Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

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Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into ... a government job?

By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical headman. But if the bold and undoable are what's called for, Moist's the man for the job -- to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every being, human or otherwise, requires: hope.

 

About Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. He is the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, and he was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his services to literature. Pratchett lives in England.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 500 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pratchett satirizes the modern telecom business in a deeply satisfying comedy about a man sent to a fate worse than death: the post office.

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Publishers Weekly

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British fantasist Pratchett's latest special-delivery delight, set in his wonderfully crazed city of Ankh-Morpork, hilariously reflects the plight of post offices the world over as they struggl

Sep 06 2004 | Read Full Review of Going Postal

Publishers Weekly

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British fantasist Pratchett's latest special-delivery delight, set in his wonderfully crazed city of Ankh-Morpork, hilariously reflects the plight of post offices the world over as they struggle to compete in an era when e-mail has stolen much of the glamour from the postal trade.

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BC Books

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While Going Postal is an adaptation of the thirty-third book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, it is not necessary to have any background going in.

Sep 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Going Postal

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Adapting a book to the screen, be it television or film, is always a risky business.

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What happened once upon a while ago, was that a friend announced to The Duke something along the lines of "Folks who read Terry Pratchett have no imagination."

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Examiner

While Going Postal is an adaptation of the thirty-third book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, it is not necessary to have any background going in.

Sep 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Going Postal

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Extras on this 2 disc set include a video introduction by author Terry Pratchett, a commentary track with director Jon Jones along with interviews with cast, crew & fans as well as deleted scenes, blooper reels and a stills gallery.

Sep 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Going Postal

Examiner

While Going Postal is an adaptation of the thirty-third book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, it is not necessary to have any background going in.

Sep 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Going Postal

Examiner

Going Postal is another humorous romp through the slime coated streets of Ahnk-Morpork on Discworld, the creation of the twisted (but humorous) mind of Sir Terry Pratchett, but don't worry, the “Sir” doesn't mean that this book is the same ilk as those that horrid High School teacher (you know th...

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Book Reporter

That is because Moist, or Alfred Spangler (which is what appears on his death warrant), is about to be hanged by the neck until dead.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Going Postal

SF Site

SF Site Reading List: Terry Pratchett ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch SF Site Review: The Art of Discworld I haven't read many of Terry Pratchett's books, so I came to Going Postal without any background on Discworld and its inhabitants, and ...

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SF Site Reading List: Terry Pratchett ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Monstrous Regiment SF Site Review: The Wee Free Men SF Site Review: The New Discworld Companion SF Site Review: Night Watch SF Site Review: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents SF Site Review: Thief of Time S...

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Patheos

Moist is amazingly skilled at separating deserving individuals from their money, whether he’s selling glass diamond rings to rubes, passing forged currency to bank tellers, or dealing a hand of Find the Lady (which I gather is similar to Three Card Monte).

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Mr. Gilt tries to drive Moist .

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The Zone

Going Postal is Pratchett's thirty-third Discworld novel and quite despite itself, Discworld is now more detailed and well constructed than most of the sub-Tolkien drivel he set out to lampoon all those years ago.

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