Going Postal

Going Postal

A Novel of Discworld

Book - 2004
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"Arch-swindler Moist Van Lipwig never believed his confidence crimes were hanging offenses--until he found himself with a noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trapdoor, and falling into...a government job? By all rights, Moist should have met his maker. Instead, it's Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster. Since his only other option is a nonliving one, Moist accepts the position--and the hulking golem watchdog who comes along with it, just in case Moist was considering abandoning his responsibilities prematurely. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be a near-impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office building; and with only a few creaky old postmen and one rather unstable, pin-obsessed youth available to deliver it. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, money-hungry Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical head, Mr. Reacher Gilt. But it says on the building neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night... Inspiring words (admittedly, some of the bronze letters have been stolen), and for once in his wretched life Moist is going to fight. And if the bold and impossible are what's called for, he'll do it--in order to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every human being (not to mention troll, dwarf, and, yes, even golem) requires: hope."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060013134
0060013133
9780060502935
Call Number: PRATCHETT
Characteristics: 377 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Fantasy fiction.
Civil service -- Fiction.
Postal service -- Fiction.
Discworld (Imaginary place) -- Fiction.

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hgibbins
Apr 03, 2017

A great read. Much different from the movie (which was also great).

CMLibrary_akeller Jan 19, 2016

I have read this book twice and found it very funny both times. Part of the fun is seeing what Moist Von Lipwig will try to do next to get the postal service. Completely crazy but so much fun.

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PY_Display
Apr 28, 2014

Moist Van Lipwig is a con man that has been going by the name of Albert Spangler. He's also going to be hanged by the name Albert Spangler. But when Lord Ventanari offers him the choice to run the antiquated, run-down post office civic duty (and a desire to keep breathing) compels Moist to leap at the opportunity. Of course, he didn't know that the Post office has been reduced to 2 people. And that there are letters everywhere. And Vetanari has given him a golem as a parole officer. And that the new clacks are trying to permanently disable the old post office.

Will charm, a smooth tongue, and stamps be enough to save the day?

Fans of Terry Pratchett will enjoy this story of the Discworld immensely, and new people will be brought into a fascinating world of magic and mayhem.

sapl3 Sep 06, 2012

Staff Review from St. Albert Summer Reading Game 2012:
Very fun read. I loved p. 183 "Somewhere it [the library] has every book ever written, that ever will be written, and notably, every book that is possible to write. These are not on the public shelves lest untrained handling cause the collapse of everything that is possible to imagine. *Again."

rikiadivi Jan 06, 2012

This is one of the best books I listened to. If you know to listen to the subtext - it is hilarious.

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LazyNeko
Jan 01, 2012

It's great fun to see what schemes this con man turned Postmaster comes up with as he tries to out-bastard the rival messenger company. Completely absurd and full of laughs and yet quaint in this age of email and texting.

Amandatoryrant Jun 02, 2011

another laugh out loud, rollicking good time from Terry Pratchett. Cannot recommend it enough. A good intro to Discworld. Dont worry - you dont have to read the books in order.

ivysmudge Nov 22, 2010

I love Terry Pratchett. While this is a good read Moist is not my favourite character

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elf23
Jan 30, 2010

I found Going Postal refreshing, funny and well thought out.
"Do you believe in Angels?" In this case, you bet!

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clawedK
Dec 11, 2007

Absolutely my favorite Terry Pratchett yet, he just keeps getting better. Of course, I say that about most of his books... Could there be an unlikelier hero than Moist Von Lupwig? Yet hero he is, and you'll find yourself cheering him on long before the book's end, despite his incredibly yucky name. If you want to laugh out loud, smirk quietly to yourself, and even, gasp! have your thoughts provoked once in awhile, while society as we know it is deliciously skewered in the crazy alternative universe of Discworld, just pick up a Terry Pratchett book and prepare to have fun.

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SoL357_0
Jan 29, 2014

Somewhere it [the library] has every book ever written, that ever will be written, and notably, every book that is possible to write. These are not on the public shelves lest untrained handling cause the collapse of everything that is possible to imagine.
*Again.

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SoL357_0
Jan 29, 2014

oh, you could do it all by magic, you certainly could. You could wave a wand and get twinkly stars and a fresh-baked loaf. you could make fish jump out of the sea already cooked. And then, somewhere, somehow, magic would present its bill, which was always more than you could afford.

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LazyNeko
Jan 01, 2012

They say that the prospect of being hanged in the morning concentrates a man's mind wonderfully; unfortunately, what the mind inevitably concentrates on is that in the morning, it will be in a body that is going to be hanged.

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Jan 29, 2014

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