I just finished reading this book (Going Postal) for the third time. Actually I’ve read it once and listened to it on CD twice. This book, like all of Pratchett’s work just gets better and better with each reading. For a review of Pratchett’s most recent books, see my review here. If you are unfamiliar with the work of Sir Terry Pratchett (he was knighted a year or two ago) then run, do not walk to the book store where you will find that he has written more than 3 dozen books, each of which is a pleasure to read. He is the most gifted writer of our age, with an ability to turn a phrase and a command of the language that makes him a pleasure to read.
In researching this post I found out that the book was made into a TV movie last year. The whole thing is on YouTube and I plan on watching it before it gets pulled down.
In addition to great writing, Sir Terry has an insight into human nature and the way things really work in the world that is amazing. This makes it all the more interesting that his books are set in a made up fantasy world setting.
The book is about a con man being forced to take over the Postal System of a city and get it running again in the face of competition from the more modern “Clacks”. (A cross between a fax and telegraph-type system.) Any attempt by me to actually describe the action in the book would be futile. You just have to read this for yourself. By all means, do so, immediately.