I first found out about this title on an artist's website awhile back. She had some drawings that interested me in the book, even though I hadn't read it yet.
(This artist, Tealin, also has a great collection of drawings about other Pratchett books, Snicket books, and - especially - Harry Potter books. What are you waiting for? Go spend five hours on her website.)
Shall we, then, Go Postal?
Going Postal is about a con-man, Moist von Lipwig, who it at the end of his rope. (Rather, his neck is in a noose at the end of a rope, savvy?) But Mr. Lipwig is given one last chance at life: if he agrees to become the postmaster of the abandoned Postal Service, he can live.
Not a bad deal, right?
The only problem is that his very recent predecessors did not survive long.
Actually, that's not his only problem. There are also:
- Villains running a monopoly in the rival method of communication (the clacks towers)
- Freaky-strange incidents in the Post Office (like strange whispers and the deaths of his predecessors)
- Freaky-strange Post Office employees (one of them loves pins far, far too much)
- Freaky-strange quantum physics that could destroy the universe (or, perhaps, already did, and then recreated it before you could notice)
- A golem who follows him everywhere (that's right, g-o-l-e-m, not Gollum)
There are monsters, bureaucrats, barons, a daring race, a golden suit, and...stamps.
A thoroughly entertaining read.