Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett
Just finished reading Terry Pratchett’s most recent Discworld escapade – Raising Steam. A delightful romp into the wonderful world of steam locomotion, the book tells the story of that loveable scoundrel Moist Von Lipwig and the invention of Discworld’s first railroad. Of course not everyone is pleased by the march of progress (*cough, cough, dwarves, cough*), and Moist faces challenges and dangers aplenty. Fortunately, Moist has the City Watch on his side (for a change), under the leadership of Blackboard Monitor Samuel Vimes. Oh, and goblins help too. Lots and lots of goblins.
Another brilliant book by Terry, it’s almost criminal to refer to it as formulaic, but it does conform to a distinct Discworld-esque formula.Take a real world scenario from the news or history, refashion it in an absurdly fantastical way, add the reluctant but determined hero, add loads of both topical humor and clever wordplay, mix vigorously, top it all off with a grand finale with a surprise twist, then repeat as required.
Terry is a master of what has become an art-form and I eagerly await each new novel breathlessly, receiving each new book Terry writes with the fear that it may be the last. I was devastated to hear the state of Terry’s health will prevent him from going to the Satellite4 convention, in Glasgow, next month. A convention I planned on attending purely for the opportunity to met Sir Pratchett. But I readily accept that Terry’s health takes priority and wish him Gute Besserung.