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Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
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Jul 02, 2010

it was amazing
Read in June, 2009

This book introduces a new character to the Discworld series: 'Von Lipwig'. A con man who gets caught and hung, but instead of finding himself floating next to his own body and meeting the reaper, he finds himself in front of the Patrician who is offering him a new life if he reopens the Discworld post office.

Seeing the potential for a) staying alive and b) making some money, he takes up the offer.

Only trouble is that the post office failed years ago, an evil corporation is running the Clax in competition and Von Lipwig keeps getting attacks of 'guilt' which compel him to 'do the right thing' to rectify his previous crimes.

What makes this book interesting in my opinion are the little stories of how and why things are done the way they are in the post office.

An example, without giving too much away is the way that stamps get invented.

Although mostly done for comedy value, you could almost imagine that some of the scenarios could happen in real life - Fanatical pin collectors ;-)

Overall a good book, and I hope to see more of the the characters (especially the golems)

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