Going Postal is Terry Pratchett’s 29th Discworld novel, and it’s a beaut.
The basic plot concerns the Ankh-Morpork post office, moribund after the invention of “clacks,” a high-speed means of communication sort of like a combination of the telegraph and the Internet. Unfortunately, the clacks system has been taken over by a group of unscrupulous business men who have driven the system into the ground with their avarice.
Enter Moist von Lipwig, liar, cheat, and scoundrel, sentenced to death for his crimes and charged by Lord Vetinari, despot of Ankh-Morpork, with resurrecting the former glory of the Post Office.
Going Postal continues the series’ move into becoming less whimsical and more serious, with Pratchett using the Discworld as a fun house mirror on society. Which isn’t to say that the novel isn’t funny—it is, although less of a laugh-out-loud kind of fun than the early installments of the series.
As always, Terry Pratchett impresses.
Posted Sunday, 06 November, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.