Is it just me or does the synopsis sound exactly like 'Going Postal'? I loved going postal and really wanted the story to continue but i find it strange that Moist is introduced again to do, what sounds like, the same job in a bank!! He's even wearing another gold suite!
Discworld was originally a spoof of the fantasy genre, copying your own storylines wholesale is a major problem in all genres but fantasy most of all. I think terry is highlighting this problem in his own inimical style.
Jane Austin was one of those who made copying a previous idea into an art form.
To be honest I am just looking forward to a new addition to my Pratchett library (I have more of the series than my local library). It's amazing that his books are the most stolen - it shows how popular they are and unfortunately how many people can't afford to buy a book these days. If you counted the stolen in with the sold he is probably the most popular author ever.
Actually it DOES sound like Going Postal.. am a bit worried, does that mean that Moist has abandoned the post office, then? You reckon he's going to start becoming a major character in Discworld like Rincewind and Vimes?
I think we are on familiar territory: well written prose, ongoing character development on all fronts, and books that improve with each reading. The best thing about these novels is that the real star is the Discworld itself: for our reader who misses William de Worde, check out Monstrous Regiment; if you have not already done so, you will also get a healthy dose of Vimes into the bargain. If it aint broke, don't fix it, bring it on Terry.
If I was Pratchett, I'd really make sure I didn't get bored of writing about the same characters over and over again; so I think he's just having a bit of fun with his character, von Lipwig. Some of his characters appear but don't seem to make a return or be developed, and you get the impression Pratchett realises they're not that great characters. It'll be seen whether von Lipwig can sustain another book, and whether he'll return again in the future. I still think the strongest characters are Vimes and Granny Weatherwax as they're the least 2-dimensional. As for recycling old ideas, Pratchett's entire methodology of writing is to send up the idea of a small range of stories in the world - patterns of narrative. He's explicit in this in Witches Abroad (I think, without checking) when the witches have to break the power of fairy tales. Then of course he recycles Shakespeare in Wyrd Sisters etc etc. I think he just likes to have fun with it, plus I doubt he'd be lazy enough simply to recycle the Going Postal story wholesale. Without having read Making Money, I'd guess he's cast von Lipwig as Vetinari's troubleshooter.
"Making Money" does indeed sound like "Going Postal" by title and plot but then again it is a direct sequel to the book, and, lets face it,it is another cherished institution for the esteemed Mr Pratchett to have some very successful and gentle fun with.And I am in absolute awe of his timing, given all the financial turmoil that has engulfed the real world at the moment.Its almost as if he has "arranged" it all as a bit of a prepublicity stunt!!!.Did he have a quiet chat with the Old Lady of Thread Needle street???Beloved of the gods or what?? And I have to say I really enjoyed "GP" very much,given that that openning chapter is about as clever and funny as any "BlackAdder" sketch and Moist is about as likeable an anti hero as you are ever going to get.And remember in each story that MrP writes he manages to make his characters grow and develop ( I must say that Vimes books are a particular favorite of mine ) in such a way that you really cannot help but root for them. And that, above all is why I read and constantly re-read his books.They are such good company.Light hearted,clever,moral and wise!If you invited them all to a dinner party nobody would want to go home at the end!Which is probably the reason I have a complete shelf of them at home (and that includes a copy of "The Colour Of Magic" which is so old the ink print has started to fade!)I now buy the hardbacks simply because I cannot bear to wait the twelve months to the paperback run and imagine the phone will remain very firmly off the hook when Amazon delivers! And if you love Pratchett you'll like Jasper Fforde, Carl Hiaasen and a bunch of similar humourous writers.
I think we're into a series within a series where Terry is going to develop the infrastructure of Ankh-Morpork. He clearly set this one up as a sequel at the end of Going Postal. We've got all the stock fantasy things out of the way, now, and the city feels like a real place. He once said that the idea was that it was a place that kept on with its own existence even when it wasn't being written about. By the way, does anyone else see David Tennant as Moist Von Lipwig?
I didn't think that going postal was like the truth - but I'll read it again to see if I can see what you're seeing
In Going Postal the job was offered to Gilt at the end of the book but he ... er ... turned it down - mind you "there is always a choice"
Please not David Tennent as Moist - I getting a little fed up with him - there a little bit of over exposure going on, maybe if they backed off a little with the media exposure I'd find him less irritating
Going Postal (post office) The Truth (Newspaper) Both catalyised by Vetinari. Moist and William were both forced into their situations. Both had competition (Clacks & Dibblers own Newspaper). Both buildings ended up catching fire. The plots are rather similar in a lot of places, that's a couple of the ones I can remember but I haven't read both in a while.