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Making Money: Discworld #36 | [Terry Pratchett]

Making Money: Discworld #36

The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"
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The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly; meetings start and end on time; five out of six letters relegated to the Blind Letter Office ultimately wend their way to the correct addresses. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations: including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

Vetinari isn't talking about wages, of course. He's referring, rather, to the Royal Mint of Ankh-Morpork, a venerable institution that has run for centuries on the hereditary employment of the Men of the Sheds and their loyal outworkers, who do make money in their spare time. Unfortunately, it costs more than a penny to make a penny, so the whole process seems somewhat counterintuitive.

Next door, at the Royal Bank, the Glooper, an "analogy machine", has scientifically established that one never has quite as much money at the end of the week as one thinks one should, and the bank's chairman, one elderly Topsy (née Turvy) Lavish, keeps two loaded crossbows at her desk. Oh, and the chief clerk is probably a vampire.

But before Moist has time to fully consider Vetinari's question, fate answers it for him. Now he's not only making money, but enemies too; he's got to spring a prisoner from jail, break into his own bank vault, stop the new manager from licking his face, and, above all, find out where all the gold has gone: otherwise, his life in banking, while very exciting, is going to be really, really short.

©2007 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, Best Fantasy Novel, 2008

"An educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lisa Corona Del Mar, CA, United States 09-11-12
    Lisa Corona Del Mar, CA, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Gold! Golems! Economic Theory! Oh my!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly C. Salley Arkansas 04-18-08
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    "Wonderful!"

    Terry Pratchett's dynamic Moist Von Lipwig is back and still fabulous. Briggs is dead on accurate. He is such a good narrator I have all the books he reads.

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    "Better and Better"

    Each of TP's books is more complex and rich than the one before it, with the familiar characters, elaborately developed in previous stories, coming on to the stage exactly where they are needed, to do their sctick in such away as to move the current tale exactly where it needs to go.

    Man, if I could write like this I would't be sitting here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenenth D. Rupkalvis San Antonio, TX 10-24-07
    Kenenth D. Rupkalvis San Antonio, TX 10-24-07 Member Since 2002

    Slidehorn

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    "Amazing, yet again"

    The fertile imagination of Terry Pratchett brought another side splitting story. The humor is fast paced and its worth a second listen to catch the one liners that you miss the first time.

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    Ethan M. Philadelphia 10-13-07
    Ethan M. Philadelphia 10-13-07 Member Since 2005

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "Disappointing, but still Pratchett"

    As a listener to most of Pratchett's novels on Audible, this is a bit of a disappointment, especially to someone who loved Going Postal. Don't get me wrong, if you are a fan of his work, you will find a lot to like, but it is missing many of the elements found in his recent, more satisfying works.

    His recent novels have involved either finely tuned satire of the modern world (like Going Postal) or amusing but poignant character studies (Thud and Nightwatch). This novel fails to do either particularly well - the satire is a bit flat (Terry doesn't seem to have that much interesting to say about the economy) and Moist falls a bit flat here as a character, in many ways repeating exactly the same sequence of events as in the previous novel. There are some good jokes, but many feel a bit forced (a running joke about garlic and a chef, for example) and it ultimately is less memorable than most of his works. Still better than a lot of other work on Audible, but, if you haven't listened to them all, try some of the others first.

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    Terry A. Austin Temple, TX United States 10-05-07
    Terry A. Austin Temple, TX United States 10-05-07 Member Since 2000
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    "Could be better, but it's still Terry"

    There is not a single Terry Pratchett novel on Audible that I have not purchased. There are darned few that have not made very high marks in my opinion. THIS one however feels like he simply had a contract obligation to meet and 'hammered one out'.

    Don't get me wrong, there are bright moments that sing out "Terry's still got it!". However, this is far from his best.

    A book by Terry though, remains a book by Terry and as such is still, far and away my favorite book of the past few months. It did NOT however meet the expectations that I had when I first saw a new Pratchett on the shelf.

    So be it... listen if you are a fan, you know you'll be sorry if you don't - just don't expect this to be as good as some others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emmagemma Connecticut 10-02-07
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    "Funny story about money"

    Another fabulous Discworld novel, In this tale, Mr. Prachett investigaes our banking systems and the people there-in. True to a discworld novel, the characters are enjoyable, the story fun and enjoyable. A chuckle every page! Great job. I can't wait for the next Discworld novel!

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    sam 06-04-15
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    "city life"

    the patrician is at it again, this time the banking structure of ankmorpork is under the knife and maybe the city a well. listen in to see what happens and what moiste, that lovable crook, will do about it.

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    D.L.Sayers DeepInTheHeartOfTexasAccidentally 05-13-15 Member Since 2010

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    "one of my very favorites!"

    I'm not sure who I love more, Moist or Vimes...

    and it's got a little dog....

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    I really enjoyed the story and the narration was fantastic as always. The musical bumps were extremely out of place and inappropriate to the style.

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