Discworld, Raising Steam

I finally got my hands on the probably last Discworld book, Rising Steam. I read it already a couple of months ago, but I think I could write a bit about it here, because I did read the previous books, too.

I liked the book, although the plot was different from the other books. This was more of a milieu book than most of the others, and it mostly documented the arrival of the railroad to the Discworld. Many of the old characters have at least a cameo role in the book, and as a whole the book feels like a good-bye to Discworld, for both readers and the author. This is of course very understandable, given Terry Pratchett’s condition.

There is still some action plot, which is nice, and reveals new things about old characters. There are still plots left unsolved. I would like to know more about what happens to Tiffany Aching, or the wizards, especially with the new technologies introduced, but I think it’s best to leave the world as it is.

Again, roleplaying in Discworld might be fun, but the period would be hard to decide.

This book again displays how Pratchett has learned as a writer.