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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
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Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (2004)

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I really liked this book, usually when I read a DiscWorld book that has a whole new set of characters I don't enjoy the book as much. I really like Moist and I thought it was very interesting to see some one who thinks of them self as 'not a nice guy' to have to help people to help himself. ( )
  Samantha_D | Jul 16, 2017 |
Very funny book featuring Moist Van Lipwig, a conman sentenced to death by hanging who is given a second chance when he is appointed Postmaster of Ankh-Morpork. Using all the (considerable) cons at his disposal, Moist succeeds in getting the dilapidated post office up and running, inspiring the odd cast of employees, and even starts a new type of collecting when he invents postal stamps. But Reacher Gilt, evil head of the Board of Directors for the clacks company, isn’t so happy and determines to bring down Moist and the entire postal service. This is one of Pratchett’s best, which is saying a lot. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
Who is the perfect person to run the post office? Why a con man of course!

Very funny book. I love how he sets up the post office thinking of it as a con game. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jun 18, 2017 |
Moist Von Lipwig is a con man with the gift of being almost totally undistinguishable who is at the end of his rope, literally. However, he doesn't hang long enough to kill him, just long enough for his various aliases to die. He is then whisked to the office of the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, Vetinari. Vetinari is his "guardian angel," giving him two choices: get the long-abandoned Ankh-Morpork Post Office up and running, or walk out the door behind him. Since Moist knows what awaits him outside that door (or, better yet, what doesn't await him, like a floor), he chooses the first option. Of course, he doesn't do it completely willingly. He has a golem guarding him, willing to track him down however far he runs if he should do so. Moist shows up at the Post Office to find it almost buried in old letters, some as old as a hundred years. However, letters speak, and letters that are put together into sentences and put onto paper speak even more. They speak to Moist of their desire to get to where they are supposed to have gone. As Moist begins to make the Post Office more and more of a success, the conglomerate running the Clacks system into the ground becomes very interested. The Clacks are a series of towers stretching from one city to another so that messages can be sent quickly. Can the power of the Post ever beat the power of the clacks? ( )
  ravenwood0001 | Jun 17, 2017 |
Going Postal - Pratchett
Audio performance by Steven Briggs
4 stars

I’ve read a few of Pratchett’s stand alone novels, but this is the first discworld book that I’ve attempted. Since it is listed as # 33 in the series, I might have expected to have trouble following the silly plot. Not at all. It helped to have Steven Briggs’ excellent audio performance. Listening, I could just sit back and enjoy the show; the slapstick comedy, the wordplay, the satire, the social commentary, and the surprisingly heartwarming story. It was a real treat.
The book made me laugh, but it wasn’t hard to get the underlying message. I kept thinking about Neil Gaiman’s tribute to Sir Terry, and his comments about the underlying anger that was the engine for Pratchett’s writing. This was a fun book, but there anger fueling the foolishness.

“What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter.”

“And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based.”

Freedom may be mankind’s natural state, but so is sitting in a tree eating your dinner while it is still wriggling.”
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  msjudy | May 29, 2017 |
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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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