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Making Money: (Discworld Novel 36) (Discworld Novels) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2018
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"As bright and shiny as a newly minted coin; clever, engaging and laugh-out-loud funny." (The Times)
"Smart, hilarious and humane...if you've never read a Discworld novel, what's the matter with you?" (The Guardian)
"Terry Pratchett is a comic genius." (Daily Express)
"Most writing on the economy is either opaque or depressing; this is funny." (Irish Examiner)
About the Author
Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015.
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Moist is bored. He misses his old, more adventurous life, back when he was Albert Spangler the con artist. So when he's not running the Post Office, he likes climbing to its roof at night, and has already picked all its locks.
But when Mrs Topsy Lavish, chairwoman and owner of 50% of the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork, but owner also of Mr. Fusspot the dog who owns 1%, dies and leaves her shares to her dog and bequeaths Mr. Fusspot to Moist... he has no choice but try and make it work again.
It starts with the Mint, which actually runs at a loss. Since making coins costs too much and people are already using stamps as currency, Moist devises the first bank notes, which soon have the same success as his stamps.
In the meantime, Cosmo Lavish tries to take Vetinari's identity and Moist's girlfriend Adora Belle Dearheart uncovers ancient golems buried in the desert. And all the while the Glooper gloops.
I really like the character of Moist von Lipwig and was glad to read about him again. The book is of course filled with references that make you chuckle twice: when you get them, and when you find yourself clever because to got them... it's the Discworld double effect!
If you're a devotee of Discworld, you'll forgive the flaws and maybe knock off a star. If you're not, then the best place to start is somewhere in the 20-30 range, where the writing and plotting has matured, and Terry has got into his philosophical and satirical stride. (I've never understood those people who want him to return to writing books like "The Colour of Magic", which has always seemed to me to carry far too much fantasy baggage. It didn't take long for him to get over this though - Pyramids, Mort, and Wyrd Sisters are all fine pieces of work).
I find it impossible to rate Terry Pratchett below 5 stars as I love all his books. The only reason this is 4 (4.5 if I could) stars is because I preferred Going Postal.
Sir Terry wrote making money using chapters with short chapter-summaries, which makes a nice change, and his infamous footnotes (for me what makes the humour that cut-above) are a-plenty. The chapters are typically/loosely POV-ish in sections, and whereas some authors style' of POV makes you want to skip whole characters because they get boring quickly I would find the opposite, I would quickly want to know what was going on with each and every character as soon as they went absent from the dialogue, from Gladys the Golem to Moist himself.
IF you were a fan of Going postal, I recommend (nay insist) you continue the Moist Von Lipwig saga. I'm currently half way through Raising Steam, and once again and am enjoying it thoroughly.
I have to say I was disappointed on first reading the book, I then listened to my discs and I liked the book more. There's something about a listening to someone reading me a story that takes me back to a less stressful time (that Jackanory moment when I was a child and the troubles of the world were far, far away).
This story is not going to rank in my top twenty discworld stories but it isn't at the bottom of the list either.
It could be that the new Moist book came too soon on top of the Going Postal, that it would have been better if Mr Pratchett had returned to the Watch, or the Witches, or UU's faculty and Rincewind, or even Death, before moving back to Moist so quickly. Yet, for all its faults and similiarities to Going Postal, the Making Money story is a good one, even if it is lacking in the usual Pratchett polish.
(1) It is always enjoyable discovering new characters and seeing them interact with the old favourites. The plots are kept fresh and the city 'alive'.
(2) There is humour on the surface, and humour underneath, with alternative meanings and insights gained on subsequent readings, making the jokes go on and on.....
"Making Money" whilst continuing to explore a new socio-political area of the city, falls fairly flat on both the above 'Pratchett Foundations' and so becomes a pleasant enough easy read but without the depth of other Discworld novels with the plot cramming much in without elaborating or building layers - what you see is what you get.
Get it to keep your collection up to date, but the promising plot is confused and will not draw you back in. Terry Pratchett is still great and may long his work continue.
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