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This review is from: Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) (Discworld series) (Kindle Edition)
As with all new Discworld releases from Terry Pratchett I bought my copy as it was published. I knew from the advance publicity it was going to be another Moist Von Lipwig book a little disappointing as my favourite characters are Granny Weatherwax, Tiffany Aching and Commander Vimes, but no matter I thought it’s still going to be good.
But after reading it I have to say I have never been so disappointed in a book as I was with this one, I have read all of the Discworld series and enjoyed all of them (some more than others, as would be expected) but this is the first one I had to force myself to read in the forlorn hope that it would get better. The plot is tenuous and poorly thought through, in effect the whole story is a potted history of the development of Railways in the UK with a few sly references to Brief Encounter and the Railway Children thrown in. There is little character development and some unwelcome changes to the old characters such as the Patrician. Maybe it is Sir Terry’s illness that is affecting his writing now or his use of the voice recognition software that has caused the change but whichever it is I mourn the loss. Much as it pains me to say it, perhaps it’s now time for Sir Terry to hang up his keyboard and retire.