January 7, 2014

Hold on for the Ride: Reading "Going Postal"

Moist Von Lipwig is a con man.  He has just been hanged under the name of Spangler.  Spangler is dead, but Von Lipwig has talents, so Lord Veternari, the Tyrant if Ankh-Morpork, gives Von Lipwig another chance.

The mails have been dying.  New technology has made the postal service useless.  It exists as a black hole of old messages and old dreams.  Two men  and decades of letters live at the post office.  If you listen long enough, you can hear the letters speaking to you.  Four previous post masters have let the letters lead them to death.

Will Moist overcome the obstacles, and history?  Will he become the new hero of Ankh-Morpork?

What do you think?  This is a Terry Pratchett book.  Of course there’s going to be an manic hero.

Just hold on for the ride, as you….Go Postal.

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.