I knew from the moment that I saw the main character's name - Moist von Lipwig - that I was reading a very different sort of fantasy novel. Making Money constitutes my first foray into Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, but I think I can safely say that it won't be my last. It is not only the funniest fantasy novel I have ever read, but it is some of the funniest satire I have ever read. It's pretty uncommon for a book to make me laugh out loud, let alone a book featuring dwarves and golems and necromancers.
Making Money is the story of Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, who - after transforming the post office into a well-oiled machine - is ushered against his will into managing the Royal Mint.I won't spoil for you the details of Moist's misadventures in trying to turn the bank into an institution the people of Ankh-Morpork trust, but I will tell you the journey is made highly entertaining by characters such as Moist's 1000-pound, 7-foot-tall, clay secretary, Gladys, a spirited little dog named Mr. Fusspot, and Moist's chain-smoking, spitfire, drop-dead-gorgeous girlfriend, Adora Belle Dearheart.
Also, I have to mention that my favorite creation of Terry Pratchett's so far is a whole race of "Igors." Yes, the image that just came to your mind is correct - Igors are lovably hideous little stitched-up men with evil-genius intelligence, a lisp that is "part of the culture," and tend to attract more thunderstorms to Ankh-Morpork than there ever were before. :)
So, only 45 more Discworld books to go! And the reading order, as suggested by lspace.org, goes something like this...
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Simple, right? I will leave you with this quote by an Igor...
"In the Old Country we have a thaying," Igor volunteered... "We thay, 'If you don't want the monthter you don't pull the lever.'"
What have you been reading lately?