Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Making Money (Discworld, #36)

With the Ankh-Morpork Post Office saved former thief Moist von Lipwig is bored. When Lord Vetinari offers the chance to run the Royal Mint and Royal Bank Moist takes the offer. With ‘unique’ bank employees, the ex-chairman’s scheming family and other bank related quandaries being bored is no longer a problem. Being discredited and/or killed, though, are…

The plot of Making Money exposes the reader to humor both thoughtful and slapstick. On the thoughtful end Moist’s experiences cause the reader to wonder what really runs banks and economics. Is it computer models which affect reality, odd regulations, people who play by their own rules or all of the above? On the slapstick end of the humor scale there is dog Mr. Fusspot’s attachment to a human toy, a clown courtroom scene and other chuckle worthy moments. Minor characters help make the book a fun read, but it is Moist and Vetinari who run the show. Moist is haplessly addicted to danger. He just can’t help accepting challenges and then has to wing his way through them. Vetinari has a sense of style that, as it is said in the book, even his enemies admire. He knows how people think and has a dry sense of humor. With diverting situations, interesting personalities and fantasy creatures such as werewolves and trolls Ankh-Morpork seems like it could be a fun place to visit if one survives the experience. Making Money is a good read for those wanting satire, humor, characters that entertain and/or a fantasy world with never a dull moment.

Want reads with elements of Making Money?

Another Fine Myth, by Robert Asprin, starts off a series chronicling the adventures of hapless magician’s apprentice Skeeve and the intelligent demon -dimensional traveler- Aahz

Bank Shot, by Donald E. Westlake, is another humorous tale with entertaining characters that involves a thief and a bank. In this case, thief John Dortmunder steals a bank. Now if only he could figure out what to do with it…

Trust Me, I’m a Banker by David Charters, is a satirical look at the world of banking. An employee decides he is unappreciated, has an opportunity to take revenge and things go on from there…


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