Book Review: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

July 5, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 2

Book Review: Raising Steam by Terry PratchettRaising Steam by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #40
Published by Double day on November 7th 2013
Narrator: Stephen Briggs
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Satire
Pages: 377
Source: Purchase
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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 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...


My Thoughts

Yet another Discworld novel! And Discworld fans will not be upset when they find that this book has not only Moist Von Lipwig but a multitude of the favorite Discworld characters. I was so excited to hear about Harry King, Vimes, The Patrician, even Ridcully, and more! The cast of characters alone is staggering but we get to meet Mister Simnael also who is just adorable and I loved him as much as I love my favorites right from the get go.

Although this one doesn’t have as much satire in it as some of Pratchett’s others, there is still intrigue, dwarfs who will fight to the end for what they believe in (whether right or not!) and a storyline that much like all of the characters, is just staggering.

Yet again I listened to this one on Audible but I’m planning to buy the book because I just cannot get enough of Pratchett’s writing. Stephen Briggs does another fabulous job at reading this and I was happy to hear all the familiar voices. I just love him narrating!

If you haven’t read Terry Pratchett’s Discworld before I wouldn’t recommend THIS book but I do recommend the series. And don’t let the 40 books shock you into not reading. You can easily pick up the with series or the watch series and read those few and get to know those characters before delving into the full 40!

Terry Pratchett never ceases to amaze me! I loved this book and I would recommend it to any Terry Pratchett fan! I’m seriously hoping this will not be his last although it ended on a happy note and tied up some strings but we always know where there’s a Vimes there’s a crime!


The Author

Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children’s published Terry’s standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry’s latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.
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