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.
"An educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
When god made me he broke the mold out of frustration. That is what i believe if i believed in god that is. but i em a kind and interesting person who has a lot of interests. some cool some not so cool but i do not care because i live my life the way i wont to I follow my own path. i em an artist and love what i do. i watch way to much TV but i must emit it is in my genetics. both my father and grandfather watched way to much TV. ; )
yes. this is one of my favorite of the discworld books
going postal, first book in this group
Stephen Briggs' brings his panolpy of voices to another wacky Terry Pratchett story. The first Moist von Lipwig (Going Postal) was so unexpected that remeeting him reduces the edge-of-your-seat uncertainty of what he was going to do next and the plot doesn't hang together as well -- but this story is still a terrific listen for any long drive.
This definitely was not as clever and entertaining as Going Postal (my first Discworld). However, I'm rolling the dice on Unseen Academicals to see if Terry brings the magic back.
"Being normal isn't necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Practical Magic
This is a good story, backed up by a good reader. I liked it better than Going Postal (the first Moist book), even though the reader and several characters are the same. I felt that the reader did better with the voices and characterization this time around. Mind you, it's not being read the way I, myself, read it. I love to read out loud, and often my own interpretation/voices get in the way of simply enjoying what I'm hearing - but in spite of that forgivable flaw it's definitely well worth a listen. Or six.
Terry Pratchett does it again! He takes the dullness of the mint and banking and gives us a fun little romp that ends with pies thrown and much merriment.
How can you not love everything he does? I think the only way for that is to have no funnybone.
Supremely entertaining with loads of lovable characters. Though Pratchett is technically working in the realm of light fantasy, he certainly doesn't shy away from complicated ideas. In this book, for instance, someone has built a physical contraption with tubes and liquids that mirrors financial factors at work in the Ankh-Morpork economy -- that pretty much blew my mind! I wish Bernanke had one of those!
If you haven't read Pratchett, start with "The Colour of Magic" or another of his beginning works.
For those who have looked at my profile to see what I've reviewed and happened upon this--READ SOME REVIEWS OF DISCWORLD.
While this series is certainly not for everyone, I find Pratchett's dry English humor and play on words to be delightful. Out of all the authors I've listened to this is one that has made me keep my Audible subscription year after year.
Give one of his books a try. You might have to listen to the first hour or so over again the very first time you read Pratchett to get a handle on his zany world he has created, but it's worth it!
If you've agreed with my ratings on other books try Pratchett--it might be your best audiobook decision of the year!
Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are consistently entertaining and clever. This one is sort of a follow-up to "Going Postal," so it might be worth reading that one first.
Steven Briggs does an excellent job narrating, even with lots of characters and lots of dialogue.
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