Title: Going Postal
Author: Terry Pratchett
Page Count/Review Word Count: 353
I’m not sure how I managed not to review this one. I read this years ago but it’s somehow disappeared from my collection, which means I overlooked it. Then I happened to notice that I’d reviewed every Discworld book on Goodreads except for this one, then I did a little detective work and realised it was missing. So then I bought it.
If I’d reviewed this straight after I first read it, I probably would only have given it a three or a four out of five. I didn’t think much of it to begin with because I never used to like Moist Von Lipwig, who’s the protagonist of this book, but as I grew older and read more Lipwig books, I found myself changing my mind. Now, I’d go so far as to say that it’s one of my favourite books in the whole Discworld series. It actually does an even better job than most of them at satirising our own world while making you laugh along the way.
Some highlights here include the Discworld’s equivalent of stamp collectors and some great dialogue from Lord Vetinari and some other Ankh Morpork stalwarts. The plot itself is a lot of fun too, although as with most Discworld stories it’s the journey rather than the destination that makes it worth reading. In fact, I’d say that this was written during a period of Pratchett’s best work when he’d really hit his stride and settled into the Discworld without starting to get jaded. That allows him to have fun with the writing, and that carries over to you as a reader.
A lot of people ask where the best place to start is with the Discworld series, and the truth is that there’s no single answer. Still, this one isn’t a bad place to start, especially if you’re interested in the postal service. Now that I’ve got a copy of it, I’m tempted to reread it, and I very rarely reread things. It’s just a sign.