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)
Not usually a fan of fantasy, but Terry Prachett's mix of absurdist action/drama monty pythonesque comedy and biting satire makes Discworld an absolute riot!
"Watching a dog try to eat a large piece of toffee is a pastime fit for the Gods."
These books always brighten up my day. Recommend the entire series, love the satire.
The reading is great, the story is wonderful, but every now and then random techno music plays. Sometimes it's at the end of a chapter, sometimes it's in the middle of one. It's always odd and always annoying.
I've always been a huge Terry Pratchett fan. So much, that when I got my first synthesizer on my 14th birthday, I made a "Terry P-Ratchett Beat" mix & sent him the tape! Imagine my delight when I listened to this recording & found that he put my beat in places where it would help progress the story! Well done!
Who better to entrust the City finances to, but a convicted felon! Rock on!
Only in Ank Mopork could the solution be so obvious.
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