33 books in, and Pratchett continues to breath new life into his epic fantasy world with a new main character – Moist Von Lipwig. Moist is a delightfully human character, complete with token flaws and inner struggles to overcome. Recurring character Vetinari also makes a big appearance, and the Ankh-Morpork leader is on top of his game this time around.
Unfortunately for Moist, the plot doesn’t give him enough room to really work his character. While there are plenty of awesome moments to enjoy, the overall story suffers from uneven pacing and oddly placed fluff. To be fair, Pratchett is working with a new character, and the plot oddities never distract the reader too long. Forced cameos also pop in and out to help support Moist, who is interesting enough without these random appearances…yes we know everyone loves the Watch, but several times they show up in this book (with none of their personality) to be “Hey! It’s me, Carrot!”
Going Postal gives readers hope for more fresh and innovative Discworld adventures. Pratchett just needs a few more books to give Moist a chance to stretch his legs.