Ok … so this review is long overdue. I actually had written the review down and just hadn’t had time to get around to typing it up. I am old school and love to use long hand – something more satisfying about it than pressing keys.
But back to the review at hand.
Raising Steam is the 40th Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett. It focuses on the introduction of locomotives to the Discworld and their creator, Dick Simnel. He does so with the artful guidance from Moist von Lopwig and his clever ingenious methods to make money and coerce landownders, as well as managing the railway at the insistence of Lord Vetinari.
The plot thickens when the Dwarfish fundamentalists begin terrorist attacks and a palace coup at the seat of the Low King (er … Queen for those who have read it).
My first impression of Raising Steam was that I didn’t really enjoy it as much as Pratchett’s previous novels mainly because I found it hard to get into. However, once I did, I was hooked. I found Moist to be even more intriguing in his character development, and also seemed to flourish and work well with Vimes. I enjoyed the surprising bit when Lord Vetinari takes a holiday (and still manages to uphold his legendary reputation of striking fear in the hearts of many where-ever he goes, or whomever he is).
I would recommend this book to others, however not as an introduction to Discworld as I think to fully appreciate Raising Steam you need to have some background experience with the characters. I did enjoy this book and *hoping* that Pratchett’s next Discworld installment may be another Vimes’ holiday/crime book (there was a hint towards the end of Raising Steam that excited me).
I would give Raising Steam a 4 out of 5.