Going Postal (Discworld, #33; Moist von Lipwig, #1)Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve read quite a few of Terry Pratchett’s books- some I loved, some I found boring, others I liked well enough but failed to be “wowed”. This is a book that is vastly entertaining. While not entirely unique in concept, it was certainly unique in execution. This is a light, fanciful read with well-developed characters and a real understanding about human nature.

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

Moist is not a hero. He is a con man through and through. Having finally run out of luck, his sentence for fleasing the public of thousands seems to run towards one end: his demise. Instead, our entrepreneurial tyrant recognizes talent when he sees it and gives Moist a job in the government running the post office.

Mr Moist, this morning you had no experience at all of being dead, and yet but for my intervention you would nevertheless have turned out to be extremely good at it,’ said Lord Vetinari sharply. ‘It just goes to show: you never know until you try’

After a failed escape attempt, and a realization that he won’t escape his golem parole officer so easy,Moist begins to get into the spirit of reopening a destroyed postal building and giving the public a little flair and competition at the same time.

Unfortunately, the corrupt man who runs the clacks message towers is not as amused as the public. After a nearly fatal attack on his Senior Postmaster,

Incidentally, its wisest not to argue with the nursing staff. I find the wisest course of action is to throw some chocolates in one direction and hurry off in the other while their attention is distracted.

Moist realizes he will need to take the corrupt system head on to keep his Post Office. ..and his life.But it isn’t easy. His only help is a cast of misfits and a knack for the dramatic. He will need to get the public involved to win the title of best message service. But every knows how fickle the public can be.

Always remember that the crowd which applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.

Once again Sir Pratchett delivered on a wonderful, light read that keeps one entertained and turning the pages!