Making Money: A Novel of Discworld (Mass Market)

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Making Money: A Novel of Discworld (Mass Market)

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This is book number 36 in the Discworld series.

"Outlandish fun. . . . Making Money balances satire, knockabout farce and close observation of humanand non-humanfoibles with impressive dexterity and deceptive ease. The result is another ingenious entertainment from the preeminent comic fantasist of our time.” — Washington Post

The hero of Going Postal returns in this brilliant installment in New York Times bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett's beloved Discworld series! Moist von Lipwig, condemned prisoner turned postal worker extraordinaire, is now in charge of a different branch of the government: overseeing the printing of Ankh-Morpork’s first paper currency.

Amazingly, former arch-swindler-turned-Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig has somehow managed to get the woefully inefficient Ankh-Morpork Post Office running like . . . well, not like a government office at all. Now the supreme despot Lord Vetinari is asking Moist if he'd like to make some real money. Vetinari wants Moist to resuscitate the venerable Royal Mint—so that perhaps it will no longer cost considerably more than a penny to make a penny.

Moist doesn't want the job. However, a request from Ankh-Morpork's current ruling tyrant isn't a "request" per se, more like a "once-in-a-lifetime-offer-you-can-certainly-refuse-if-you-feel-you've-lived-quite-long-enough." So Moist will just have to learn to deal with elderly Royal Bank chairman Topsy (née Turvy) Lavish and her two loaded crossbows, a face-lapping Mint manager, and a chief clerk who's probably a vampire. But he'll soon be making lethal enemies as well as money, especially if he can't figure out where all the gold has gone.

The Discworld novels can be read in any order, but Making Money is the second book in the Moist von Lipwig series. The full series, in order, includes:

  • Going Postal
  • Making Money
  • Raising Steam

Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) is the acclaimed creator of the globally revered Discworld series. In all, he authored more than fifty bestselling books, which have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. He was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to literature in 2009, although he always wryly maintained that his greatest service to literature was to avoid writing any.

“Typically outlandish fun . . . [a] polished, supremely confident performance . . . Like the best of its predecessors, Making Money balances satire, knockabout farce and close observation of human—and non-human—foibles with impressive dexterity and deceptive ease. The result is another ingenious entertainment from the preeminent comic fantasist of our time.” — Washington Post

“Terrific . . . Pratchett trots out some favorite old characters and delightful new ones as he deftly skewers our economic system and the way in which we view money. At this point in the Discworld series, the old characters feel like familiar old friends, and it’s always fun to see them in new contexts, while the new characters are interesting enough that one hopes to see more of them in future novels . . . Go out and buy this book because it’s funny and thought-provoking and entirely enjoyable.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, Pratchett goes in a completely unexpected direction, opening up new questions about power and empire while incidentally laying fertile groundwork for yet more stories to come. Because even though Making Money is the 36th Discworld novel, Pratchett isn’t resting on his laurels. . . . What makes this and all the Discworld books special, though, is their humanity. . . . It’s [his] big-heartedness that makes these novels so smart, so moral, so good.” — The Guardian

“After 36 books, it’s no surprise that Pratchett is adept at maneuvering characters and plotlines to make what could easily be a royal mess run as smoothly as Moist’s post office. What is amazing, though, is the consistency with which he does it . . . . This sense of humor is the driving force in MAKING MONEY, infusing each sentence with jokes and puns." — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Non-stop wit . . . Pratchett is a master of juggling multiple plotlines and multiplying punchlines, and Money is a wondrous farce.” — USA Today

“Pratchett’s eye for using and dissecting the cliche is still as much in evidence as ever.” — Financial Times

“No one but Pratchett would have the nerve—or skill—to make the theory of fiat currency the subject of a comic fantasy. He makes it look so easy, as he embeds the economic argument within a swift-paced story involving golems and gold, necromancers and lap-dancers, a set of killer false teeth, political chicanery and lots of good jokes. . . . Clever, engaging and laugh-out-loud funny." — London Times

“Splendid . . . an educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws.” — Publishers Weekly

“Just as Going Postal somehow made the streamlining of mail delivery in a quasi-medieval fantasy world utterly riveting, so too here Pratchett creates fine entertainment out of the machinations of a dismal science . . . Lipwig is a brilliant scalawag of a hero, and Pratchett’s taste for dry one-liners remains prodigious.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Highly enjoyable, fast-paced, and funny.” — Library Journal

“[Pratchett] leavens the book with plenty of laugh-out-loud humor, guest appearances by familiar series players, and some lines that rival the best of Oscar Wilde. Anyone who can keep a straight face throughout Making Money needs to have their funnybone examined!” — Locus