Monday, 11 August 2008

Book Review: Making Money

Title: Making Money

Author: Terry Pratchett

"It's an offer you can't refuse. Who 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 long. The 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 300 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 dead.Oh. And every day he has to take the Chairman for walkies. Everywhere he looks he's making enemies. What he should be doing is ...Making Money!"


Making Money is the 34th book in the Discworld series, and seems to be in a whole different league then the first books in the Discworld series altogether. The new line of books take on a more serious approach, tackling indirectly current matters that have happened either present or past in our world, i.e. rock n roll, hollywood, but more recently has gone into the realms of the postal service and now money.When I say serious, that in no way means that Making Money is a boring book full of facts about currency and the history of decimalisation, far from it. It still has the juicy funny bits as all Terry Prachett fans will be familiar with, but they admittantly are more subdued. I for one loved the earlier books, namely the ones featuring the City Watch and Death, which had me laughing out loud at least twice during every chapter. Reading Making Money is more like a nostalgia trip back into Discworld and reading Terry fine tuning the world he built and emphasising on the world he created and loves.

There were some confusing bits regarding a magical contraption made for viewing the economy of the city and allowing someone to control it too. Those bits were hard to follow, but mostly the book had a fluid storyline which had you gripped from the word go. The familiar characters helped this, Lord Vetenari, Moist, the watch and wizards from the Unseen University.

The book contained enough action, comedy and fantasy to keep the average book reader entertained and I eagerly await his next book in the series. Like with most things, I’m not a big fan, but enough of a fan to follow the series and maybe re-read the past books again. Its my kind of humour totally and enjoy getting lost in his books.

I’d give Making Money 8/10

1 comment:

Emmie said...

great review mal. Each time you review a book it makes me want to read it so you're doing something right! xx