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Raising Steam El progreso ha llegado al Mundodisco a lomos de una locomotora de vapor Sus habitantes acuden en masa a admirar el revolucionario prodigio de la técnica obra de un joven inventor autodidacta llamado Dick Simnel Inmediatamente lord Vetinari decide apropiarse de la máuina y nombra a Húmedo von Mustachen su hombre para todo responsable de la operación Entretanto estalla una revuelta política entre los enanos ue planean atentar contra su rey y sabotear el ferrocarril Von Mustachen tendrá ue esuivar muchos escollos para evitar ue todo descarrileDesde hace más de tres décadas Terry Pratchett ha fascinado a millones de lectores de todo el mundo con sus novelas fantásticas divertidas y satíricas ambientadas en el Mundodisco un universo fantástico profundamente original ue guarda un sospechoso parecido con el nuestro A todo vapor es la cuadragésima entrega de esta serie tan emblemática y longeva como popular cuyo siguiente y último volumen se publicó en inglés en agosto de 2015 y saldrá en castellano en 2016 No solo resulta ser un auténtico placer para los lectores como las entregas anteriores sino ue también nos da un nuevo y original ejemplo del sentido del humor la imaginación y la capacidad crítica de Terry Pratchett para retratar sin perder la sonrisa los vicios de nuestra sociedad

  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • Raising Steam
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Spanish
  • 24 October 2014
  • 9788415831679

About the Author: Terry Pratchett

Born Terence David John Pratchett Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels i

10 thoughts on “Raising Steam

  1. says:

    This is a tricky book for me to review For one thing it's hard for me to view this book as a thing unto itself Anyone who knows anything about my reading habits knows that I'm a huge fan of Terry Pratchett Of all his books Thud is perhaps my favorite And this book is a follow up to that one Not exactly a seuel but a continuance of theme So what I was really looking for here was a brilliant book A book that I loved as much as Thud plus say 10% That's what my heart wanted even though my brain knows full well that that is a profoundly ridiculous thing to wish for The other problem is that I know Mr Pratchett's health is failing He has Alzheimers and from what I understand it's progressing to an unfortunate degree When I pick up one of his books I can't help thinking about that It colors my reading in an unfortunate way For example when I first read Unseen Academicals I found myself thinking Oh no This obviously isn't as good as his other work But when I read it a second time years later I thought it was a perfectly fine example of his writing So Was this my favorite discworld book? No Was it an enjoyable read and a good use of my time? Yes Did it feel different from his usual style? Yes Structurally this book felt odd to me Some of the scenes felt described or summarized rather than fully executed And there were a few odd choices too Bashfull's character seemed oddly different than when he appeared in Thud Also it seemed odd that in a book where a lot of familiar characters appeared for cameos Captain Carrot was conspicuously absent Especially since so much of the book was centered around the dwarves The lack of Carrot in the conversation felt like an odd choice to me As an author I can completely understand why an author might want to keep Carrot out of this story Carrot is a dangerous character as he moves in straight lines and tends to solve problems by sheer force of his personality Even so for him to not appear at all when so many of the other guardsmen were present in the story with no explanation of why he's absent it just struck me as odd Anyway Is this novel worth your time? Yes But you're going to get the biggest bang for your buck if you've read the other books first Does it have a few issues I can uibble with? Yeah Sure But then again this was my first read through Pratchett has than earned a second chance with me I hope to pick it up again in another year or so and wonder at why I was so bitchy my first time around

  2. says:

    I was troubled while reading this book Where were the characters I loved? I could see them there on the page Vetinari Moist Adora belle etc but their names could have been interchangeable Their personalities were a blur I recognise Sir Terry's struggle with his health but I get the distinct impression that someone else with a lesser grasp of the intricacies of this fantastical world is wielding the pen So to speak One sentence stood out to me just this morning Tak never mentioned that dwarfs should cover their faces in the society of their friends It struck Rhys that this practice was deliberately provocative and of course disdainful Raising Steam by Terry PratchettWe know how incisive Sir Terry can be regarding politics religion and so forth But it has always been by using parody This direct comment without his usual humour or satire struck me as a little sharpUnfortunately this was not how I wished to say goodbye to the Discworld and the characters I fell in love with but if future novels will just mangle the memories I have perhaps it is best I farewell here

  3. says:

    OK 46 rounded up I've seen a lot of reviews here that panned this book but seemed to be doing so mostly because it wasn't what they wanted it to be Too little of this too much of that Pfui Authors get to write whatever they want To me this one's about Moist and the Discworld growing up maturing And I suspect it's a wish that Roundworld would too The retro grags sure felt like the US Tea Party but not so specifically that readers in other countries couldn't recognize their fringe conservatives too Not enough conflict? Surely the whole point of the book is that some technologies are just so transformative that it is impossible to resist them and as such there won't be as much conflict I rather like the way Vetinari seems not to care any that the audience can see the strings by which he controls everything He has a girlfriend in Uberwald and doesn't care who knows it Speaking of Vetinari the I won't spoil it about him at the end didn't work for me And I was underwhelmed by the solution for the weak bridge at the end It only barely holds together and surely wouldn't stand close examination Despite rumours that Moist will move to taxes next I have to think this is the last Moist novel I Shall Wear Midnight might have been the last Tiffany Aching Vimes might have one adventure left and maybe we can see Nanny and Granny one last time Beyond that what's left to talk about? And I wouldn't blame TP a bit of he decided that there is no really good way to wind up the story of the witches; it might be better just to leave it Unseen Academicals probably wraps it up for the wizards Maybe we can revisit Death again perhaps by having one or two of the major characters cash in their chips? Again I wouldn't be surprised or disappointed if TP decided not to go there Or can we resolve Captain Carrot's situation and let a few key players retire? Whatever happens I hope TP finds one or two stories for us in his wonderful world Maybe he can go sideways and give us another standalone like Monstrous Regiment Whatever happens thank you Sir Terry it's been a wonderful ride and you have brought a great deal of happiness to my life I hope there's

  4. says:

    A young man invents the steam engine and the train and railroad soon follow Lord Vetinari feels the winds of change blowing and puts Moist von Lipwig in charge of the burgeoning railway industry But not everyone likes the idea of progressHere we are the 40th Discworld book Even after 40 books I forget how clever Terry Pratchett is the time between volumes I wasn't sold on this at first The grag subplot felt disjointed and it seemed like old Pratch might have been going off the rails Then the rhythm caught and soon it was full steam aheadMoist and Vetinari were in fine form I was also pleased to see Vimes Harry King Lao Tze Mustrum Ridcully and other old favorites make appearances The fascination with the Iron Girder and the rest of the trains was completely understandable since I'm part of the large segment of the male population that is oddly fascinated with trainsThe goblins acclimating to life in Ankh Morpork was another nice touch The usual Discworld social commentary is present as is the usual making me grin like a jackass I even enjoyed the dwarfish subplot as I drew near the end although it still seemed a little offIt's not the best Discworld book out there but even on his worst day Terry Pratchett always manages to keep me entertained Four out of five stars

  5. says:

    The penultimate novel in the Discworld seriesTruth be told I very much enjoyed our little adventure with Moist von Lipwig he of the scandalous and dangerous success literally coming from the gallows a few books back to become an efficacious leader of the post office the mint and the bank But throughout the book there was always the needling sense that we were drawing to the end that there was only one book left after this one That as I read each page thinking of Sir Terry typing away that the infinite world of the Discworld had a finite last page approachingIt was bound to happen Pratchett has been teasing us with the industrial revolution series within the Discworld series books like Moving Pictures The Truth and Going Postal; an evolving and brave new world on the Discworld And who better to lead the way than Moist who Lord Vetinari said could accomplish the impossible And how about these two for a wink and a nod from old Pratchett the political leader trained as an assassin and the executive a former crook?A tinkerer develops a train on the Discworld and rails start going down everywhere Like in our own spinning sphere locomotion brings the world together people like to travel to see new lands merchants like to ship their goods fast and cheap Pratchett surveys the changing land and notes in the sub plot how the times are a changing for most races on top of old A’Tuin The dwarves are reluctantly catching up to the times and ancient superstitions and prejudices are unraveling In this way Pratchett makes note of social cultural and economic trends in both our worldsAnother fun Discworld book and now – sigh – on to The Shepherd's Crown and the end

  6. says:

    Terry Pratchett is a writer with a timebomb ticking in his head Although this is common knowledge you have to be a very close reader to notice the strain this exerts on him Pratchett has written his very best work in the period just before his 'embuggerance' Monstruous regiment the wee free men trilogy notice here I do not include I shall wear midnight Thud going postal en making money are all fenomenally good Unseen academicals on the other hand heralds the change in Pratchetts writing It follows Nation an unusual intermission in Pratchetts discworld series The change was there but only barely visible In I shall wear midnight this change slowly emerged unto the surface and in Snuff it bobbed up and didn't go under Dodger showed the same change of paceThe change being? Less and less dialogue painting of the scenery More dutiful telling of the tale less trapdoors that suddenly open under your feet as you try to follow the plot Pratchett is deliberately misspelling out for you Raising Steam promises to be a grand gathering of a whole lot of the Disc world family Moist von Lipwig Adora Belle Dearheart Sam Vimes Lord Vetinari The Low King the new found goblins from Snuff It is clear that Pratchett is bringing the threads from at least four disc world novels together ThudSnuffGoing Postal and Making Money Blatantly absent is captain Carrott who is not even mentioned in the story which is a bit odd considering that captain Angua his beloved Werewolf girlfriend of old briefly appears So a story that takes the follow up of these exceptionally well written novels to a new height? Unfortunately this is not the case Yes it is a real Pratchett Sure it has a good plot But it lacks the chilling surprises of Thud The brilliant dialogues of Moist in going Postal and making money have paled a little Even the razorsharp conversations with Vetinari are getting stale Is it a badly written novel? No It still contains a strong story about the invention of the steam engine The grand finale with the coming out of the Low King already hinted at at the end of Thud is powerful It is just not as grippingly good as the aforementioned novels But it's fun to read and although not Pratchett's best work it is actually far far better than a lot of other books published today I am ready for number 41

  7. says:

    The invention of the steam engine takes Ankh Morpork by storm Everyone wants a piece of it from the city's richest to its most powerful all the way to its simple people Even foreigners take a keen interest in the steam engine's evolution excited about all the new money making opportunitiesWhile its technical and monetary needs are well looked after the steam engine's marketing needs are held in Lord Vetinari's firm grasp by overworking Ankh Morpork's most charming crook For all of Lipwig's initial reluctance our hero turns out to be uite the negotiating wizI've been both looking forward and dreading starting this last completed installment of the Discworld series Would there be a significant decline in uality would I feel bad for disliking the writing would I could I should I? And the reality turned out to be much complicated and of course guilt inducingOn the one hand the story tackled in Raising Steam is just massive Its initial use in finally getting the fresh foreign food on the paying Ankh Morporkans' tables while also proving numerous new job opportunities all relying on Lipwig's ability to navigate even the most crooked business deals could have easily made for a full storyYet all the above makes up merely half of it The second half consits of very complicated action adventure race again the clock with several important Ankh Morporkans having the odd exciting cameo and then some A nice stroll down nostalgia lane in theory but incredibly convoluted and exhausting in practice In other words I ended up taking numerous breaks from reading and mainly finishing it out of guilt and an obsessive need for finishing booksScore 335 starsThe Industrial Revolution as a time period is not one of my favorites when it comes to story settings Ironic for someone with a rather technical job but when it comes to visual appeal I'm still likely to choose a fairy tale forest So when you add an incredibly complex and long story to the mix where tension keeps escalating with little respite in sight and minimal comic relief the best I can do is appreciate the effortOther books starring Moist von LipwigReview of book 1 Going PostalReview of book 2Making Money

  8. says:

    I couldn't have imagined that a day would come when this is to be said of Sir Pratchett but sadly I must say that he disappoints with this one All the usual ingredients are present the City Watch the Tyrant the Turtle the rolls dwarfs and goblins as are the smart alecy uips and puns and double entendres but Where is the Plot the Enticing Tale? Even the pleasure that the exploration of an idea for its own sake provides such as in Long Earth is completely missing here The only excitement spread over all those pages is that the steam engine and hence railway locomotion has arrived in the Discworld The uestion is are we feeling excited enough by this as readers again sad to write this 'No' An now I am struggling to finish it only out of deference to this usually superb author

  9. says:

    I honestly didn't even finish this book It was just so dreadfully boring I made it about 80% through and I only got that far because I love Terry Pratchett and wanted to persevere and then just gave up The dialogue is terrible the narrative lacks any kind of rhythm its just and then and then and then and then and worst of all the characters are unrecognizable Moist Vimes and Vetinari are probably my 3 favourite characters in the entire mythos they don't behave like themselves and they don't behave like real people Such a disappointing book

  10. says:

    My husband Simon and I were taking the train into Chicago to see a dance performance The journey is about 1 hour 20 minutes and I wasn't sure we could sustain a conversation that long having been married now for 34 years so I racked my brain for an audiobook we could enjoy together I have a widget Simon calls a 'splitter' which I plug into my iPod and it enables us to connect two set of earbuds one for each of us I chose 'Raising Steam' as I had recently loved listening to it and I thought that Simon an engineer would love it also So far about half way through as of 1215 he is enthralledUpdate 122819 I waited patiently for Simon's thoughtsreview and today he sent me an email which I will include as isDear JulieThese are some of the thoughts I came away with from listening to this Terry Pratchett book Raising SteamThere seems to be a social commentary that draws a parallel to our own world interspersing ideas of social reform such as providing housing and adeuate salaries for the workersThe development of 'Iron Girder' demonstrates an engineering uest for continuous improvement The realization of the significant contribution of the Railway upon society such as being able to transport food goods and people uickly My take is that they realize they become dependent on his invention but very few are able to fully understand how it works Draw a comparison with the advent of the Internet today Most use it daily and rely heavily on it but few are able to completely understand how it worksThe story describes the actions of those that want to thwart it claiming that the status uo shouldn't be changed and they aren't ready for the railway Another comparison could be to our own society There are those perhaps the elitist sections of society that prefer people are unable to travel so easily and that a devided society is a conuered society In his story the importance of the 'Klax' is emphasized and again I see the comparison of the Internet today with ideas and news rapidly reaching a global audienceThe concept of gender identity and male female roles is explored and when a significant person 'comes out' it encourages others to do so This is a great read and can be used to open up discussions in groups about our current socio economic situationsI'd give it 45 or 55I'll try and get cracking on 'Caging Skies'LoveSimon

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