Overall Rating: 4 Stars (Really Liked It!)
These two books, starting with Going Postal (Discworld #33), are now my all-time favorites when it comes to books that make you laugh. Terry Pratchett is high satire at its best, writing Moist Vol Lipwig as he scrambles his way into restoring the Ankh-Morpork Post Office to glory.
Although the book takes place in Pratchett’s Discworld, no previous knowledge about the setting is needed. I enjoyed the Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) when I read it, but Pratchett is a stinky old cheese – he gets better with age.
Going Postal starts with Moist’s hanging, which leads inevitably to a secret meeting with the City’s Patrician, Vetinari. After some talk about the role of angels, Vetinari offers Moist a new start. A second chance from his previous life as a con man – take over running the city Post Office.
Making Money picks up where Going Postal left off. Moist has successfully restored the Post Office, and is growing bored; resorting to petty thefts and tiny cons. When Vetinari makes him another “offer” to let him take over the city mint, Moist refuses on principle, wanting to avoid another fiasco. Soon enough, however, the decision is out of his hands as he is thrown into a position at the City Bank.
These books are especially great if you’re looking for a pick-me-up after something long or depressing. No one can make me laugh out loud like Pratchett.
Age: Marketed to Adults.
Language: Don’t remember any.
Violence: Not really.