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.

Comments: 8
  • Dee Stroyer March 25, 2014 08:57

    I finished reading it a couple weeks ago, as well. Fool that I am, I was completely unaware that this was actually the third book in Moist’s series of adventures. I completely missed the second book.

    It was still quite enjoyable though, as it was more or less self contained. It was certainly a good read, but not on the same level as Going Postal.

    Are we still hitting the convention or are you too disappointed by the absence of Pratchett?

  • Professor Extreme! March 31, 2014 18:51

    I read it just after Christmas, although good, it some how doesn’t have the appeal that I remember of the first ones. Maybe its my memory, or the novelty is wearing off. Not too bad over 30 years or so..

  • Brain October 1, 2014 19:34

    1989, the year I first discovered The discworld, Guards! Guards! It was, with the awesome Josh Kirby cover. I have bought every new release since.

  • Just Justine June 14, 2015 17:42

    Terry Pratchett’s daughter says she will not write or authorize more Discworld books

    Rhianna Pratchett’s announced that The Shepherd’s Crown will be the last Discworld novel, because “They are sacred to dad”….

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