Pros: A very funny look at money, love, golems and gold in Discworld.
Cons: Very few. Except that of course, I wanted more novel.
Every now and then I need a good laugh. And i have recently discovered that the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett tend to fit the bill nicely. After reading Going Postal, my partner found a copy of Making Money, which picks up the story of the silver-tongued hero, Moist von Lipwig, about a year after the earlier book ended.
It seems that Moist, Postmaster General of the city of Ankh-Morpork, has a bit of a problem. He's managed to resurrect the ailing postal system into a smoothly running operation. But with that comes something else -- boredom. He's proposed and been accepted by the lovely, chain-smoking, Adora Belle Dearheart -- but she's off on some sort of mission of her own who knows where. And without his main squeeze around, Moist is bored out of his mind. Which has started him into doing thrill-seeking, somewhat illicit stunts.
And that has attracted the notice of the city's benevolent dictator, Lord Vetinari.
It's never good to be under the gaze of Lord Vetinari, especially when a city's institution is ailing. This time, it's the venerable Royal Mint that is in trouble, and the bank that backs it. Problem is, the family that owns the bank, the Lavishes, are in a bit of turmoil at the moment. Not to mention the missing gold -- a lot of it -- and the fact that people tend to hoard rather than spend their money. It's a nasty, complicated mess, and when Moist finds out that it's going to be him to clean up the impending disaster, it's not a question of if he will take the job, but how fast he can get to work.
He's learnt earlier that it's not wise to say no to Lord Vetinari...
For those already familiar with Terry Pratchett's ongoing Discworld series, this should be a treat. There's two twins, Cosmo and Pucci Lavish, who have been in conflict since in the womb (they were born trying to strangle each other); the bank's overseer, Mr. Bent, who is hiding a troublesome secret; Mr. Fusspot, the bank's manager and controller of fifty-one percent of the voting shares and his um, toy; and the Glooper in the basement, lovingly cared for by Hubert and Igor as it drips and dribbles its way through the prognostications of Ankh-Morpork.
And yes, the golems are back, with lovely Adora still up to her pretty high-heeled shoes in Guild business, and a discovery that may change everything. Moist has a more pressing problems with one particular golem, Gladys, who has taken up with chatting with the counter girls, reading women's magazines, and who has a decided crush on Moist.
Finally, one of the best parts of the book are the subtle bits of satire on our modern day world. All of the Discworld novels have a certain tongue-in-cheek element to them, but this one I found particularly funny as it deals with numbers, a would-be imposter, what makes money money, and Moist's ever increasing need to not only keep his head, but keep it firmly attached to his shoulders. The puns are outrageous, the descriptions fun and vivid, and the various bits of mayhem getting ever increasingly funny.
Besides the writing, which is pointed and well-strung together, there are lovely drawings at the chapter heads, usually of money and the elements thereof, all penned by Bernard Pearson.
I had a great time with my second excursion into the Discworld series, and I intend to keep finding more as the whim takes me. This one is number 36 in the series, and also includes an excerpt from Nation, a non-Discworld novel by Pratchett.
This one got a four star rating from me, and a place on the keeper shelf, as it is one that I intend to reread someday. Kudos to Mr. Pratchett for keeping the story fresh and exciting, not to mention finally giving me the clue about hemlines and financial crises.
Other books in the Discworld series that I've reviewed:
The Color of Magic
The Light Fantastic
Lords and Ladies
Men at Arms
Feet of Clay
The Last Continent
The Fifth Elephant
Making Money -- you are here
2007; HarperCollins Publishers