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Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Making Money (2007)

by Terry Pratchett

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Series: Discworld (36), Discworld: Industrial (5)

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Having a background in finance (I'm an accountant after all) I really loved reading Pratchett's take on accounting and banking. Like the other Discworld books its packed from start to finish with witty one-liners, jokes, puns and captivating characters. A great read all round. ( )
  MerkabaZA | Jun 12, 2017 |
Making Money is the second book in the Moist von Lipwig subseries of Discworld. I’m enjoying this subseries quite a bit; I’m sorry it only has three books.

In this book, Moist von Lipwig finds himself unexpectedly involved in banking. The way in which this happens is pretty amusing, and the situation provides many chuckles throughout the book. I’m still really enjoying the character, and I also love that Lord Vetinari gets some decent page time in this subseries. The story itself wasn’t super exciting, and I was never in any great suspense about what would happen next, but it was funny and held my attention throughout. ( )
  YouKneeK | Apr 24, 2017 |
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  EdwinKort | Mar 23, 2017 |
Poor Moist. He's turned his life of conning into a respectable job of getting the post office running smoothly. But now his life is boring. Enter Vetinari to shake things up again. The bank of Ankh Morpork is messed up. The gold standard is stifling, and the mint contracts out its work to old ladies. Moist wants to make money. Literally. But he has to talk to a dog and solve a bunch of puzzles and avoid being assassinated by the Lavish family.

This book is full of exciting problem solving and economic theory. Who knew it could be entertaining to listen to someone talk about the gold standard? Well, it is. At least when Pratchett is writing.

The history of golems was also interesting. Discworld has a rich history and even 40 books is not enough to learn even a brief history of everything. I will continue to devour Discworld books ad quickly as the library can give them to me! ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
I just reread this (again). It's the 36th Discworld novel and a direct sequel to Going Postal, the 33rd Discworld book. One of the great things about this series is that each book builds onto the fantasy world that Terry Pratchett has created, giving it the feel of a real place with a history and characters known to the reader, which just happens to point out things about the 'real' world in the way only great fiction can. This offering is fine treatise on economics and from whence true wealth originates. For absorbing, enjoyable fiction with a point, you can't do better than Discworld. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
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For all the economic theory in play here, Pratchett makes everything look easy - you get the sense that he's one of the smartest people writing fantasy out there, but he just doesn't feel like showing it off. He is always unbelievably fluid in his prose and the comic aphorisms that seem to flow out of him. Every once in a while he cues his punchlines too noticeably, with an "after all," or an "oh all right then." But it's hard to complain - he also uses the word "hopefully" correctly. Also: "charivari."
added by PhoenixTerran | editio9, Austin Grossman (Apr 17, 2009)
When Pratchett is at his best, he matches the greatest satirists in piercing the veil of shared illusion. In a time when money's absurdities puzzle even those who purport to possess it, we need him to do better.

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Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Couton, PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kempen, BernhardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ring, JonathanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazingly, former arch-swindler-turned-Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig has somehow managed to get the woefully inefficient Ankh-Morpork Post Office running like . . . well, not like a government office at all. Now the supreme despot Lord Vetinari is asking Moist if he'd like to make some real money. Vetinari wants Moist to resuscitate the venerable Royal Mint—so that perhaps it will no longer cost considerably more than a penny to make a penny.

Moist doesn't want the job. However, a request from Ankh-Morpork's current ruling tyrant isn't a "request" per se, more like a "once-in-a-lifetime-offer-you-can-certainly-refuse-if-you-feel-you've-lived-quite-long-enough." So Moist will just have to learn to deal with elderly Royal Bank chairman Topsy (née Turvy) Lavish and her two loaded crossbows, a face-lapping Mint manager, and a chief clerk who's probably a vampire. But he'll soon be making lethal enemies as well as money, especially if he can't figure out where all the gold has gone.

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"Moist von Lipwig, condemned prisoner turned postal worker extraordinaire is now in charge of a different branch of the government: overseeing the printing of Ankh-Morpork's first paper currency. A dream come true for a former arch-swindler-- or is it?"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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