Going Postal

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Harper Collins, Sep 27, 2005 - Fiction - 416 pages
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Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into ... a government job?

By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical headman. But if the bold and undoable are what's called for, Moist's the man for the job -- to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every being, human or otherwise, requires: hope.


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User Review  - Christina_E_Mitchell - LibraryThing

I love a good smart-ass, and Moist Von Lipvwig is the genuine article. Goddess bless Terry Practchett. You know with an opening sentence like "They say that the prospect of being hanged in the morning ... Read full review

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User Review  - sometimeunderwater - LibraryThing

Along with Thud!, one of the better late-Pratchett books. A hundred times better than its sequel, Making Money, but still not quite at the level of the golden age of Discworld (roughly Reaper Man to Jingo, imo). Read full review


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Page 51 - There are six- collections and deliveries of letters in town daily, (Sundays excepted) ; and there are two despatches from, and three deliveries at, most places in the country, within the limits of this office. , The hours by which letters should be put into the receiving houses in town, for each delivery, are as follow : — . ', • For -Delivery in Town.
Page 180 - We are all a little mad", as opposed to you don't have to be mad to work here but it helps.
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Page 87 - A man who believes in the old saying, "see a pin and pick it up, and all day long you'll have good luck," saw a pin in front of the post office one morning.
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About the author (2005)

Sir Terry Pratchett's many honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Printz Honor, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Britain's Carnegie Medal, the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for lasting contribution to young adult literature, and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. His books have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. Knighted for his "services to literature," Sir Terry lives in England with his wife and many cats.

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