Series: Discworld

Guest Review: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Posted March 18, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

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Guest Review: Raising Steam by Terry PratchettRaising Steam by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #40
Published by Random House LLC on 03-18-2014
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
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Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man with a flat cap and a sliding rule. He has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements-earth, air, fire, and water-and it's soon drawing astonished crowds.

To the consternation of Ankh-Morpork's formidable Patrician, Lord Vetinari, no one is in charge of this new invention. This needs to be rectified, and who better than the man he has already appointed master of the Post Office, the Mint, and the Royal Bank: Moist von Lipwig. Moist is not a man who enjoys hard work-unless it is dependent on words, which are not very heavy and don't always need greasing. He does enjoy being alive, however, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse.

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 from going off the rails…


I liked Terry Pratchett’s newest installment of his Discworld series, Raising Steam.  The spotlight in this book is focused on Moist von Lipwig, former thief and con-artist turned government official.  Lipwig hasn’t been one of my favorite protagonists in previous books in which he was featured.  He has been mostly style and not enough substance, but in this one he gets his hands dirty when he has to deal with a murderous band of dwarves.  It reminded me more of Sam Vimes, my favorite character in the series.

As for the subject matter of the book itself, it is pretty interesting, moreso if you are a fan of steam engines and engineering in general.  The massive amount of money and resources needed to start up a railway system is insane.  The best bit, however, is the dry sense of humor that is indicative of all of Pratchett’s Discworld installments.  Any fan of Douglas Adams’ work will enjoy this series and this book also.   

Dental Damn


About the Dental Damn

Dental Damn has been an avid reader from an early age. He’s favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett and J.K Rowling. When he’s not reading you can find him playing World of Warcraft or watching The Walking Dead (and no he is not a 40 year old virgin living in his mom’s basement…. he’s my husband).

About Terry Pratchett

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.