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"You're an angel in heavy disguise Stanley."
Going Postal - Terry Pratchett
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Going Postal - Terry Pratchett
Advantages: A great return to classic Discworld style, very funny and well written
Going Postal is the twenty-ninth book in Terry Pratchett's now hugely celebrated and incredibly popular series of novels set in the fantastically odd Discworld - the world, as flat as a ... well, disc, on the shoulders of four huge elephants who ride on the shell of the Star Turtle - Great A'Tuin.
This one introduces the character of Moist Von Lipwig, a full time con artist who, after being thrown in jail one day, realises this is the end, At the gallows, and after some spectacular last word "I commend my soul, to any god who can find it!" he dies.
But then, he is visited by an angel. In the form of Lord Vetinari, Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, who tells him he isn't dead, and has been offered another chance at a new life. Start running the Post Office again, or be killed.
Moist reluctantly takes the job, under supervision of his Parole Officer (who is a never sleeping Golem) and finds it to be much harder than he expected, what with the years of undelivered mail, the heavy staff shortage (total count of two), and especially with heavy competition from the Clacks (the Discworld Morse code system), lead by the undoubtedly evil Reacher Gilt, but after some ingenious ideas (like idea of introducing stamps) it all starts to run smoothly. He even meets a girl he sort of likes.
But Reacher Gilt isn't going down without a fight. Can Moist make an honest man out of himself and save the Post Office before everything goes up in smoke?
Going Postal is a nice refreshing book in the series. I felt that during the last couple, the ideas had gone a bit stale, especially with the strange turn to the quite dull Borogravia in Monstrous Regiment, but now we're back in Ankh-Morpork, there are some nice reccuring characters in the background and we've been introduced to a new character who's actually really interesting.
Although Moist might seem to be a bit of a sleaze at first (and he is), we really get to see him develop into someone else and by the end of it, there's been a remarkable change of character. Vetinari plays a pretty decent second role and has a lot more time in the novel than he normally did, which is pretty nice because he's always been a favourite of mine. there are also some cameos by the Watch and the Wizards.
Going Postal is strange because it's divided into chapters. Maybe that's what makes it so well paced, as only a few Discworld books have really been divided before in chapters, so it's quite an interesting turn. I still don't know why he did it, but it works really well for the book.
All in all Going Postal is a fantastic return to form after a somewhat slow and strange Monstrous Regiment. Well worth a read
Summary: Another great book. Also a good "starter" book for newbies