Making Money (Discworld #36)
When my co-workers asked me what I was reading, I told them, "It's a fantasy about.... About banking."
I know, I know, it sounds like a bizarre topic for a fantasy novel, even for a Discworld novel, but gods bless Terry Pratchett, he can even make basic economic theory interesting. Why is it not that bad that a penny costs...more
Maybe it's just because Going Postal is one of my favorite Discworld novels that the sequel seemed so off. But a lot of the book seemed... formulaic? I felt like I had read this book before as I was reading it. Here's hoping the next Pratchett book is better.
Still, while it wasn't as good as I was expecting...more
Edit 10/05: Got it today from the library. Mwah ha ha.
OLD: Technically I'm not reading this, but I'm first on the holding list for the library, and the librarian currently rea...more
But on the whole, it was a really fun book, one that opened up so many new directions for future books to t...more
I'll admit that my favorite part of this book was how much Vetinari actually appeared in it. I've always...more
I loved how Terry Pratchett fleshed out the characters so nicely, which made up for the lacking in plot. I found Cosmo's obsession hilarious and thought his ending was very fitting. Mr. Fusspot, neh, he was ok, but I prefer Gaspode hands (or paws) down. Mr. Bent was a great newcomer to Discworld life; I really hope to see more o...more
I think I liked this one better than Going Postal. I didn't find Moist to be a very interesting character in that one, and I still don't after this, but he has his moments. And Adora Belle is just kind of...meh. I like the idea of her, but the execution doesn't really do anything for me.
But! The other characters! Gladys! Mr. Fusspot! Topsy! And Mr. Bent! I loved Mr. Bent so very much. And this was such a good book for Vetinari too. Heart.
In any case, I h...more
One small thing, though. While Pratchett's fictional world is every bit as absurd and unpredictable as that in Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series, it's also kinder to its inhabitants. There is pain and fear and suffering, but it is neither random nor meaningless. That's a rather nice touch in escapist reading.
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The latest book in the ever lengthening Discworld series again concentrates on Moist von Lipwig as the central character. The environment is familiar and Ankh-Morpork is still ruled by Vetinari. Most of the characters though are new. The wonderfully comic Cosmo, who is completely mad, and his relatives, and a small dog all vie with Moist for ownership of the Ankh-Morpork bank. The bank has been und...more
Amazingly, former arch-swindler-turned-Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig has somehow managed to get the woefully inefficient Ankh-Morpork Post Office running like . . . well, not like a government office at all. Now the supreme despot Lord Vetinari is asking Moist if he'd like to make some real money. Vetinari wants Moist to resuscitate the venerable Royal Mint—so that perhaps it will no longer cost considerably more than a penny to make a penny.
Moist doesn't want the job. However, a reques
Both are masters of words - many authors can spin a gripping yarn but Pratchett does just that with some finely spun phrases.
With Making Money, Pratchett aims his sharp pen at banking - his brilliant Moist van Lipwig (wonderful characters, another of Pratchett's strengths) is shoved into revolutionising The Roy...more
Pratchett's wit is in fine form in this book, and I think he actually avoids the plot pitfalls which some of his rockier stories suffer from. All in all, this a is an even snappier read than even some other discworld novels, as the plot only momentarily gets...more
Wie immer parodisiert Terry Pratchett in seinen Scheibenwelt-Romanen bestimmte Themen. In "Schöne Scheine" war es dieses Mal das Geld und das Bankwesen.
What is Discworld?
Discworld is a series by Terry Pratchett. It’s fantasy, but it’s a hilarious satire poking fun at our own world. The characters live on a flat world composed of humans, vampires, witches, werewolves, igors, golums, trolls, dwarfs, zombies, etc. And I do mean etc.
What is Making Money?
It’s a Discworld book, effectively the sequel to Going Postal, which is being bade into a film right now. Making Money stars Moist von Lipwig, ex-conma...more
It's probably fairer to actually review the book first.
'Making Money' is one of the more recent books by the much esteemed and highly prolific Terry Pratchett, for whom everyone prays (even if they aren't the praying sort) that he staves off his senility long enough to crank out another 30 or 40 novels. Pratchett has a bit of something for almost everyone's taste and is one of the auth...more
Actually, he was hanged. But--that's another tangent of the story for the former Albert Spangler, who survives to have a new lease on life as Moist von Lipwig, a man whose talents inclu...more
I'd say this is arguably one of Pratchett's best works- Moist is becoming a typical Prachettian hero, sneaky and underhand yet ultimately honest in the style of Vimes, Granny Weatherwax or Lu Tze- Pratchett seems to like characters who do bad th...more
This is the second book that features former swindler Moist, and in some ways, it suffers from pitfalls of sequel-itis. Much of the first two-thirds of the books feels as if Pratchett tried to rewrite the outline for "Going Postal" with different...more
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