Happy Holidays! The 12 Days of LT scavenger hunt is going on. Can you solve the clues?
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Going Postal (2004)

by Terry Pratchett

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Discworld (33), Discworld: Industrial (4)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
9,311163489 (4.24)248
Recently added byNarilka, krisbenysek, eldorz, dougdirt, mmorrison61, private library, jonnyr, Ygraine, AlicjaBabyszko
  1. 50
    Making Money by Terry Pratchett (kinsey_m)
    kinsey_m: Same protagonist, just as fun.
  2. 30
    Thud! by Terry Pratchett (ChillnND)
    ChillnND: One of Pratchett's best Discworld books, a fast paced detective novel set in his fantastic world. There's plenty of wry, satirical social commentary in Thud! as there is in "Going Postal"

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 248 mentions

English (155)  German (3)  Spanish (2)  Danish (1)  Dutch (1)  All languages (162)
Showing 1-5 of 155 (next | show all)
If I could give this six stars, I would. Ties together many of the strands of previous books, introduces a classic new character, has a fascinating, original plot, and just a dash of magic where it's needed. My personal favorite Pratchett. ( )
  jonsweitzerlamme | Nov 28, 2018 |
Great characters, clever plot and a story of redemption as well as a satire about government work. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
My introduction to Discworld, and to Ankh-Morpork, was a TV adaptation of Going Postal, followed by the abridged audiobook of the same. This year I’ve been working my way through the City Watch books, but the next one (Thud!) wasn’t immediately available from the library, and since Going Postal precedes Thud!, this felt like a good time to revisit it by listening to the unabridged audiobook.

It’s witty, satirical and delightfully silly. It made me laugh. I was completely engrossed -- and, yet again, a bit surprised that the story had made me like and sympathise with a dishonest con-man.

Going Postal worked just fine as an introduction to Anhk-Morpork, possibly because Moist himself doesn’t yet have a thorough understanding of the city and its key players. But this time round I enjoyed being able understand more about the situation Moist finds himself in -- Anhk-Morpork makes much more sense now -- and to appreciate references to characters from other books. For instance, I was amused by how much time Moist spent worrying about “the werewolf in the watch”.
I also enjoyed Adora Belle Dearheart’s presence in the story, which I suspect had a bit to do with Briggs’ delivery of her lines.

You are the Postmaster!
“Look, I’m not the One you’re looking for!”
Moist von Lipwig, at a time like this any One will do!
“But…but…I am not worthy!”
Acquire worth with speed, Moist von Lipwig! Bring back the light! Open the doors! Stay not the messengers about their business! [...] Deliver Us!
( )
  Herenya | Jun 8, 2018 |
Moist von Lipwig, fresh off the scaffolds, is offered a job in lieu of a death sentence for his many swindles: become postmaster. This is no small task: unsent letters have been piling up in the post office for decades, and everyone stopped mailing letters when the "clacks" - a sort of visual telegraph - came to be. With the help of a memorable cast of characters, Moist takes it upon himself to save the post office and return it to its former glory, even if he has to return to his old con-artist ways to do it. The whole thing is very fun and very funny, and you don't even have to be familiar with Discworld to enjoy it. (I read the first Discworld book over a decade ago so I was basically coming into it cold.) Definitely recommended. ( )
  melydia | May 12, 2018 |
This was a weird book, a friend gave it to me and I didn't know what to expect. I chuckled a few times and in the end it wasn't too bad. ( )
  MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
Showing 1-5 of 155 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (17 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cholewa, Piotr W.Tł.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
The flotillas of the dead sailed around the world on underwater rivers.
'Can I not?' said Vetinari. 'I am a tyrant. It's what we do.'
'Oh, *please* sue the University!' Ridcully bellowed. 'We've got a *pond* full of people who tried to sue the University--'
'Neither Deluge Nor Ice Storm Nor The Black Silence Of The Netherhells Shall Stay These Messengers About Their Sacred Business. Do Not Ask Us About Sabre-Tooth Tigers, Tar Pits, Big Green Things With Teeth Or The Goddess Czol.'
'What? Funning? I never fun! I do not fun, Miss Maccalariat, and have no history of funning, and even if I were inclined to funning, Miss Maccalariat, I would not dream of funning with you.'
The man going to be hanged had been named Moist von Lipwig by doting if unwise parents, but he was not going to embarrass the name, insofar as that was possible, by being hung under it.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary
It seems criminals
Are government workers, but
Are they any good?

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060502932, Mass Market Paperback)

Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into ... a government job?

By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical headman. But if the bold and undoable are what's called for, Moist's the man for the job -- to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every being, human or otherwise, requires: hope.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:58:28 -0400)

(see all 7 descriptions)

Arch-swindler Moist Van Lipwig never believed his confidence crimes were hanging offenses-until he found himself with a noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trapdoor, and falling into-a government job? By all rights, Moist should have met his maker. Instead, it's Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster. Since his only other option is a nonliving one, Moist accepts the position-and the hulking golem watchdog who comes along with it, just in case Moist was considering abandoning his responsibilities prematurely. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be a near-impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office building; and with only a few creaky old postmen and one rather unstable, pin-obsessed youth available to deliver it. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him.… (more)

» see all 12 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (4.24)
1 3
1.5 4
2 38
2.5 19
3 276
3.5 97
4 941
4.5 131
5 989

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 130,873,124 books! | Top bar: Always visible