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Terry Pratchett – Going Postal

Title: Going Postal
Author: Terry Pratchett
Year: 2004

I have not read or listened to every Discworld novel, but not far from it. This is due to many things, but the fact that I listen to them rather than read them is more than just a contributing factor. The first half of the series (from Isis Audio Books) is read by Nigel Planer, who probably is one of the best narrators of fiction of all time. The second half, thus including Going Postal, is read by Stephen Briggs, a competent but not brilliant narrator.

In the chronology, Going Postal ought to be placed after The Truth, since the newspaper from that novel is well established in the city. The story focuses on Moist von Lipwig, a masterful swindler with a face no one seems to be able to remember. However, he is caught and sentenced to death, but is offered a second chance after a fake execution; he is to become the new Grand Post Master of Ankh-Morpork. Of course, this is not as easy at it seems, since the post service has been out of order for a long time and the new clacks (semaphore) system has taken its place. Or has it? Moist decides that this ought not be the case, but he has to fight against, prejudice, rivalry, madness and more to revive the mail service.

All this works, but it is not good. Perhaps it is because I have read so much by Terry Pratchett, or perhaps it is because I do not enjoy Stephen Briggs as a narrator. Most likely, it is a combination of both. The story itself feels rather weak, with some unfinished threads and no truly unique features. On the positive side, Going Postal contains some original characters that are highly enjoyable. On the whole, though, I expect more of Pratchett. Or at least, I did expect more, but perhaps not in the future. Two and a half snails to Terry Pratchett and Going Postal.

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  1. Marcus’s avatar

    Grrr jag håller inte med alls. Jag skulle säga att Going Postal är ett jättelyft från andra senare böcker(undantag Nightwatch) =)

    Hoppas du har det bra i Taiwan och inte blåser iväg!


  2. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Ja, jag hade ju hoppats att det skulle vara det. Men som sagt, det kanske bara är jag som har tröttnat på Pratchett? Jag vet inte.