Tuesday, 6 July 2010

FANTASY REVIEW AND TV TIE IN: Discworld: Going Postal - Terry Pratchett


Moist von Lipwig is a con artist and a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged, or put Ankh-Morpork's ailing postal service back on its feet. It was a tough decision. But he's got to see that the mail gets through, come rain, hail, sleet, dogs, the Post Office Workers Friendly and Benevolent Society, the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and a midnight killer. Getting a date with Adora Bell Dearheart would be nice, too. Maybe it'll take a criminal to succeed where honest men have failed, or maybe it's a death sentence either way. Or perhaps there's a shot at redemption in the mad world of the mail, waiting for a man who's prepared to push the envelope...


As a fan of Pratchett is was quite a good bit of fun to revisit this offering due to its repackaging that ties it to the TV two parter. As usual with Terry’s writing you get some serious tongue in cheek action backed up in his weird fantasy world. Its got humour, its got darkness but above all else it’s a real gem of an adventure for the modern reader who’s fed up with the mass murder of civilians (not that I’m discounting Cohen the Barbarian here or Vetinari.) A real joy to read and a great offering to help young readers adapt to the fantasy world that has entertained many a reader for years.

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