Series: Discworld #33
Published by Harper Collins on September 28th 2004
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Satire, Young Adult
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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. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, money-hungry Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical head, Mr. Reacher Gilt. But it says on the building neither rain nor snow nor glo m of ni t ... Inspiring words (admittedly, some of the bronze letters have been stolen), and for once in his wretched life Moist is going to fight. And if the bold and impossible are what's called for, he'll do it -- in order to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every human being (not to mention troll, dwarf, and, yes, even golem) requires: hope.
This series introduces the Discworld readers to Moist Von Lipwig. He is a scandal, a scallywag, and various other names that mean overall deviant. He even will admit this! Admit it while he steals your wallet! And you will not even know until you go to dig into your pocket and miss it.
He’s also just hilarious and so, so smart. He is in Vetinari’s lens now though and will have to deal with life in a way he never has before; honestly! Vetinari offers him the job as Postmaster and Moist learns quickly that this is going to be a job unlike all that he has had before. One that requires ALL of his skills as a criminal and even more skills that he doesn’t know he possesses.
The postmasters before him have all died in various, tragic ways. The way Moist goes through trying to figure out what in the world is happening while still being a criminal, is hilariously intriguing and makes me hang onto every word.
There are many characters in this one that have not been introduced before but each brings something more to the discworld! Watching Moist go through all of this with these side characters is amazing. The things he has to do to stay out of trouble is amazing, when he is not getting himself into trouble, yet again!
This has been one of my favorites since I first read it. Since this does have a lot of new characters it can be read out of order. It is #33 of Discworld but the beginning of Moist’s world.