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Raising Steam

Discworld

Terry Pratchett

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Description

The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town.

Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.

Publishers Weekly Review

Feb 24, 2014 – A brash new invention brings social upheaval, deadly intrigues, and plenty of wry humor to the 40th installment of Pratchett's best-selling Discworld fantasy series. When intrepid inventor Dick Simnel comes to Ankh-Morpork looking for a backer for his revolutionary steam engine, the Iron Girder, entrepreneur Sir Harry King is quick to grasp the possibilities. So is Ankh-Morpork's ruler, Lord Vetinari, who immediately puts master facilitator (and former con artist) Moist von Lipwig in charge of the Discworld's first railway. But while the would-be railway tycoons are busy cutting deals for right-of-ways, supplies, and second class coach service, a group of radically conservative dwarf extremists are determined to stop the railroad, along with anything else that threatens "the truth of pure dwarfishness." In a realm where "even the factions had factions," Moist finds himself cast as Vetinari's agent to help defeat a political coup that could re-ignite ancient hostilities between dwarves and trolls. As always, Pratchett's unforgettable characters and lively story mirror the best, the worst, and the oddest bits of our own world, entertaining readers while skewering social and political foibles in a melting pot of humanity, dwarfs, trolls, goblins, vampires, and a werewolf or two.

Customer Reviews

Raising Steam

Funny and deep as only Pratchett does it.

Vintage Pratchett

I've read and loved every one of Mr. Pratchett's books, and this one stands with the best of them. Considering recent health reports, I had imagined he would be winding down, but this shows no evidence of that at all. I'm looking forward to finishing this one so I can start it over.

A Purpose.....

Moist, Vimes, and Veternari among others put in appearances in an enjoyable read about technology coming to the Disc. Avid Terry Pratchett fans might notice that the circular logic used may be just a little too circular, and the humor is not quite as off-beat and lopsided as usual. As a reader, instead of the usual oblivious and enjoyable ride in the back seat, I found myself being imbued with a purpose....as Mr..Pratchett might say, all of my fangles were encouraged to be new ones while reading this book. Nevertheless, worth reading if only for the exploration of the difference between species.

Raising Steam
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Mar 18, 2014
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Discworld
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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