Going Postal

Going Postal

A Novel of Discworld

Book - 2014
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Arch-swindler Moist Van Lipwig never believed his confidence crimes were hanging offenses-until he found himself with a noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trapdoor, and falling into-a government job? By all rights, Moist should have met his maker. Instead, it's Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster. Since his only other option is a nonliving one, Moist accepts the position-and the hulking golem watchdog who comes along with it, just in case Moist was considering abandoning his responsibilities prematurely. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be a near-impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office building; and with only a few creaky old postmen and one rather unstable, pin-obsessed youth available to deliver it. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Harper,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780062334978
Branch Call Number: FIC PRAT
Characteristics: 471 pages ; 20 cm.


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Apr 09, 2019

Loved it! As I haven't read any of the Discworld books, it was recommended to me to start with this one. This is the Terry Pratchett I loved after reading Good Omens; the quirky, Monty Python-esque writing and dark humour. Can't wait to try another one!

Mar 09, 2019

This book is totally hilarious! Terry Pratchett's imaginative, zany writing is a real treat.

Apr 03, 2017

A great read. Much different from the movie (which was also great).

CMLibrary_akeller Jan 19, 2016

I have read this book twice and found it very funny both times. Part of the fun is seeing what Moist Von Lipwig will try to do next to get the postal service. Completely crazy but so much fun.

Apr 28, 2014

Moist Van Lipwig is a con man that has been going by the name of Albert Spangler. He's also going to be hanged by the name Albert Spangler. But when Lord Ventanari offers him the choice to run the antiquated, run-down post office civic duty (and a desire to keep breathing) compels Moist to leap at the opportunity. Of course, he didn't know that the Post office has been reduced to 2 people. And that there are letters everywhere. And Vetanari has given him a golem as a parole officer. And that the new clacks are trying to permanently disable the old post office.

Will charm, a smooth tongue, and stamps be enough to save the day?

Fans of Terry Pratchett will enjoy this story of the Discworld immensely, and new people will be brought into a fascinating world of magic and mayhem.

sapl3 Sep 06, 2012

Staff Review from St. Albert Summer Reading Game 2012:
Very fun read. I loved p. 183 "Somewhere it [the library] has every book ever written, that ever will be written, and notably, every book that is possible to write. These are not on the public shelves lest untrained handling cause the collapse of everything that is possible to imagine. *Again."

rikiadivi Jan 06, 2012

This is one of the best books I listened to. If you know to listen to the subtext - it is hilarious.

Jan 01, 2012

It's great fun to see what schemes this con man turned Postmaster comes up with as he tries to out-bastard the rival messenger company. Completely absurd and full of laughs and yet quaint in this age of email and texting.

Amandatoryrant Jun 02, 2011

another laugh out loud, rollicking good time from Terry Pratchett. Cannot recommend it enough. A good intro to Discworld. Dont worry - you dont have to read the books in order.

ivysmudge Nov 22, 2010

I love Terry Pratchett. While this is a good read Moist is not my favourite character

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Jan 29, 2014

Somewhere it [the library] has every book ever written, that ever will be written, and notably, every book that is possible to write. These are not on the public shelves lest untrained handling cause the collapse of everything that is possible to imagine.

Jan 29, 2014

oh, you could do it all by magic, you certainly could. You could wave a wand and get twinkly stars and a fresh-baked loaf. you could make fish jump out of the sea already cooked. And then, somewhere, somehow, magic would present its bill, which was always more than you could afford.

Jan 01, 2012

They say that the prospect of being hanged in the morning concentrates a man's mind wonderfully; unfortunately, what the mind inevitably concentrates on is that in the morning, it will be in a body that is going to be hanged.


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