Going Postal For, Well, Going Postal

going postalOk so I’ve vaguely hinted at British politics last week… But now it’s time to talk about what’s really important to Brits: the Post Office.

Now us Brits have a weird thing about the Post Office. Thatcher used to say how barmy we’d all go if it was privatised (sneaky bloody Cameron snuck it through though). Anyway, I digress.

In this biting satire, Pratchett explores just why the Post Office is such an amazing, important institution! (a statement which should of course be sealed with a loving kiss 😉 )

Everything from the premise to the characters is just perfect. I loved the name Moist Von Lipwig in particular and I adored how good ol’ Vetinari’s characterised in this one.

But best of all, this one was packed full of some of the Pratchett’s best, pithiest, wittiest quotes:

“I commend my soul to any god that can find it.”

“See a pin and pick it up, and, all day long, you’ll have a pin.” 

“Steal five dollars and you’re a common thief. Steal thousands and you’re either the government or a hero”

I usually have a hard time reviewing Pratchett, cos, well it’s Pratchett and I feel the *pressure*, but this one just called to me. Definitely one of my favourites:

Rating: 5/5 bananas

 hand-drawn-bananahand-drawn-bananahand-drawn-bananahand-drawn-bananahand-drawn-banana

Well, have you read this one? If not, what are you waiting for?!

Advertisements

43 thoughts on “Going Postal For, Well, Going Postal

  1. Nel says:

    I haven’t read this but I have to say, American Post offices are the worst. Just plain bad! You’re truly lucky if you get your mail some days and on days when you don’t, good luck trying to find it!

    Liked by 1 person

    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah I actually really understand- a few years ago I had to deal with the American system from overseas- and even though I had the number of the package *and* they ended up having the parcel in question in their depot not once, they still managed to end up losing it :/ So yeah… oddly enough, I can relate 😉 (although I have to add that the UK system isn’t great either 😉 Just Brits are obsessed with it in an unhealthy way 😉 )

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Bookstooge says:

    I hated the name “Moist Von Lipwig” and I think that really skewed any potential enjoyment I would have had from these books. And by the end of Discworld I was feeling burnt out on it and it just wasn’t funny to me anymore.

    Glad you enjoyed it so much though. Hope the rest of the Moist Von Lipwig books work for you too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hahahaha I can understand- for me it’s just soo bad that it’s actually good. I can understand that- I can sometimes feel burnt out if I read too many of a series at a time, which is one of the reasons I’ve been so slow with it.

      Thank you!! 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Lucy Brazier says:

    This is a brilliant book and Moist Von Lipwig one of Pratchett’s finest heroes! He appears in Raising Steam as well, although I wasn’t quite as enraptured with that as Going Postal. Pratchett is the master of the pithy one-liners 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. LizScanlon says:

    Great snappy review…
    I have never read a Pratchett book… I know… shame! 🙂 I remember one of my room mates enjoying his books and laughing her arse off every time she read one.. I tried as well, can’t remember which one it was but back then I couldn’t get into it.. I guess I wasn’t able to appreciate it… I am hoping to give Pratchett’s books a go though in the future! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Nicola @ Thoughts on Fantasy says:

    I love Pratchett’s witty quotes!! So clever and amusing – the pin one is particularly chuckle-worthy (btw one of my favourites of his is “Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.” 😀 ). Going Postal is one I’ve been thinking of reading because I heard it got adapted into a TV mini series and that made me extra curious (I’ve read several Discworld books but nowhere near all of them) – it sounds like a good one! Have you seen the adaptation? I haven’t but am curious about that too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Thank you so much!! Yes, it really is a challenge. I mean, this can happen with a lot of books, but sometimes all I have to say is “haha that was really enjoyable and funny”- as nice an experience as it is to read a book like that, it’s not really review worthy. Ah awesome- I love recommending Pratchett- I recommend Mort (which is the start of the Death series and the one that got me hooked) followed by Guards Guards (the first in the Watch series) Really hope you enjoy!!

      Like

  6. Anna @MyBookishDream says:

    Terry Pratchett writes such funny and enjoyable stories and I definitely NEED to read more of his books. I have heard many amazing things about Going Postal, probably because it’s one of my friends favourite books and seeing that you loved it makes me want to read it even more. So I definitely plan on picking it up some time in the future! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to read much from Pratchett… The first and only book I’ve read so far is Good Omens, which was a collab with Neil Gaiman. So I couldn’t really get a feel of each author individually. I’m hoping to change that soon 🙂
    Wonderful review!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s