Series: Discworld #40
Published by Double day on November 7th 2013
Narrator: Stephen Briggs
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Satire
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To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it's soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.
Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work - as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital... but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don't always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse...
Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi' t'flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. 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 going off the rails...
Yet another Discworld novel! And Discworld fans will not be upset when they find that this book has not only Moist Von Lipwig but a multitude of the favorite Discworld characters. I was so excited to hear about Harry King, Vimes, The Patrician, even Ridcully, and more! The cast of characters alone is staggering but we get to meet Mister Simnael also who is just adorable and I loved him as much as I love my favorites right from the get go.
Although this one doesn’t have as much satire in it as some of Pratchett’s others, there is still intrigue, dwarfs who will fight to the end for what they believe in (whether right or not!) and a storyline that much like all of the characters, is just staggering.
Yet again I listened to this one on Audible but I’m planning to buy the book because I just cannot get enough of Pratchett’s writing. Stephen Briggs does another fabulous job at reading this and I was happy to hear all the familiar voices. I just love him narrating!
If you haven’t read Terry Pratchett’s Discworld before I wouldn’t recommend THIS book but I do recommend the series. And don’t let the 40 books shock you into not reading. You can easily pick up the with series or the watch series and read those few and get to know those characters before delving into the full 40!
Terry Pratchett never ceases to amaze me! I loved this book and I would recommend it to any Terry Pratchett fan! I’m seriously hoping this will not be his last although it ended on a happy note and tied up some strings but we always know where there’s a Vimes there’s a crime!