- Published in 2007 by Doubleday
- Format: Audiobook
- Narrator: Stephen Briggs
- Listening Speed: 1.5x
- Listening Time: 4 thrilling days
- Eager to go back to Moist Von Lipwig for Turtle Recall. I had high hopes for this one after Going Postal. When we last left Moist, he had achieved all the high hopes expected of him. The Post Office is still thriving but being good all the time doesn’t suit him. In fact, he’s so bored that he’s moved on from climbing walls and onto climbing walls. The Patrician has just the thing to bring the thrill back into his life – work the same magic trick on the Royal Mint and the bank next door. It should be an ex-conman’s dream job but it turns out that the bank is running nothing like a dream. The Mint is running at a loss, the Chief Cashier (despite his name) is as stiff and humourless as an iron rod and there’s something very odd in the basement. Oh, and the people who previously owned the bank at not happy at having it taken off them.
- Never disappoints on satire. Pratchett’s take on banking is no exception. I think one of my favourite quotes is along the lines of ‘banking is based on promises that never called in’. It is clear that Pratchett has done his research on economics and, again, I feel that someone who knows about it more than I do would notice/appreciate more of the references. Even if you’re like me and not familiar with it, it’s still fun to see our ideas of modern paper money or what a modern bank looks like being formed. This book also includes lots of jabs at lawyers which is something I definitely appreciated.
- The side characters and side plots (including just what Adora Belle is up to outside the city and a golem who’s getting too into the idea of being female) were just as entertaining as the main plotline. I think the best one is who Moist brings in to design the paper money and why you should be careful with your choice of words when talking to an Igor.
- Excellent scenes from Moist as he works every trick in his arsenal to talk his way out of trouble and bring the crowd onto his side. It’s always exciting to see what he’s going to come up with next but, this time, he sometimes has to face problems without a plan or a clever wheeze born from his conman days. That only makes me more eager to see what he pulls out the bag this time.
- Rather low key world building but they are very entertaining tidbits. I loved the sneaky little digs at theology as a surprising goddess with specific rituals of prayer starts gathers a big following and there’s the mention of a ‘God of the Month’ club which really needs to exist in real life.
- The villains weren’t that despicable but the Lavish family were definitely memorable as the Discworld’s take on the Borgias/Medicis. Old Topsy Lavish, though she wasn’t in very many scenes, definitely made a favourable impression right from her first scene. Pucci provided some good schadenfreude as her attempts to throw her weight around fall flat. As for Cosmo, I don’t want to spoil what his deal is but the build up to it was fantastic.
- A good dash of zanyness in the mix when Moist has to visit Unseen University. I’m also delighted to see more of Professor Hix whom I first saw in Unseen Academicals. We see more of his work which involves the most bizarre magical cabinet you’d ever come across and a squid that randomly pops in and out of existence.
- I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did Going Postal. It sometimes felt like more of the same with Moist turning his conman skills to legitimate business and the old guard being absolutely horrified at this upstart muscling in on their territory. It was still enjoyable but it can get a bit predictable.
- Not that impressed as to where the past-catching-up-with-him plotline went. It was wound up much too quickly and it is a real shame. I could easily see it being built up in this book and become a lot more important in a later story.
- Interesting twist at the end regarding the past of one of the characters (not going to say who). The build up was excellent and we were fully prepped to believe it was something dark and horrifying by both the character’s personality and by the way people talk about him. Pratchett really knows how to tease the reader with tempting information The revelation, when it came, was something I don’t think anyone saw coming (but it’s still horrifying).
- Nailing a good climax after so much build up is difficult but Pratchett pulled it off. Moist opted for what was probably his most audacious tactic yet and it paid off with an alternately tense and hilarious finale.
- Good ending scenes that rounded off the story nicely and teased us with a possible sequel hook which will sadly never come to fruition but I can’t say I was as impressed with this book as I was with Going Postal. Still, it was a pleasure to read and it’s one I would definitely come back to.
Goodreads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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