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Raising Steam (Discworld Novel 40) by Terry Pratchett
  

Raising Steam (Discworld Novel 40)

Part of the Discworld Novels Series
Horror - Fantasy - SF   

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The newest instalment in Terry Pratchett’s wonderful Discworld series sees the arrival of the railway in Ankh-Morpork and as always with these large civil schemes, like the post office and The Mint, Moist von Lipwig is right at the centre charming aristocrats and goblins alike into helping with this great scheme. This is the 40th Discworld novel and things have changed a lot since Rincewind and Twoflower rode a dragon that was only real if you believed in it. Technology and politics seem to have overwhelmed the raw magic and adventure of earlier works. Terry is a genius, perhaps our greatest living writer, so to say this is not his best book is misleading as his worst efforts are better than the best some others can offer, yet this obne feels to me as if it lacks some spice or sparkle, like an amazing gourmet meal without enough salt. Familiar characters like Ridcully and Lu Tze in unexplained cameos mean that this is not the best one to start with for those wishing to enter the Discworld for the first time, but for fans it is still a lovely slice of our favourite food.

If you like Terry Pratchett you might also like to read books by Douglas Adams, Jasper Fforde and Tom Holt.

Synopsis

Raising Steam (Discworld Novel 40) by Terry Pratchett

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 of 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...

Reviews

Laugh-out-loud funny...A chuffing wonderful book. SFX 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


About the Author

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett (1948 - 2015) was born in 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. He had his first story published when he was just thirteen, and after leaving school at seventeen to become a journalist he continued writing, publishing his first novel, The Carpet People, in 1971 and going on to produce the phenomenally successful Discworld and his trilogy for young readers, The Bromeliad. His first Discworld novel for children, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.

Terry Pratchett as well as numerous other books, winning many awards and becoming the UK’s bestselling author. He was appointed OBE in 1998.

He died in March 2015 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. You can find out more about his life and work at www.terrypratchettbooks.com

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Publication date

7th November 2013

Author

Terry Pratchett

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Publisher

Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Hardback
384 pages

Categories

Fantasy

ISBN

9780857522276

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