Going Postal - Terry Pratchett

Going Postal

By Terry Pratchett

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 265 Ratings


“[Pratchett’s] books are almost always better than they have to be, and Going Postal is no exception, full of nimble wordplay, devious plotting and outrageous situations, but always grounded in an astute understanding of human nature.” — San Francisco Chronicle

A splendid send-up of government, the postal system, and everything that lies in between in this ingenious entry in New York Times bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett’s beloved Discworld series

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.

The Discworld novels can be read in any order, but Going Postal is the first book in the Moist von Lipwig series. The series, in order, includes:
Going PostalMaking MoneyRaising Steam


  • Boundless wit

    By Bedquist
    Extremely clever. Sometimes things are resolved a little too easily, but that helps it be a book that’s hard to put down.
  • Talk about a fun read

    By DB24kevin
    Terry has always been close to my heart when it comes to fantasy writing. His intellectual way of telling a story and pulling you in is second to none. Characters so well developed that they're real to the touch... wizards who don't take wizarding seriously as the rest of the world, coppers just doing their jobs and a tyrant who has ways of getting people to do things his way without you realizing you're doing it... Is masterful. Couple that with sarcasm, double-entendre and superb inner inner dialogue and you got a hell of a read. Bring it on Terry... I'm eagerly awaiting to have my mind blow. PS can I get to Dolly Sisters from Treacle Mine rd ??

    By kenny mccormmick
    I absolutely LOVE this book! One of the best I'be ever read. Hilarious!!!!
  • Simply Hilarious

    By NF4awesome
    This book is so funny. The ironic humor is almost overwhelming.
  • Amazing!

    By uncleho101
    This book is hilarious, and has a great plot. All should buy.