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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.

Science-Fiction und Fantasy
7. November


me2 6619 ,

Fun gone for vacation? By Train?

That book is quite disappointing when you are „used“ to the humorous style of the early 35 Discworld books. PTerry tries to teach a moral lession (sexism, racism, nationalism, etc.), totally ignoring what used to make his books such a success. The FUN has gone elsewhere. Propably taking the train. For vacation.
The electronic format of the book does not really help here either. All footnotes are handled as endnotes. If you navigate the footnote links, you end up at the end of the book and you have to manually(!) move back.
Would I recommend the book? Not really. Evere since „The Last Elephant“ I am waiting for a novel that can compete with „Wyrd Sisters“, „Small Gods“ or „Pyramids“.

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