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Making Money (Discworld #36)

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It's an offer you can't refuse.

Who would not to wish to be the man in charge of Ankh-Morpork's Royal Mint and the bank next door?

It's a job for life. But, as former con-man Moist von Lipwig is learning, the life is not necessarily for long.

The Chief Cashier is almost certainly a vampire. There's something nameless in the cellar (and the cellar itself is pretty nameless), i...more
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Harper Torch (first published September 3rd 2007)
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Chris
This is the follow-up to Going Postal, in which the former con-man Moist von Lipwig sets up the new Ankh-Morpork post office and thwarts the evil corporate wiles of the Clacks.

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
Fuzzy Gerdes
I'm a huge fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, but I have to say that this is not the best of the bunch. Maybe it's that the main character, Going Postal's Moist von Lipwig, is a thoroughly reformed scallywag. In Postal we all knew that he was going to realize that he had a heart of gold and do the right thing, but it was fun watching him discover it. And the plot is clever enough, but maybe just a bit too clever, with too many of its gears exposed. It's not bad -- I LLOLed* a few times --...more
Seth
Quite fun. Fairly typical of the non-major-character stories in the series, although Moist von Lipzwig might be becoming a major character. The plot is a simplification of Going Postal: Vetinari ropes Moist into leaving his post as Postmaster and taking over as Assistant to the chairman of the Bank of Ankh-Morpork. Seeing as the chairman is a lapdog, this puts him in charge. The family that has run the bank for generations doesn't like this, the bank manager doesn't like Moist, and a mad scienti...more
Vasia
There is a saying that you can only tell the truth through fiction and it seems that Terry Pratchett is a believer of that saying. An ex-con is blackmailed into becoming the head of the Ank-Morpork's bank and is actually very good at it. Funny, mischievious and witty this book critisizes the modern world of the recession and the banking dominance.
Ruby Rose Scarlett
Author: Terry Pratchett
Title: Making Money
Format: eBook
Rating: 5/5

I love Terry Pratchett. Love, love, love him. He's funny, which in my book is one of the most important qualities an author can have. He's warm and he's smart, which makes his humour smart and his books smart as well. Prior to reading Making Money, I'd read Mort and Reaper Man. Then I stopped, I was attracted to other shiny books but I already knew Pratchett and I were in for the long run. You don't forget such impeccable writing...more
Hanna
I was expecting more from Moist von Lipvig - his ordeals at the bank didn't seem as dire as his fight with the Grand Trunk in Going Postal, so he didn't really shine as much as he could have.

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
Jojo
It is about banking and it is interesting!

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
Sarah
Edit 10/mumble: I finished this a while ago. After reading some earlier Pratchett recently, this shone like a very shiny literary thing. Massively enjoyable. Unfortunately, since it's been a couple weeks since I finished it, I can't give a detailed review. It lived up to my expectations, though, which is always appreciated.

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
Matt
There are two ways I can review this book. The first is to talk about the book. The second is to talk about me.

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
Monica
This is a fun book that is about a subject that would usually bore me to tears. There are not many other authors that can make finance interesting. Pratchett accomplishes this with his typical flair, but yet again, this is definitely not my favorite Pratchett book. I would recommend it, but it is not going to the top of my all-time favorites list.
Siria
Though still enjoyable, this wasn't one of Pratchett's best, I'm afraid—there's a lack of something indefinably Discworld-ish. Perhaps it's the fact that he's using chapters now, but overall I think that the plot lacked the density and the bite that makes for a really good Pratchett novel; there was an awful lot of set-up with very little pay off. A satire of the modern banking system, especially in the present, could use a lot more venom than he deploys here, and I thought he could maybe have f...more
Monkey of Doom
Sep 26, 2007 Monkey of Doom rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Discworld Fans
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I was literally jumping for joy when I got this book from the library! Overall, though, I enjoyed Going Postal better than the most recent adventures of Moist Von Lipwig.

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
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Peter Chandler
As I believe I may have mentioned in an earlier review (if, perhaps irnonically of a later book) it's a bit of a curious business reading Pratchett these days. Back in the day, when I was somewhat smaller or maybe everyone else was a little taller, his books seemed the most remarkable of things. Not only all sorts of funny but also supremely engaging in their plots and the art of their storytelling as well. Now that I am somewhat older, if not particularly wiser, a good deal of the funny still r...more
Christopher
I'm a pretty big fan of Discworld, and this was pretty standard fare for the series. If you like Pratchett, you'll like Making Money. If you liked Going Postal (to which Making Money is a direct sequel) you'll like revisiting the characters.

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
Jim
I received a free copy of this book via the Goodreads First Reads program.


This is my first encounter with Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, so I hope that longtime fans will excuse me if I get any of the details wrong!

When I read a description that this book is about a former con-man turned Postmaster who is tasked with saving the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork I thought, "How can you build an interesting story about banking?" However, within the first few chapters, I discovered that Pratchett's c...more
Kate
A disappointment a long time coming. Main character Moist von Lipwig is, by design, a forgettable man, but the task of making him both memorable and someone to root for appears to be greater than author Terry Pratchett. Unlike recent successes Monstrous Regiment and Wintersmith, Making Money goes for pages, sometimes even chapters (thankfully, Pratchett has divided this book and its predecessor into chapters, contrary to his usual reader-torturing, endless passages), without even a smile, le...more
Harold Ogle
A relatively late Discworld novel, Making Money is the second book featuring career con man Moist von Lipwig, and it picks up shortly after Going Postal ended (though it is not necessary to have read that first - it's never necessary to read any of the Discworld novels in any particular order, except to see how Pratchett has changed as a writer). Moist has reformed the post office, now the Patrician offers him a way into a new challenge: save the Ankh-Morpork bank. This ends up involving taking...more
Caroline
Moist von Lipwig of Going Postal makes a return, this time with the task of getting the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork in order. There's a lot of new interesting characters to be found, as well as familiar faces from the rest of the series as well as Going Postal. The Lavishes were just great and entertaining all around, and it was fun to see some of wizards and City Watch make small appearances.

I'll admit that my favorite part of this book was how much Vetinari actually appeared in it. I've always...more
Maria
10/01/2007: Wow, this was great. Mind, I think the book is somewhat flawed. There were a few storylines that seemed really promising but didn't go anywhere, like Cosmo Lavish and Heretofore. Going Postal was much more tightly written, as I remember. PTerry should have saved Cosmo's mania for a different book. Maybe he will write one still, and maybe it'll be a Watch book! *crosses fingers*

But on the whole, it was a really fun book, one that opened up so many new directions for future books to t...more
Margaret
I was pleased to see Moist von Lipwig of the excellent Going Postal again, but I thought this lacked some of Going Postal's pizzazz. Ex-conman Moist has gotten bored with running the post office, so the Patrician offers him the job of running the royal mint.

I didn't think Pratchett pulled the many plot threads together as well as usual, the setting wasn't nearly as good as the post office, with its ancient, whispering letters, and none of the new characters were tremendously interesting (especi...more
Cloudwalker
Well...perhaps I expected too much, but this wasn't quite as much fun as "Going Postal." Still, it was a better than okay read, and worth the time spent.

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.
Duncan Mandel
EDITORIAL REVIEW: 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 as...more
Rebecca Bugge
I feel sorry for this book - in a way that is no fault of the book itself. When it first got published (and I bought it) I was in a real reading slump. A big one. A gigantic one. Reading 10 pages straight of anything was torture. And I tried to read this one. Of course it didn't work - and I put the book away after some 100 pages.

Then I got out of this slump, but I remembered this book as incredibly hard to get into (not making the logical connection with the fact that ANYTHING I read back then...more
Priya
When I first read this sometime back in 2011, I hadn't read Going Postal, so few of the Moist von Lipwig, Spike and golem jokes made sense to me. I read Going Postal very recently (just WHY I don't know, but I like that I've been able to stretch out my reading of the Discworld series over a bunch of years; though with the 40 books I get more, either way, than fans of most other series) and I LOVED it. It's easily one of my favourites of the series and I expected great things from Making Money (e...more
D.L. Morrese
I just reread this. It's the 36th Discworld novel and a direct sequel to Going Postal, the 33rd Discworld book. One of the great things about this series is that each book builds onto the fantasy world that Terry Pratchett has created, giving it the feel of a real place with a history and characters known to the reader, which just happens to point out things about the 'real' world in the way only great fiction can. For absorbing, enjoyable fiction with a point, you can't do better than Discworld...more
Eleanor D
Terry Pratchett has two particularly endearing protagonists in his Discworld novels, Moist Von Lipvig is one of them. Moist is a criminal but in Ank morpork that’s not a crime. This is the second book featuring moist (the first being Going Postal) and I would not recommend reading this one first. In the course of his two books moist evolves and grows and that is the charm of this book. As in any Terry Pratchett book humor plays a substantial role in the plot and leads to an overall very enjoyabl...more
Steve
Ah, the ebb and flow of the lengthy series.... Some hits, some misses.... This was pretty good Discworld fare, but not one of my favorites, but by no means one of the worst. Pratchett is obviously enamored with his (relatively) new protagonist, from Going Postal, but this one didn't strike me as quite as compelling as the last couple in the series. Still, once one is three dozen books into a series, one has to expect some inconsistency or fluctuating interest....

In all fairness, with the end of...more
Scott Holstad
Who'd have thought economics could be so funny? This is another of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books and it's good enough to be read by all. It's one of the later books, and is actually a sequel of Going Postal, a book which I haven't yet read but by all accounts is quite good. And even though it's a sequel, it stands on its own merit. You don't need to read the first one to enjoy this one.

In Making Money, former con artist Moist von Lipwig has been transferred by Lord Vetinari from Postmaster G...more
Wealhtheow
Moist van Lipwig, last seen reforming the Post Office, accidentally takes charge of a large bank of Anhk-morpork. In true whimsical style, Moist invents paper money, does away with the gold standard, and encounters far more golems than he ever imagined existed. I chortled aloud every five minutes while I read this book, and I remain desperately in love with all the characters and the city itself.
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