Raising Steam (Discworld Series #40)

Raising Steam (Discworld Series #40)

by Terry Pratchett
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Raising Steam (Discworld Series #40) by Terry Pratchett

The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town.

Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385538299
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Series: Discworld Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 52,343
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

TERRY PRATCHETT is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at over 75 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages. Great author website: terrypratchett.co.uk


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Raising Steam 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Kurt149 More than 1 year ago
This book really made me sad. I've been trying to get through it for months. It has none of Pratchett's style. I'll continue to reread the previous Diskworld books but fans are going to have to say goodbye to the series. Thank you Terry for many hours of reading enjoyment
Cinorjer More than 1 year ago
Fans of Pratchett and the Discworld series will know why this feels like a fond farewell from a wonderful writer who created a marvelous world.  The train is indeed pulling out of the station, and he tries to at least give an honorable mention to every one of our favorite characters while giving us an interesting story of what happens when progress hits a world mired in magic and tradition.  This story settles down on Moist as the main POV for most of the story, although it takes its own sweet time getting to the point where the plot - so to speak - picks up steam.  Magic in the form of the Wizards and witches takes a back seat, and we may assume as the Rule of the Slide takes hold, will eventually fade away as much as magic can, on a flat world carried on the back of a turtle.  But the world will continue, and we may assume the Mended Drum will continue to serve the best Ale in Ankh, and tavern fights will still be a nightly feature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His ability to handle detail and moralize in a subtle way aremostly gone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only reason I rated this book five stars is that I can't get the rating to jump any higher. Sir Terry Pratchett still writes the best satire there is, and his Discworld is a fully realized world that can actually feel real (aside from it's being flat and resting on four elephants standing on a humongous turtle). He takes various fantasy races, such as dwarfs and trolls, and makes them into real people that we can relate to, and relate their problems to certain problems with our own world. How can he make us think so much and so hard about the human condition while making us laugh so much? Terry Pratchett is one of a very few authors who can write a novel that can make me laugh out loud - repeatedly! Obviously, he is a one-of-a-kind treasure. Even if you normally don't like fantasy, you'll like this book. And if it's the first Discworld novel you've read, you'll find yourself running out to get all the rest of them. This book is just that good.
Rob_Grwlr More than 1 year ago
If you're a Discworld fan you'll love this. While Moist is the main character, you get to touch base with many of the old favorites. I really enjoyed it.
crackerjack1 More than 1 year ago
As I find myself thinking with each Pratchett novel I read, "this is the best one yet," but as I just finished this one today, I must say it is by far the most interesting. Pratchett has managed to bring in to the story almost all of his characters in the Discworld series and without doubt has nailed down his ongoing theme that progress is not to be stopped and one had better just lay back and accept it. He continues to develop his idea that everybody should be accepted for who and what they are without others making judgments about them based on preconceived notions of what another being is or should be about or like just to fit our own narrow world view. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Write on Mr. Pratchett, the world would be a much poorer place with out you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this one. Moist becomes more complex. And the dwarf side story touched my romantic heart. I am grateful for every book.
Docxen More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett is back with a bang...or should i say whistle.  This is one of the best disc world novels in a while. Moist (a character i'm really enjoying) is back and taking on the train.   Moist is having to  deal with my 2nd favorite character Lord Havelock Vetinari (favorite is death) who's wanting miracles again.   Like all great Disc World novels we see some great funny moments along with a few to make you think.     So come back to your favorite city Ankh-Morpork and catch the new contraption the steam engine making the might disc world a smaller  place.  But please don't eat the goblins they are people (of a sort).  My only negative (and not the author's problem) is the nook makes the maps a little  hard to read so if i did it again i would prob go with the hardcover instead of the nookbook. 
Anonymous 23 days ago
A fantastic book by a fantastic author!
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book is so very unlike all his earlier work that I strongly suspect that Pratchett didn't write it. Very long winded. Still pretty entertaining, but if you love his other Diskworld books you will probably be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cry every time I get to the end. I have read every book Sir Terry wrote and they have been my companions for over 30 years. I miss looking through the book lists for the next book. It is a great book that contains many of his most famous characters. Sadly lacking in Carrots though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is real is real exiciting, because when the the charcters come up with new ideas with the railroad, you feel as though you are making the railroad as well. I absolutely love this book!
stuckathome More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I wanted a way to have it read to me as I drift off to sleep!
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This is typically excellence at showing a mirror to humanity, whatever shape it comes in. We must laugh at ourselves or we would cry.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
Yet another thoroughly enjoyable addition to Terry Pratchett's continuously expanding, and immensely creative, Discworld universe. Moist von Lipwig (previously featured in "Going Postal" and "Making Money") is not only in charge of building the first railway, but must do so in time to avert an impending political crisis. Clever plotting, witty dialogue, and laugh-out-loud humor prevail, with a subtle subtext of social commentary. With Harry King, Lord Vetinari, and cameos from many other familiar characters, it is the type of book where you can't wait to turn the page, in order to get to the next one, until you come to the melancholic realization that there's just a few pages left...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it did feel like a farewell. age of machinery stepping in. it was a terrific book, but i felt restless reading it and in some ways not liking the changes to Discworld or maybe our world. the changes made me feel sad yet it was a great book
Johng4490 More than 1 year ago
While not my favorite Discworld novel, This book continues to develop the ever growing world and characters that I have loved for so long. I found it very clever, interesting, and a great chapter in the Discworld. I am eager to see where Pratchett takes us next, as always, Though I don't believe and book will ever beat Men at Arms.
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great read