Monday, October 13, 2008

Moist von Lipwig is back!

I so enjoyed Terry Pratchett's Going Postal, particularly in audio format (read by Stephen Briggs), that I was delighted to find that not only is there a sequel, but Stephen Briggs narrates it! Making Money picks up not too long after Going Postal ends, and we see Moist chafing at having a risk-free, steady, boring life. Particularly as Adora Belle, the woman he loves, has been away for a while (she's up to something a bit mysterious involving dwarfs and golems and mining).

Moist starts creating pointless situations that involve risk taking - yet when he is offered an opportunity "to make money" from Lord Vetinari, he turns it down. Still...something niggles at him, as he continues to go about his nice, safe, ordinary life. Finally, Moist takes the bait and soon is facing daunting new challenge, this time involving the royal mint. And of course, he finds himself immediately (and delightfully) way over his head.

Moist is a lovable character because he is so clever and wily, thinks quickly on his feet, has his heart in the right place, but is at heart a bit of a scoundrel. (But only to those who deserve it). He really likes people, and people sense that, and for that reason (to the unending despair of Moist's enemies), they trust him. Before long Moist is embroiled in a hilarious situation involving mad scientists, an army of golems, a little bug-eyed dog named Mr. Fusspott (who also happens to be the chairman of the bank), hidden rooms, necromancy (oops, I mean post-mortem communications - because necromancy is, of course, illegal), a man with very peculiar teeth, and an unforgettable villain.

I find Pratchett's books to be so effective because of their humor, their wonderful characters, insanely creative premises that just tickle my funnybone, and their wicked, cutting satire and social commentary. I never know what's going to happen next, and I just sit back and enjoy the ride. I hadn't read any Discworld novels lately, but I've so enjoyed the ones I've read this year that I've decided to go back and reread them all in order. I recommend reading this one after Going Postal, but you don't really have to read any of the others to enjoy and understand these two. If you are in a reading slump or are looking for something to take your mind off the "real" world, I highly recommend one of Terry Pratchett's novels. The "real" world is as present there as here, but when you come back from Discworld, you'll feel a lot more optimistic about this world!

Books in the Discworld series:
1. The Color of Magic
2. The Light Fantastic
3. Equal Rites
4. Mort
5. Sourcery
6. Wyrd Sisters
7. Pyramids
8. Guards, Guards
9. Eric
10. Moving Pictures
11. Reaper Man
12. Witches Abroad
13. Small Gods
14. Lords and Ladies
15. Men at Arms
16. Soul Music
17. Interesting Times
18. Maskerade
19. Feet of Clay
20. Hogfather
21. Jingo
22. The Last Continent
23. Carpe Jugulum
24. The Fifth Elephant
25. The Truth
26. The Thief of Time
27. The Last Hero
28. Nightwatch
29. Monstrous Regiment
30. Going Postal
31. Thud
32. Making Money


Making Money by Terry Pratchett; narrated by Stephen Briggs (Landmark Audiobooks, 2007)

Also reviewed at:
Framed and Booked: ..."the narrator of this audiobook did such a delightful job of capturing the different voices and giving them such great nuances that I can't imagine reading can be better."
Things Mean a Lot: "I am in awe of how many intelligent, wise, insightful, perceptive and interesting characters Terry Pratchett has created."

6 comments:

  1. I like your idea of going back and reading them all in order. I want to do that at some point as well. I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much :)

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  2. Nymeth - Thanks! My library also has Thud on CD, read by Briggs - can I listen to that one without having read other specific books before it? I am so addicted to these audio versions now!

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  3. You know, Thud is probably one of my top 3 Discworld novels. It's a great story and as funny as usual, but also really dark, and one of the best books about prejudice and ethnic tensions I have ever read. So part of me wants to say "Yes, yes, read it immediately!" :P But I think that to appreciate Thud it's good to at least have read The Fifth Elephant. Not only because it reveals certain things about Vimes' personal life that will be important later on, but because it introduces us to dwarf culture, and that plays a huge role on Thud.

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  4. Nymeth - thanks for the advice! Maybe I'll just save it to read in order during my massive reread plan. I'm glad you like it so much! It is great to have books to look forward to that I just know I'm going to love. :-)

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  5. This is th eonly one in the serie I am yet to catch up on. I will hopefully read it next year although I do prefer his young adult books far more.

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  6. Rhinoa - you are in for a treat. And yes, I agree, the YA ones are nearest and dearest to my heart, too, particularly the Tiffany Aching books.

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