Terry Pratchett Book Review: Making Money

August 18, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 1

Terry Pratchett Book Review: Making MoneyMaking Money by Terry Pratchett
Published by Harper Collins on 2007
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Humorous, Science Fiction
Pages: 394
Source: Purchase
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It's an offer you can't refuse.

Who would not to wish to be the man in charge of Ankh-Morpork's Royal Mint and the bank next door?

It's a job for life. But, as former con-man Moist von Lipwig is learning, the life is not necessarily for long.

The Chief Cashier is almost certainly a vampire. There's something nameless in the cellar (and the cellar itself is pretty nameless), it turns out that the Royal Mint runs at a loss. A 300 year old wizard is after his girlfriend, he's about to be exposed as a fraud, but the Assassins Guild might get him first. In fact lot of people want him dead

Oh. And every day he has to take the Chairman for walkies.

Everywhere he looks he's making enemies.

What he should be doing is . . . Making Money!

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Moist Von Lipwig is at it again!

If reading these in order this one would be right after Going Postal. Bit of a spoiler if you have to read that. This goes right along with that storyline so although many of the Discworld novels can be read totally out of order Going Postal and Making Money and Raising Steam should be read together. As with other Discworld novels you can read other books in between but those three go hand in hand and should be read in the order that they were written.

So! Moist doesn’t even know it but he’s about to get in over his head! It has been awhile since anything really made him feel like he was being a scallywag and so he starts to make up stuff, like breaking into his own Post Office and going around in disguise, just to see if he still has it. With Adorabelle gone he doesn’t have anyone to match wits with so he must make up his own schemes that, more often than not, get him into trouble!

This time, however, he did not want anything to do with money or the banks. The Lavishes are a breed all of their own and although Lipwig knows he CAN match wits with them, he also knows that they have enough money to have him killed straight out if they want to.

There is so much in this one surrounding the families of Ankh Morpork. The Lavish family is new to the Discworld series but Lipwig knows how to handle the rich. With The Watch, Unseen University, and The Patrician all as back plots that go sideways and throw Lipwig off his game, he still finds ways to out think everyone!

This is absolutely hilarious. I love reading about Lipwig but the Lavish family really added something to this. Making Money and the entire Moist von Lipwig series is one of my favorites. He’s determined to stay on top even when everyone else “seems” to have all the cards. The real fun is watching how he works everything out!

  • Ankh Morpork
  1. Moving Pictures
  2. The Truth
  3. Monstrous Regiment
  4. Going Postal
  5. Making Money
  6. Unseen Academicals
  7. Raising Steam

Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

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About Terry Pratchett

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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