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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), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, fantasy, humor, satire, Discworld

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Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (2004)

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  b00kworm72 | Sep 1, 2015 |
For me, this was an introduction to Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Pratchett has created an interesting world, and filled it with an array of unique characters. In Going Postal, Moist von Lipwig narrowly avoids hanging for previous crimes, but is saved and given a chance to become the post master of the closed post office. He soon finds out that the post office is filled with old, unsent letters and that it has fallen out of fashion now that there are faster ways to send messages. Lipwig tries hard to do as little as he can, but through some of his adventures he makes new friends, and starts to revitalize the post office, although not everyone in town is happy about his success. The reader finds themselves endeared to the accidental hero of the story, enjoying the friends that he makes, hoping he survives his enemies, and wondering what he will think of next.
  GretchenLynn | Aug 10, 2015 |
I was reading this to my son when that train crashed and burned in Quebec, destroying so much property and killing all those people. I watched the news and listened to the new owner of the company in question defend his methods of making more money by cutting expenses -- specifically, expenses like having two engineers on a shift when you could get away with only having one. In fact, it was probably safer to have just one person doing the safety check, because if there were two people, they were more likely to distract one another!

All of which was creepily appropriate to have as a background to reading this book. ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
Going Postal is the thirty-third Discworld novel and a fairly good one to start with as it follows a new character. There’s some references to other characters, but new readers should have no trouble keeping up.

Moist von Lipwig is a conman and a thief, and he’s about to die. But when the noose goes around his neck, he wakes up again… in a government job. Lord Vetinari has tasked him with reviving the defunct postal service as an alternative to the increasingly corrupt and broken clacks. With no way to run, Moist must turn all his skills towards the task, because the Grand Clacks company is not a fan of the competition…

Going Postal is a novel about that greatest treasure of all, hope.

“Moist recognized that hope. It was how he’d made his living. You knew. that the man running the Find the Lady game was going to win, you knew that people in distress didn’t sell diamond rings for a fraction of their value, you knew that life generally handed you the sticky end of the stick…
Except that, this time, you might be wrong, right? It might just happen, yes?”

It’s also a novel about freedom, including the freedom to take the consequences. It’s a novel about life, including all the spiky pineapple bits. But you never know, under those spikes there might just be peaches. There probably won’t be. But there could be.

I have a certain soft spot for heist stories. I love reading about thieves and con artists as protagonist, and Moist was perfect for me. He lives for the thrill of the heist and isn’t quite sure how to be himself and not a persona. He steals for excitement and everything’s just a game to him. Part of Going Postal is him learning that his actions have hurt people.

“I wonder if it’s like this for mountain climbers, he thought. You climb bigger and bigger mountains and you know that one day one of them is going to be just that bit too steep. But you go on doing it, because it’s so-o good when you breathe the air up there. And you know you’ll die falling.”

While Moist is obviously at the center of the narrative, Pratchett’s side characters never fail to delight. Vetinari has a rather large appearance, and I love a newly introduced character, Adora Belle Dearheart, who works for the Golem Trust.

Going Postal is well plotted and structured. It’s divided into chapters with subheadings, which is a first for the adult novels of the Discworld series (the YA books have chapters). It’s focused almost exclusively on Moist and the post office, and there’s no tangential side plots that clutter up some of the earlier novels.

“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?”

Pratchett is an incredible writer and Going Postal shines with his phrasing and word play. And as always, the story is embedded with warmth and humanity.

I would recommend Going Postal to everyone, particularly people looking for an introduction to the Discworld series.

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  pwaites | Jul 22, 2015 |
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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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