!!> Reading ➸ Going Postal ➰ Author Terry Pratchett – Submitalink.info

!!> Reading ➸ Going Postal ➰ Author Terry Pratchett – Submitalink.info The mail must get through He was part of the government, wasn t he Governments took money off people That s what they were for.Turns out, years spent scamming and conning the public have excellently prepared Moist von Lipwig with the skill set needed to run a vast corporation.Who knew My Discworld reading for the Humour Club has had its ups and downs Some books I loved, some bored me to tears, one I didn t finish I thrilled to the adventures of the witches, laughed at the exploits of the Nig The mail must get through He was part of the government, wasn t he Governments took money off people That s what they were for.Turns out, years spent scamming and conning the public have excellently prepared Moist von Lipwig with the skill set needed to run a vast corporation.Who knew My Discworld reading for the Humour Club has had its ups and downs Some books I loved, some bored me to tears, one I didn t finish I thrilled to the adventures of the witches, laughed at the exploits of the Night Watch and frowned upon the know it all wizards Seriously, could they bepompous It s like reading a book where every single character is my mother in law Yet, I ve never rated anything less than three stars because I laughed, at least once, while reading each book But now I m in love again, and the spring is comin I m in love again, hear my heart strings strumminThis one is EVERYTHING a Discworld book can be funny, touching, clever and thrilling If you re looking to start the series, this is a perfect place to jump in Moist s efforts to revive the floundering postal service should make you grin and require absolutely no knowledge of previous tales ADDED BONUS Pratchett has invented possibly the nicest euphemism ever for describing old age It s good to know I m not decrepit, I m just rich in years.A perfect pick me up of a read Cole Porter Welcome to the Industrial Revolution Well, technically we already had three books belonging to that sub series though I only really consider two of those truly to be of that subject , but this one is full of industry And not as in factories but as in a man s industrious efforts.Meet Moist von Lipwick No, his parents really didn t think it through when naming him He is up to no good, cheating people out of money though always without using any form of violence and he is about to pay th Welcome to the Industrial Revolution Well, technically we already had three books belonging to that sub series though I only really consider two of those truly to be of that subject , but this one is full of industry And not as in factories but as in a man s industrious efforts.Meet Moist von Lipwick No, his parents really didn t think it through when naming him He is up to no good, cheating people out of money though always without using any form of violence and he is about to pay the price at the beginning of this book Because Lord Vetinari has ordered his death So he s hanged until an inch of his life literally I really love the Patrician Afterwards, he has an audience with Vetinari where he is voluntold to be the next Postmaster of Ankh Morpork You see, the industry there is that word again that has formed around the Clacks towers is getting out of hand, the moguls becoming almost unruly, which is something the Patrician certainly cannot stand However, previous attempts at reinstating a postmaster and re starting the regular delivery of mail for some much needed competition have all failed It takes a swindler to get ahead of the crooks incl their pirate boss.So Lipwick gets a very special parol officer, Ankh Morpork gets stamps and mailmen, and the letters that have waited decades to be delivered finally get to rest.Technically, there is no reason for me to like a stinking big metropolis like Ankh Morpork And yet every time I read a book that takes place there, I m loving every minute of it Everyone trying to get one over the citizens there deserves what he s going to get lol I also love the diversity This time represented by the wonderful golem Mr Pump Pump 19.And how could anyone not love the fact that this installment of the series centers around stories and unfinished life stories at that Personally, I love writing and sending and receiving letters so reading an entire book that was crafted around the notion that mail means communication and connection and HOPE, was rather magical indeed The writing is top notch, there is no denying it and no need to go over all the glory that is Pratchett s mastery Just look at the highlighted quotes or read almost any of my other reviews foron that But his newest character addition, Moist, is a masterpiece I love a number of characters in the series but this confidence trickster hero is something else I m glad to know there will bebooks with him in the not so distant future and I m very much looking forward to his continued shenanigans I love it when one work of art makes me think of another and my enjoyment of both is enhanced.The executive office meeting subsequent to the gallows made me think of Mel Brooks hilarious 1974 film Blazing Saddles and Harvey Korman s portrayal of Hedley LaMarr So throughout the rest of the novel I eschewed the British aristocratic drawl of Lord Vetinari and replaced with Korman s robber baron prose for full comedic effect.Granny Weatherwax is still my favorite, but Sir Terry has succeeded again I love it when one work of art makes me think of another and my enjoyment of both is enhanced.The executive office meeting subsequent to the gallows made me think of Mel Brooks hilarious 1974 film Blazing Saddles and Harvey Korman s portrayal of Hedley LaMarr So throughout the rest of the novel I eschewed the British aristocratic drawl of Lord Vetinari and replaced with Korman s robber baron prose for full comedic effect.Granny Weatherwax is still my favorite, but Sir Terry has succeeded again in making a GREAT Discworld novel that is funny, thought provoking and entertaining all at once.While Moist von Lipwig is a worthy and fun protagonist, once again the real hero is Pratchett himself The author s pithy prose and world wise narration keeps this skipping along at a good clip and the Pratchett Smile O Meter was bouncing in a lively manner throughout.Describing a picaresque tale about erstwhile con man and ne er do well Lipwig, Pratchett shows how a second chance after the hangman s noose is a win win for all involved, especially the readers Parolee Lipwig must recreate the Ankh Morpork post office into a going concern We revisit many of our Discworld favorites, meet some new friends, and a rousing good time is had by all Besides being a great entry into the Discworld mythos, this is also just a good book Pratchett, getting better like a fine wine, spins a good yarn.One of the best Discworld books, a MUST read for fans For the longest time, Going Postal has been my best known unread book Having watched and rewatched the SkyOne TV adaptation, I had sort of tacitly decided that actually reading the book was not high on my list of priorities Plus, Charles Dance is the quintessential Lord Vetinari as far as I m concerned Sorry GoT fans, the Discworld was here long before you.Moist von Lipwig has dedicated most of his life to perfecting the intricacies of con artistry, but his unparalleled streak of luck is abou For the longest time, Going Postal has been my best known unread book Having watched and rewatched the SkyOne TV adaptation, I had sort of tacitly decided that actually reading the book was not high on my list of priorities Plus, Charles Dance is the quintessential Lord Vetinari as far as I m concerned Sorry GoT fans, the Discworld was here long before you.Moist von Lipwig has dedicated most of his life to perfecting the intricacies of con artistry, but his unparalleled streak of luck is about to meet a rather definitive ending Or is it Lord Havelock Vetinari is in need of a new Post Master for Ankh Morpork s long deceased Post Office A truly impossible job even for Lipwig, but our hero s had plenty of experience in slinking off Unfortunately for him, the Patrician has had plenty of experience preventing said slinking off.And since no request from Lord Vetinari ever comes with just one catch, Lipwig soon realizes that any possible failure may have some truly fatal consequences And that s not just due to Vetinari s retaliation.So with no other alternatives, and a parole officer immune to any forms of bribery, Lipwig decides to just fake his way through the Post Master job And against all odds, our hero becomes an instant success.So how was the reading experience, you may ask As predictable as I suspected, but also not that much The generic idea remains, of Lipwig managing to surround himself with some of the most capable people in order to achieve his goals, especially when said people had no idea of their own capabilities Except for Ms Dearheart of course, who should just be declared a Goddess, so we can all bow down to her officially What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government Apart from, say, the average voter That was an important rule of any game always make it easy for people to give you money And you just hoped something would turn up What made you think it would It always has The only way to get something to turn up when you need it is to need it to turn up So which one is better Honestly, I liked both versions.The TV adaptation has turned Adora Dearheart into this absolutely kickass heroine, who doesn t just command the Golem Trust, but also dabbles in Clacks Tower experiments, tames crazy horses, and is generally up for saving the World any time and any where.The book on the other hand gives you awesome bonus scenes like Moist getting inducted into the secret Postal Workers cult Miss Macalariat the ferocious office manager of the Post Office, intent on proper bathroom etiquette even when golems where involved and of course Grandad Lipwig s many teachings back in Uberwald, the building blocks of Moist s survival strategies.All I can suggest is not to reread rewatch either so much, as to be able to anticipate each and every twist and turn It ll take away from the excitement of discovering Lipwigs next crazy scheme.Score 3.8 5 starsSurprisingly entertaining, in spite of all my initial misgivings Other books starring Moist von Lipwig Review of book 2 Making MoneyReview of book 3 Raising Steam Out of all the books in the Discworld series, this is the first one that made me truly go from a fan to a diehard fan I enjoyed them all, to be sure, but this is the one that made me downright giddy and pleased.It s a heist Um Kinda When a heist meets becoming an avatar for a god of incomplete stories meets confidence trickery meets MAIL DELIVERY.I mean, this is Discworld It makes perfect sense Who other than a successful albeit caught by Lord V thief to run the biggest government con j Out of all the books in the Discworld series, this is the first one that made me truly go from a fan to a diehard fan I enjoyed them all, to be sure, but this is the one that made me downright giddy and pleased.It s a heist Um Kinda When a heist meets becoming an avatar for a god of incomplete stories meets confidence trickery meets MAIL DELIVERY.I mean, this is Discworld It makes perfect sense Who other than a successful albeit caught by Lord V thief to run the biggest government con job in Discworld All hail the Postmaster General Beloved of all the gods and the crookedest personality in all of Pratchett s works So funny, so magical, and so freakishly real.If you don t steal enough, you re hung as a thief You steal enough, they call you The Government or a Hero This book was an excellent surprise I love the Discworld series but was getting tired of seeing the same characters again and again in every book But this book introduces an entirely new and refreshing cast of characters I particularly liked the main character and felt he was very well developed Pratchett s books are funny precisely because he has a very firm grasp of human nature His best work feels surprisingly profound even though you re also laughing so hard you re afraid you might brea This book was an excellent surprise I love the Discworld series but was getting tired of seeing the same characters again and again in every book But this book introduces an entirely new and refreshing cast of characters I particularly liked the main character and felt he was very well developed Pratchett s books are funny precisely because he has a very firm grasp of human nature His best work feels surprisingly profound even though you re also laughing so hard you re afraid you might break a rib In some of the later novels I was gettingof a reused joke feeling, and while it was still pretty funny, all the depth was gone In this novel it s back, and I would rank Going Postal pretty high among the Discworld novels.Highly recommended, especially to Pratchett fans who think Discworld has gotten a little stale Ankh Morpork is hiring WANTED Postmaster General Employer Lord Vetinari , Patrician former Assassin s Guild member, tyrant whatnot Salary includes danger bonus and a Golem bodyguard, as the former 4 postmasters died mysterious or suspicious or both deaths in quick succession within 1 month.And Lord Vetinari s choice of the perfect man for the postOh, all right Of course I accept as a natural born criminal, habitual liar, fraudster, and totally untrustworthy perverted genius Cap Ankh Morpork is hiring WANTED Postmaster General Employer Lord Vetinari , Patrician former Assassin s Guild member, tyrant whatnot Salary includes danger bonus and a Golem bodyguard, as the former 4 postmasters died mysterious or suspicious or both deaths in quick succession within 1 month.And Lord Vetinari s choice of the perfect man for the postOh, all right Of course I accept as a natural born criminal, habitual liar, fraudster, and totally untrustworthy perverted genius Capital Welcome to government service said Lord Vetinari, extending his hand I pride myself on being able to pick the right manAnd the CLACKS Discworld s answer to the Internet And the moral of the storySpeak softly and employ a huge man with a crowbar This was really surprising, actually Perhaps it shouldn t have been, given how many people whose opinions I respect are Pratchett fans, but I haven t read a fantasy novel since giving up on Robert Jordan s painstakingly prolonged The Wheel of Time somewhere in book 5, I think long before college Actually, I suppose I read a few of the Harry Potters in the interim, but in some ways that feltlike keeping up with pop culture than reading actual fantasy.In any event, Going Postal was purel This was really surprising, actually Perhaps it shouldn t have been, given how many people whose opinions I respect are Pratchett fans, but I haven t read a fantasy novel since giving up on Robert Jordan s painstakingly prolonged The Wheel of Time somewhere in book 5, I think long before college Actually, I suppose I read a few of the Harry Potters in the interim, but in some ways that feltlike keeping up with pop culture than reading actual fantasy.In any event, Going Postal was purely a pleasure Compared to the grueling epics I recall from years ago, Pratchett s style was brisk and entertaining, his humor completely suffusing the tone of the book in a way that reminded me of Douglas Adams approach to science fiction But whereas Adams plotlines can be meandering and perhaps secondary to his constant seeking of the absurd, Pratchett s were elaborately coiled, well paced, and compelling, and his characters, amusing and strange as they often were, had a certain sincerity that kept me interested in their welfare Ridiculous name aside, Moist von Lipwig s reluctantly scrupulous con artist emphasis on artist , as his maneuvering definitely deserves such a word was exceedingly entertaining to follow.Pratchett s underlying thoughts and satire also seemed fairly spot on His commentary on the nature of hope suggests that he would understand why so many under privileged Americans tend to vote Republican against their best financial interests besides its application in many other areas of human nature , and the bits about personal momentum were sufficiently commanding as to grant even the reader a resounding sense of motion and possibility from time to time.I suppose Pratchett may not be to everyone s taste and I was not sure he would be to mine fantasy comedy, never but he seems to be very skilled in his particular niche Yes, this was very good Mostly just at being a fun diversion, but also perhaps as well thought out and gracefully executed literature Moist Von Lipwig Was A Con Artist And A Fraud And A Man Faced With A Life Choice Be Hanged, Or Put Ankh Morpork S Ailing Postal Service Back On Its Feet.It Was A Tough Decision.But He Has To See That The Mail Gets Through, Come Rain, Hail, Sleet, Dogs, The Post Office Workers Friendly And Benevolent Society, The Evil Chairman Of The Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, And A Midnight Killer.Getting A Date With Adora Bell Dearheart Would Be Nice, Too.Maybe It Ll Take A Criminal To Succeed Where Honest Men Have Failed, Or Maybe It S A Death Sentence Either Way Or Perhaps There S A Shot At Redemption In The Mad World Of The Mail, Waiting For A Man Who S Prepared To Push The Envelope I picked up this book to read on a 15 hour flight from Chicago to Vietnam, on the assumption that it would be a light, pleasant way to pass the dreary hours after one flight to China during which I watched the first X Men film three times, I decided it was best to err on the side of having too many books rather than too few My assumptions proved correct, and I enjoyed the book quite thoroughly Three things struck me 1 Pratchett s use of language is always fun, and he occasionally makes wond I picked up this book to read on a 15 hour flight from Chicago to Vietnam, on the assumption that it would be a light, pleasant way to pass the dreary hours after one flight to China during which I watched the first X Men film three times, I decided it was best to err on the side of having too many books rather than too few My assumptions proved correct, and I enjoyed the book quite thoroughly Three things struck me 1 Pratchett s use of language is always fun, and he occasionally makes wonderful jokes that can t be read aloud with the same effect, like the store owner who turns up whose speech suffers from greengrocer s apostrophes.2 Pratchett typically writes in a third person limited point of view, but he s extremely good at getting inside the heads of his characters and changing the voice up The unfortunately named Moist has his own clear eyed perspective on the world that differs from the other denizens of Discworld.3 He manages to weave in quite a bit of history about the postal service I wouldn t have considered it to be an interesting topic for inquiry I mean, come on post offices mostly exist to aggrivate people who hate standing in queues, right but I was wrong.Best vocabulary word gleaned from the text frank , meaning to stamp something

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