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Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Going Postal (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Going Postal
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperTorch (2005), Edition: First Thus, Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (2004)

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    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"

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Who knew postal service could be so interesting? Well written and fun to read, this book makes it obvious why terry Pritchett is so well loved. The book builds a universe without forcing you to read the first discworld novel, making it very accessible.
I remember previously reading another discworld novel years ago and both mentioned that wizards had stuffed alligators, and it was just a THING and much like real world, it's an accepted fact and left alone without overly long attempts to justify. It just is, the protagonist doesn't know why but knows all have them do it's an accepted fact. Witty and fun, do recommend ( )
  PaperTori | Jun 16, 2016 |
Actually *not* a good place to start if you're unfamiliar with Discworld. Yes, it was the first I read, and it did get me hooked. But I did not understand it at all back then. Now I've read all the books previous to this and am all caught up to here, and I appreciated it so much more. Definitely a fantasy, though, told in Pratchett's elliptical style that repeats some thoughts (it's easier to swindle dishonest people) ad-nauseum, and leaves others undeveloped (Dimwell Arrhythmic Rhyming Slang).

First read in, probably, 2005. Second time, October 2012. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Pratchett at the height of his powers of storytelling and observation. Moist von Lipwig is hanged (under one of his many assumed names) and Vetinari gives him the chance to redeem himself by resurrecting the postal service, now down to two - well, "employees" sounds too official. Moist must win the confidence of his co-workers, evade his judgmental parole officer (a golem), win the heart of a misanthropic golem liason, and beat the Clacks at its own game. Vetinari knows it takes a bent bastard to do the job right. Stephen Briggs reads this brilliantly.
  marfita | May 8, 2016 |
SO much truth wrapped within SO much sarcasm! "Peel away the lies and the truth would emerge." Tihs one is worth a second read. ( )
  jnmwheels | Apr 3, 2016 |
As an audiobook I didn't enjoy it as much. I need to actually read Pratchett. So I'll keep reading but no more audio versions.... ( )
  bjoelle5 | Feb 10, 2016 |
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Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cholewa, Piotr W.Tł.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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.

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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)

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