Prepare to laugh, Terry Pratchett is back! Going Postal is not just a hilarious romp through Discworld, but also manages to be a subtle commentary on the current capitalist abuses in our culture.
If you’re familiar with his series, you won’t be surprised to know that we’re up to number 29, but if you’re not, don’t hesitate to jump right in You can read any of his books in any order and Going Postal would be a fantastic one to start with.
To start with, how could anybody not laugh with a character named Moist? Moist Von Lipwig begins the book in a cell waiting for his execution. He is offered the chance to escape, his death faked, and given a new life as Postmaster.
Hoping to take advantage of this opportunity to escape, Moist chooses to take the offered job. When he attempts to leave, however, he is escorted back to his office by a golem. The job seems hopeless.
The postal system hasn’t worked properly in years and the backlog of undelivered mail takes up nearly the whole building. His two coworkers are unwilling to help him. And worst of all, the last several Postmasters have all died in the post office building.
Once Moist passed the test to become inducted into the secret order of postmen, he learns the history of how the organization worked. Armed with this knowledge, he begins to work on making the system run more smoothly and efficiently.
He even meets someone who he is attracted to and begins a relationship with her. Moist doesn’t always have everything working in his favor. An unsuccessful assassination attempt results in a fire in the Post Office building.
Arrogant wagering leads to a situation where he risks death by the very means that he had hoped to avoid at the very beginning of the book. Terry’s writing would be entertaining enough on its own, but he adds in references to Internet culture and classic books.
Finding these little jokes made the book evens more entertaining. It’s not a serious book, but if you’re looking for some nice light listening material for passing time without thinking too hard, this book’s a keeper.
Stephen Briggs is in fine form as he negates this literary rollercoaster.