2.04.2012

Book Review: Making Money (No Spoilers)

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...

Image courtesy of lspace.org

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?




2 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm the creator of the Discworld Reading Order Guide. I'm glad you like it :-).

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    1. Oh my gosh, thanks for stopping by! Thanks so much for creating this extremely handy guide - amazing work. :)

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