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It S An Offer You Can T RefuseWho Would Not To Wish To Be The Man In Charge Of Ankh Morpork S Royal Mint And The Bank Next Door It S A Job For Life But, As Former Con Man Moist Von Lipwig Is Learning, The Life Is Not Necessarily For LongThe Chief Cashier Is Almost Certainly A Vampire There S Something Nameless In The Cellar And The Cellar Itself Is Pretty Nameless , It Turns Out That The Royal Mint Runs At A Loss A Year Old Wizard Is After His Girlfriend, He S About To Be Exposed As A Fraud, But The Assassins Guild Might Get Him First In Fact Lot Of People Want Him DeadOh And Every Day He Has To Take The Chairman For WalkiesEverywhere He Looks He S Making EnemiesWhat He Should Be Doing Is Making Money

10 thoughts on “Making Money

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    If this book were made into a movie, I d expect that either Adam Sandler or Frank Capra would be a fitting director preferably Sandler since Capra has been dead for over 25 years.Films like Mr Smith Goes to Washington and Mr Deeds capture the crowd pleasing best elements of Making Money, Pratchett s 36th Discworld novel, Nebula Award nominee and Locus Award winner Again we visit with Pratchett s loveable rogue Moist Von Lipwig and this time around Lord Vetinari has placed him in a leadership position with the Ankh Morpork bank.As any reader of economics may attest, getting any two economists to agree is like herding cats into a bathtub messy and potentially dangerous for all involved Pratchett tackles this conundrum with wit and aplomb representative of his other Discworld works and readers will happily note the return of such Discworld notables as Vetinari, Lipwig, Gladys the Golem, Sam Vimes, smoking like a chimney Adora Belle Dearheart, Cut Me Own Throat Dibbler, and some new Dickensian characters who spark the Pratchett Smile O Meter to active life.While Lipwig is certainly one of Pratchett s most charismatic heroes and this does wrangle some tough subjects with Sir Terry s characteristic comic timing and swagger, this is lacking something that I cannot quite define Still a Terry Pratchett book and that means it s better than most others Good fun

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    This is the follow up to Going Postal, in which the former con man Moist von Lipwig sets up the new Ankh Morpork post office and thwarts the evil corporate wiles of the Clacks.When my co workers asked me what I was reading, I told them, It s a fantasy about About banking I know, I know, it sounds like a bizarre topic for a fantasy novel, even for a Discworld novel, but gods bless Terry Pratchett, he can even make basic economic theory interesting Why is it not that bad that a penny costs than a penny to make Why don t we need gold to back our currency any Why do these little pieces of paper in our wallets actually mean anything It could be implied, from reading this, that modern economics are a result of a grand, elaborate con.You see, money is only worth something because we say it is Oh, we can pretend it s based on gold, which we think is valuable because it s rare, or shiny We can pretend it s based on the integrity of our nation, and hope that our nation s integrity never falters We can base it on anything we want, but the key is this the paper in your wallet only has value because we all agree that it does.Now the reason this book isn t an economic treatise, of course, is because it has a plot Golems, assassins, and madmen conspire to rule the economic future of the city, and all of them want Moist von Lipwig out of the way.

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    I m a huge fan of Terry Pratchett s Discworld books, but I have to say that this is not the best of the bunch Maybe it s that the main character, Going Postal s Moist von Lipwig, is a thoroughly reformed scallywag In Postal we all knew that he was going to realize that he had a heart of gold and do the right thing, but it was fun watching him discover it And the plot is clever enough, but maybe just a bit too clever, with too many of its gears exposed It s not bad I LLOLed a few times but I ve read better from Pratchett It s well documented that LOL, originally Laugh ed Out Loud , has become completely devalued So I m introducing LLOL Literally Laughed Out Loud Of course, since literally is also already devalued from its original meaning, I may be fighting a losing battle here.

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    Making Money is the second book in the Moist von Lipwig subseries of Discworld I m enjoying this subseries quite a bit I m sorry it only has three books.In this book, Moist von Lipwig finds himself unexpectedly involved in banking The way in which this happens is pretty amusing, and the situation provides many chuckles throughout the book I m still really enjoying the character, and I also love that Lord Vetinari gets some decent page time in this subseries The story itself wasn t super exciting, and I was never in any great suspense about what would happen next, but it was funny and held my attention throughout.

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    This is or less a follow up to Going Postal in which Moist von Lipwig is pressured into doing for the banking system what he has done for the post office Some great new characters in Fusspot, Chairman of the Bank and a dog , Cosmo Lavish, head of the family that owns the bank and a Vetinari want to be, and Mr Bent, the chief cashier with a surprising past Moist s girl friend makes an appearance as does a long dead wizard and an economic modelling machine called the Glooper Not quite as brilliant as Going Postal, but vintage Pratchett nonetheless with plenty of laughs along the way.

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    Quite fun Fairly typical of the non major character stories in the series, although Moist von Lipzwig might be becoming a major character The plot is a simplification of Going Postal Vetinari ropes Moist into leaving his post as Postmaster and taking over as Assistant to the chairman of the Bank of Ankh Morpork Seeing as the chairman is a lapdog, this puts him in charge The family that has run the bank for generations doesn t like this, the bank manager doesn t like Moist, and a mad scientist in the basement with an Igor is about to Do Something.Oh, and Moist s girlfriend Spike is stirring up trouble with the golems again and might be starting a war with the Low King Which is actually kind of tame for her On the plus side, there is a lecherous lich leering after her, so Moist gets to get jealous As with all the Vetinari centered, non major character stories and with about half of the Vimes stories , this one is about the city as a living character in and of itself, asking the same question governments have been struggling with for thousands of years what makes something valuable, and how can we get control of it Ankh Morpork is on the gold standard, which is entirely too inelastic for Moist s view of the world, but no Discworld economist has proposed any alternative and people don t know whether they can trust money they can t block magic with The economic question of automation springs up again, although the take on it is from the other side than it was in The Truth what if it isn t one craft that s reduced from an industry to a cottage craft but instead categories of unskilled labor How does the ripple of economic change spread and how can it gain momentum instead of lose it This is always presented to Moist in the negative sense how his rash ideas that words and passions can save people than sensibility and money can could destroy even Ankh Morpork it takes him a long time to see the flip side of that coin.On the downside, this isn t really anything excitingly new for Discworld I ll keep reading the same stuff from Pratchett forever it s brilliant But sometimes he rises above the already high crowd and gives us a Night Watch, or a Fifth Elephant if the occasional Monstrous Regiment is the price we pay to get them, then I m happy to pay it I did laugh out loud through this one, reading far too many lines to my girlfriend who was waiting to read it after me , so it s great in that Discworld is funny way unlike, say Monstrous Regiment or Thud , but it s one of those wait for the coincidences to catch up and then for Vetinari to show that he s known it all along books, which are just so so in my opinion.Well, well worth reading for the humor, but don t drop Night Watch for it.

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    He sighed It had come to this He was a responsible authority, and people could use terms like core values at him with impunity This was one of my favorites so far SO many great quotes, and spot on observations about our banking system.

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    1 January, 2009I love these newer Discowurld books where Pratchett is bringing his creation into the industrial age June, 2009Where a science fiction author might use robots to examine the idea of gender, Pratchett uses golems For some reason, I love that I also really enjoy how most of his stories are about how humans use stories to make sense of the world around us.Library copy

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    Moist von Lipwig, tired after making the Post Office such as success in Going Postal , is itching for a new challenge Vetinari sees this and turns Lipwig onto the banks and currency Thusly Moist enters into a similar story to his last one where instead of the post, he is tasked with rejuvenating the money The usual cast of new characters who seem familiarly like some previous new characters are present as are stock favourites, Vetinari, Vimes, Carrot, and a cameo by Death As others have pointed out the similarities to Going Postal are glaring and this is the problem with Making Money in that it has the feeling that we ve been here before, not 2 years ago in fact Sadly, it s very predictable fare As Nobbs points out to Colon in the first third of the book Odds, sarge You re running a book, Nobby You always run a book Can t get any takers, sarge Foregone conclusion Everyone thinks he ll win p.132 And he does A foregone conclusion Yawn It wouldn t be so bad if Pratchett had made some interesting villains or obstacles but what we get is a rich guy who wants to be Vetinari, and something ominous but vague about golems which is quickly resolved in a paragraph at the end Hardly edge of the seat stuff Even the secret of Mr Bent, one of the new characters, is poor stuff It s built up throughout the book and then revealed in a very weak punchline at the end Vetinari disappointingly is present through much of the book when before he would have a couple of pages at the beginning and a couple at the end His menace and mystique goes from interesting and dark to being that of a stern headmaster who is nonetheless approachable Also, there isn t much satire here What exactly is he lampooning Pratchett s always very sharp on his targets in Discworld but there doesn t seem to be a target here except that he wanted to introduce paper money to the citizens of Ankh Morpork which, really, he could have mentioned in a throwaway line in a better Discworld book What s this paper money for Where s the gold Y know that Lipwig fellow Vetinari put him in charge of the banks, so that s what we ve got now Oh Who d have thought it with Pratchett s ingenuinty a by the numbers Discworld book And it s hinted at the end that Moist will reappear to re do the Ankh Morpork tax system Dear me, I sincerely hope that book never materialises The character of Moist was good for one book, two is stretching it, three is too much I can t bash this too much being a lifelong Discworld fan It s well written and has enough going on to hold the interest even if you can see what s going to happen a mile off Still, a visit to Ankh Morpork is always welcome and it s fun to see the familiar characters once again Ideally a new Death book would be best but hey ho I guess Terry s lost interest in him and is content to churn out Young Adult Discworld like the atrocious Tiffany Aching Nac Mac Feegle books I just hope Terry goes with two of his other ideas Snuff featuring Vimes, and or Scouting for Trolls a riff on Scouting for Boys instead of rounding off the trilogy of Moist Moist That name books.

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    If you liked Going Postal, you ll like this Unless you can still actually remember Going Postal, in which case you ll probably have a weird sense of deja vu Going Postal tried to make up for its being a basically thin and over familiar installment of Discworld by being very well polished and very slick Making Money rewrites Going Postal, but less well polished, and less slick, which magnifies all of the faults already present in Going Postal, adds some , and actually makes the earlier book look weaker in retrospect by association It was probably the worst Discworld novel in a decade.But then again, that s praising with faint damnation It may not be up the the heights of Pratchett s greatest hits, but it s still solidly enjoyable For all the sigh inducing misjudged, lazy or overwritten jokes or tired character beats, there s a moment of joy, particularly in the wonderful central section set in the Unseen University The central character may actually be slightly better written than in his first outing The plot, while by numbers, does at least move along at a decent pace Because Going Postal is often recommended as an intro to Discworld not wholly unfairly , there will be many people for whom Making Money is their second Pratchett and that s not terrible While it s safe and comfortable, that probably makes it a accessible, less divisive early read than some of the actual early Discworld novels, and the tropes that have become too familiar for hardened fans may still be fresh for the newcomer, or for the casual reader who hasn t read nearly 40 of these things by now It is by no means the worst of the Discworld novels, and is an entertaining light read.It s just well, it s not exactly a good book It s not a bad book either It s an OK book, if you like this sort of thing and fortunately, lots of us do It s Not Bad.but if you want that assessment explained in greater detail, my full review is on my blog.