).
Pratchett's books are always excellent - he's one of the few authors out there that can practically guarantee laughs. This one is no different, and he has set up a possible third book featuring Moist. However, I'd prefer to see him turn his attentions elsewhere in the short-term - another book about the City Guard or Death would be ideal. (While he "aten't dead yet", the short term is a little more important for Pratchett than it is for many others). Even so, much funnier than your average bear. ...more info
- Makes Economics Funny
I really like economics. I really like Terry Pratchett.
This was the Discworld book for me.
Pratchett's satire is becoming more visible to me; I don't know if that's because I'm getting older, more experienced, or if it's becoming more obvious. No matter; it's still bitingly funny and spot-on. With charming rogues (Moist, our protagonist) and mechanations galore, the tale itself is a delightful madcap romp through Ankh-Mopork.
Anybody who can make economics funny ("ha-ha" funny, not "that doesn't make sense" funny) is a gifted writer in my book....more info
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- Another great book by Terry Pratchett
If you are a Terry Pratchett fan like me, then you knew you'd love this book before it was released and you already own it. Even on his bad days, Terry Pratchett has marvelous wit and originality that makes his works shine. As always, he gives us lots to laugh about and something to think about as well.
If you're not a huge Pratchett fan, you may still enjoy the book, since I think most Discworld references are explained. However, you will enjoy it more if you read the others that came before it and understand the history of Discworld.
- I paid for this?
Where is the spark? Where is the sense of humor and irreverence? Where is the writer I've known and loved for so long?
I've been a huge Discworld fan for years. I've read all of his books many, many times.
This book was very disappointing. The characters were lifeless and the story was disjointed. The exciting and entertaining Moist from "Going Postal" is completely missing from this book. In his place was a doppleganger that tried to fill his shoes but failed miserably.
The storyline seemed to be cobbled together and the supporting characters simply did not come alive.
Did someone else write this as some other posters have suggested? Probably not, but I sure do understand why someone would think that. At the very least Terry phoned this one in.
- One of his best!
Funny as hell. This is one of his best stories, with a cast of characters I would love to see immortalized in film. Moist Lipwig, a reformed thief(!) is now a bored civil servant, needing a new challenge, tempting fate in dangerous ways. Then, Vetinari..............
Read it and weep with laughter....more info
- Classic Pratchett
You'd think by now that Terry Pratchett would run out of jokes and wry observations, but there is no sign of it in "Making Money." Wonderful characters, laugh-out-loud yet sophisticated humor (as far as I can tell...how does one really know?), and thought provoking situations guarantee you'll be up later than you planned, reading about making money, and annoying your partner with your giggling....more info
- What is the price of freedom?
It seems everything is tied down, one way or another. Some are captivated by the species they belong to, as the secret werewolf everyone knows works in the guards (and that most people are sure is Nobby, 'cause of his smell). Or golems - because clearly there can't be he or she golems which clearly signals a lack of choice for the whole of golem-dom.
Or people are tied down by their nature. Once a criminal, always a criminal. Although it has to be argued, as Lord Vetinari does, that a sound criminal mind is worth quite a bit of money in the bank.
Or people can be captivated by words. Clearly when you tell them you are going to take their money and they insist on willingly giving it to you, interesting strings are at work.
Moist gets tied by gold-ish looking errrr ties to his new job as baby- errrr dog-sitter of the chairman of The Bank. He has no idea what banking is about, but clearly it can't be about gold. The point of having useless gold sitting in your vault is quite ridiculous. But convincing people that a piece of paper is worth a dollar - actually is the dollar - that, well... maybe... there's something to that notion (of course the paper should look rather important). The only problem appears to be that people really do insist there should be something of substance in some vaults somewhere to give all that paper the appropriate weight. Turns out that's a problem, when all the gold appears to be gone.
This Pratchett, I believe, is a rather uncharacteristic one. It's deep. Miles deep (which occasionally is where golems tend to be found). Also slightly less funny, except for the occasional belly-buster ('old necromancers never die').
If there is a price to freedom, if there is a currency of the chains that define value, clearly this Pratchett narrates that certainly it doesn't exist in numbers (which, to some, is a profound neo-Weberian sociological statement errr perhaps better just left aside). Maybe what counts in the end, when it comes to the gold-ish chains freedom seems to come wrapped in, is how to get things moving. We eagerly await Lord Vetinari's version of The Art of War ('Don't Let Me Detain You'?). ...more info
This book is basically 'Going Postal' but set in a bank. Many elements are reused, including the plot. It was vaguely entertaining at best but ultimately disappointing....more info
- Terry does it again
Terry Pratchett's second book in the continuing saga of Moist Von Lipwig is just as good as the first one. Anyone familiar with Pratchett's books knows you have to have a twisted sense of humor, and this one is no exception. Highly recommended for any Pratchett fan....more info
- More of the unforgettable characters who have entertained readers through 31 adventures
When Moist von Lipwig became postmaster of Ankh Morpork, he was hired not on his merits, but because he had survived hanging for general thievery and skullduggery. It is customary in Ankh Morpork, the largest city on the mythical planet of Discworld, that if you survive execution you have certain options. A - you can do the bidding of the ruler, who is a Machiavellian despot name Lord Vetineari, or B - you can open Door Number Two. Somehow, Moist --- who faced execution because he lived by his wits --- was smart enough to know that going with option A was his best choice.
He soon learned that Ankh Morpork was in need of a new Postmaster. Postmastering was apparently a hazardous profession, given the number of chalk mark outlines of the previous postmasters drawn on the main floor of the grimy post office. Moist's special talents as a con artist suited him perfectly for the job. He was so good at it, in fact, that over nearly insurmountable odds, he had sorted out the quagmire left behind and the postal service now was running like a well-oiled machine.
Moist is now bored. Sitting at a desk and watching people perform their duties is precisely what he had sought to avoid in his prior life. So, while his girlfriend is out of town, he has taken to unsavory extracurricular activities to keep himself entertained. Not what you might think, given his questionable moral character, however. No, Moist is scaling walls under cover of darkness, breaking and entering, committing petty thieveries, all in an effort to keep up his old skills. Unfortunately, Lord Vetinari, whose secret service is unmatched in surveillance, catches up with him as he is breaking into his own apartment --- a nonenviable state to find himself in.
Ah, time for the old option game again. Would it be option A or option B? This time option A involves taking over the city's treasury. This sounds even drearier than being postmaster, but given Moist's experience with Lord Vetinari's rules, he is inclined to explore the possibilities. He also has witnessed what happened to another culprit who picked option B, so dreary banking it would be. One murder, inheritance of controlling interest in the bank and a small dog who is designated chairman of the board, an entirely new take on the gold standard and forgery on a scale more grand than even Moist could ever have imagined --- all come into play as Moist works his beguiling ways on an unsuspecting populace.
Terry Pratchett's whimsical novels of Discworld, inhabited by citizens who may be human or otherwise, have never poked more fun at human foibles than in MAKING MONEY. Fans will enjoy meeting new players and revisiting old favorites. Moist von Lipwig seems destined to join the permanent rogue's gallery of unforgettable characters who have entertained readers through 31 adventures.
--- Reviewed by Roz Shea...more info
- Making Money
Up to his usual ironic obsurdity.A truely enjoyable book.The story follows a line similar to Going Postal[some of the same characters].
If you enjoy Pratchett you wont be dissapointed, if you have never read Pratchett START NOW....more info
- More Moist, Less Good.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover this on sale and quickly snapped it up and devoured it quicker. It was, on the whole, a little on the short side (or certainly felt it) and that would have been okay if it had been up to the prime Pratchett standard.
Alas, it fell short. Going Postal, the first book to feature Moist von Lipwig, failed to re-generate the Discworld cycle of books and Making Money has continued this downward spiral. The character on his own doesn't really cut the mustard as such and the plot, while appearing fresh, was composed of large numbers of old jokes and rehashed elements. By the end of the book, the chapters intended to be a fast-paced amusing anarchy concluding the plot threads (something which Pratchett has shown himself to be good at) was a positive flop, being muddled, confused and crowded, almost listing through plot elements and resolutions.
Even Vetinari seemed a little... uncharacteristicly un-Vetinari. Over the past few books just a little has happened with Ankh-Morpork and Vetinari and the city's amusing citizenry and modern-world apery.
Furthermore, the ending of the book reveals a disappointing and frankly dull revelation of the next novel in main Discworld series... yes, once more Moist von Lipwig will taken on an aspect of Ankh-Morpork's civil service. "Raising Taxes" has already been announced.
I'd welcome a re-airing of the Witches or better, the improbably antics of the Unseen Faculty over where the series seems to be going. It makes me sad. ...more info
- More relevant now than ever.
Ah, Discworld - how I missed you guys. The follow-up to Going Postal finds our shady hero, Moist van Lipwig, getting a little bored in his duties as Post Office head and looking for some new thrills. Finding himself appointed to lead the national banks, Moist finds himself involved with a canine chairman, a series of tubes that do more than reflect the market, an increasingly delusional foe, a golem straight out of Fatal Attraction, and more of Pratchett's usual insanity. It's a testament to the man's skill that, as usual, all of this somehow manages to work out and come together, and the book never feels as though it's out of control. Full of Pratchett's usual great humor, clever plotting, keen social satire, and great character work, it reminded me of why I loved these books so much in the first place, and how eager I am to pick up more of them. It may not be up with his absolute best, but it's high up there, and a complete treat of a read....more info
- "You get a wonderful view from the point of no return."
Mr. Lipwig did so well with that last dirty thankless job, repairing the moribund mail system, that Lord Vetinari has another for him: repairing the moribund banking system. When he interviews with the soon-to-be-late head of the bank, Mrs. Lavish, she declares him a thief, trickster, bunco artist, and liar. The perceptive old lady understands that these traits qualify him perfectly to create an economy from essentially nothing - which is what generations of self-serving bank directors have left in the coffers.
It all rolls forward from there. In the usual Pratchettic logic, engaging an Assassin's guild contract on someone turns out to be a great kindness, a dog finds a remarkable chew-toy, and the bank takes on the best forger around. The reasoning for that last seems to be that, if he's the best, then none of the others will be able to forge his banknotes.
This book's energy comes from Lipwig thinking mostly with his adrenal glands and Vetinari thinking with everyone else's - plenty to ensure lots of engaging action with lopsided logic.
-- wiredweird...more info
- Pratchett at his best - and worst
Let's get it out of the way - this is not the best Pratchett book.
It its well-written and funny, with the return of many great characters, and a few new somewhat interesting ones. It's snappily paced. It's witty.
It also has a plot that isn't very fulfilling, some strange and optional loose ends, and a very annoying deus ex machina ending. It feels like it's made of spare parts, no offense to the Igors.
Essentially, Moist Von Lipwig, everyone's favorite postmortem postmaster, is bored. The Patrician, of course knows this, and gives Moist a chance to do something else - running the Bank and Mint of Ankh-Morpork. After all, Moist was used to stealing from banks, he just has to reverse his thinking.
However, interested or not, events conspire to put Moist in charge, thanks to a series of events, a clever lady, and a dog. Moist does love a challenge, and he rises to the occasion in some well-written and interesting looks at just what finance and money is.
But despite the best efforts, there's not much plot here, there's not much going on. There's sort of an antagonist, but not much of one. There's some interesting characters introduced that aren't realized quite as fully as they could be. It's really a plot beneath anyone of Pratchett's caliber - it is his talent that keeps it from being a total mess to one that's not fulfilling.
My take is the book is meant to bridge onward to the next novels, as I feel Pratchett is building up towards some big changes in his world. But it's a rickety bridge, even if the company is pleasant. I'd give it 2 stars, but some of the writing and characterization, plus some twists that set things up for the future, are interesting....more info
- Good Fun!
Moist Von Lipwig is one of the funniest and most likable characters that Pratchett has invented. This book provides a great romp through the world of banking which has never met anyone like Pratchett's characters.
- Very Entertaining!
Terry Pratchett is absolutely fabulous, and "Making Money" is an excellent follow-up to Moist Von Lipwig's adventures. A must read for any Pratchett fan....more info
- I dare you not to laugh...
Once again, Terry Pratchett has made it completely impossible to read one of his novels without laughing out loud. Moist Von Lipwig returns in this novel to take charge of the bank and mint of Ankh-Morpork since he did such a bang up job with the city's post office in "Going Postal". A host of wonderful characters round out the cast...Mr. Bent, Mr. Fusspot, Adora Belle, Cosmo, Gladys and Ms. Lavish...each one funnier than the next. And in this novel, Pratchett delivers a line that is perhaps my favorite of any of his that I have read: "A smile played around Cosmo's lips, which was a dangerous playground for anything as innocent as a smile."
- Cayr Ariel Wulff,...more info
- Moist did it again
As a fan of Going Postal I expected a lot from Moist Von Lipwig; and it delivered. As soon as a "special dog" appeared in the story, I knew it was going to be awesome. I still laugh at random times when I think of the story... Its just great!...more info
Best thing ever. Terry Pratchett is like the coolest person ever. People that don't like it are confused....more info
- A fun read, not a 10 but really good
Terry Pratchett is one of my top favored authors and I love his work. BAnd while this is not his best, maybe it's an 8 or a 9 out of 10, even an 8.5 from Pratchett is still better than most other writers.
Humorous, witty, an excellent mix of the cat burglar-swindler turned Postmaster is offered the job of running the Ankh-Moorpork money mint. it's like giving the fat man the keys to the meat locker and then asking him to go ona diet. fat chance.
This is worth reading. You'll immmediately find all your favorite characters, Lord Vetinari, the Watch, Golems and many many more. Order it, buy it, read it and enjoy. it's Terry prtchett, the Monty Python of Science Fiction. You'll love it. You'll laugh and then you'll get another....more info
- Just another run around the Discworld
Terry Pratchett is up to, what, a million and a half stories set on the Discworld? Each one is a fun little romp, although Pratchett's resources and research are consistently obvious.
In Making Money, Pratchett pretty clearly used his crib notes from Economics 101, but for all that, he managed to make the banking industry clearer than any professor ever has. He may not delve into higher level banking terms, but when's the last time anyone has laughed at figuring interest rates and preventing bank runs? Considering the current financial situation, the concepts behind Making Money could come in handy, too.
The idea of amusing banking practices aside, I do feel the need to note the major difference between Pratchett's more recent novels and his oldies-but-goodies that got me hooked originally. It seems like Pratchett picked up a history of the Industrial Revolution one day and ran with it. The jokes are still funny and the plots have more meaning, but I have to say that I miss his older style....more info
- making money,a fantastic novel
I have been reading the Discworld novels since I was nine so you can imagine my excitement when I heard about this book.I was not disappointed , it's the sequel to Going Postal and Moist Von Lipwig is back.This time to save the bank of Ankh Morpork and seriously,there is nothing at all predictable about this book and once you start reading it's impossible to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour....more info
- Pratchett RULES!
But you know that. If you've read any Diskworld novels, you're familiar with the insane cast of characters, the wonderful convoluted plots, the comedic pace of six or seven quotables a page* (when other funny writers are lucky to get one every page or two at best), and the meticulously crafted backstory that chugs along with its own peculiar but consistent causality.
The lovely thing about Diskworld novels is that you don't need to read them in order, to Get It. You can read them in any order you want, and they'll make sense. Making Money features one of my favorite characters, Lord Vetinari, the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, making the most sinister, terrifying threat that this colossal tyrant has ever done. He really went over the top with it this time. (Snarf). Yep. His scariest threat yet.
*And the footnotes. Don't forget the footnotes. Those are some of the best quotables!
I started building up my savings by a personal promise to get a Pratchett book any month that I've made my savings goal... and last month when I got Making Money, that was so worth it that I'm doing it again this month. Terry Pratchett is good for my budget and good for my soul....more info
- I'm a big Pratchett fan, but
I'm not in line with the other reviewers here as I think, compared with the others in the series, this is a disappointment. I got the impression that he'd written it in his sleep ... where were the wonderful intermeshed plots you see in so many of the other books? The same old characters were rehashed but in such a watered down fashion that they were mere shadows of their former selves from other books. It feels more like an attempt at a tribute novel than an original by the master storyteller. If this is to be your first Disc World novel, then pause, rewind and choose almost any one of the others first, otherwise you just might never read another. If you are a hardcore fan, at least this book allows you back into Ankh Morpork for a short while - but that's the best that can be said about it. I hope Terry gets back on track with the next one. Also, if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, go and read it. While I'm near the end, I'm reading it at a rapid pace because it's so addictive. There is something about his books that bring you in and get you hooked. I'm loving this one and with only 40 pages to go until the end. ...more info
- I love Terry Pratchett... but not this book
Terry Pratchett is a great author. You don't need me to tell you this. You already know it. He's funny, wry, with the sort of biting insight into the human character that, told with a different hand, would be unbearable. His lightness and affection for his subjects makes his wit and wisdom go down smooth. Reading a Terry Pratchett book is one of the most pleasurable activities one can do curled up under a blanket in a quiet evening...
This book, however, does not meet his usual standard, and I was disappointed as I have looked very much forward to it. That said, it's worth a read, but I couldn't recommend it as one's first introduction to Pratchett. It's a book his hard core fans (like me!) will read and enjoy, because all things DiscWorld amuse and entertain us, but not one that will bring a lot of new readers into the fold. Quite frankly, the humour seems a bit forced. Even glib. His usual light touch is missing, and the book suffers from its absence....more info
- My favorite discworld novel so far!
I love the charming characters featured here and in Going Postal. Look out for a Cut Me Own Throat Dibbler appearance....more info
- Latest Pratchett novel
As usual, Pratchett gives interesting and humerous insight into another socioeconomic system, this time banking. I have a hard time thinking of how a non-fanatic might enjoy or not enjoy this book, however I would highly recommend reading Going Postal first, and maybe Feet of Clay as well. ...more info
- Not too bad
I was worried after having read here some of the less favorable reviews. Well, this isn't Going Postal (Discworld), but it's still nice reading....more info
- Classic Pratchett
Further adventures of Moist! Not quite as funny as Going Postal but I love both books. They both give much more insight into the inner workings of that wonderful Patrician, Vetinari. H...more info
- Chuckle double effect!
Making Money is a Discworld novel and features the Man in the Golden Suit, Ankh-Morpork's Postmaster Moist von Lipwig.
Moist is bored. He misses his old, more adventurous life, back when he was Albert Spangler the con artist. So when he's not running the Post Office, he likes climbing to its roof at night, and has already picked all its locks.
But when Mrs Topsy Lavish, chairwoman and owner of 50% of the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork, but owner also of Mr. Fusspot the dog who owns 1%, dies and leaves her shares to her dog and bequeaths Mr. Fusspot to Moist... he has no choice but try and make it work again.
It starts with the Mint, which actually runs at a loss. Since making coins costs too much and people are already using stamps as currency, Moist devises the first bank notes, which soon have the same success as his stamps.
In the meantime, Cosmo Lavish tries to take Vetinari's identity and Moist's girlfriend Adora Belle Dearheart uncovers ancient golems buried in the desert. And all the while the Glooper gloops.
I really like the character of Moist von Lipwig and was glad to read about him again. The book is of course filled with references that make you chuckle twice: when you get them, and when you find yourself clever because to got them... it's the Discworld double effect!...more info
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as Going Postal. There were a lot of Moist Von Lipwigs famous moments. He breaks into his Post Office-office, he breaks into his bank vault to save someone, only to realize something shinny is missing and he plays the role of an angel.
All of this is going on while Moist's life is being threatened, by two different parties and his past as a criminal has caught back up with him.
Some of our favorite characters are back. Vetinari, Adora Bella and Stanley. But some of them are missing. Like Mr. Grout for instance. He is mentioned but never comes into the story. He was one of my personal favorites.
I give this book an 8 out of 10. ...more info
- Pratchett runs amuck
I love Pratchett's books, and Going Postal may be my all-time fave, but this book pales in comparison to his other Discworld novels. Many people here have suggested that it may be ghost-written, and Pratchett has recently admitted he's in the early stages of Alzheimer's (warmest regards to him and his family)...whatever the reason, this book suffers. As I was reading it I kept wondering where the story was going, it didn't seem to have a cohesive focus. Characters are introduced and they seem to have potential, but then have little to do with the story. Old familiar faces appear but then they either are not used, or they're portrayed out of character; it doesn't feel like the same person you've known in earlier books.
What has always made Pratchett so great is the satire, but unless the satire here is poking fun at oldie Hollywood movie scripts, I'm missing the jokes.
I love Pratchett and strongly encourage people to read his earlier books, but don't let be the first one you pick up....more info
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