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A todo vapor El progreso ha llegado al Mundodisco a lomos de una locomotora de vapor Sus habitantes acuden en masa a admirar el revolucionario prodigio de la t cnica, obra de un joven inventor autodidacta llamado Dick Simnel Inmediatamente, lord Vetinari decide apropiarse de la m quina y nombra a H medo von Mustachen, su hombre para todo, responsable de la operaci n Entretanto estalla una revuelta pol tica entre los enanos, que planean atentar contra su rey y sabotear el ferrocarril Von Mustachen tendr que esquivar muchos escollos para evitar que todo descarrileDesde hace m s de tres d cadas, Terry Pratchett ha fascinado a millones de lectores de todo el mundo con sus novelas fant sticas, divertidas y sat ricas ambientadas en el Mundodisco, un universo fant stico profundamente original que guarda un sospechoso parecido con el nuestro A todo vapor es la cuadrag sima entrega de esta serie tan emblem tica y longeva como popular, cuyo siguiente y ltimo volumen se public en ingl s en agosto dey saldr en castellano enNo solo resulta ser un aut ntico placer para los lectores, como las entregas anteriores, sino que tambi n nos da un nuevo y original ejemplo del sentido del humor, la imaginaci n y la capacidad cr tica de Terry Pratchett para retratar, sin perder la sonrisa, los vicios de nuestra sociedad While some people say that this book did not deliver on the same level of expectation as Pratchett s earlier works, it is my opinion that this book is so muchdeveloped and gripping than his other books The humour that is displayed still follows the same structure of parody.Personally, I loved the whole stories of Moist, and found that there was no Pratchett book that I lovedthan Going Postal , but Raising Steam still delivers a high standard for creativity and genius.The way that P While some people say that this book did not deliver on the same level of expectation as Pratchett s earlier works, it is my opinion that this book is so muchdeveloped and gripping than his other books The humour that is displayed still follows the same structure of parody.Personally, I loved the whole stories of Moist, and found that there was no Pratchett book that I lovedthan Going Postal , but Raising Steam still delivers a high standard for creativity and genius.The way that Pratchett makes everything fit together so nicely and bring back to life characters that have become dear to us is excellent, and it is ingenious in the ways that the man has made the characters developof a personality The ways that all these people have stories of their past lives revealed is done so well I could go on and give away specific examples of all this, but for those people who have the same kind of love for Discworld as I do I will leave you with no hints or spoilers.This novel was a great achievement by Pratchett and he should be commended for his deliverance of books of such quality, especially with the challenges in his life, his alzheimers, we should marvel at his skill Age shall not weary Terry Pratchett, and I for one hope that he lives forever.One thing I was disappointed with was the fact that Terry Pratchett didn t follow on from the end of Making Money He left you knowing at the end that Moist would eventually become the tax collector This, however, did not follow on from that, and I found that a little disappointing This is a tricky book for me to review For one thing, it s hard for me to view this book as a thing unto itself Anyone who knows anything about my reading habits knows that I m a huge fan of Terry Pratchett Of all his books, Thud is perhaps my favorite And this book is a follow up to that one Not exactly a sequel, but a continuance of theme So what I was really looking for here was a brilliant book A book that I loved as much as Thud , plus, say 10% That s what my heart wanted, even This is a tricky book for me to review For one thing, it s hard for me to view this book as a thing unto itself Anyone who knows anything about my reading habits knows that I m a huge fan of Terry Pratchett Of all his books, Thud is perhaps my favorite And this book is a follow up to that one Not exactly a sequel, but a continuance of theme So what I was really looking for here was a brilliant book A book that I loved as much as Thud , plus, say 10% That s what my heart wanted, even though my brain knows full well that that is a profoundly ridiculous thing to wish for The other problem is that I know Mr Pratchett s health is failing He has Alzheimers, and from what I understand, it s progressing to an unfortunate degree When I pick up one of his books, I can t help thinking about that It colors my reading in an unfortunate way For example, when I first read Unseen Academicals, I found myself thinking, Oh no This obviously isn t as good as his other work But when I read it a second time, years later, I thought it was a perfectly fine example of his writing So Was this my favorite discworld book No Was it an enjoyable read and a good use of my time Yes Did it feel different from his usual style Yes Structurally, this book felt odd to me Some of the scenes feltdescribed or summarized rather than fully executed And there were a few odd choices, too Bashfull s character seemed oddly different than when he appeared in Thud Also, it seemed odd that in a book where a lot of familiar characters appeared for cameos Captain Carrot was conspicuously absent Especially since so much of the book was centered around the dwarves The lack of Carrot in the conversation felt like an odd choice to me As an author, I can completely understand why an author might want to keep Carrot out of this story Carrot is a dangerous character as he moves in straight lines and tends to solve problems by sheer force of his personality Even so, for him to not appear at all when so many of the other guardsmen were present in the story, with no explanation of why he s absent it just struck me as odd Anyway Is this novel worth your time Yes But you re going to get the biggest bang for your buck if you ve read the other books first Does it have a few issues I can quibble with Yeah Sure But then again, this was my first read through Pratchett hasthan earned a second chance with me I hope to pick it up again in another year or so, and wonder at why I was so bitchy my first time around I was troubled while reading this book Where were the characters I loved I could see them there on the page Vetinari, Moist, Adora belle etc but their names could have been interchangeable Their personalities were a blur I recognise Sir Terry s struggle with his health, but I get the distinct impression that someone else, with a lesser grasp of the intricacies of this fantastical world, is wielding the pen So to speak One sentence stood out to me just this morning Tak never mentioned th I was troubled while reading this book Where were the characters I loved I could see them there on the page Vetinari, Moist, Adora belle etc but their names could have been interchangeable Their personalities were a blur I recognise Sir Terry s struggle with his health, but I get the distinct impression that someone else, with a lesser grasp of the intricacies of this fantastical world, is wielding the pen So to speak One sentence stood out to me just this morning Tak never mentioned that dwarfs should cover their faces in the society of their friends It struck Rhys that this practice was deliberately provocative and, of course, disdainful Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett.We know how incisive Sir Terry can be regarding politics, religion and so forth But it has always been by using parody This direct comment, without his usual humour or satire struck me as a little sharp.Unfortunately, this was not how I wished to say goodbye to the Discworld and the characters I fell in love with, but if future novels will just mangle the memories I have, perhaps it is best I farewell here OK, 4.6 rounded up I ve seen a lot of reviews here that panned this book but seemed to be doing so mostly because it wasn t what they wanted it to be Too little of this, too much of that Pfui Authors get to write whatever they want To me, this one s about Moist and the Discworld growing up, maturing And I suspect it s a wish that Roundworld would too The retro grags sure felt like the U.S Tea Party, but not so specifically that readers in other countries couldn t recognize their fringe OK, 4.6 rounded up I ve seen a lot of reviews here that panned this book but seemed to be doing so mostly because it wasn t what they wanted it to be Too little of this, too much of that Pfui Authors get to write whatever they want To me, this one s about Moist and the Discworld growing up, maturing And I suspect it s a wish that Roundworld would too The retro grags sure felt like the U.S Tea Party, but not so specifically that readers in other countries couldn t recognize their fringe conservatives too Not enough conflict Surely the whole point of the book is that some technologies are just so transformative that it is impossible to resist them, and as such there won t be as much conflict I rather like the way Vetinari seems not to care anythat the audience can see the strings by which he controls everything He has a girlfriend in Uberwald and doesn t care who knows it Speaking of Vetinari, the I won t spoil it about him at the end didn t work for me And I was underwhelmed by the solution for the weak bridge at the end It only barely holds together, and surely wouldn t stand close examination Despite rumours that Moist will move to taxes next, I have to think this is the last Moist novel I Shall Wear Midnight might have been the last Tiffany Aching Vimes might have one adventure left, and maybe we can see Nanny and Granny one last time Beyond that, what s left to talk about And I wouldn t blame TP a bit of he decided that there is no really good way to wind up the story of the witches it might be better just to leave it Unseen Academicals probably wraps it up for the wizards Maybe we can revisit Death again, perhaps by having one or two of the major characters cash in their chips Again, I wouldn t be surprised or disappointed if TP decided not to go there Or can we resolve Captain Carrot s situation, and let a few key players retire Whatever happens, I hope TP finds one or twostories for us in his wonderful world Maybe he can go sideways and give us another standalone like Monstrous Regiment Whatever happens, thank you, Sir Terry, it s been a wonderful ride and you have brought a great deal of happiness to my life I hope there s

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