Making Money by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"Making Money" serves up a dose of full-out mayhem amongst the familiar scenery of Ankh-Morpork. It's amazing how running gags have woven together to create their own mythology - in the case of the golems, one that is continuously evolving and changing.
This is the second book that features former swindler Moist, and in some ways, it suffers from pitfalls of sequel-itis. Much of the first two-thirds of the books feels as if Pratchett tried to rewrite the outline for "Going Postal" with different details. While I found the fantasy explanations for modern concepts entertaining in "Postal," here I found them repetitive. A few elements seemed to depend on experience with the previous book ... in particular the romance with Adora Belle, which largely seemed to assume the reader would know the characters were attracted to each other and provided little to no further elaboration.
... then the unexpected happens (of course) and the last part of the book bursts into complete and delightful mayhem. I found the denouement more entertaining and credible than the one in "Postal" - and Vetinari never ceases to entertain when seen at careful distance.
As far as continuing elements that both evolved *and* stood on their own, I have to highlight Moist's frantic attempts to reclaim his sense of adventure and Gladys' wonderful evolution as a "lady" golem.
Overall, Moist remains an excellently drawn loveable rogue, and this book is tense, humorous and engaging.
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