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Making Money (2007)

by Terry Pratchett

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

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It's an offer you can't refuse. Who would not to wish to be the man in charge of Ankh-Morpork's Royal Mint and the bank next door? It's a job for life. But, as former con-man Moist von Lipwig is learning, the life is not necessarily for long. The Chief Cashier is almost certainly a vampire. There's something nameless in the cellar (and the cellar itself is pretty nameless), it turns out that the Royal Mintruns at a loss. A 300 year old wizard is after his girlfriend, he's about to be exposed as a fraud, but the Assassins Guild might get him first. In fact lot of people want him dead Oh. And every day he has to take the Chairman for walkies. Everywhere he looks he's making enemies. What he should be doing is ...Making Money!… (more)
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I really feel like Vetinari's depiction is getting off model. ( )
  AldusManutius | Jul 5, 2020 |
Out of all the recent -- or perhaps going back to the very start -- Discworld books, there has never been one that struck right to the core absurdity of our world more than this one.

Maybe that's just me. Or maybe I just find money outrageously funny.

It's probably just me.

Regardless of my little foible, Pratchett strikes to the heart of the matter, making fun of the gold standard and illustrating to us the absurdity of the IDEA of money, while all the while giving us golems, golden suits, clown guilds, a dog who runs a bank, and a very interesting con-man who keeps finding himself in bigger and brighter boiling vats of oil.

This might be one of my very favorite Discworlds. :)

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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Otro de Terry Pratchett. El señor Húmedo von Mustachen, que con tanto éxito había dirigido la casa de Correos, es propuesto para el cargo de director del banco Real de Ankh-Morpork. La familia Espléndido, con un 49% de participaciones en el banco, se opone, pero el presidente, (que es un perro), parece aceptarle. Con la excusa de este argumento TP se dedica a hablar de los bancos, del dinero fiat, del patrón oro y de otras cuatas cosas. Por supuesto, criticando a mansalva de manera mordaz todo lo que se pne a tiro. Y sin embargo, el libro me ha dejado frío. La historia, que está muy bien construida como todas las de TP, está bastante delavazada (en su segunda acepción) comparada con otras del autor. Muchos saltos de historia no tan bien ligados como otras veces, muchas partes inconclusas o no resueltas con cariño. No sé. Impresión personal, tal vez, pero ésta está menos redonda que otras novelas de TP. Aun así, una lectura entretenida. ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
Moist von Lipwig is made Master of the Ankh-Morpork Mint and introduces the concept of paper money. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Apr 6, 2020 |
Moist von Lipwig is back on center stage, this time running the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork. Lots of belly laughs! ( )
  leslie.98 | Nov 25, 2019 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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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