Book Review: Making Money by Terry Pratchett

After Going Postal I had high expectations for Making Money, but ended up disappointed. Whereas Moist von Lipwig had driven the story in the previous book, in this one he simply gets dragged into one situation after another where he doesn’t really do anything.

The first 25% is mainly him being told to run a bank and then touring it. There are also a number of secondary characters who are introduced who don’t actually do anything for the plot. In the end, Lipwig arranges the printing of paper money and that’s it.

For me, Going Postal represents Pratchett at his creative peak, but by the time we get to Making Money we’re well on the downslope from that. While it makes for an OK read, it doesn’t make for a particularly great or engaging one.

Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Re-read this, and it was interesting to see how strong the emotional stakes were from the start. As a story I thought it good and strong with the caveat that I never believed the kids seemed as young as they were – or why it had to be children in this war.

However, although I thought the story well-written, I didn’t totally enjoy it – at it’s heart it’s about the emotional abuse of children, and in the end that soured something of my reading.

A classic science fiction book that’s worth picking up, but one perhaps appreciated more than enjoyed.