This book is certainly cleverly written, but it is not as LOL as Light Fantastic. And it felt more liked linked short stories than like a novel. But it was still highly entertaining and a whole lot of fun. Pratchett has an incredible imagination. And this is a wild ride. But it did feel like an introductory novel, where he was trying things out.
In hunting the Pratchett tags for a non-existent existing thread on this book I found several mentions of it, but it didn't get a lot of love. I really don't see why not. This is a hilarious book! And while I must agree that Going Postal and Snuff, my two previous encounters with Pratchett's work, were more coherently plotted and the characters less caricatural, they were not as funny as Light Fantastic, which had more lol moments than anything I've read in a long time! And, really, it never occurred to me that a book which starts out with a planet sized turtle supporting 4elephants which support a world, was subject to any strictures of reality. This was a fun book from start to finish and as gleeful a read as I've had in ages! 4stars
Now I'm off to read The Colour of Magic, which I would've read first if I'd known Light Fantastic was second.
This collection of very early Terry Pratchett short stories is wonderful. This is before Sir Terry had 40+ books under his belt, and is practising his craft. The short stories contain tales of dragons (they of Crumbling Castle), a forerunner to the carpet people and wild and madcap adventures.
The stories are littered with what we now recognises as Terry Pratchett's style. Footnotes, asides and wonderful slightly bonkers characters, who are not so mad that you can't recognise real people in them.
It is essence of Pratchett. Perfect.
I've only read a few of them, but I've found that the ones with Death in are so much funnier and easier to get into than the ones without. My favourite's Mort, mainly because of the big part Death plays in it, and its got some of the funniest lines, e.g......'Why is there a cherry on a pole in this drink?'....'Mort realised that, with some difficulty and embarrasment, Death was attempting to wink'.
Moist von Lipwig was 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 though, 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…
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