Going Postal (Discworld #33)
Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into ... a government job?
By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may pro...more
Pratchett's books are funny precisely because he has a very firm grasp of human nature. His best work feels surprisingly profound even though you're also laughing so hard you're afraid you might brea...more
In any event, Going Postal was pur...more
My assumptions proved correct, and I enjoyed the book quite thoroughly. Three things struck me:
1) Pratchett's use of language is always fun, and he occasionally makes wond...more
There was a silence. In that silence, Moist tried out a variety of responses, from "Pull the other one, it's got bells on" to "That's impossible", and decided they all sounded stupid. Groat looked deadly serious, so instead he said: "How?"
There are many, many characters in the...more
In light of 2008's financial crisis, Going Postal might be taken as a timely reminder of the fallibility of humans, especially those entrusted with wealth or power.
Starting with the cringeingly-named protagonist "Moist von Lipwig," Going Postal i...more
So to solve this problem, the Patrician and tyrant Lord Vetinari 'hires' con-artist extraordinaire Moist von Lipwig to fix it. In this case, hires means that after Moist is hanged - and almost died from it - he get offered to fix the postal service - or die. So he has a choice to ma...more
Non è un mistero lo sfortunato trattamento subito qui in Italia dai libri di Terry Pratchett. La saga del Mondo Disco è iniziata in patria nel 1983 con Il colore della magia, e - proseguita ininterrottamente - conta oggi trentanove volumi pubblicati, due annunciati, più un numero incalcolabile di gadget, libri a tema (come mappe e guide alle città o alla scienza dell'universo creato dall'autore britannico) e miniserie tv.
Limitandoci ai libri, nel nos...more
My first real attempt at a Terry Pratchett novel. Quite a while ago I picked up Colour of Magic and read it intermittently without ever really getting into it or thinking it was anything too special. I was given Going Postal as a gift a couple of years ago and finally picked it up and attempted it due to my keenness to get into the Discworld series. I'm glad I did!
It's very different to the normal sort of crime/action books I read and I'm trying to broaden my horizons with different styles...more
The anti-hero is an expert con-man, a clever operator with a good heart. He is about to be ex...more
Disclaimer for regulars: this is one of those installments which could - arguably - stand on its own with only limited familiarity with the Discworld. The Going Postal story line was (in large part) devoid of Pratchett's more ma...more
I’ve always had a bit of a problem with Terry Pratchett’s books, when they weren’t about one of his „major“ character groups; The Watch, The Witches, DEATH etc. For example, I just couldn’t get the hang of “Small Gods” or “The Thief of Time”, and finally gave up reading those books. Yes, Ladies and Gentleman (or should I say Lords and Ladies? ;), I haven’t read ALL Terry Pratchett books there are. Sue me.
I don’t really know what propelled me into trying to read “Goi...more
You can imagine the creative process. Pratchett is sitting at his desk, brainstorming. "Saving the world -- scratch that, I've done it already. What's this? A letter. I'll read that after I come up with a premise for my next book. Saving the ... post office! Where's my letter opener...more
The first half of the story is about the main character Moist von Lipwig finding himself and getting direction as he is assigned the task of getting the postal service running again or die. The character has issues i...more
Part of me doesn't really know where to start when it comes to reviewing this book. On the one hand, I liked it. It was entertaining, and fun, and while I would hesitate at the word funny I will say it had its share of humor. And Pratchett is a fine writer, and an author I have enjoyed elsewhere, but I do get the feeling that this book, coming fairly late in the Discworld series, was definitely set to a formula, and it shows a bit in how every...more
I mean, this is the book of books. I have lost count of how many times I've read and listened to it. I know the story inside and out, but I still get a thrill every time I go back into this story. I love Making Money too, but this book. THIS. BOOK.
How do you not love a character named Moist Von Lipwig? How do you not love a chain-smoking Adorabelle Dearheart? This book is funny. This book is rich and thick and varied. This book takes on, in satire, corporate greed and m...more