|Review: Making Money
||[Nov. 16th, 2007|12:25 pm]
Making Money (Terry Pratchett, 2007) - I should preface this by saying I'm a huge Pratchett fan. That doesn't mean he can do no wrong, but you might consider me a bit biased. I loved this book. It's not the BEST Pratchett ever (Night Watch still holds that title for me although on the next read through the Tiffany Aching stories may edge it out), but it combines the best of Pratchett's silliness with razor-sharp satire on the uses of political power and the vagaries of economics. Small cameos by the "original cast" characters were heartwarming and a little sad (although seeing them from "outside" gave the story a little extra depth). It might seem odd to say after Pratchett has published so many books in the Discworld universe, but the world itself seems to acquire a lot of gravitas in this novel that seemed missing before (although I may just think that because it's beginning to slide into a Victorian-era flavor which I quite enjoy). Moist remains an outrageous, breathtaking main character, the more so this time as he takes risks even he realizes are over-the-edge (hmm, maybe I like him so much because he reminds me of Miles Vorkosigan....same initials even--sort of).
Plus, it was a scream when read aloud (as my hubbie and I do with new books by beloved authors that are SO coveted, neither of us can bear to let the other read it first). So many delicious voices: sexy, strident Adora Belle (which I enjoyed reading as a sort of young Katherine Hepburn), the dry, ominous Patrician (a British Mr. Burns), long-suffering Igor (a cross between Marty Feldman and Prof Frink), the cracked, creepy Cosmo (read by my husband as kind of a fruity Mr. Croup from Neverwhere that I couldn't match).
Let me just leave you with this: If you haven't read aloud an "adult" book to another adult, you should try it. I'm not talking about bedtime stories to children (which, don't get me wrong, are fantastic and everyone should do it sometime even if they don't have kids). But reading aloud and listening in turn with another adult I highly recommend. Some types of prose don't lend themselves to it well, but Pratchett's not a bad way to go if you want to try.
I had intended to do capsule reviews of several of my birthday books, but lunchtime ran out. Hopefully more later.