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.
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When I originally read Terry Pratchett, I remembered Going Postal and Making Money as the author at the height of his creative powers. After some disappointment with recent Pratchett books I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, Going Postal still delivers.
What we have is a tightly-written story with a very interesting character who constantly pushes the plot forward. This isn’t the case of a character ambling through events like in Small Gods, but instead of cleverly and creatively moving things forward at every turn.
For most of the book I would have given it four stars, but the end climax really is clever and well-thought out.
Overall, this is one of Pratchett’s best, and it still holds up well after all this time.
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