- Series: Discworld
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (September 18, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061161640
- ISBN-13: 978-0061161643
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 290 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Reprieved confidence trickster Moist von Lipwig, who reorganized the Ankh-Morpork Post Office in 2004's Going Postal, turns his attention to the Royal Mint in this splendid Discworld adventure. It seems that the aristocratic families who run the mint are running it into the ground, and benevolent despot Lord Vetinari thinks Moist can do better. Despite his fondness for money, Moist doesn't want the job, but since he has recently become the guardian of the mint's majority shareholder (an elderly terrier) and snubbing Vetinari's offer would activate an Assassins Guild contract, he reluctantly accepts. Pratchett throws in a mad scientist with a working economic model, disappearing gold reserves and an army of golems, once more using the Disc as an educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws (Oct.)
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Moist von Lipwig, the savior of the Ankh-Morpork post office, has gotten settled into a routine. He's filling out forms, signing things, will probably get to be head of the Merchants Association next year, and he hasn't designed a stamp in months. He's so bored, in fact, that he's taken to climbing the walls of the post office and breaking into his own office. Lord Vetinari, always brilliant in his ruthlessness, recognizes an opportunity when he sees one, and offers Moist the job of running the royal mint. Moist tries to refuse, pretending that he's satisfied with the stable life, but he can't deny the urge for adventure and intrigue for long. The mint is, in the finest Ankh-Morpork tradition, a strange and oddly old-fashioned place, with bizarre traditions so ingrained the long-term employees can't imagine doing them any other way. Moist is the perfect innovator, with his wildly creative solutions to problems, for changing the way the entire city thinks about money. In the transition from the gold standard and old money, Pratchett brings up all the details that make Ankh-Morpork one of the most satisfying contemporary fantasy cities and continues in his trend of beautifully crafted, wickedly cutting satire on the underpinnings of modern human society. Making Money is smart, funny, and a thoroughly entertaining read. Schroeder, Regina
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BUT, Pratchett has another genius to him: He can look into the past, then into the future and bring it all together in the present. This book was first published in 2007. The banks crashed in 2008 and governments had to spent billions to bail them out, using tax payers money.
We already see all that happening in Making Money. The abuse of power by the "fat cats" and then the government stepping in to try and prevent the man on the street from loosing all their money.
He has the ability to create characters that makes you think: I know someone like him/her, I wish I can meet this person or I am glad I will never have to deal with that person. They have so much depth and are really believable.
I love Vetinari and wish he was my city`s tyrant, and of course Mr Fusspot`s antics are endlessly entertaining. Then there`s Gladys, Igor, Adora Belle, Mr Slant and of course Moist and Mr Bent. There are so many more characters that are entertaining, but just too many to list.
I strongly recommend this book.
I could not help but notice that those who rated the book 1*star, were all early readers (2007/2008) and most of the 5* readers from later years (2009-2014).
A few broad things: if you’re not into economics as much as I am, I think the book will hold up as a storyline in itself. This is the second books that I am aware of that has starred Moist Von Lipwig. I am still not sure as where he stands as a Pratchett character. He has some interesting traits, but doesn’t seem fully formed.
Small thing that is interesting to me: I like that Pratchett comes out against hard money, where the city is what gives currency value, not gold that was dug up in one place and the reburied in a vault (see pages 143-4 for a fun exchange on the nature of a currency’s value)
Key quote: ‘Hubert’s an economist. That’s like an alchemist but less messy.’
If you have not read any of Pratchett’s books, this is as good a place to start as any. I suppose the beginning may be better, but it is not wholly necessary. I started in medias res and everything ended up just fine.
In this book we again meet Moist von Lipwig, who did such a bang-up job of restoring order and honor to the Post Office and now is put to the task, at the order of The Patrician, Lord Vetinary, of putting the Royal Mint and the Bank of Ankh-Morpork to rights. A little mystery, a little melodrama, some romance, some supernatural happenings, combine in this novel to create a story that holds the interest from page one to the end.
There are of course some of the Ankh-Morpork "usual suspects" in the cast of characters and there are some subtle hints about the orgins and purposes of many of the new characters but not enough to tip the reader too soon to the eventual reveal.
There is a strong sense that the author truly understands "how things work" and this reviewer would like this book to be required reading for all politicians, most of whom seem to have little knowledge of basic economics.
The story has twists and turns that appear to lead off into dead ends, but each and all ultimately are integral to the eventual success of Moist's scheme (even without his active knowledge or participation) and introduces some new characters, both living and semi-living, that one hopes will appear in later books.
This was a very enjoyable read and anyone who is a fan of fantasy and humor should find is as much fun as it was for me.
The lovely thing about Diskworld novels is that you don't need to read them in order, to Get It. You can read them in any order you want, and they'll make sense. Making Money features one of my favorite characters, Lord Vetinari, the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, making the most sinister, terrifying threat that this colossal tyrant has ever done. He really went over the top with it this time. (Snarf). Yep. His scariest threat yet.
*And the footnotes. Don't forget the footnotes. Those are some of the best quotables!
I started building up my savings by a personal promise to get a Pratchett book any month that I've made my savings goal... and last month when I got Making Money, that was so worth it that I'm doing it again this month. Terry Pratchett is good for my budget and good for my soul.