Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his confidence crimes were hanging offenses -- until he found himself with a noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trapdoor, and falling into ... a government job?
By all rights, Moist should have met his maker. Instead, it's Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster....more
While the B. test is not the be-all and end-all, it is just strange that so many women never meet (except that…moreThanks all for answering my question!
While the B. test is not the be-all and end-all, it is just strange that so many women never meet (except that one line, thanks John Kirk).
Is this important? In each book, it's not particularly important, but as a trend it is sad.(less)
He was part of the government, wasn't he? Governments took money off people. That's what they were for.
Turns out, years spent scamming and conning the public have excellently prepared Moist von Lipwig with the skill set needed to run a vast corporation.
My Discworld-reading for the Humour Club has had its ups and downs. Some books I loved, some bored me to tears, one I didn't finish. I thrilled to the adventures of the witches, laughed at the exploits of the Nig ...more
The executive office meeting subsequent to the gallows made me think of Mel Brooks’ hilarious 1974 film Blazing Saddles and Harvey Korman’s portrayal of Hedley LaMarr. So throughout the rest of the novel I eschewed the British aristocratic drawl of Lord Vetinari and replaced with Korman’s robber baron prose for full comedic effect.
Granny Weatherwax is still my favorite, but Sir Terry has succeeded again ...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
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
In any event, Going Postal was pur ...more
«Cartas en el asunto» es la novela número 33 de la hilarante saga de Mundodisco; uno pensaría que a esta altura al gran Terry Pratchett no se le podrían ocurrir más personajes y que la calidad de la saga podía disminuir, pero con este libro demostró que todavía le quedaban excelentes ideas para rato.
Esta novela da comienzo a una nueva saga que lamentablemente Terry no pudo terminar; presentó un nuevo arco argumental iba a estar protagonizado por Húmedo ...more
No better theory of money exists than Pratchett's: money is founded on postage stamps that got out of control. Understanding that fact helps to explain the world better than relativity theory.
This was really a funny, fun book. Lots of digs at corporations, lotteries, and just life.
“People flock in, nevertheless, in search of answers to those questions only librarians are considered to be able to answer, such as "Is this the laundry?" "How do you spell surreptitious?" and, on a regular basis, "Do you have a book I remember reading once? It had a red cover and it ...more
Going Postal definitely ranks among my top 3 Discworld books. That is to say, Equal Rites will ALWAYS be my favourite, as it was my first, and the one that got me into Terry Pratchett to begin with. After that, the list gets blurrier, but nevertheless, Going Postal is among best.
I saw the Going Postal movie no fewer than 3 years ago and I loved it. Which was my reason to postpone reading this book after I suffered from a severe Terry Pratchett fatigue ...more
Moist von Lipwig is a con man of major proportions whose last fraud has come to haunt him, caught and about to hang he believes it is all over for him. Saved from permanent death, the Patrician of Anke Morpork, lord Vetinari offers him a job; to revitalise the wrecked and useless Post Office. To do so Moist must use all his ski ...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
Starting with the cringeingly-named protagonist "Moist von Lipwig," Going Postal i ...more
This one includes two things I have soft spots for: a talented con artist and the postal service.
As I’ve commented in other reviews, such as The Lies of Locke Lamora, I’m fascinated by a well-executed con. Moist von Lipwig (one of Pratchett’s most deliberately awful character names) is one grade-A con artist. He brilli ...more
The post office in Ankh-Morpork has effectively been out of commission for a while, with tons of undelivered letters sitting around. Meanwhile, over the past several books, we’ve seen the development of a faster and more efficient method of communication called the ...more
Real Rating = 4.5*
What can I say about Terry Pratchett & Discworld that hasn't been said before? His fantasy has layers inside it's layers.
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs, published by HarperAudio (2005) / Length: 11 hrs 27 min
This is the first Discworld book about Moist von Lipwig, and is one possible (among many) starting point for newbies. There are two additional books, Making Money & Raising Steam in ...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.
En este caso una crítica contra los corporate raiders y los monopolistas. Perfectamente válido hacerla, pero hay momentos donde parece que el autor está gritando. Y hay pocas cosas que me molesten más (si uno juzga mis reseñas de Ready Pl ...more
Primetio sam, mislim negde oko Dušmana, da počinje da se menja Pračetovo pisanje. Dosta je direktniji u prozivkama pojava koje ga zuljaju.33-ća knjiga u serijalu o Disksvetu se ozbiljno bavi tehnološkom revolucijom,korporativnom mahinacijama, korupciji, bankarima, organizovanom religijom,, i ima ozbiljniju dozu sarkazma nego do sada što je bio slučaj.I to nije ništa lošije nego do sada, naprotiv , meni više leži sa dozom "mraka"
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
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Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, ...more