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)
Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?
Brilliantly, wickedly funny
Stephen Briggs is an absolutely fabulous reader, and perfect for the Terry Pratchett books
Funny, imagnative, creative
Oh when all the plot lines come together.
Stephen Briggs has built a community of characters that I instantly recognized and enjoy amoung the many Diskworld volumes. He brings the series to life.
I had to many chuckles to hone in on any single one.
I just love these books they speed on by and make my long drives often not long enough! The talent of both writer and reader are at the top of my list.
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!
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