Making Money by Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett, who is at the top of my list of must-read authors, has written a sequel to Going Postal, which has been my favorite of his Discworld books! Hooray! Having gotten the moribund post office of the city of Ankh-Morpork running and making a profit, Moist von Lipwig starts taking chances and engaging in risky behavior out of boredom. Lord Vetinari, the tyrant of Ankh-Morpork, “suggests” that Moist take over running the Royal Mint, along with a senior vice president position at the city bank. Of course, a “suggestion” from the tyrant amounts to an order. When the current bank president, the elderly widow of the former president, dies, she leaves controlling share of the bank to her dog and her dog to Moist, whom she liked when he came to meet her. Almost against his will, Moist begins looking at how the mint and bank run, seeing ways to make changes, bring stability and turn a profit. Other heirs of the bank, who were expecting to inherit it, plot to kill Moist and/or the dog, even hiring assassins to do the job. While this is happening Moist’s fiancé Adora Dearheart is rescuing long-buried golems, clay beings who coexist with people.
As in all his books, Terry Pratchett adds many layers of plot and complications of characters, requiring the reader to pay attention to what may seem like insignificant details. Of course, he also includes much humor. I will not give away any of the plot, especially the ending. The most I will say is I laughed out loud and was not disappointed! Already-established Terry Pratchett fans will love this addition to his Discworld series.
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson