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Raising Steam: A Discworld Novel

 
 
Author
Terry Pratchett.
Publisher Doubleday  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.35 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780385538268
Pages/Publication Date 365/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61655
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Steam is rising over Ankh-Morpork, in Terry Pratchett's 40th (and penultimate) Discworld novel. Young Mister Simnel, the man with a flat cap and a sliding rule, has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements—earth, air, fire, and water. Annoyed that no one is in charge of this new engine and its associated rails, Lord Vetinari, Ankh-Morpork's formidable patrician, appoints the man he has already made master of the Post Office, the Mint, and the Royal Bank: Moist von Lipwig. Moist is not a man who enjoys hard work—unless it is dependent on words, which are not very heavy and don't always need greasing. He does enjoy being alive, however, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, tetchy goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs, and some very angry dwarfs if he's going to stop it all from going off the rails.

"A brash new invention brings social upheaval, deadly intrigues, and plenty of wry humor.... As always, Pratchett's unforgettable characters and lively story mirror the best, the worst, and the oddest bits of our own world, entertaining readers while skewering social and political foibles in a melting pot of humanity, dwarfs, trolls, goblins, vampires, and a werewolf or two."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[The author is] one of the most consistently funny writers around; a master of the stealth simile, the time-delay pun and the deflationary three-part list.... I could tell which of my fellow tube passengers had downloaded it to their e-readers by the bouts of spontaneous laughter."—Guardian (London)

"Terry Pratchett's creation is still going strong.... Most aficionados, however, will be on the look-out for in-jokes and references from previous novels—of which there is no shortage. Discworld's success, like that of Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, has never been driven by the plots.... It is at the level of the sentence that Pratchett wins his fans."—Times (London)

 
 
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