The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town.
Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.
A brash new invention brings social upheaval, deadly intrigues, and plenty of wry humor to the 40th installment of Pratchett's best-selling Discworld fantasy series. When intrepid inventor Dick Simnel comes to Ankh-Morpork looking for a backer for his revolutionary steam engine, the Iron Girder, entrepreneur Sir Harry King is quick to grasp the possibilities. So is Ankh-Morpork's ruler, Lord Vetinari, who immediately puts master facilitator (and former con artist) Moist von Lipwig in charge of the Discworld's first railway. But while the would-be railway tycoons are busy cutting deals for right-of-ways, supplies, and second class coach service, a group of radically conservative dwarf extremists are determined to stop the railroad, along with anything else that threatens "the truth of pure dwarfishness." In a realm where "even the factions had factions," Moist finds himself cast as Vetinari's agent to help defeat a political coup that could re-ignite ancient hostilities between dwarves and trolls. As always, Pratchett's unforgettable characters and lively story mirror the best, the worst, and the oddest bits of our own world, entertaining readers while skewering social and political foibles in a melting pot of humanity, dwarfs, trolls, goblins, vampires, and a werewolf or two.
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Good but not great
Another good disc book, but a bit lackluster compared to other Lipwig stories
A sad work - avoid this
This is a deeply sad novel, almost unreadable in light of Pratchett’s earlier work. Read “Going Postal” instead because it has all the witt, the insightful commentary that this novel so desperately lacks.
This work shouldn’t have been published.
Raising Steam by Terr Pratchett
Capital! [Or would that be ‘capitol’?] Never a disappointing moment, a rollicking ride through delicious plot twists and all with the inimitable Pratchett “joie d’écrire”!