Review: Raising Steam

Raising SteamRaising Steam by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t know what’s different this time. Maybe it’s me; maybe it’s Sir Pratchett. This book just never seemed to have a climax. Had the journey not been sufficiently fun I might have scored it 2 stars.

This book reminds me of what was to be Five Iron Frenzy’s last album. The ska band had its fair share of joke songs – at least one per album. For its final album it had one song that tied together all the joke songs and references from the past decade. Similarly, this book seems to have a cameo or mention of everyone you’ve ever seen in the Discworld. Anyone who is in Ankh-Morpork makes an appearance. From the newspaper guys to CMOT Dibbler to the Wizards. The main plot even references Small Gods. I would have to say that this is the first Disworld book that cannot be enjoyed if you haven’t read most of the old ones.

Oh well…

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