Making Money by Terry Pratchett
(Discworld Novels)

73%

16 Critic Reviews

You can’t go wrong with any of the Discworld novels . . . He’ll make you laugh and think, possibly even tear up before a book ends . . . But . . . If you are going to read Terry Pratchett for the first time I wouldn’t start with Making Money.
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Synopsis

Amazingly, former arch-swindler-turned-Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig has somehow managed to get the woefully inefficient Ankh-Morpork Post Office running like . . . well, not like a government office at all. Now the supreme despot Lord Vetinari is asking Moist if he'd like to make some real money. Vetinari wants Moist to resuscitate the venerable Royal Mint—so that perhaps it will no longer cost considerably more than a penny to make a penny.

Moist doesn't want the job. However, a request from Ankh-Morpork's current ruling tyrant isn't a "request" per se, more like a "once-in-a-lifetime-offer-you-can-certainly-refuse-if-you-feel-you've-lived-quite-long-enough." So Moist will just have to learn to deal with elderly Royal Bank chairman Topsy (née Turvy) Lavish and her two loaded crossbows, a face-lapping Mint manager, and a chief clerk who's probably a vampire. But he'll soon be making lethal enemies as well as money, especially if he can't figure out where all the gold has gone.

 

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. 485 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Making Money
All: 16 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Far from Pratchett's best, but entertaining nonetheless.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Rowland Manthorpe on Nov 10 2008

There is wit in Terry Pratchett's Making Money, but it lacks the normal cutting edge.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Patrick Ness on Sep 28 2008

What makes this and all the Discworld books special, though, is their humanity.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Aug 13 2008

Pratchett . . . once more us[es] the Disc as an educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Katie Trattner on Jun 17 2008

You can’t go wrong with any of the Discworld novels . . . He’ll make you laugh and think, possibly even tear up before a book ends . . . But . . . If you are going to read Terry Pratchett for the first time I wouldn’t start with Making Money.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle Kerns on Aug 19 2008

If you’ve followed the Discworld since its Rincewind beginnings, enjoy . . . Pratchett is in top form in Making Money.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Kim Newman on Oct 16 2008

Pratchett remains a consistently clever, charming and funny voice, and if this is one of his more standard efforts it's still appealing, with wry observations, smartened-up old jokes and enough real danger to edge the farce with terror.

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Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Susan Whelan on Aug 10 2008

Fans eager for a dose of Discworld silliness may come away a little disappointed as Making Money takes a more satirical approach . . . Despite these minor concerns, fans of Pratchett’s deft handling of the English language will find plenty to enjoy.

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SF Signal

Above average
Reviewed by Scottsh on Feb 18 2009

Fantastic and time-appropriate novel by a master of comedic fantasy. I wouldn’t make this my first Diskworld book, but it is a great part of the series.

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Fantasy Literature

Below average
Reviewed by Ryan Skardal on Aug 27 2012

Pratchett’s Making Money is, of course, required reading for long time fans, but it is not a good place for new readers to enter the series.

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Boing Boing

Good
Reviewed by Cory Doctorow on Sep 29 2008

You can probably enjoy Making Money without reading any other Discworld novel, and you can definitely enjoy Making Money if you read Going Postal first.

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SFX

Good
Reviewed by Jonathan Wright on Sep 26 2008

Pratchett is both pedagogue and entertainer . . . How many other novelists could manage that?

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Penelope B. on Aug 01 2008

Making Money is an excellent read, and what may be described as a 'laugh-out-loud' novel.

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Yahoo! Voices

Above average
Reviewed by Laura Serena on Sep 09 2008

I wouldn't rate Making Money as one of his best . . . Making Money is still well worth reading if you want a good chuckle at just how shaky the financial industry really is, or if you want to laugh in the face of possibly losing your shirt.

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Fantasy Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Joshua S. Hill on Aug 01 2008

Pratchett doesn’t simply get better and better as he goes along. No, Pratchett long ago reached a pinnacle most writers would only dream of reaching, and has since stayed there writing books that over and over again rate 10 out of 10.

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SF Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Thomas M. Wagner on Aug 01 2008

Pratchett's wonderful supporting cast deserves mention . . . but I found Making Money a little less tight and satisfying than Going Postal.

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