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Making Money, the latest from Terry Pratchett, is now my favorite Discworld novel. It is funny, engaging, and satirical. Follow Moist von Lipwig, reformed con man, as he tries to drag the banking system into the Century of the Anchovy (the twenty-first century to you and me).
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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 haas 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....

Review:

"Reprieved confidence trickster Moist von Lipwig, who reorganized the Ankh-Morpork Post Office in 2004's Going Postal, turns his attention to the Royal Mint in this splendid Discworld adventure. It seems that the aristocratic families who run the mint are running it into the ground, and benevolent despot Lord Vetinari thinks Moist can do better. Despite his fondness for money, Moist doesn't want the job, but since he has recently become the guardian of the mint's majority shareholder (an elderly terrier) and snubbing Vetinari's offer would activate an Assassins Guild contract, he reluctantly accepts. Pratchett throws in a mad scientist with a working economic model, disappearing gold reserves and an army of golems, once more using the Disc as an educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"In the fractured cosmology of Terry Pratchett, Discworld appears as a flat, disc-shaped planet carried through space by four enormous elephants and a giant turtle named Great A'Tuin. On Discworld, magic and lunacy flourish in equal measure, propelled by a heterogeneous populace that includes dwarves, trolls, golems, werewolves, vampires, imps and humans. Out of these elements, Pratchett has fashioned... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"After all these years, Discworld remains one of popular fiction's most reliably demented venues. Like the best of its predecessors, Making Money balances satire, knockabout farce and close observation of human — and non-human — foibles with impressive dexterity and deceptive ease. The result is another ingenious entertainment from the preeminent comic fantasist of our time." Bill Sheehan, The Washington Post Book World

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"Lipwig is a brilliant scalawag of a hero, and Pratchett's taste for dry one-liners remains prodigious. Far from Pratchett's best, but entertaining nonetheless." Kirkus Reviews

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"[S]mart, funny, and a thoroughly entertaining read." Booklist

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"Moist von Lipwig seems destined to join the permanent rogue's gallery of unforgettable characters who have entertained readers through 31 adventures." Bookreporter.com

Synopsis:

The revered international writer — one of the more significant contemporary English satirists (Publishers Weekly) — delivers another brilliantly clever Discworld novel filled with the trademark insight and humor readers the world over have come to expect.

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Terry Pratchett's novels have sold more than forty-five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. He lives in England.

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crowyhead, October 29, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I'm really beginning to enjoy Moist Von Lipwig as a character. This is a totally hilarious sequel to Going Postal, and I'm now curious what Pratchett is going to focus on for the next book: will it be the obvious subject of death and taxes? Will it involve the Clacks and the golems, or will it follow up on the hints re: underground public transit?
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Stephania, September 26, 2007 (view all comments by Stephania)
I was just saying a couple of weeks ago that I needed another book about Moist. He is SO over the top! Anyway, I am going to love every minute of the minty fresh puns. I can't wait to see the author tonight.
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Brutish, August 21, 2007 (view all comments by Brutish)
I neeeeed it!
I need it like a vampire needs it's fix (whatever it is, eh?).
I want it *now*! I want it three months ago!

Pleeeeeeze!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061161643
Author:
Pratchett, Terry
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
by Terry Pratchett
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Postal service
Subject:
Discworld (Imaginary place)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Discworld Novels
Publication Date:
20070918
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 23.28 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Making Money, the latest from Terry Pratchett, is now my favorite Discworld novel. It is funny, engaging, and satirical. Follow Moist von Lipwig, reformed con man, as he tries to drag the banking system into the Century of the Anchovy (the twenty-first century to you and me).

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Reprieved confidence trickster Moist von Lipwig, who reorganized the Ankh-Morpork Post Office in 2004's Going Postal, turns his attention to the Royal Mint in this splendid Discworld adventure. It seems that the aristocratic families who run the mint are running it into the ground, and benevolent despot Lord Vetinari thinks Moist can do better. Despite his fondness for money, Moist doesn't want the job, but since he has recently become the guardian of the mint's majority shareholder (an elderly terrier) and snubbing Vetinari's offer would activate an Assassins Guild contract, he reluctantly accepts. Pratchett throws in a mad scientist with a working economic model, disappearing gold reserves and an army of golems, once more using the Disc as an educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "After all these years, Discworld remains one of popular fiction's most reliably demented venues. Like the best of its predecessors, Making Money balances satire, knockabout farce and close observation of human — and non-human — foibles with impressive dexterity and deceptive ease. The result is another ingenious entertainment from the preeminent comic fantasist of our time."
"Review" by , "Lipwig is a brilliant scalawag of a hero, and Pratchett's taste for dry one-liners remains prodigious. Far from Pratchett's best, but entertaining nonetheless."
"Review" by , "[S]mart, funny, and a thoroughly entertaining read."
"Review" by , "Moist von Lipwig seems destined to join the permanent rogue's gallery of unforgettable characters who have entertained readers through 31 adventures."
"Synopsis" by , The revered international writer — one of the more significant contemporary English satirists (Publishers Weekly) — delivers another brilliantly clever Discworld novel filled with the trademark insight and humor readers the world over have come to expect.
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