Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) - Discworld Novels (Paperback)Terry Pratchett (author)
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'I could tell which of my fellow tube passengers had downloaded it to their e-readers by the bouts of spontaneous laughter' Ben Aaronovitch, Guardian
The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . .
Change is in the air for Moist von Lipwig, swindler, con-man, and (naturally) head of the Royal Bank and Post Office.
A steaming, clanging new invention - a steam locomotive named Iron Girder, to be precise - is drawing astonished crowds. Suddenly it's a matter of national importance that the trains run on time.
Moist does not enjoy hard work. His input at the bank and post office consists mainly of words, which are not that heavy. Or greasy. And it certainly doesn't involve rickety bridges, runaway cheeses or a fat controller with knuckledusters.
What Moist does enjoy is being alive, which may not be a perk of running the new railway. Because, of course, some people have OBJECTIONS, and they'll go to extremes to stop locomotion in its tracks.
The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Raising Steam is the third and final book in the Moist von Lipwig series.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 325 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 28 mm
Terry Pratchett's creation is still going strong after 30 years as Ankh-Morpork branches into the railway age...There are sly nods to the history of railways and a cheeky reference to The Railway Children. Most aficionados, however, will be on the look-out for in-jokes and references from previous novels - of which there is no shortage...It is at the level of the sentence that Pratchett wins his fans. * The Times *
The genius of Pratchett is that he never goes for the straight allegory. . .he remains one of the most consistently funny writers around; a master of the stealth simile, the time-delay pun and the deflationary three-part list. . .I could tell which of my fellow tube passengers had downloaded it to their e-readers by the bouts of spontaneous laughter. -- Ben Aaronovitch * The Guardian *
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“Discworld, now with added goblins”
I am a little confused as to what to think about this one, it is a fantastic story and when you put Moist and Sam Vimes together only great things can happen but this seemed to be missing a little of the sparkle... More
“Continuing the good work”
For the fortieth book Terry has brought his world into the world of steam. Moist and Harry King feature very heavily in the book as well as introducing Dick Simnel. Dick's father, Ned, actually made an appearance... More
“It is a great book.”
I bought this book for my daughter who has been o Pratchett fan for over 20 years. She enjoyed it very much and always follows any series from beginning to end. Regards Geoff Green.
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