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Raising Steam  : A Discworld Novel : Book 40 - Terry Pratchett

Raising Steam

A Discworld Novel : Book 40

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Published: 7th November 2013
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The new Discworld novel from Britain's number one bestselling writer sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town.

To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork – a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it's soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work – as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital . . . but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don't always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse . . .

Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi' t'flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he's going to stop it all going off the rails . . .

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. After falling out with his keyboard he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back.

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again

    By Jules

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    Pros

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    Cons

    • Best Terry Pratchett
    • Faultless

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    Will repeat Faultless Terry Pratchett

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      Comments about Raising Steam:

      Another winner from Terry Pratchett,the Discworld just gets better.

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      5.0

      Latest from fav author disc world

      By Aussiebird

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      • Funny
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        Comments about Raising Steam:

        Tongue in cheek, every cultural myth brought to life, understanding of humanity.
        Characters are enjoyable, interesting, fascinating. I reread this author whenever I need a laugh or distraction (fairly often at present). Will miss TP when he's no longer writing.

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        Terry Pratchett at his usual high stand

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        • Terrific Fun
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          Comments about Raising Steam:

          Easy reading
          Lots of fun and entertainment
          It ended,,,;)

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          Gleeful, explosive, wickedly funny

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            Comments about Raising Steam:

            Raising Steam offers Pratchett fans an extraordinary gift, offering a reprize of all the important Disc World characters from the last 40 books. Revel in this, his latest tale, with Moist von Lipwig and his cunning goblin sidekick. Laugh out loud and share this wonderful book with your friends. Christmas reading couldn't be more rewarding. We've loved Terry Pratchett for 30 years, time to give something back, buy his book and give it to the next generation of TP fans.

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            "Laugh-out-loud funny...A chuffing wonderful book." SFX "Terry Pratchett's creation is still going strong after 30 years as Ankh-Morpork branches into the railway age...There are sly nods to the history of railways and a cheeky reference to The Railway Children. Most aficionados, however, will be on the look-out for in-jokes and references from previous novels - of which there is no shortage...It is at the level of the sentence that Pratchett wins his fans." The Times "The genius of Pratchett is that he never goes for the straight allegory...he remains one of the most consistently funny writers around; a master of the stealth simile, the time-delay pun and the deflationary three-part list...I could tell which of my fellow tube passengers had downloaded it to their e-readers by the bouts of spontaneous laughter." -- Ben Aaronovitch The Guardian

            Terry Pratchett

            Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983.

            In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

            Visit Terry Pratchett's Booktopia Author Page


            ISBN: 9780857522276
            ISBN-10: 0857522272
            Series: Discworld Novels
            Audience: General
            Format: Hardcover
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 384
            Published: 7th November 2013
            Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
            Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.2  x 3.7
            Weight (kg): 0.67