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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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Wonderful book! Wonderful reader! Great ideas! Terrific language! Laugh out loud funny! I wish there were more books with Moist von Lipwig. I highly recommend this. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Charming, but less well organized than the last few. GLBT interest tag for some people in the city becoming queer-progressive while others remain gender-traditionalist. ( )
  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
Going Postal was my introduction to Discworld and remains one of my favorite entries. It was just as wonderful to listen to this tale of a con man's reluctant reformation and the revival of a dead post office. I still love Mr. Pratchett's description of modern corporate thinking. ( )
  JalenV | Jan 28, 2014 |
This Discworld episode centers around a convicted con man, Moist von Lipwig, who is secretly given a chance at redemption. He's assigned as Postmaster of the unbelievably defunct Post Office of Ankh-Morpork. The book of course takes every satirical potshot at the Postal service one could imagine. Yet under the remarkable and non traditional leadership of Postmaster Lipwig, the Service and the bizarre characters who work there quickly become the underdog heroes miraculously taking on the corrupted Grand Trunk clacks communication service.

The first third of the book moves pretty slowly and generally doesn't sparkle with Pratchett's usual level of humor. After that though, the story finally gets moving and also gets funnier. ( )
  Jack-in-the-Green | Jan 25, 2014 |
This was a fun read. A little boring in a few places, and quite slow in getting started. However, once it starts moving, you become engrossed in the primary and secondary characters. The story line becomes a background thing that happens around the characters. ( )
  TommyElf | Jan 5, 2014 |
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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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