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Making Money (Discworld, #36)

By Terry Pratchett

Rating: 4 stars

I avoided the latter adventures of Moist von Lipwig for a long time after I read Going Postal because I didn’t think that there were more stories to be told about Lipwig. However, I’m currently filling in the gaps in my Pratchett collection at the moment and when I found it in a charity shop, the friend I was with said it “wasn’t bad”.

The book did little to change my original opinion: after sorting out the Post Office, Lipwig is, by hook and by crook, put in charge of the Royal Mint. Rinse and repeat. In saying that, there’s a lot to enjoy in this book. Unlike a lot of New Pratchett (a period that, for me, starts around The Fifth Elephant or The Truth) there are actual laugh out loud moments, and I find Lipwig a sympathetic character. In this book he sometimes comes across as a little, not stupid, but slow, and this is something that he recognises in himself: the respectable life at the Post Office has taken his edge. But despite everything, he retains enough to, as you’d expect, come out the other end without losing the shine on his golden suit.

So not classic Pratchett, but better than the ones on either side of it. It’s got me interested enough in Lipwig to possibly prioritise getting Raising Steam earlier than I would otherwise have done.

Book details

ISBN: 9780552154901
Publisher: Corgi Books
Year of publication: 2007

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