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Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Raising Steam (edition 2013)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Raising Steam
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Doubleday (2013), Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, fantasy, Discworld

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Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett



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The industrial revolution comes to a fantasy world. Now what? The world starts to move a little faster than Pratchett can keep up with: sentences are given to plots that could take entire books. He knew he was dying by this point, but the genius is clearly there, packed in tighter than ever. ( )
  jonsweitzerlamme | Nov 28, 2018 |
Exquisite ( )
  expatscot | Nov 25, 2018 |
The penultimate Discworld book -- the last one published during Pratchett’s lifetime -- is about the development of the railway system. After a meandering beginning, the plot picks up speed and this becomes a story which is eventful, amusing, sharply observant about people and progress, and delightfully surprising.

This features Moist von Lipwig, but unlike in Going Postal and Making Money he is more of a facilitator of other people’s goals rather than a protagonist pursuing his own agenda. In terms of the political context, this story follows on from the later City Watch books. Since there aren’t any more books about the City Watch, this was unexpected and satisfying -- as were the appearances made by Sam Vimes.

If I were a relative newcomer to Ankh-Morpork, if I was just expecting a sequel to Making Money, I might have felt that this installment was lacking. But as the last book about Ankh-Morpokians who work for Lord Vetinari, it was a very fitting conclusion.

“No, it is your kind of thinking that makes dwarfs small, wrapped up in themselves: declaring that any tiny change in what is thought not be dwarf is somehow sacrilege. I can remember the days when even talking to a human was forbidden by idiots such as you. And now you have to understand it’s not about the humans, or the trolls, it’s about the people. In Ankh-Morpork you can be whoever you want to be and sometimes people laugh and sometimes they clap, and mostly and beautifully, they don't really care. Do you understand this? Dwarfs now have seen liberty. And that’s heady stuff.” ( )
  Herenya | Sep 30, 2018 |
It just wasn't the same. Is it me? Is something different? It still had wonderful moments, like Moist dancing on top of a moving train, and Vetinari being the most Vetinari of them all, so it was great and I'm still reading. But some of the dialogue seemed stilted and forced, not right for the characters as we're used to knowing them. And Moist felt less Moist-like here, which was weird because a Moist that's settling down, even with Adora Belle, is strange. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
An intelligent, honest, inventive young man has invented the steam engine, and Lord Vetinari has to figure out how to contain and/or exploit it. Naturally this means Moist von Lipwig has a new job--representing the city's modest, but ultimately controlling, ownership share in the new steam engine company. This also means negotiating rights of way for the railway system, as neither the young engineer, Dick Simnel, nor his older and cannier business partner, Sir Harry King, the poop magnate, are well equipped for negotiating for land rights in foreign areas. For instance, Quirm, where the only reasonable route means clearing out bandits and negotiating with goblins.

When Lord Vetinari insists that a line to Ubervalt must be built very, very quickly, it's a problem. When a major political crisis among the dwarves means that he needs it right now, it's a life-threatening emergency.

Many old friends from previous books make greater or lesser appearances along the way. Like a few other recent novels, the tone is a little bit darker than typical of earlier Pratchett books, but it's still Pratchett and it's still a lot of fun. Moist in particular finds himself having fun, and even Vimes and Vetinari manage to get out of the usual constraints of their offices briefly.

This would be a bad place to start reading the wonderful Discworld series, but if you've enjoyed the earlier ones, you will enjoy this one.

Recommended. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
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Pratchett's unforgettable characters and lively story mirror the best, the worst, and the oddest bits of our own world, entertaining readers while skewering social and political foibles in a melting pot of humanity, dwarfs, trolls, goblins, vampires, and a werewolf or two.
added by melmore | editPublisher's Weekly (Feb 24, 2014)
If sometimes the mighty engine of Pratchett's prose skids a bit on the upslope – a tad didactic here, a little heavy-handed in its moralising there – we can forgive him. Not least because he remains one of the most consistently funny writers around; a master of the stealth simile, the time-delay pun and the deflationary three-part list .
added by melmore | editThe Guardian, Ben Aaronovitch (Nov 27, 2013)

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Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man with a flat cap and a sliding rule. He has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements—earth, air, fire, and water—and it’s soon drawing astonished crowds.

To the consternation of Ankh-Morpork’s formidable Patrician, Lord Vetinari, no one is in charge of this new invention. This needs to be rectified, and who better than the man he has already appointed master of the Post Office, the Mint, and the Royal Bank: Moist von Lipwig. Moist is not a man who enjoys hard work—unless it is dependent on words, which are not very heavy and don’t always need greasing. He does enjoy being alive, however, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse.

Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs, and some very angry dwarfs if he’s going to stop it all from going off the rails . . .

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Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork - Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job. The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town.… (more)

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