Raising Steam

Raising SteamRaising Steam by Terry Pratchett
Published by Random House on 2013-11-07
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 480
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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.

Terry, with this book you are really spoiling us! Following in the steps of previous books, by revolving the plot around the addition of a real world device in to the Discworld, namely the steam train, Raising Steam has everything! Political intrigue, hijackings, goblins, dwarves, Corporal Nobby Nobs, drama, did I say intrigue?

This is definitely one of Terry’s best books and was a pleasure to read, I couldn’t put it down and took it to every meal as well as my day out to Chiang Rai. Featuring the new character, Dick Simnel, inventor of the Discworld’s first steam engine who, with the help of Harry King and Moist Von Lipwig, must also create a complete railway service!

If you like Pratchett, you will love this! I’ve got to say, 5 months in to travelling, the Kindle is the best little gadget I’ve bought with me. Whilst I sometimes read using my iPhone, being able to read properly with the Kindle is a luxury in comparison, and I love the way my books sync across both the Kindle and the iPhone Kindle app, so I can seamlessly switch between them if it calls for it!