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It’s all change for Moist von Lipwig, swindler, conman, and (naturally) head of the Royal Bank and Post Office.
A steaming, clanging new invention, driven by Dick Simnel, the man with t’flat cap and t’sliding rule, is drawing astonished crowds - including a few particularly keen young men armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear – and suddenly it’s a matter of national importance that the trains run on time.
Moist does not enjoy hard work. His . . .vital input at the bank and post office consists mainly of words, which are not that heavy. Or greasy. And it certainly doesn’t involve rickety bridges, runaway cheeses or a fat controller with knuckledusters. What he does enjoy is being alive, which may not be a perk of running the new railway. Because, of course, some people have OBJECTIONS, and they’ll go to extremes to stop locomotion in its tracks.
From Publishers Weekly
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I finished this with real regret. Terry Pratchett on top form with clever allegories, sideswipes and jokes. I loved the 'Railway Children' and the development of goblins as a species on the Discworld is both interesting and superbly handled. My only regret was a complete absence of Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax but, perhaps, they will appear when the railway starts to go wrong and resembles the average commuting experience into London. I'd love to hear GW's comments on the wrong sort of snow.
Am still reading but am writing this review to say love the footnote system, finally able to enjoy Mr Ps writing digitally without hunting down the footnotes.
Not his best....
....but not his worst, and still pretty much better than anyone else's :)