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Going Postal: A Discworld Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Terry Pratchett , Paul Kidby
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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26 Sep 2005

Moist von Lipwig is a con artist...

... and a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged, or put Ankh-Morpork's ailing postal service back on its feet.

It's a tough decision.

But he's got to see that the mail gets through, come rain, hail, sleet, dogs, the Post Office Workers' Friendly and Benevolent Society, the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and a midnight killer.

Getting a date with Adora Bell Dearheart would be nice, too...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; Export ed. edition (26 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552149438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552149433
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"'A satirist of enormous talent' THE TIMES."

"'Pratchett's joy in his creations, in jokes, puns, the idea of letters and language itself, makes Going Postal one of the best expressions of his unstoppable flow of comic invention'" (The Times)

"'With all the puns, strange names and quick-fire jokes about captive letters demanding to be delivered, it's easy to miss how cross with injustice Pratchett can be. This darkness and concrete morality sets his work apart from imitators of his English Absurd school of comic fantasy'" (Guardian)

"Going Postal again does justice to the author's peculiar vision. The weirdness of Discworld is appropiately captured in a tale of love and redemption which blends satire, humour and drama" (The Daily Telegraph)

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Terry Pratchett puts his stamp on the new Discworld novel.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett at his best 30 Nov 2004
I love Terry Pratchett books, I really really do. They're brilliant. Pure, unadulterated genius.
This book follows the story of a con artist as he tries, with the flair of a natural showman, to get the Ankh-Morpork post office up and running against the competition: the clacks, semaphore towers which can send a message across country and next to no time, but are run by a bunch of money grabbers who don't care about the clacks themselves, only what the towers can do for them.
Old favourite discworld characters make small appearances. Vimes is seen, but not heard. Carrot and Angua pop in briefly for a chat, Colon loiters outside a building, the librarian is seen in the background. But the patrician....ahh...gotta love that man. Many of Ankh-Morpork's inhabitants seem to forget that he is actually a tyrant, and therefore doesn't have to justify himself to anyone. And there are the golems, and they always make me smile.
You've got the fantastic clash between the bad guy and the bad guy. The bad guy who really is a good guy, just not interested in honest work, and the bad guy who appears to do honest work, but really is a bad guy.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett turns out another master work 28 Oct 2004
I've been reading the Discworld novels since about 1989, and I believe that Going Postal is the 33rd book in the series - and honestly there hasn't been a bad book in the lot, and in many ways Terry Pratchett improves as a writer with every book he releases. GOING POSTAL is in some ways a throw-back to his earlier books, being the first book for quite a while that's divided into chapters, and with more of the hilarious footnotes that were a favourite feature of his earlier books. However, it still maintains the deeper characterisation and depth of his more recent works, and the very strong story-telling. Pratchett's great gift is using his fantasy world to make wry satirical observations about our everyday world, and the nature of human existence and weakness - without being at all heavy going to read. A true British institution, and I look forward to many more Discworld books :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and riveting, with a slight edge 21 Jun 2007
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Terry Pratchett delivers again in "Going Postal" (excuse the pun). This is no less than his 33rd book in the Discworld sequence, but nevertheless ranks among the best.

As the book opens, fraudster extraordinaire Moist von Lipwig is about to be hanged when he is offered a chance of redemption by Lord Vetinari, the Patrician of the city of Ankh-Morpork. Only by agreeing to become Postmaster General and restoring the all-but-defunct Post Office to its former glory can he win his freedom. A number of obstacles stand in his way, but largest of them all is the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, which controls the network of 'clacks' that provide telecommunications across the continent. Its unscrupulous chairman, Reacher Gilt, is determined to thwart the upstart Moist and to maintain at all costs his monopoly on the communications business.

As we have come to expect from Pratchett's writing the humour is sharp, the dialogue strong and the pace fast. Pratchett knows how to keep a story moving and draw the reader in to the story. Amidst the humour "Going Postal" has a serious undertone too regarding the nature of politics, big business and the growth of technology, as well as about the ability of even hardened criminals to redeem themselves. Though still very funny, this book is therefore slightly grittier and less playful than many of Pratchett's other novels. There is something decidedly edgy about those scenes which involve the technical jargon and workings of the clacks system. In this respect "Going Postal" reminded me of "Night Watch" - another very fine read although much darker again.

All in all, "Going Postal" is an excellent book. Readers coming to the Discworld for the first time would do well to start here, while returning visitors will find a number of pleasing references to earlier novels in the series. As for Moist, I look forward to his return in the forthcoming "Making Money".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Stuff 21 Feb 2005
Genuinely the best Pratchett book I have read for a long time - the characters are the usual assortment of Discworld rag-tags and there are some excellent spoofs and pastiches (without wanting to spoil anything, particularly the flaming eye in the omniscope and the Terminator references for the Gollums!)
For long time fans of the series it's good to see a few old favourites back - it's been too long since we set foot inside the Unseen University, and even the Mended Drum gets a look in!
In addition, when I first picked it up and found that Pratchett was writing in chapters I was a little shocked, but they work really well, and it's amazing how well the brief summary at the start of each chapter tells you everything that happens, but really tells you nothing at all!
Highly recommended, can't wait for the next as always...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another strong addition to the Discworld 16 Oct 2004
Terry Pratchett's latest addition to the Discworld series continues to develop in the direction he has been following for quite some time. In one sense, the book is nothing new - if you liked previous Discworld books, particularly the more recent ones, then you will like this. If the Disworld says nothing to you, then this will not excite you either. But that is not to say the book is not lively and original. Within the fairly broad canvas of Ank Morpork that Pratchett has developed over the whole series, he sets up almost entirely new characters (a few old ones have small cameos) in a situation unlike any previous story.
Just as the setting is familiar, the broad sweep of the story is one of the classic plots - likeable young hero takes on moribund organisation (the Post Office) and revives it while saving young heroine in distress. But within this classic framework, Pratchett follows his usual plan of introducing classic cliches only in order to parody and subvert them. The eventual success of the hero is better portrayed than usual - he does not have to use unusual ability or virtue, not win the loyalty of followers by improbable charisma; he does so by using his professional skills - which happen to be those of a con-man and cheat.
The quick-fire gags of the earlier books make very few appearances, but the more subtle humour which has grown up in the more recent books pervades it. One of the best books so far - though Night Watch must remain my favourite.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kids stuff
I,m sure kids love this kind of stuff but it,s just not for me.

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