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Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 0060013133

Reviewed by Narayan Radhakrishnan, New Mystery Reader

Pratchett’s fans rejoice. Pratchett is back and he is as witty and humorous… suavely humorous, as ever. After the monstrous success of Monstrous Regiment, wherein Pratchett had poked fun at the armed forces and the military- the comic genius now turns his satirical voice against the postal system in Going Postal.

Pratchett takes us to the fictional world of Ankh- Morpork where the protagonist Moist Van Lipwig is trapped in a job of a postmaster. To say that he does not like the job is a misnomer; Lipwig hates and loathes the job to the maximum. The much benevolent ruler of Ankh- Morpork, Lord Vetinari, has also given Lipwig an assistant- a golem watchdog. And the job Lipwig has in his hands is nothing short of enormous- the nation’s letters have remained undelivered for eons and there are only a couple of postmen to deliver them. Lipwig feels that he will go insane and when he hears the letters talking to him, Lipwig is convinced that he has gone bonkers. But with a never say die attitude, Lipwig fights and how he beats all odds emerging victorious is the theme of the work.

Well, the above is the literary theme of the work. Going Postal has anther bigger dimension to it- a pristine pleasure that cannot be described… only experienced.

I was reminded a lot of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and a wee bit on Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings series of works. Sure, the work is a satire, a funny comical look at the postal system, but underlying Going Postal is a strong voice of determination, of hope and of courage.

A wonderful hardcore literature work told with a comic touch.

 

A Meeting of Minds by Clare Curzon

Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur ISBN: 031231874X

Reviewed by Anne K. Edwards, New Mystery Reader

Put on your deerstalker cap and pick up your pipe and spyglass and prepare to investigate with Superintendent Mike Yeadings, the murder of Sheila Winter, owner of a garden center and resident of the new apartment house organized by Beattie Weyman.

Join the superintendent in a tightly written story that will have you turning pages to find out what happens next. You will feel the suspense as you follow the investigation into motives for the murder of this seemingly harmless woman.

Red herrings and false trails will lure you into false assumptions and surprises await you at the conclusion.  This is a book you'll read more than once and enjoy it the second time as much as the first.

Highly recommended as a fun read by a very talented mystery author.  Guaranteed to hold your attention and keep you reading.  Enjoy.  I sure did.