Raising Steam

Raising Steam

Hardback Discworld Novels (Hardcover)

By (author) Terry Pratchett

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  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Format: Hardback | 365 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 239mm x 36mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 038553826X
  • ISBN 13: 9780385538268
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 69,608

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A "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER 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 . . .

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the globally bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, "The Color of Magic," was published in 1983. "Raising Steam" is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen; he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, and was awarded a knighthood for services to literature. After falling out with his keyboard, he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back. www.terrypratchett.com

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"Consistently funny, wise and clever. . . . Rewarding to both longtime readers and novices, filled with characters who leap off the page and metaphors that make you laugh out loud. . . . Pratchett's appeal isn't just his roller-coaster plots but the depth of his ideas." --Sam Thielman, "Newsday" "Salted among all the treacle miners and nascent trainspotters are some serious ideas about technology and the irrevocable changes it brings. . . . While exploring questions about the unintended consequences of technology, Pratchett also blasts fundamentalists who resist all progress. But mostly he seems to be having fun with words in the very British strain of absurdist humor that he has made his own. And 40 books in, why not?" --Sara Sklaroff, "The Washington Post" "A delightful fantasy send-up of politics, economics and finance, as the Discworld gets a railway and complications ensue. . . . A lovely homage to the courage at the core of technological advance. . . . Pratchett melds politics, finance and the occasional dark turn with his fantasy and humor, and as ever his footnotes are not to be missed. . . . How many writers are more fun to spend time with?" --Ken Armstrong, "The Seattle Times" "A spectacular novel, and a gift from a beloved writer to his millions of fans. . . . A tremendous synthesis of everything that makes Pratchett one of the world's most delightful writers." --Cory Doctorow, "Boing Boing" "What began with a farcical satire of pseudomedieval fantasy has become a Dickensian mirror of contemporary western society. . . . Raising Steam is the latest transformation of a remarkable fictional world that has evolved and grown with its creator--and it shows how, in the way of many things invested with devotion on the Disc itself, the Discworld has taken on a life of its own." --Karin L. Kross, Tor.com "From the first, the novels demonstrated Pratchett's eye for telling detail and the absurdities of the