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Making Money

(Discworld #36)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  66,569 ratings  ·  2,212 reviews
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
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Corgi Books (first published September 20th 2007)
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Kinga No, you don't. Expect from "Going Postal" because they are from the same series and have the same main character, Moist. But you don't really need to …moreNo, you don't. Expect from "Going Postal" because they are from the same series and have the same main character, Moist. But you don't really need to read any other book from Discworld.(less)
Avarla You can read the whole series in order, starting with "The Color of Magic", or you just start one of the series within. The Moist von Lipwig one start…moreYou can read the whole series in order, starting with "The Color of Magic", or you just start one of the series within. The Moist von Lipwig one starts with "Going Postal".
Personally, I wouldn't recommend starting with "Color of Magic", but that is mostly because I don't particularly like Rincewind. Might be different for you, though.(less)

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Making Money (Discworld, #36; Moist Von Lipwig, #2), Terry Pratchett

Making Money is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, part of his Discworld series, first published in the UK on 20 September 2007.

Moist von Lipwig is bored with his job as the Postmaster General of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office, which is running smoothly without any challenges, so the Patrician tries to persuade him to take over the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork and the Royal Mint. Moist, content with his new lifestyl
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Lyn
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this book were made into a movie, I’d expect that either Adam Sandler or Frank Capra would be a fitting director (preferably Sandler since Capra has been dead for over 25 years).

Films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Mr. Deeds capture the crowd pleasing best elements of Making Money, Pratchett’s 36th Discworld novel, Nebula Award nominee and Locus Award winner. Again we visit with Pratchett’s loveable rogue Moist Von Lipwig and this time around Lord Vetinari has placed him in a leadershi
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Ms. Smartarse
Moist von Lipwig is bored. The Post Office can now function without his intervention, the Clacks Towers are also on the mend, so people keep supplying him with increasingly boring reports, and, on top of everything, his fiance is off on a mysterious business trip. With no other heart-stopping adventures to rear themselves on their own, our intrepid (anti)hero has no choice but manufacture one. And things almost get out of hand... for a minute or two.

Lord Vetinari, ever attuned to his favorite co
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Chris
Feb 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pratchett, fantasy
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
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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
Bradley
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2020-shelf, humor
Out of all the recent -- or perhaps going back to the very start -- Discworld books, there has never been one that struck right to the core absurdity of our world more than this one.

Maybe that's just me. Or maybe I just find money outrageously funny.

It's probably just me.

Regardless of my little foible, Pratchett strikes to the heart of the matter, making fun of the gold standard and illustrating to us the absurdity of the IDEA of money, while all the while giving us golems, golden suits, clown g
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Trish
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moist von Lipwig has become a responsible authority of the community as Postmaster in Ankh-Morpork. He’s designed numerous stamps, the Post Office is flourishing, he’s got staff and has to organize such quaint little things as pension funds etc. In short: he’s bored. Nothing challenges him anymore.
Lord Vetinari, as fans know, is THE leader. He’s the embodiment of silently threatening authority figures with a brain (the most dangerous and rare of combinations). As such, he knows of Moist’s probl
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Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
"A banker? Me?"
"Yes, Mr. Lipwig."
"But I don't know anything about running a bank!"
"Good. No preconceived ideas."
"I've robbed banks!"
"Capital! Just reverse your thinking," said Lord Vetinary, beaming. "The money should be on the inside."


Thus, Ankh-Morpork's longest-living Postmaster takes on the cutthroat world of banking.

It's quite a good book. I absolutely do not recommend reading it without also having tackled Going Postal and Feet of Clay, and for best results the other thirty-three Discworl
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Carolyn
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, fantasy

This is more or less a follow-up to Going Postal in which Moist von Lipwig is pressured into doing for the banking system what he has done for the post office. Some great new characters in Fusspot, Chairman of the Bank (and a dog), Cosmo Lavish, head of the family that owns the bank and a Vetinari want-to-be, and Mr Bent, the chief cashier with a surprising past. Moist's girl friend makes an appearance as does a long dead wizard and an economic modelling machine called the Glooper. Not quite as
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YouKneeK
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Making Money is the second book in the Moist von Lipwig subseries of Discworld. I’m enjoying this subseries quite a bit; I’m sorry it only has three books.

In this book, Moist von Lipwig finds himself unexpectedly involved in banking. The way in which this happens is pretty amusing, and the situation provides many chuckles throughout the book. I’m still really enjoying the character, and I also love that Lord Vetinari gets some decent page time in this subseries. The story itself wasn’t super exc
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Suzanne
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, fantasy, library, humor
“He sighed. It had come to this. He was a responsible authority, and people could use terms like "core values" at him with impunity. ”

This was one of my favorites so far. SO many great quotes, and spot-on observations about our banking system.
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Seth
Sep 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f-h, discworld, fantasy
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
Amy
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably I should have read Going Postal first. (Have I read that? Not sure - we read a bunch of the Discworld books a while back).
Kaethe
1 January, 2009

I love these newer Discowurld books where Pratchett is bringing his creation into the industrial age.

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June, 2009

Where a science fiction author might use robots to examine the idea of gender, Pratchett uses golems. For some reason, I love that. I also really enjoy how most of his stories are about how humans use stories to make sense of the world around us.

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Sam Quixote
Moist von Lipwig, tired after making the Post Office such as success in "Going Postal", is itching for a new challenge - Vetinari sees this and turns Lipwig onto the banks and currency. Thusly Moist enters into a similar story to his last one where instead of the post, he is tasked with rejuvenating the money. The usual cast of new characters who seem familiarly like some previous new characters are present as are stock favourites, Vetinari, Vimes, Carrot, and a cameo by Death.

As others have po
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Melissa McShane
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, own
10/24/19: Another audiobook re-read, this time so I could do crafts and miniatures painting with something to listen to. I liked the narrator better this time around, but it's good there isn't much Commander Vimes in this one, because I completely disagree with his interpretation of the character. Also noticed Moist's verbal tic of beginning a sentence with "O-kaaay," which I actually like. Now I have to decide if I'm going to finish off with Raising Steam, which I've only ever read once.

1/6/17:
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Ray
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Another Discworld book. These are now so familiar and comfortable, like a well worn pair of slippers or a battered old leather armchair.

I confess that the plots are a little formulaic, and there is an element of repetition, but these books are done so well. The Discworld multiverse is coherent and consistant within its own logic, and the level of detail is superb. Pratchett's books ooze wit and repartee from every page, and to me his work bears comparison with the traditional standard bearers o
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Lindsay
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fantasy
Part of the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group in 2020.

Moist von Lipwig is growing bored with being an upstanding member of society and head of the Post Office. He's been a little too successful with it, and now he doesn't feel challenged. Vetinari sees this, as he does everything, and gives Moist a brand new challenge: Master of the Royal Mint and the task of reforming Ankh-Morpork's financial system, which to date, mostly consists of sock-under-the-mattress savings and a bank
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Matt
Dec 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fantasy
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 review the book first.

'Making Money' is one of the more recent books by the much esteemed and 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 author's I turn to w
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Wastrel
If you liked Going Postal, you'll like this. Unless you can still actually remember Going Postal, in which case you'll probably have a weird sense of deja vu.

Going Postal tried to make up for its being a basically thin and over-familiar installment of Discworld by being very well polished and very slick. Making Money rewrites Going Postal, but less well polished, and less slick, which magnifies all of the faults already present in Going Postal, adds some more, and actually makes the earlier book
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Julie
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
So clever and so very amusing. I just loved it! I think everyone should have a feisty octogenarian in their life to keep them on their toes and remind them to be glad they are alive. I am referring here to one of my favorite characters, Topsy Lavish. Her dog Mr. Fusspot is also worth a mention! Here are my very favorite quotes:
“Rich as plum pudding and more complicated than a dwarf contract” on describing the new design of bank notes.
So descriptive and reminiscent of some family gatherings: "The
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Jonathan K (Plot & Characters Matter)
This was a DNF due to an array of factors, the most important of which was the plot and odd sense of humor which while appreciated isn't the sort I gravitate towards. He's an extremely prolific author with a big following though I won't be added to the list! ...more
Richard
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comedy
7.5/10

Another enjoyable romp in the Discworld universe this time following up with Moist Von Lipwig and his escapades in Going Postal. To date Moist has to be my favourite character in the limited amount of Discworlds I have read and still retains the award for worst named character ever (no official award has been produced to my knowledge).

In the previous outing Moist took on the troubles of the Post Office, this time he takes on the issues with the banks. The usual dry and humorous observati
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Pam Baddeley
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humour
I think I read a much earlier Discworld book many moons ago. I'm probably not the right audience for this, as humorous fantasy/SF usually doesn't appeal as I find it a bit predictable and not very funny. I quite liked some of the characters, but I didn't find enough tension between the humour. The plot seemed very thin, and although various perils were set up for the hero Moist - whose name is presumably meant to be amusing but doesn't really seem so to me - they were quickly resolved or just fo ...more
Michael
I've read 5 Discworld books. The ranking is as follows

1. Going Postal
2. Monstrous Regiment
3. Color of Magic
4. Making Money
5. The Light Fantastic
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Eustacia Tan
Aug 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Since I had a bit of time before I went to the library, I decided to reread another book – Making Money by Terry Pratchett. It’s one of the Discworld Ankh Morpork books, but it stars the ex-conman Moist von Lipwig (instead of being part of the Watch series).

At the start of Making Money, Moist has managed to reform the postal service and make it a respectable situation. He’s also very bored. So Lord Venitari, everyone’s favourite dictator, has a suggestion – why not take over the Royal Mint and t
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Neo Marshkga
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Discworld book I have read. And, I know, I know, I shouldn't have started here, this is the second part of a Trilogy that assumes I know the characters background, etc etc etc. But f**k it, this is where I decided to start.
I already knew lots of stuff from this series cause I have friends who LOVE Discworld and they have been taking to me about this for ages.
So, when I got to this books, I already had some background on the world, and, let's be honest, the knowledge I needed to
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Matt
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor, 2018-reads
The financial sector of Ankh-Morpork is dire trouble and Lord Vetinari looks to his Postmaster General to solve the problem, however he doesn’t want the opportunity but somethings are out of his hands. Making Money is Terry Pratchett’s 36th Discworld novel and the second to follow the conman-turned-civil servant Moist von Lipwig who is beginning to pine for thrills and suddenly finds himself in the midst of them.

With the Post Office running as smoothly as possible and facing plain paperwork ever
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Ric
I’ve read a lot of Discworld books over the years, and Making Money is up there with the best. Moist von Lipwig proves yet again that he is one of the most entertaining characters on the Disc, because of his ingenuity and penchant for doing things that aren’t exactly in line with the law. Adora Belle is a great character in her own right as well, and her relationship with Lipwig is fantastic. Between this and Going Postal, it’s hysterical to see Sir Terry draw upon some of the basic technologica ...more
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, i
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