After his overwhelming success at the Post Office, Moist von Lipwig is now encouraged (forced) by the Patrician into taking on the Royal Bank - well, he has to since he inherited the major shareholder and Chairman (Mr. Fusspot, a small dog). He (Moist) is also made the master of the mint by the Patrician. This is a fun look at the nature of money, the gold standard, paper money, economies and what money really represents in an economy. Plus there are more golems, another crazy family and an Igor. This book would probably stand on its own but I'd suggest you read Going Postal first as this is a tight continuation of the storylines started there and you'll get more of the jokes.
Novellas and short stories are often a toss-up. Can the author make these characters work in a shorter form? For Mr. Maberry the answer is YES YES YES. Look around, some of these stories are also available as stand alone. Get the collection. You can read them almost anytime, except you want to read them after Dragon Factory if you can. I think having read them (one in particular) before King of Plagues made that one work better for me. KoP would have worked without the background but I had it from the novella and I liked that I did. Even when I read Assasins Code I was glad to have read these first, especially "that one". And Mr. Porter is excellent as usual with Joe and all the other characters.
I'm hooked now. I'm going to have to have every one of this series. I love Joe Ledger and Ray Porter's narration. Porter gives great voice to the first person narratives and the third person narratives. His characterizations are great. Maberry just keeps you on your toes with a fast moving plot (or plots) and the supporting characters are getting fleshed out and we enjoy them almost as much as Joe.
No zombies. I'm OK with that :) Plenty of other people and things to keep the DMS on their toes.
I'm a big fan of the Iron Druid series. Luke Daniels is a master with this material. Hearne's storytelling fits the novella mold just as well as it does the full length novel. Take the plunge - read this one!
This one sat for awhile after I bought it. Once I started it, I was caught up in the story. I enjoyed it quite a bit but there were some parts that left me wondering how the author would deal with wrapping things up. Apparently, that is for the rest of the series. I've read reviews of the next installments and I'm not sure if I will pursue them or not - but there are loose ends that I'd like to explore so I might. That is not intended to detract from this 1st installment at all - it was a good ride.
It has been awhile since I listened. I don't remember the narrator so had to listen to the sample to refresh my memory.
It was a good story that I wanted to listen to until the very end. I guessed some of the twists but didn't mind at all. I was wrong about others and pleasantly surprised. I liked the main character, in all of his complexities, and I look forward to hearing more of his stories. To say more would be a spoiler.
This story is great fun. Novellas and side-stories from a series are a tricky business, but Hearne hits it just right in this one. If you like the Iron Druid series, give this one a try. You won't be disappointed. Plus - it's Luke Daniels. What could be better?
I liked this one. History, suspense, but not a hard-core thriller. I liked the main character and some of the supporting cast and would like to see them in another story.
I've never read zombie fiction but picked this up anyway. What a great story. Plenty of layers and twists. He does the ping pong between settings a little too much for my taste but it was effective in moving the story along. I'm not sure why the opening used 2 different timelines - one story line used dates and times, the other relative (e.g. 3 days ago). But, an author this compelling can be quirky. I enjoyed the characters immensely.
I think I spent the last 2-3 hours of the book absolutely enthralled - if it was a paper book I might have said it slowed down because it seemed to take a while to get to the big confrontation scene. But in listening, it wasn't slow, it was just a good build-up - things kept happening to give more and more details.
That said, I have even more praise for the narrator. Ray Porter does a bang up job with Joe Ledger and the supporting characters. His women are very good and his ethnic and regional accents are good and consistent. He's going on my list of favorite narrators, up there with Scott Brick, Luke Daniels and the Nigel Planer (alphabetical order :) ).
This was fun;Pratchett takes on the post office. The protagonist (Moist) is a professional con man who is hanged for his crimes - or the crimes of his alias - but the Patrician arranges for him to not die (a talented hangman). As his punishment, he is on parole as the new Post Master General, charged with reviving the Post Office of Ank Morpork. Mix in a few golems, pin collectors, the idea of stamps as money and an evil business consortium who are running the Clacks (long-distance semiphore signalling) and you have another good yarn from Pratchett.
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